Drives: 2011 Camaro 2SS/RS Convertible
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: St. Louis MO
"SSWAG" JOURNAL: 2011 Camaro 2SS Convertible Modifications [COTW 6/4/12]
Below is a list of the modifications and photos on my 2011 Camaro 2SS Convertible (V8 6.2L Auto). In the future, I might plan to install a Supercharger. That's probably the only item that this Camaro does not have.
• Razzi Camaro V8 Ground Effects Kit (P/N 130-100)
• Camaro Heritage Grille (GM P/N 92208704)
• GM Dovetail Rear Spoiler (GM P/N 92234283) *
• Painted Stripes with Ghost Flames on hood
• A-Pillars and Windshield Frame painted Gloss Black
• Rear Trunk Alcove painted Matte Black
• Painted Shadow Effect on gills
• Factory SS Brembo brakes, custom painted IOM w/ white "Brembo" lettering
• Sparks Restorations "SS" emblem badges for grille and trunk (IOM painted inserts) (P/N HGEPR/TEPR-11)
• Custom "SSWAG" personalized emblem badging
• Engine Cover, custom painted Inferno Orange Metallic (GM P/N 92247664)
• V8 Engine Cover Trim, Chrome (P/N 9590-9581V8)
• K&N 63 Series Cold Intake Kit, custom painted IOM (P/N 63-3074)
• Rear Sequential Turn Signal Pre-Wired Harnesses (P/N PHASTEK-CAMARO-TURNSIGNAL)
• NoWeeds.net Exhaust Diverter System (P/N 25NWCAML99) - Exhaust Cutouts
• Pedders eXtreme Xa Coilover Springs (P/N 160086)
• 2010-2013 Camaro RS HALO Color Changing Headlight Kit (purchased from JDP Motorsports)
• Cross-Drilled and Slotted Brake Rotors (Brakeperformance.com P/N CB-62124 F & CB-62119 R)
• 22" Giovanna Mecca Wheels (matte black with Inferno Orange Metallic barrels and lips + custom painted "SS" center caps)
• Yokohama Parada Spec-X Sport All-Season Tires: 265/35R-22 Front + 285/35R-22 Rear
• Orange Billet Aluminum Door Kick Plates with SS logo (P/N BC1003)
• Cup Holder Trim - IOM (P/N CAMC953)
• Window Tinting (20% Windows + 5% Windshield)
• Clear Bra (front, hood, windshield trim, fenders & side skirts)
• Color-matched Inferno Orange Metallic License Plate Frame (P/N P076961)
• Coverking Cover: Orange with Black Stripes (CVC3SS85/CH9458)
ELECTRONICS MODIFICATIONS (The Car Audio Shop, St. Louis MO):
• Stinger Roadkill Stealth RKST36B Sound Dampening Material Bulk Kit (50 s.f. - doors, floors, firewall, and trunk)
• Custom Fabrication (trunk)
• Orange LED Accent Lighting Strip Kit (footwells, trunk, engine bay and under rails)
• Scosche Camaro 2010+ Dash Kit
• Scosche Camaro 2010+ On-Star Retention Module
• Kenwood Excelon DNN992 Double Din Touchscreen Navigation Receiver w/ two camera inputs
• Steering Wheel Control Interface SWI-RC
• Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Tuner Module SXV300V1
• Kenwood Android Miracast Cable
• Kenwood iPod Cable KCA-iP202
• AM Antenna Replacement
• Kenwood Multi Angle CMOS-320 Camera (Rear)
• Single-Angle Camera (Front)
• Arc Audio XDi 1200.6 6-channel Amplifier
• Arc Audio ARC 6.2 6-1/2" Component Speaker Set
• Arc Audio ARC10 10" Subwoofer
• Viper Smartstart GPS Security System w/ 2-way Remote
• K40 RL360i Radar Detection System
• LED Fog Lights HP8 P13W
Total Cost of ALL Upgrades: $30,500
Some of the items were purchased from PhastekPerformance.com. GMPartsDirect.com has the best pricing for factory Camaro parts. I also purchased the Pedders coilovers from JDP Motorsports.
The following people were great to work with:
Jordan Priestley of JDPMotorsports.com
Jason of Phastek Performance
Steve Koenig of NoWeeds.net (exhaust diverter)
Terry Sparks of SparksRestorations.com (760-715-7681)
Gene Tjin of Wheel Warehouse (714-772-1281)
Ross of Tirerack.com (888-541-1777 Ext 796)
Athena of BrakePerformance.com
Pat Shine of Pur Performance (St. Louis MO)
Raymond of Coverking.com
Brandon Green and Dan Castro of The Car Audio Shop (St. Louis MO)
Even though I didn't buy wheels from him, I would also like to thank Tony Whatley (Nine Ball) for answering all of my emails and phone calls about wheels and tires! Tony was a very helpful and patient resource!
MY PERSONAL NOTES:
I get a lot of compliments on my Camaro. Many of the admirers also comment on how cool the NoWeeds Exhaust Diverter sounds! These cut-out pipes are a must-have for your Camaro! The neat thing about this system is that it has three switch settings (ON, OFF and a custom setting, which is set halfway open on my pipes). If you're driving in your neighborhood and you don't want to upset neighbors, you can leave the switch in the OFF position so it’s stock quiet. Borla is another very good exhaust system that I’d highly recommend, but it’s much more expensive than NoWeeds and it's always in the ‘open’ position. To my knowledge, new pipes run all the way out to the rear for Borla systems; whereas the NoWeeds system utilizes the stock Camaro pipes. There are many other exhaust systems available, but at the time of this writing, I am not aware of any other exhaust diverter system like NoWeeds.
I am very pleased with the feel of the Yokohama tires. Even though there are 30 settings for each corner, I wish the Pedders coilovers gave me a better ride (like stock). With such a low profile (sidewall), you feel every bump. I just hope the tires perform well in the winter when it snows - and they last for 30-40K miles! I also highly recommend 22" wheels versus the 20" stock wheels. They look so much better, especially if you install a ground effects kit. In a way, the 20s almost looked too small. These Giovanna Meccas look like they are a 2 or 3-piece wheel, but are made of one-piece cast aluminum; and the entire set of these wheels and tires were less than 8 lbs more than the factory wheels and tires.
The installation of the RS HALO Color Changing Headlight Kit DID NOT require me to bake the headlights to get them apart! JDP Motorsports does not sell this product anymore, but Jordan Priestley told me that NightOwl currently sells a similar kit (P/N HALO-KIT-V2 https://nightowlleds.com/kits/halo-kit-v2). With a simple "plug-and-play" installation and a step by step instructional video, this kit is one of our easiest to install. There are no wires to crimp, strip, or solder.
When lowering your Camaro, be careful with your ground effects kit. My rear diffuser got damaged three times due to dips in entrance approaches! I tried to convince Razzi to redesign their rear diffuser, but they refused. With the ground effects and nicely painted wheels, ALWAYS be careful when parking! My next plan is to get front and rear cameras installed!
Here is my assessment of the ELECTRONICS UPGRADES:
I was satisfied with all of the electronics upgrades except for the Kenwood Excelon DNN992. With this receiver, I lost my temperature reading that displayed on my radio (at least it shows up on the Head Up display). I don't know if this was an issue with the Kenwood system or the Scosche Camaro Dash Kit. The Kenwood receiver is also cumbersome to use and hardly ever connects with my Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The problem with electronics like this is, you are not able to see a demonstration of most of these high-end touchscreen receivers until they are installed. Most of the time, it's too late if you don't like it. If the GM's MyLink receiver would work in my Camaro, I would have installed that instead. The first restoration shop removed the factory Camaro convertible spoiler, which contained the AM Antenna. As a result, the AM radio doesn't work anymore - even on the Kenwood upgrade. No one has ever found a solution for this even though the electronics company installed a new antenna inside the A-pillar. I regret upgrading to this dovetail spoiler, but it does look pretty cool though! I will post more photos of the receiver, dash kit, and trunk area later on.
SERVICE ISSUES / WORK:
The 5th bow on my convertible top was replaced on 5/4/2012.
I went to my local CHEVROLET dealer (Weber Chevrolet, St. Louis MO) four times over a period of a year to ask them to find out where a squeaking noise was coming from on my 2011 CAMARO 2SS. It was very annoying to say the least! I had always thought the squeak was coming from the convertible top mechanism, but that was not the case. It sounded like it was coming from the right rear side. After three visits to the dealership service department, they were convinced it was caused by my adjustable coilovers, not the top. I didn't believe this to be true. The squeaking noise was finally discovered on 7/29/13 after a mechanic said it was caused by a missing bolt on the lower RR control arm! This must have been a factory oversight.
The convertible top was not closing properly, so it was back in the shop on 4/9/2014. The rubber seal around the top was also more visible than before. The 5th bow on the top had to be replaced again, but I wasn't completely satisfied because the seal around the top just didn't look the same as when it was new.
My Camaro reached 10,000 miles on October 1, 2015 (the 36-month warranty ended on 1/18/15). No other service issues have been found since then.
Below are the factory Pirelli PZero tires and Camaro SS wheel statistics before new coilovers and new wheels were installed:
• Front Wheel & Tire Weight (lbs): 63.4
• Rear Wheel & Tire Weight (lbs): 68.8
• Front Wheel: 8.0"
• Rear Wheel: 9.0"
• Front Tire Height: 28" *
• Rear Tire Height : 28" *
• Front Fender Height: 29.75"
• Rear Fender Height: 29.75"
• Front Fender to Tire Gap: 1.75"
• Rear Fender to Tire Gap: 1.75"
• Front & Rear Wheel Diameter: 21.5"
• Front Tire Width: 9.5"
• Rear Tire Width: 10.5"
* The manufacturer's actual specs are higher for this tire
Below are the new statistics with nitrogen filled tires, Pedders eXtreme Xa Coilover Springs and 22" Giovanna Mecca Wheels:
• Front Wheel & Tire Weight (lbs): 64
• Rear Wheel & Tire Weight (lbs): 72
• Front Wheel: 9.0"
• Rear Wheel: 10.5"
• Front Tire Height (265/35-22): 29.125" *
• Rear Tire Height (285/35-22): 29.5" *
• Front Fender Height: 29.125"
• Rear Fender Height: 29.5"
• Front Fender to Tire Gap: 0"
• Rear Fender to Tire Gap: 0"
• Height the car was lowered in the front: 0.625"
• Height the car was lowered in the rear: 0.25"
• Front Tire Width: 10.4"
• Rear Tire Width: 11.2"
• Height of Rear Diffuser from the ground: 5.5"
* The manufacturer's actual specs are higher for this tire
Last edited by SSWAG; 03-04-2016 at 11:00 AM.
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