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Old 05-02-2013, 09:43 PM   #351
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Now that a couple weeks have passed since the gears and dyno tune I have a pretty good idea of the performance improvement. All I can say is.... ! Big Red never pulled so hard and smooth! The gears raised the rpm about 150rpm and I lost about 2 mpg on the highway at 73mph. I really don't care though because the fun factor has just increased big time!

I was getting onto the 400 expressway returning form the maple fest in Wellsville and when the lanes opened up I was in 3rd gear 40mph following a truck. When I floored it to pass the truck it actually surprised me how quick I got to 80mph! The car feels so much lighter now! First gear goes real quick and I really have to get used to shifting faster when I'm getting on it! RDP did a great job and I'm so glad that I did these mods!
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:14 AM   #352
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Now that a couple weeks have passed since the gears and dyno tune I have a pretty good idea of the performance improvement. All I can say is.... ! Big Red never pulled so hard and smooth! The gears raised the rpm about 150rpm and I lost about 2 mpg on the highway at 73mph. I really don't care though because the fun factor has just increased big time!

I was getting onto the 400 expressway returning form the maple fest in Wellsville and when the lanes opened up I was in 3rd gear 40mph following a truck. When I floored it to pass the truck it actually surprised me how quick I got to 80mph! The car feels so much lighter now! First gear goes real quick and I really have to get used to shifting faster when I'm getting on it! RDP did a great job and I'm so glad that I did these mods!
Thats awesome mate enjoy
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:53 AM   #353
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Hey Steve take care of my friend pueroricanfont today! I hope you get him to 443 like you did with mine! Of course you'll need a 25 degree morning to do it! Lol!
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Old 05-03-2013, 01:12 PM   #354
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Hey Steve take care of my friend pueroricanfont today! I hope you get him to 443 like you did with mine! Of course you'll need a 25 degree morning to do it! Lol!
on the dyno with him now
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Old 05-03-2013, 02:06 PM   #355
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Old 05-03-2013, 06:38 PM   #356
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Old 05-03-2013, 07:58 PM   #357
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Nice job Steve!
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:00 PM   #358
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So Mike, what's next?
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:05 PM   #359
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Thought I'd give my build thread a little love! Haha, it's been a while! Nothing new to report as far as mods to Big Red, BUT, I did bring home a new big brother for him! I've actually been pondering trading him in for a ZL1 or C7 Vette but reality got the best of me, as well as my wife , so, I went out and traded Little Red (2011 Cruze) for a 2013 CRT 1LT Equinox! Wow what a difference from the Cruze, lots more room and all around better vehicle!

Needless to say I did the right thing! My wife is pleased but I'll have to stick with Big Red for a long time to come!
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:34 PM   #360
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Congrats on the new ride, I'm glad you kept Big Red, especially with all the work you have put into it.
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:53 PM   #361
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Thought I'd give my build thread a little love! Haha, it's been a while! Nothing new to report as far as mods to Big Red, BUT, I did bring home a new big brother for him! I've actually been pondering trading him in for a ZL1 or C7 Vette but reality got the best of me, as well as my wife , so, I went out and traded Little Red (2011 Cruze) for a 2013 CRT 1LT Equinox! Wow what a difference from the Cruze, lots more room and all around better vehicle!

Needless to say I did the right thing! My wife is pleased but I'll have to stick with Big Red for a long time to come!



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Old 07-07-2013, 07:00 PM   #362
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Big red looks damn good for sure:-)...happy wife makes for a happy life...glad to see Big Red sticking around for awhile longer
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:28 PM   #363
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Congrats on the new ride, I'm glad you kept Big Red, especially with all the work you have put into it.
Thanks! I'm glad too! I would never get back what I got into it if I sold or traded!
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Oh don't feel bad! I'm glad Big Red is sticking around! Funny thing is I've had more compliments and people talking to me about my Camaro lately ever since I started pondering trading it in! Hmmm, someone was definatly trying to tell me something!
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Very true!
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:32 PM   #364
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So after 4 years of modding Big Red I finally decided to man up and put him to the test! I joined a bunch of other Camaro5 members on the forum sponsored Gingerman Raceway HPDE (High Performance Driving Experience) track day this past Friday and OH MAN Big Red did not disappoint! It was a blast from beginning to end!

I entered in the novice group which included a mandatory class on driving basics and an instructor that rode with me in the passenger seat. We had 6 20 minute sessions through the day and by session 6 I had it down pretty good! I must say that Big Red is by far more capable than my driving abilities!

I think I did a pretty good job at preparing the car for this type of driving, but, brake upgrades and some more suspension work are in order if I decide to continue doing track days (which I think I already have!). 20 minutes of full out driving really heats up the brakes and tires!

Here's a couple pics and a link to a video of my session 4! Enjoy!

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