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Old 05-10-2012, 10:12 AM   #51
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Well today I finally managed to install my MRT v2 exhaust. I cut the driver's side off first and had a hard time getting the new exhaust to fit over the old one but I eventually just used a hammer to bend the new one a little to fit over the old one. And luckily it aligned perfect so we didn't need to do much there. Now the passenger side one was the complete opposite. It was easy to fit over but wIhad the hardest time aligning it. I finally decided to just tighten the clamp and then worry about aligning the tip but luckily once I tightened it the alignment was perfect. All I can say is thank god for no more of those ugly trashcans hanging down. They really were huge and heavy no idea what GM was thinking putting those things on. Managed to lose about 30lbs. I did end up cutting off the tips of the old stock mufflers to use as pencil holders but not sure what I am going to do with the rest. Maybe I would be able to sell it to a scrap yard or something who knows. Here are a couple of pictures. I also upload a video of the cold start a day or two after installing the MRT v2.

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Old 05-13-2012, 01:40 PM   #52
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After looking at this picture it looks like I may need new tires soon for the rear wheels. Sad thing is only have about 12k miles on the car
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:53 AM   #53
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Well today I decided to paint the area around my shifter and as I was trying to remove it I did not have the right tool to unscrew the shift knob so Ill have to do that for another day. But instead I decided to paint my 4-guage pack area. I did have a little trouble but in the end it looks nice, minus some little flaws. But here are some before and after pics.
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Old 05-16-2012, 04:08 PM   #54
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Well what I can see It looks really good.
Thanks I'll have to redo the 4-guage area. There are some flaws with the clear coat hopefully I can just peel it off or something and redo it. I don't really wanna redo the whole thing.
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:50 PM   #55
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Well my Black Ice-olator arrived (Thank you JHenfling). Finally got to install it and it took me about 2 hours but that included finding all the tools I needed and a couple of distractions. The bolts in the back really were a pain in the ass but it didn't take me that long to take them off. I attached the ice-olator to the intake manifold when it was off as oppossed to placing the intake manifold on the ice-olator. Thought it would be easier to use the RTV and not have to worry about putting too much on since it was easy to wipe off that way. I also took off the plenum cover and cleaned off all the oil on that, the intake manifold and the original gasket under the intake manifold. I really wish I would have gotten my catch can sooner but atleast I have one now. My CEL did come on but I just disconnected the battery for a little bt and reconnected it and the problem was fixed. I did noticed some more power but I bet once the ECU relearns everything that power will increase. I also think that once the engine has been running awhile I will def notice more power than before. (but what do I know, everything I have learned about this car or cars in general as come from C5) I also should prob look into getting a ported IM. I also removed the bracket that the throttle body was connected to since it is useless now.

Also now that the engine cover isn't on anymore I will have to do some work to make the engine bay look somewhat nicer then what it does already. I do plan on getting a RX breather which would eliminate that big hose on the drivers side of the IM.
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Old 05-22-2012, 01:58 PM   #56
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In other news I "TRIED" to paint my auto bezel and it came out horrible. I messed it up so bad that I had to buy a new one and I will most likely get it painted professionally from Gary's Customs. Right now I painted it with plasti-dip so it doesn't look horrible but it is still bad. Now these are very embarrissing pics on how bad I screwed up. I had to end up sanding down the old paint.
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Old 05-23-2012, 03:14 PM   #57
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Well went out and bought a camera finally. Figured if I am going to be going on vacation I'll need a better camera than my phone. So to test it out I took some pics of Amber with all her current mods. Hope you enjoy this pics as much as I do. Ignore the stupid Ford F-150 in the background haha!
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Old 05-25-2012, 04:26 PM   #58
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Well this sucks a week away from my first car show ever and one of my side gills goes missing. So I will have to remove all of them and it may be difficult since they are applied with 3M tape. I found a cheaper back up that I wont have to worry about them falling off since they are vinyl but I wont be able to get them on in time for the show :( Wahh.
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Old 06-01-2012, 09:03 AM   #59
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Well this sucks a week away from my first car show ever and one of my side gills goes missing. So I will have to remove all of them and it may be difficult since they are applied with 3M tape. I found a cheaper back up that I wont have to worry about them falling off since they are vinyl but I wont be able to get them on in time for the show :( Wahh.

Well my new gills came in yesterday and I put them on. They were a lot harder to put them on than the old ones. It was hard to keep then straight and lineup good. Some of them stretched from taking them off and putting them back on multiple times but I just cut them and overlapped them and you don't even know any difference. All in all I like them so far not bad for the price and they come in a bunch of different colors too. So here are some pictures:

Lately I've been thinking of ordering these again and installing them the right way now, glide them over where they are suppose to go. That way they will be more straight and line up better.
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Old 06-02-2012, 07:50 AM   #60
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:11 AM   #61
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Yea that is how I did all my past painting but for the auto bezel I was able to actually do it outside. I've always had some trouble for some reason painting stuff so I am done lol. It is a huge pain.
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Old 06-15-2012, 01:13 PM   #62
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Just order a bunch of stuff for my car Order some LED DRL, some RS logo valve stem covers, chrome speaker rings, orange vinyl overlays for my bowties, a ported throttle body that I plan to get powder coated orange, and a chrome cup holder bezel so I can do my illuminating cupholder, still just have to order the LEDs. My APEX scoop and w/w relocator should be here today too. Im really excited to get all this stuff and start adding it. Stay tuned later next week for when I finally start to get some of this stuff and get it on. My poor bank account now :(

Well all my "goodies" are in and over the weekend/week I will install them.
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:33 PM   #63
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Well finally installed my APEX scoop and washer bottle. All I got say is oy veiy. From before jacking the car up and until the end it took me 3 hours. I had to use the lame jack that came with the spare. Other than jacking up the car everything was easy as far as taking apart everything. But I guess that is how everything is. I used a hex key to take off the screws on the wheel liner (idk what size sorry) Well once it came time to install the scoop that is where I ran into problems. I did not have a dremel to cut the plastic part. I had to you a razorblade and some hose cutters (idk exactly what those sharp plier things are called.) Well when I manage to do that I had a little trouble mounting the dam scoop. Once that was done next I attached the bottle. Had a little hard time reaching some of the bolts but I managed to get it attaced. Next I had to find a place to mount the opening. I didn't really want to drill into my roto-fab box but I had to choice. So I ended up attaching to the side right where the old washer bottle opening was. One thing I noticed is the first is that the car def responds better now.* But anyway here are some pictures of me doing the install. Enjoy. Also the scoop and washer bottle weighed 4lbs together (empty) while the stock bottle weighs 2lbs empty.

*The little rubber hose that allows the fluid to travel seems a little long now and is just dangling around in my roto-fab air box, gonna see if I can cut it a little to make it fit better.*
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Old 06-19-2012, 04:59 PM   #64
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Congrats and nice job. I also got the scoop and ww relocation kit from Apex and getting ready for the install. I bought a black and decker electric jigsaw for cutting the plastic away. I'm most nervous about jacking up the car so I'm about to invest in a floor jack and jack stands.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:07 PM   #65
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Congrats and nice job. I also got the scoop and ww relocation kit from Apex and getting ready for the install. I bought a black and decker electric jigsaw for cutting the plastic away. I'm most nervous about jacking up the car so I'm about to invest in a floor jack and jack stands.
Thanks. You will def have an easier time than I did. Good luck hope the install goes smoothly.
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:37 PM   #66
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Well today I did a couple of mods. I put on my RS valve stem caps, my chrome speaker rings and put in my chrome cup holder. For the cup holder I still need to order some LEDs so I can make it light up. I was also going to install my LED DRLs but when I went to do the driver side my APEX washer bottle was right behind it and there was no room for me to remove the old bulb to put in the new one so I didn't install that. But here are some pics of the mods I did today. Now I also wanna see how my footwells will reflect off the chrome speaker rings I bet it will look pretty cool. I also still have to install my orange bowtie overlays.
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:08 PM   #67
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Just now stumbled upon your build thread. Nice work!
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Old 06-26-2012, 06:10 PM   #68
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Just now stumbled upon your build thread. Nice work!
O thank you very much just wish I wasn't on a college budget or else I could do a lot more haha but thank you!
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:17 AM   #69
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:06 AM   #70
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Looks good!!!!
Thanks

In other news I got an estimate to get my throttle body powder coated orange, $45, I dont think that is too bad. My only question is though that the guy told me that I would have to remove any gaskets or anything because they won't be able to withstand the heat and that got my thinking. Do I gotta remove the black part of the throttle body that holds all the gears and stuff too?

Edit: Talked to Rx Performance and they can paint my throttle body orange for $65. I know it is $20 more but I would trust them more than the other place plus I can just get the metal part painted orange and leave the black part black to have some really nice contrast. Stayed tuned. Also does anyone know the size of the bolts that go on the v6 throttle body? I wanna replace the stock ones with black ones.
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:50 AM   #71
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Well finally got around to doing my bowties. I got some pre-cut vinyl off amazon. The rear bowtie was a piece of cake but the front was a royal pain. When I would do the front no matter what it would crease all over. I eventually got it to only crease a litle bit and I am going to leave it for now. Now I ordered orange vinyl and boy is it bright compared to my IOM but atleast the ugly gold is gone All that is left right now for future mods is installing my LED DRLs and my ported throttle body when I get it painted. It just sucks that thanks to my APEX scoop and washer bottle I gotta take off the washer bottle to install the LED DRL on the driver side.

I don't particularly care for the these bowtie overlays. I will have to see if they grow on me or I may just end up painting mine. With my painting history I am a little worried. I'll have to see what other ideas I come across but until then I will be sticking with these.

Well I managed to get a spare front bowtie so I will attempt to paint it when it comes in. I am going to see how orange on the chrome part and black on the gold part of the bowtie looks. Any other suggestions are appreciated.*

*Yea painting didn't go so well haha, will most likely order some painted bowties, front and rear*
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:21 AM   #72
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You have done a fantastic job with your ride keep it up man and i'll stop by to see the updates!
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Old 06-30-2012, 11:25 AM   #73
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You have done a fantastic job with your ride keep it up man and i'll stop by to see the updates!
Thanks I am really excited to get my ported throttle body painted and installed I think it will look really good with the idea I have going.
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Old 06-30-2012, 12:16 PM   #74
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Oh yes making it your own is the best feeling in the world!
kjkjr27,Great words to follow...nice ride...love your "touch" to the car...keep up the great work....ABL99....
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