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Old 01-26-2013, 11:17 PM   #1
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My 1st Camaro - A 1LT Story (Updates 6/18/13)

Hey guys, just going to start this up for my car. Nothing extreme yet, but maybe it will be of interest to someone at some point

2012 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT/Automatic - Victory Red/Jet Black Interior
No factory options

Updated June 18th, 2013

Mods:

Mechanical/Performance:
-Dynomax VT Axle Back Exhaust (Jegs)
-CAI Brand Intake w/ air scoop and bottle relocator (Apex Speed)
-VMax CNC Throttle Body (Florida Speed & Performance)
-RX Catch Can & Breather (JDP)

Exterior:
-20% window tint on all 5 + windshield brow (Friend)
-GM Splash Guards (Ebay - Dealer from New Orleans)
-Debadged 'Camaro' on each side (Me)
-Painted bowties front and rear (Me)
-Trunk blackout panel (BigWorm Graphics)
-American Racing Torq Thrust M 18x9 (Extreme Customs/Wheel Pros)
-Polished Camaro 'Script' badges (Emblem Pros)

Interior:
-Deep rubber floor mats (WalMart)
-Constant hot mod on the power outlet (Me!)
-Chevrolet door sills (GM)

Underhood (non performance):
-Mobil 1 Factory Fill plate

Planned:

-SLP ghost gills
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Camaro flags?-Hood spears?

Currently:


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Around early April 2012 I got a wild hair. I was tired of driving a crew cab truck for just me, myself, and I. I have an old beater pickup sitting around at home anyway. I wanted my first car! Always drove Chevrolet and I never really thought about 5th Gens, other than I knew they looked cool.

I was leaving the dealer after buying an airbag sensor for my '05 Silverado and saw the line of Camaros. I HAD to drive one.

Two weeks later:

My 2005 Silverado after two years of trusted service sitting beside my brand new 2012 1LT Camaro. It was bittersweet. No kidding, I got a little misty eyed while sitting in the car doing the OnStar into. I have never had a brand new car, let alone something really cool like a 5th Gen. It was a very special moment, having a shiny red Camaro with 14 miles on it. Prior to this, my '05 Silverado was the newest thing I ever had. Bought it with 77K on the clock. INTERESTING NOTE! I bought the truck from Brian Harris Chevrolet, traded it back into Brian Harris two years later on the Camaro, and they sold the same truck, on the same used car lot, with 25,000 more miles on it, hehe. That was neat. Funny thing, it was nicer when they got it back than when they had it to start with.



So that's the back story. As of today, about 9 months and 9,805 miles later, I still love it. No problems or major concerns, and I still peek out the window at night to look at it under the glow of the carport light.

Pics!

Day 2. Look at all that nasty dealer BS on the rear.





Day 3. Wash and its first coat of wax. All dealer ads removed.





One month in. Window tint is imperative in South Louisiana.





At around 1,500 miles the RX Catch Can finally made it.





Months later. Picked up a couple minor rock chips from surprise road construction. Took it as a sign of things to come. Ordered some GM splash guards. No new chips or paint damage since.







More in my next post
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Old 01-26-2013, 11:31 PM   #2
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I hated that the stock power outlet only worked with the key on. So, I fixed it. I added a new wire and tied it into the fuse block with an add a fuse.





Finally, I decided she needed some fun stuff. It's a daily driver and I didn't want to get carried away. I picked up the Dynomax VT system, which I price matched down to $388 shipped at Jegs, and added a CAI kit with scoop and bottle relocator, and a VMax throttle body. Around the tail end of December 2012 I started ordering everything.

Throttle bodies. Stock right, Vmax left.



New exhaust!



Cut off the old trash cans.



Yay for having real exhaust tips and mufflers. Sounds great too.






Here is a video of the exhaust. Full throttle start, half throttle pass, and a cruising pass.




Under the hood as of January 19th, 2012.





And outside (again, as of 1/19/2012).







Oh, and here she is with her distant third cousin. My '93 step side (LS Swapped!). For when I need a truck.



That's it for now guys. Just a tame little daily driver. More to come in time.
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:26 AM   #3
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Nice mods, keep it up
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Old 01-27-2013, 09:39 AM   #4
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very clean awesome red one you got
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:52 PM   #5
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Excellent job!

Question re your RX hoses. With the way they are zip tied, does the engine cover still fit snug? I like that set up.
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Old 01-27-2013, 02:41 PM   #6
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Car looks fantastic and a great color choice if i say so myself!!
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Old 01-27-2013, 04:58 PM   #7
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Real nice start to your build. Please enjoy each item you decide upon. Sounds like you do your own work...

Wonderful color to do mods with...

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Old 01-27-2013, 05:05 PM   #8
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Old 01-27-2013, 07:05 PM   #9
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Thanks everyone!

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Excellent job!

Question re your RX hoses. With the way they are zip tied, does the engine cover still fit snug? I like that set up.
Yep, doesn't interfere with everything. I build emergency vehicles for a living so I tend to be a stickler for neatly routed hoses and wires. I couldn't just let them run wild like some people do, but I had to curve them out a little to make sure the fittings on the can stayed tight.

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Car looks fantastic and a great color choice if i say so myself!!
Thanks. The previous truck kinda started my liking for red. I bought the car to match the interior/exterior of my old truck since I was happy with it (Victory Red w/ dark interior). I wanted a flashy color. The dark blues and whites and greys are nice but don't have any excitement...

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Real nice start to your build. Please enjoy each item you decide upon. Sounds like you do your own work...

Wonderful color to do mods with...

Kurt ABL99...

I'm no ASE Certified mechanic but I grew up having to work on my own vehicles out of necessity. I will find a way to do it. Luckily, the car has an awful lot of warranty coverage. But I do my own mods and I can pull engines, transmissions, etc if the need arises.

Oh, took a friend and her little girl to the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans today. Rolled 10,000 miles pulling into the neighborhood coming home. She's growing up so fast.

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Old 02-03-2013, 02:13 AM   #10
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Old 03-16-2013, 04:29 PM   #11
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Minor update.

I was off work yesterday due to shifting back from a temporary night shift back onto days, so while trying to stay awake to fix my sleep schedule I went outside and de-badged the Camaro. Then washed and waxed it.

I'm thinking about putting a painted bowtie back on the rear with the skinny black out panel, red bowtie up front. Still debating on other graphics...



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Old 03-19-2013, 09:50 PM   #12
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I'm still awaiting some information, but this is looking like a possibility...

TSW Nurburgring RF Bronze 20x9 w/ Hankook Ventus ST 275/40R20. Square setup so it can rotate and handle.

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Old 04-07-2013, 10:28 PM   #13
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those wheels would look great!! lower it about a 1inch and ZOMG!!!
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:33 PM   #14
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Awesome, love the car and the mods look great! Glad you finally got to get an amazing car like a camaro! I'm looking forward to seeing what you have planned in the future
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:35 PM   #15
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Maybe it's just me but I love reading and going through the v6 journals.
I guess there are so many SS' out there and I personally just ordered a 2LT Non RS so it hits more at home with me.
How do you like the quarter flares?
I originally planned to get them but slowly wasn't sure to the point I removed them from my planned order to save a little on the payment and figure If I finally wanted them I could just buy from Maureen at rogers..
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:35 PM   #16
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Maybe it's just me but I love reading and going through the v6 journals.
I guess there are so many SS' out there and I personally just ordered a 2LT Non RS so it hits more at home with me.
How do you like the quarter flares?
I originally planned to get them but slowly wasn't sure to the point I removed them from my planned order to save a little on the payment and figure If I finally wanted them I could just buy from Maureen at rogers..
I know I'm a month late on this one, but it doesn't hurt to answer it I suppose

I like the V6 threads too!

The flares are great. I don't mind the looks at all and they have done a great job to minimize paint damage on the sides of my car. No new chips since I installed them last year.
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:00 PM   #17
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Minor update.

I called Factory Reproductions and had my CARD IN HAND to order four 20x9 polished ZL1 wheels with 275/40R20 Nexen rubber mounted all around. They were out :( So close! However, after seeing the new silver/machine finish they may add, I'm glad I missed out. I fully intend on ordering the ZL1 Replicas in a silver or polished finish with the wide (23MM) offset so they will come out to the edge of the fenders. Just have to wait for stock to come in :( It's gonna look so cool.

I'm trying to keep an OEM look. I'm not much for extravagant mods and prefer parts and pieces that either are GM made, or look like something they would have done. 'Less is more'.

But, I did add my trunk blackout decals and put my rear bowtie back on with the center painted red. I will try to do the front bowtie the same this weekend.

Before: Meh, kinda plain.



Mo' betta. This is the one with the little pieces that go between the brake lights too.

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Old 05-25-2013, 12:22 PM   #18
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I can hardly wait to see the new wheels and tires....and along with what you already have done, they will look outstanding....I am loving the fact that you do your own work...it does a body good!!.....

Nicely done SG...

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Old 05-25-2013, 01:02 PM   #19
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Thanks.

Yea, I'm no stranger to cars. If it wasn't under warranty and needed a timing chain set, or engine or trans swap, I would be handling it myself. No dealers or shops here once the mileage runs out.
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Old 05-25-2013, 01:12 PM   #20
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congrats on a new car purchase, great feeling isn't it.
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Old 05-27-2013, 09:52 PM   #21
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congrats on a new car purchase, great feeling isn't it.
Thanks. This was my first brand new car. I plan on framing the window sticker and including a little list of mods to bring with me to shows and get togethers for the heck of it. I don't commonly enter the car anywhere since it's mostly stock, but it would be cool to have when I go places with the local club or fundraiser shows.

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Old 05-28-2013, 10:04 PM   #22
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Look what I found!

Hah, nah, it's not that exciting. BUT, very helpful. Hopefully soon I will order some lights for the interior of the car. I probably won't be using colored lighting as I tend to be more function over form, and some good white light is something the inside of this black interior car (and its piss poor dome light) really need.

The switch is just a door switch from an old pickup truck and I will use this on the glovebox door to turn a light on/off inside. I am also planning on a light in each foot well (front and rear). I may also add some additional lighting in the trunk.

I also thought a lighting strip along the bottom of each door would be great as well, but I'm not sure if there is a suitable wire to tire into in the door.

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Well. I want some more useful lighting (as mentioned previously). I scanned several websites for products.

Problem I found. Most people have flexible ribbon lights. I personally don't care for them. No good way to attach them and they look a little cheap. the tube lights I have found, I'm not crazy about their perceived build quality. However, I prefer the tube and their mounting options and durability.

Then I remembered these people - On Scene Solutions

I build fire trucks for a living and do all the electrical work, emergency lights, etc and we use the for the interior compartment lights on fire trucks 90% of the time. They have been extremely reliable and I have seen trucks come back from the field with the light tubes beat to hell and broken loose from their brackets and still working. These are also warrantied for 5 years free replacement. So, while it's not cheap....at $100 total for two 10" lights in the foot well, a 6" for the glove box, and a 30" for the trunk, it's reliable and I know the product first hand from 5 years of working with them. I wanted to put some lights in the rear foot wells but I don't see a good place to put them and probably won't need the light often enough anyway.

American made, too

http://onscenesolutions.com/Access-LED-P99C20.aspx

ALSO

I ordered a 1LE Style Separator from Tracy at RX. Looking forward to that arriving.
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:34 PM   #24
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A real update. Ordered several parts this week. These were the first to arrive!

Part of me wants to mount these on the stock tires. The other part wants to order some wider and more aggressive looking 265/50R18 Nittos...








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Old 06-18-2013, 08:14 PM   #25
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NEW STUFF!

Well, here is an overall look from today.

New Camaro script badges from Emblem Pros, American Racing TQ M wheels on stock tires (18x9) and factory Chevrolet door sill panels. Also a neat Mobil 1 plate. I'm loving the older school retro look I'm bringing to the car.





GM Chevrolet door sills



Mobil 1 plate. Stumbled on this by complete accident. The cool thing is, I really do run Mobil 1 5W-30 Full Synthetic so the piece is a nice touch plus being truly informative.



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