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Old 10-08-2011, 05:30 PM   #1
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Talking ROLNSLO's Synergy Green SS

Guess it's about time to start this build journal for my 2011 2SS/RS, which replaced my 2010 1LT/RS.

Build date: January 13, 2011
Purchase date: October 1, 2011
Odometer at purchase: 104 miles

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1. 2SS in Synergy Green Metallic / Black leather interior
2. L99 with Automatic Transmission (Hydra-Matic 6L80 with TAPshift controls)
2. RS package
3. Silver rally stripes
4. CAMARO trunk mat

Didn't really want the stripes or the trunk mat but didn't have a choice if I wanted to buy a new SGM SS. Oh well...

At the time of purchase, this was the last new 2011 SS in SGM in Houston, TX. There were 3 other new ones within 500 miles still on dealers lots and only 11 remaining in inventory across the entire US.


Here are my plans for this one, to start with:

0. Swap over my set of (4) 20x9 RS wheels from my 2010 V6 [with 275/40/20 Hankook Ventus ST RH06 tires] - dealership already took care of this one.
1. Muffler delete - this thing is way to fricken quiet in stock form.
2. Remove Silver rally stripes.
3. Vararam air intake.
4. Rider Graphix Hood Spears - silver.
5. Rider Graphix fender gill decals - dark silver metallic.
6. MPD1 spoiler in Synergy Green.
7. LLumar Formula One Pinnacle Series Ceramic Window Tint (35% & 15%)
8. Cat-back exhaust - Need to figure out which one I like best still.
9. Who knows...headers, body kit, different wheels? Depends on excess fundage going forward...
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Old 10-08-2011, 05:33 PM   #2
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For fun, I'm going to track my fuel economy with this Camaro, like I did with my last one. Should be an interesting comparison over time....

10/05/2011 402.0 miles 16.238 gallons ??.?? mpg
10/11/2011 649.0 miles 13.256 gallons 18.63 mpg <--- Muffler delete at 511 miles. Rally stripes removed at 534 miles.
10/12/2011 705.1 miles 3.266 gallons 17.18 mpg <--- Vararam intake installed at 702 miles. Topped off due to idle time after installing intake.
10/16/2011 886.5 miles 10.016 gallons 18.11 mpg <--- Must learn to keep foot out of floor...
10/19/2011 1184.2 miles 15.303 gallons 19.45 mpg
10/25/2011 1399.0 miles 12.482 gallons 17.21 mpg <--- Must put in D, not M.
11/01/2011 1684.0 miles 15.192 gallons 18.76 mpg <--- A little better. Left it in D most of the time.
11/07/2011 1947.7 miles 14.077 gallons 18.73 mpg
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Old 10-08-2011, 05:40 PM   #3
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Muffler delete done today at Manvel Muffler - $120 to remove the stock cans and replace with straight pipe plus switch stock exhaust tips over to new pipes. Didn't really want to spend too much on the muffler delete since I know I'll eventually go with a cat-back system. It'll work for now but I'm going to start setting aside money for a cat-back system.

Sounds better now. At least I can actually hear the exhaust a little better. Still way too quiet for my tastes and a lot quieter than the SOLO Performance Mach XL cat-back I had on my 2010 V6. Going to have to rectify this lack of noise situation eventually with a full cat-back system. Even my wife said the muffler delete didn't go far enough in making this car sound louder like the way it really should. At least she gets it...

So far, AFM isn't bugging me when it kicks in. I can hear it better now than I could before but its not overly annoying (yet). Time will tell...


Next step is to remove the stock silver rally stripes and order up the hood spears instead. I really liked that look on my last Camaro and I think it helps add a bit of a different look from the front. Maybe a good Sunday afternoon project...
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Old 10-08-2011, 06:22 PM   #4
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Good luck with your build, alot of fun to pick and choose all parts to make it your own!
GREAT color......my fav
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Old 10-09-2011, 10:01 PM   #5
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Rainy Sunday afternoon = rally stripes removed.

Now I just need to order the hood spears...
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Old 10-09-2011, 10:24 PM   #6
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congrats sir.
What part of Houston are you in?
I'm in the Woodlands with a 2SS Green Machine.
If you head north, holler.
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Old 10-09-2011, 10:36 PM   #7
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Near Pearland for now. Usually don't make it north of I-10 for some strange reason. Maybe I'll see you around town at some point. I'm trying to make it a point to hit more of the H-Town Camaro Club stuff going forward.
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Old 10-10-2011, 09:39 PM   #8
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Picked up the no-tune Vararam intake today. Now I just need to find a few minutes to install it...
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Old 10-11-2011, 08:11 AM   #9
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Nice car, definately always liked synergy green. I'm in your neck of the woods
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BigCarrot - Might see me around town then. If an SGM Camaro goes flying by or takes off from the stoplight quickly...it wasn't me...it was my wife driving it. (seriously )
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Old 10-11-2011, 10:14 AM   #11
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BigCarrot - Might see me around town then. If an SGM Camaro goes flying by or takes off from the stoplight quickly...it wasn't me...it was my wife driving it. (seriously )
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Old 10-11-2011, 10:18 AM   #12
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:43 AM   #13
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Vararam intake installed @ 702 miles. No tune model.

I've got one word to describe it: SMOOOOTH!

Need to finish the miles for ECM learn time but I definitely like it so far.

Done with the performance related mods for a while. Cosmetic mods are next on the list.
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Old 10-12-2011, 08:34 PM   #14
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Vararam intake installed @ 702 miles. No tune model.

I've got one word to describe it: SMOOOOTH!

Need to finish the miles for ECM learn time but I definitely like it so far.

Done with the performance related mods for a while. Cosmetic mods are next on the list.
Sweet!

wtg bud - I am of course completely jealous !
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LOL! With a car like yours , there is no need to be jealous of mine...

Hey, let me know if you could use an extra Vararam filter element or cleaning kit for the V6. I've got an extra one of each that Steve told me to just give away to someone in the club.
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LOL! With a car like yours , there is no need to be jealous of mine...

Hey, let me know if you could use an extra Vararam filter element or cleaning kit for the V6. I've got an extra one of each that Steve told me to just give away to someone in the club.
Sure that would be great, I could use them - let me know when you are attending the next club meet.
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Old 10-13-2011, 03:27 PM   #17
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Sure that would be great, I could use them - let me know when you are attending the next club meet.
I'll have to look at my schedule this fall...weekends seem to keep getting filled up with non-car related stuff.
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Old 10-13-2011, 03:33 PM   #18
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Good luck with the build. Always wished 2010 SGMs had the SS option. But with all the driving I do im not regretting my V6 purchase. Have Fun!
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My only wish was that I could get an SS in SGM in a 'vert.... Didn't happen...thanks GM!

So far, I'm not missing much by going with the SS. My MPGs are down ~2-3 mpgs over my V6 but that is mostly because I'm still playing and learning how my SS runs and handles. The AFM actually does an amazing job at keeping MPGs up when you are just rolling along on flat land at constant speeds between 40-65mph. My UltraGauge does real time MPG readings from the ECM and I'm usually sitting at 30-38mpg when AFM kicks in. One of these weeks, I'll do a tank of gas where I focus on fuel economy, just to see how high I can get it with the SS and AFM during my regular commute.
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My only wish was that I could get an SS in SGM in a 'vert.... Didn't happen...thanks GM!

So far, I'm not missing much by going with the SS. My MPGs are down ~2-3 mpgs over my V6 but that is mostly because I'm still playing and learning how my SS runs and handles. The AFM actually does an amazing job at keeping MPGs up when you are just rolling along on flat land at constant speeds between 40-65mph. My UltraGauge does real time MPG readings from the ECM and I'm usually sitting at 30-38mpg when AFM kicks in. One of these weeks, I'll do a tank of gas where I focus on fuel economy, just to see how high I can get it with the SS and AFM during my regular commute.
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Sounds better now. At least I can actually hear the exhaust a little better. Still way too quiet for my tastes and a lot quieter than the SOLO Performance Mach XL cat-back I had on my 2010 V6. Going to have to rectify this lack of noise situation eventually with a full cat-back system. Even my wife said the muffler delete didn't go far enough in making this car sound louder like the way it really should. At least she gets it...

So far, AFM isn't bugging me when it kicks in. I can hear it better now than I could before but its not overly annoying (yet). Time will tell...
OK, I was going to purchase an axle-back system (Borla or Flomaster) but like you, I'm considering just straight pipes for the time being. The stock exhaust is just way too wussy...but you say your straight pipes aren't much louder? I don't know what your old cans look like but mine are HUGE under there and I'm thinking it should be at least 4 or 5 times louder without them. I was also slightly concerned about warranty issues doing a mod like this...is there any chance of engine damage?

BTW, love your Green SS.
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OK, I was going to purchase an axle-back system (Borla or Flomaster) but like you, I'm considering just straight pipes for the time being. The stock exhaust is just way too wussy...but you say your straight pipes aren't much louder? I don't know what your old cans look like but mine are HUGE under there and I'm thinking it should be at least 4 or 5 times louder without them. I was also slightly concerned about warranty issues doing a mod like this...is there any chance of engine damage?

BTW, love your Green SS.
I dont think intake or exhaust mods void warranty. Switch gears out, turbo, S/C, or tuning will.
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Without the rear cans, it is louder than stock, certainly. Enough that I can remote start my car from 150 ft away in an empty parking garage at work and hear it, then listen to it idle. With the rear cans in place, I could barely hear it start and no way could I hear the idle. It has a nice tone to it as long as you stay out of AFM mode. Not that AFM mode sounds horrible, it just doesn't sound pleasing to my ears.

When I say it isn't loud enough, in comparison to my V6 and the Solo exhaust, I mean that my wife can no longer hear me (from inside the house) take off from the stop light that is 1/4 mile away.

I can't imagine any axle back kit being any louder than a straight pipe, unless you remove some of the restrictions upstream (resonator, cats).
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I dont think intake or exhaust mods void warranty. Switch gears out, turbo, S/C, or tuning will.
Only part of the warranty it would void would be the exhaust warranty. Not that that part of the warranty is worth much anyhow.
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Thanks for the info rolnslo!

I'm going to cut the mufflers off and see what it sounds like. If its not too obnoxious then I'll put straight pipes on. Otherwise I'll go with my local muffler shop here and have him outfit it with a Magnaflow or Flomaster. Thanks again for the info.
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