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Old 12-16-2013, 07:04 AM   #29
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caught up

ok, i caught up to the present.
i have to say that this is a great car, easy and fun to work on and an absolute blast to drive. i had kind of gotten used to the way the car drives and accepted it as "normal". so thx to the Major for reminding me with this http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=332503

plans for the future:
11386 X-flow
sound deadening for the cabin.........unfortunately, this will most likely lead to speakers and the like
CVS-V brakes w/ ZL1 rotors
i'm sure a bunch of other things that i have not thought of yet
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:47 PM   #30
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Magnaflow

I still wanted the car a “little” quieter at startup in the mornings and to completely eliminate the little bit of drone and harshness that was left. More research on the internet and talking to folks, I stumbled upon an X pipe that is a muffler. What a novel idea! Ordered it and had installed by a great local muffler shop (recommended by the tuning shop). Outstanding results! Just a bit louder than stock, drone is completely gone. I run it all the time with the NPP functioning in factory mode………except I do close the flaps in the mornings while backing out of the garage and leaving the neighborhood. The cam lope is still quite pleasant, just a touch more subtle and I think it is a bit throatier now.
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:54 PM   #31
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Valley Cover

The new cover came in and I should have done a LOT more research before I pulled the trigger on the new cover. I think I could have repaired the original cover and saved $100. Note how the “ported vent” is bolted to the bottom of the cover. Notice items 908 (bolts) and 909 (ported vent)…………..sure enough it can be resealed.
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Old 01-13-2014, 08:58 PM   #32
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More quiet, this time inside

We are planning to drive the power tour this year. I decided that it would be more comfortable if I could quiet down the cabin a bit, no need to be silent like a tomb, but just take some of the edge off. We’ve taken it on trips and we have to raise our voices to hold a conversation. So I did more research and came up with a plan to add some additional sound deadening to the cabin. (THX to mattyjman, good info here: http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=287417 ) I’ve never done anything like this before, so it should be quite an adventure. Placed the order and the bits are showing up at the house. I’ll add pics and maybe a DIY. I think this will be a full week long project.
List of materials:
70 CLD Tiles
1 Roll of Butyl Rope
121.5 sq ft of MLV
10 sheets of CCF
40 sq ft of Thinsulate
3 Packs of Velcro Strips
32 oz can of HH-66 vinyl cement
2in maple roller

EDIT: needed 20 more tiles, i ran out before i could do the doors. ordered and expect delivery before the weekend
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Old 01-17-2014, 04:27 PM   #33
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Remote Clutch Bleeder

i had a free day so in went the remote clutch bleeder
DIY here http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=337717
a bit fiddly, but was worth the effort
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Old 01-29-2014, 09:40 AM   #34
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thx to mp51998, he suggested to use a mityvac to bleed the clutch. so i moved the bleeder into the engine compartment, tying it to the clip at the rear of the master cylinder reservoir. This will make fluid changes very easy.
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:02 AM   #35
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sound deadening

this was a pretty straight forward project. two downsides though: 1) it took 2 1/2 days and 2) i knicked the heck out of both hands. there were lots of places that i could not get my hand to and still have gloves on.
there were no difficulties with dissassembly/reassembly, there is plenty of info available. i did have to cut the carpet around the HVAC dump and also i could not get the headliner out of the car. so i worked above the headliner with it perched on the rear deck and the hand brake.
pic 1 of the carpet after the cut and removal
pic 2 shows some of the tiles installed, note that the car already has quite a bit of panel deadening material in place, mostly on the floor
pic 3 is the passenger floor with CCF and MLV installed

overall quite an improvement, my wife says that it is MUCH quieter now. i noticed that nearly all of the tire noise has gone away. this setup seems to remove higher frequencies, the exhaust is still very nice to hear though. i did run out of CLD tiles, so i still have the doors to do.
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:33 AM   #36
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Brake Upgrade - Rear

i got a good deal on front yellow CTS-V calipers and ZL1 rotors. since the front lines had to be changed anyway, this was a good time to go with stainless hoses too.
rear brake mod was only swapping the rubber hose for stainless and paint the center of the disk to match the ZL1 on the front
pic 1: wheel removed as stock
pic 2: disks in the oven to cure
pic 3: wheel removed with new paint and ss hose
pic 4: painted with wheel
pic 5: stock with wheel
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Old 01-29-2014, 10:53 AM   #37
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Front Brake Upgrade

originally i could not decide what color to go with on the calipers, i was able to narrow it down to silver and red. i really liked the CTS-V silver, but it would mean i'd have to buy the rear calipers too and the silver front calipers cost more than the yellow ones, overall too much of an investment for the factory silver CTS-V brakes. i decided to go with red because it would maintain the stock look of the car.
i used VHT red caliper spray paint and VHT hi-temp clear for the calipers. started with 220 grit sand paper to rough them up, cleaned with alcohol, let dry and applied 5 coats of red, 5min apart, let them dry and put "nearly" factory (silver CHEVROLETand black brembo) stickers on. then added 3 coats of the clear, again 5min between coats. threw them in the oven to bake and voila..........1LE 6 piston calipers.
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:54 PM   #38
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fronts installed

just finished up the install, it went real easy.........took only a couple of hours
the last pic is after burnishing
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:02 PM   #39
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good color match

color matches quite well, the light does not do it justice. they look exactly the same "brembo" red in person.
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:45 AM   #40
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Nice job on the mods. I really like the brake upgrade. Some day I would like to upgrade mine to the brembro brakes the additional stopping power would be nice.
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Old 03-08-2014, 07:51 AM   #41
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i've been toying with the idea of an intake manifold or porting mine. this lead me to looking at the LSXr. it looks nice and the gains are fair enough, but i was not interested in adding the billet fuel rails and the associated plumbing that goes with it. i know, not really difficult, but in my opinion it overpowers the engine bay.
they have the spacers to allow me to run the stock fuel rail, but i'm concerned about the effeciency of the injectors when they are shooting through a tube rather than righ into the airstream. i'm sure it is good, but i could not find anyone who had done a before/after with the spacers to see the effect on overall performance.......
so i was looking at the "crawford" mod for the stock intake. http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=344234
it's been around for a few years, but new to me. i decided i'll give it a go. Ryan was real helpful and put up with quite a few questions. i ended up getting an UDP at the same time.

i decided i have the time to do some science. so i'll do a couple of pulls on a dyno and then swap the pulley, do a couple of more pulls, swap the manifold do some more pulls and see what i get out of them both. the car shop has been helpful and we'll get to it near the end of April. i hope to post some gains.
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Old 03-08-2014, 07:54 AM   #42
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Nice job on the mods. I really like the brake upgrade. Some day I would like to upgrade mine to the brembro brakes the additional stopping power would be nice.
you should have bought mine
lol

to be truthful, the car does not stop noticably better (measured by the seat of my pants)
the car does brake predictably and i have not noticed any fade from the upgrade. that was what i was aiming for. oh, and they look cool!
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