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Old 05-30-2012, 09:06 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,

I am still waiting to get my Camaro but I have saved up about $2,000 for now to spend when I get it. What should be the first things I should get? I cant decide for myself hopefully someone who went through the same thing can tell me what they did and if they went the right way or they wish they did something different at first

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Old 05-30-2012, 09:59 PM   #2
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What are you getting?

SS, LT, LS? Auto or manual? RS package? What color? We'll need some info on what you're getting to be of any help.
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What are you getting?

SS, LT, LS? Auto or manual? RS package? What color? We'll need some info on what you're getting to be of any help.
Thats affirmative
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:16 PM   #4
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I am getting a 2012 2LS
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:21 PM   #5
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First thing I wanted was exhaust,for sound and looks. Didn't like the way those over sized bed pans looked in the back,plus they are pretty quiet. Next was CAI.
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MR2 exhaust. Varaam Intake. Headers with tune including tcm if auto. Plenum spacer ect.
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Old 05-30-2012, 11:40 PM   #7
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MR2 exhaust. Varaam Intake. Headers with tune including tcm if auto. Plenum spacer ect.
The LFX cant use headers but some High Flow Cats should fix that!
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Old 05-31-2012, 01:05 AM   #8
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MR2 exhaust. Varaam Intake. Headers with tune including tcm if auto. Plenum spacer ect.
There is also no Vararam intake for the LFX engine, nor is there a plenum spacer available.

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Old 05-31-2012, 01:08 AM   #9
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Tint the windows... CAI inc,...exhaust
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I'm thinking it really depends on what your reason for making mods is. For instance, I love the looks of my 1LT/RS so I'm not spending $$$ on asthetics.

The sound needs some help and I'd like to get max MPGs, so I've ordered MRT-V2 Axleback exhaust and CAI Cold Air Induction. Both are said to increase HP and MPG.

My other concern is keeping my inner engine clean and efficient so, I have ordered an RX Catch Can as well.

So as I said, I think YOU have to pick your priorities once you've put a few miles on it. If I could make only one mod, I'd probably choose the Catch Can. I know the engines are designed to function just fine without it, but I plan on having this car a lonnnnnnnng time. Dirty engine = not good.
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:23 AM   #11
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I'm thinking it really depends on what your reason for making mods is. For instance, I love the looks of my 1LT/RS so I'm not spending $$$ on asthetics.

The sound needs some help and I'd like to get max MPGs, so I've ordered MRT-V2 Axleback exhaust and CAI Cold Air Induction. Both are said to increase HP and MPG.

My other concern is keeping my inner engine clean and efficient so, I have ordered an RX Catch Can as well.

So as I said, I think YOU have to pick your priorities once you've put a few miles on it. If I could make only one mod, I'd probably choose the Catch Can. I know the engines are designed to function just fine without it, but I plan on having this car a lonnnnnnnng time. Dirty engine = not good.
I agree I plan on keeping this for a long time also and maybe passing it down or something like that. Thank you for telling me about the catch can I am going to look into that. But pretty much my goal is mainly performance with style. I want new rims and Oracle headlights and some tint and maybe some vinyl stripes but that all together will be about $550.00 (without the rims), so I just need to see what performance parts I want first probably a CAI Air Intake, catch can (Thanks you you )
and a exhaust at first. Then I will see what I have left over and save up for the next item I want
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In this order:

Get Ashen Gray Metallic

When you get the deal you want tell the dealership you'll sign the papers today if they get the windows tinted as dark as legally possible on the sides and 15% on the back.

Put $350 back for the Vararam intake when it comes out

Add foglights if you don't have them ($150 roughly)

Change the interior bulbs to LED's in whatever color you choose (I got blue and they are great) ($15)

Get yourself a decent exhaust set-up but I'd do some heavy searching for the sound you like as there are many options and opinions ($350-$1500)

I'd say look at what others are doing on here but by all means do what makes you happy and take what people say lightly.
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All good suggestions above and like was posted, it depends on whether you are going for aesthetics or power/sound. If it were me, I would do it in this order...

Wheels, but not necessarily tires, keeping stock tires will save $ ($1000+)
exhaust ($350-550)
Windows tinted (I like the suggestion of working it in the deal) (free-$200)
CAI either Vararam when it comes out or CAI, Inc. ($350-$450)

-----$2000 stops here----

Fog lights ($100+)
Catch can ($150?? not sure haven't done it yet)
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First thing; some sealant/wax, quality microfiber towels, 2 buckets, uv protectant, floor mats, and a Louisville Slugger.
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I agree I plan on keeping this for a long time also and maybe passing it down or something like that. Thank you for telling me about the catch can I am going to look into that. But pretty much my goal is mainly performance with style. I want new rims and Oracle headlights and some tint and maybe some vinyl stripes but that all together will be about $550.00 (without the rims), so I just need to see what performance parts I want first probably a CAI Air Intake, catch can (Thanks you you )
and a exhaust at first. Then I will see what I have left over and save up for the next item I want
Check out the Catch Can thread, if you haven't already. http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=224810
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First thing; some sealant/wax, quality microfiber towels, 2 buckets, uv protectant, floor mats, and a Louisville Slugger.

,........ I'd invest in products to keep your new Camaro well taken care of first. Take your time on choosing what you want for the rest of your mods, There are a lot of good products available for the 5th gen Camaros and some, not so much, have a plan on what you want to accomplish and spend your dollars wisely.

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Dont get wheels and come see me in 2 months, so i can say "i told you so"
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There is also no Vararam intake for the LFX engine, nor is there a plenum spacer available.

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I'm thinking it really depends on what your reason for making mods is. For instance, I love the looks of my 1LT/RS so I'm not spending $$$ on asthetics.

The sound needs some help and I'd like to get max MPGs, so I've ordered MRT-V2 Axleback exhaust and CAI Cold Air Induction. Both are said to increase HP and MPG.

My other concern is keeping my inner engine clean and efficient so, I have ordered an RX Catch Can as well.

So as I said, I think YOU have to pick your priorities once you've put a few miles on it. If I could make only one mod, I'd probably choose the Catch Can. I know the engines are designed to function just fine without it, but I plan on having this car a lonnnnnnnng time. Dirty engine = not good.
Great advice from Palmer here. Set your priorities and go from there. My 1st priority was to get rid of the weak OEM exhaust. I got the MRT V2 exhaust, a CAI Inc Cold Air kit, and the RX catch can to take care of the internals. I've got pics in my garage if you want to check them out.

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Great advice from Palmer here. Set your priorities and go from there. My 1st priority was to get rid of the weak OEM exhaust. I got the MRT V2 exhaust, a CAI Inc Cold Air kit, and the RX catch can to take care of the internals. I've got pics in my garage if you want to check them out.
Exactly my mods, in the same order. Great minds think alike (I hope). Just finished with the MRT-V2. Awaiting arrival of CAI and Catch Can.
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Exactly my mods, in the same order. Great minds think alike (I hope). Just finished with the MRT-V2. Awaiting arrival of CAI and Catch Can.
The CAI will change the sound under your hood as much as the MRT V2 exhaust changed the sound out the back. Gret ready for more permagrin!

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are you set on getting the 2LS? the lower diff ratio will make the car slower on acceleration and the automatic transmission will reduce your power output at the wheels even further.

if you aren't completely determined to get an automatic, maybe you should consider getting the 1LS. the higher diff ratio and more efficient transmission will help the car feel and run faster. having a stick-shift will also allow you to enjoy your mods even more.

also, i still haven't seen any confirmation as to whether the 2012 V6 camaros have a flash counter, but if they don't or you aren't too concerned about the powertrain warranty, a tune will also give a nice little power boost, especially if you get the 2LS. on the automatic, the tune also optimizes the transmission to give the car a much sportier feel and better/faster shifting and better shift-points. that will make a big difference, since the automatics like to keep the RPMs a bit too low and the tune fixes the car from shifting into too high of a gear too soon. i can only imagine that effect would be worse on the 2LS, due to the lower diff ratio.
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The CAI will change the sound under your hood as much as the MRT V2 exhaust changed the sound out the back. Get ready for more permagrin!

Excellent!
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