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Old 01-12-2014, 10:35 AM   #1
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Trouble installing Vararam on 2011 SS

Anybody else had issues installing a Vararam Tune Model CAI on their 2011 SS? On my car the radiator mounting bracket posts are on about 18" centers, and once the Vararam housing is installed it is so wide (about 17" at that point) that I can't get the reversed brackets back on where they align with the captured nut the bracket bolts are supposed to screw in to. Rough measurements indicate they need to be 1-1/2" farther apart to line up, which is a whole bunch and not something that can easily be massaged.

I'm wondering if they sent me the wrong unit, although the box is marked correctly, or if our car's radiators vary that much?

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Old 01-12-2014, 02:32 PM   #2
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53 views and nobody had this problem. I'm thinking I got a mislabeled piece from Vararam or I'm dumb as a stump.
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:39 PM   #3
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53 views and nobody had this problem. I'm thinking I got a mislabeled piece from Vararam or I'm dumb as a stump.
Maybe go to their site and see if they posts install videos....maybe you do have the wrong part...check their site for the model you have and see if the pictures look like what you have.....should have gone with a k@n lol.....I'm sure your not dumb....or check out you tube as well.
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:45 PM   #4
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Not sure if this helps..you tube with a quick look at the install..about half way through the vid you see him putting a varna ram tune only cai intake in the car..it shows the part number as well..have a look
http://youtu.be/IQpfYqP0lHM
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Old 01-12-2014, 02:55 PM   #5
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I just run mine without the top brackets fastened. It wiggles just a little if you grab it and purposely try to rock it back and forth. But the radiator is not really going anywhere. At least mine has given me zero concerns in two years and 15000 miles.
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I put heat reduction tape on the rubber apron they give you for a radiator cover.

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Old 01-12-2014, 04:44 PM   #7
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I had that problem with the tabs but I shaved them off and it fit fine. I will just buy new brackets if I ever take the Vararam intake off. Or you can leave the brackets off...like a lot of people have done. The radiator isn't gonna go anywhere because the intake will hold it in place. Either method you choose to solve it will be fine.
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Old 01-12-2014, 05:40 PM   #8
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Thanks everyone. I had already Dremeled those tabs off. The problem I think I had was that the unit wasn't oriented properly. All the pictures I see show the brackets tucked under the hump on the housing, and I couldn't get mine to do that. Going try that tomorrow when I get younger, healthier help.
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Old 01-13-2014, 02:41 PM   #9
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UPDATE: My reinforcement (47 years my junior) showed up today to install the Vararam. With his ingenuity and not repeating my missteps, he was able to get it installed in about 1 hour, brackets and all. So we wait to go to the drag strip and see if we improved the IATs over the CAI unit that was installed.
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UPDATE: My reinforcement (47 years my junior) showed up today to install the Vararam. With his ingenuity and not repeating my missteps, he was able to get it installed in about 1 hour, brackets and all. So we wait to go to the drag strip and see if we improved the IATs over the CAI unit that was installed.
What are your plans for the CAI unit that you took off?
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UPDATE: My reinforcement (47 years my junior) showed up today to install the Vararam. With his ingenuity and not repeating my missteps, he was able to get it installed in about 1 hour, brackets and all. So we wait to go to the drag strip and see if we improved the IATs over the CAI unit that was installed.
Interested in the IAT Numbers. Please let us know what you get.
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What are your plans for the CAI unit that you took off?
Once I test the Vararam and am convinced that it is what I want to run, I'll sell the CAI, scoop and washer bottle relocate kit.
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Interested in the IAT Numbers. Please let us know what you get.
I will, but it might be a few weeks. My back went out fooling with the Vararam and I can't even get in and out of the Camaro at the moment.
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Once I test the Vararam and am convinced that it is what I want to run, I'll sell the CAI, scoop and washer bottle relocate kit.
Let me know when you're ready to sell. I'm located in Atlanta, but my parents live in Byron. I could meet you to pick it up if the price is reasonable.
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I will, but it might be a few weeks. My back went out fooling with the Vararam and I can't even get in and out of the Camaro at the moment.
Your gonna be pleasantly surprised, when I was tuning my cousins car with a CAI temps would shoot straight up to the red quick not the case with the vararam you'll see. Keep us posted.
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Interested in the IAT Numbers. Please let us know what you get.
I have been doing some datalogging lately. Today the outside temp was 47 degrees F and my IAT was 51 degrees F. A few days ago the outside temp was 19 degrees F and my IAT was 23 degrees F. Both times were when the engine was at normal operating temps. So it does run a bit warmer than ambient by 4 degrees F. I would have thought that it would be closer to ambient. But 4 degrees F isn't a significant amount. Anyone else do any datalogging?
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Old 01-15-2014, 10:11 PM   #17
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For those of you interested in my data collection, I have compiled the data from my logs with the CAI cold air intake with Apex scoop. It is in the attached PDF file and I plan on compiling the same data for the Vararam Tune Model as I get the track this spring. Anybody have any suggestions as to what I should include that I haven't, etc.

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Old 02-22-2014, 05:43 PM   #18
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For those of you that wanted to see my Temp data, I have posted it in Drag Racing section of the forum.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=343725
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