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Old 06-07-2012, 10:36 AM   #35
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I had the plan of a turbo so I went with Solos but the drag racing bug bit me and now I'm trying to get every once of power out of her until I decide to break open the block. This is my last engine mod and Ill be fully bolted and then its time for some gears.
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:27 PM   #36
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I need to get out to the track here and give it a try. I've never been there before, but I've been complaining about not being able to exercise my car since I got it. Hell.. you can't even really run it hard through more than 2nd without risking a run-in with a LEO... and that's even speeding quite a bit on the freeway.
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Old 06-07-2012, 02:41 PM   #37
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If you go once you'll be hooked although you really only get to do full pulls in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and sometimes you might just shift into forth at the line but its still a rush
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Old 06-08-2012, 12:51 PM   #38
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I think I'm going to start separate threads in the DIY section for each of these installations. I'll keep this one up to date with finished results for those that don't care about the installation processes.

With that said... I need to charge my camera up for some Solo before/after vids. PB blaster starts tonight. Install happens tomorrow morning.

I went by Autozone to see if they had any O2 sensors in case I have any problems. They don't stock them. Sucks . I'm gonna call my dealer today and make sure they have some that I can come grab if mine are cross-threaded. Hopefully they come out no problems.
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Old 06-10-2012, 12:46 PM   #39
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I got my Solo midpipes installed on Friday. They definitely make the car sound better.

I have a couple problems with the pipes. The first problem is easy to fix. Neither the OEM gaskets or the Solo gaskets would fit properly. The Solo ones are in there now, but they tended to not align perfectly. The only thing I can think of is that the 2012 manifold to midpipe connection changed slightly? The raised lip on the OEM gasket doesn't fit down into the piping on the Solo midpipe either. I dunno.. I'm just going to make some new gaskets for that connection.

The second problem kinda sucks. The driver side O2 extender and bung are stripped out. They came that way . I need to figure out what kind of metal the extender is. If it's steel (and not aluminum) then I think I'm just going to push it back down into the bung and weld it on permanently. I don't know why Solo doesn't just do that anyways?

So there's a little chirp occasionally at idle that I've noticed. It sounds kinda like a belt, but I'm pretty sure it's a leak somewhere. There is also a tapping sound that I can hear coming from the exhaust at WOT over about 4K RPM. Kinda like a cross between a tap and a clap Impossible to explain these things. I'm not gonna get too worked up about either for the time being. I need to get new gaskets in there and my O2 extender fixed before I start seriously analyzing the problem.

Here is the DIY thread for installing the Solo midpipes.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=229346

It was nice to get under the car and unbolt some of this stuff. Now I know exactly what I'm in for when I remove the entire cat-back for the next project. Piece of cake
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Old 06-10-2012, 01:05 PM   #40
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The extenders are the aluminum version. I ordered a pair of new steel extenders off ebay for $15. They're getting welded in. Problem solved.
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Old 09-19-2012, 09:43 PM   #41
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It has been a while since i thought about finishing this. We've been working on a 1960 willy's FC-150. Add life to that and there's not much left over.

I've decided to go ahead and tackle this project this weekend. One last hurrah for the little bit of good weather left before 2012 goes cold.

I'll start a diy thread for this one like i did the solos.
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Old 09-25-2012, 06:43 PM   #42
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Well... It's done. I didn't even bother to do a DIY though. About 30 minutes into the project I realized that if you need a DIY for this, then you probably shouldn't be doing it yourself.

It took a long time and a lot of adjusting to get the tips to line up right. I ended up having to cut the hangers off, straighten them out, rebend them, and weld them back on. I also ended up buying some 2.5" ID couplers to make it easier to weld it to the existing piping. I would suggest using couplers to anyone that attempts this. It makes it non-critical that your cuts line up nicely. It's easier said than done...

She sounds like a beast. I'm totally happy with the new growl.
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