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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!
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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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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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Old 07-24-2013, 07:50 PM   #365
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EEEEWWWWWW, you got it dirty.................I can only imagine how much fun you had, track time could/can be very addicting.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:53 PM   #366
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And video!!
Did the instructor ride with you all 6 runs?
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:40 AM   #367
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Did the instructor ride with you all 6 runs?
Yes he did, although after session 6 he said I really didn't need him and I'm ready for solo intermediate group!
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Old 07-25-2013, 11:11 AM   #368
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I'm sure many of us would like to think we know how to drive, but just need someplace to safely (and legally) practice. Was there anything he helped you with that you didn't know you needed?

Did you video a session with the camera inside the car? Would love to hear the car w/o the wind noise, and maybe eavesdrop on the instructor's comments.

I must say that my personal idea of a dream vacation has changed from another week in Disney World to a weekend at Bondurant.
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Old 07-25-2013, 11:23 AM   #369
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Yes he did, although after session 6 he said I really didn't need him and I'm ready for solo intermediate group!
It looks like you had a BLAST though!!
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Old 07-25-2013, 11:24 AM   #370
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I'm sure many of us would like to think we know how to drive, but just need someplace to safely (and legally) practice. Was there anything he helped you with that you didn't know you needed?

Did you video a session with the camera inside the car? Would love to hear the car w/o the wind noise, and maybe eavesdrop on the instructor's comments.
No video inside. I don't own a GoPro but I was able to borrow one for one session! As far as the instructor goes, he was very helpful in guiding me through the proper line and positioning of the car. It's a lot of work really to hit the turn ins and apex just right!
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Old 07-25-2013, 11:25 AM   #371
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Yes it was!
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Old 07-25-2013, 12:29 PM   #372
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Fantastic car man! I love when I can see proof that you do not need a blower to have a bad a$$ car! Awesome ride!
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Old 07-27-2013, 04:51 PM   #373
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Fantastic car man! I love when I can see proof that you do not need a blower to have a bad a$$ car! Awesome ride!
Thanks! No blower but maybe a cam someday! You know, so it will SOUND as bad a$$ as it looks!
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Old 08-08-2013, 06:59 PM   #374
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Camaro5 Fest IV, I have no words to express my feelings so I'll let the emoticons do the talking.... enough said? It was a blast from start to finish! Drove out with an Upstate C5 Camarovan (6 of us) and stayed at the host hotel. The parking lot party was interesting, with every combination of mods you can think of spread throughout the lot! When it got dark all the LED's came on, quite a scene!

My favorite part was the Camarocross in which Big Red did great, a lot better than the nut behind the wheel! I was able to improve my times by about 7 seconds from first run on Friday to last run on Saturday but I didn't make the finals, stiff competition! This was our first Camarocross and now I can't wait till next year! A new set of tires and FE-4 sway bar set-up and Ill be more competitive! Now I just have to find time to give the car a good wash!

Anyway, here's a bunch of pics and a couple vids!



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Old 08-08-2013, 07:04 PM   #375
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I can't figure out how to embed the videos so if anyone can help me please! Here's a bunch of pics!
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