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Old 06-05-2017, 03:13 AM   #57
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I've not been very careful recently and have used the splitter as a battering ram it seems, so I finally got around to getting it repaired. I first scratched it about 3 months after installing it, and after that just covered the gash with some vinyl. After about 3 years of the same vinyl covering and a few more bumps it was looking pretty ragged, so I took it over to a shop and had the hole sanded, filled in and new vinyl placed over it. I would have preferred it not to be damaged, but all things considered it doesn't look too bad now. Best part was with all the labor and installation and materials the cost for the whole thing came to about $20. I can't complain, but I will try to be more careful in the future.
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Old 06-05-2017, 04:33 AM   #58
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looks good as new
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Old 09-09-2017, 11:31 PM   #59
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Late summer update-

Every summer I go back to the states and stock up on parts for my car. This year I got some technostolgia taillights which went in very easily and look amazing, and I bought some SS calipers from another member. If you feel like reading another of my long winded accounts check it out here http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=507449.

Anyway to test the brakes and to get some exercise my wife and I took a drive to the mountains 100KM north east of Beijing city. When I was riding my Ducati, those were my favorite roads to go on- almost no traffic and the road was, and still is, as smooth as glass the entire trip. The curves are perfect, there are quite a few tunnels to be immature and noisy in, and the mountain region is stunning and breathtaking. Especially after being in the city for over a month, the change of scenery is very welcome.

The park we went to has a hiking path that goes up the mountain following a stream with many waterfalls and down the other side, near to where we entered. The whole hike is about 4KM and takes about 2 hours. It was hot and muggy with a bit of pollution but it was still a great day, especially with the drive there and the drive back. I try to take different roads to see new things both ways.

After all of the mods I have done to my car, I can say that it is nearing perfection for my needs. I feel confident and in tune with the car, the way it handles stops and accelerates is just the way I like it.
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Old 09-10-2017, 01:54 AM   #60
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Daaaaang !!!!!!! Not enough time in the world to read all of that. Nice story so far though lol....
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:30 AM   #61
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Just read from start to finish. It's a great story and your writing style is great. Thanks for sharing!

I've been to China a few times for work (Chongqing and Hong Kong mainly) and always keep an eye out for the interesting imported cars.
I also know where you're coming from with the accidents, in my experience the driving standards in China are pretty horrendous, I've been picked up from airports/hotels in taxis which have then had accidents on more than one occasion!! Luckily the speeds are normally quite low due to traffic so hopefully injuries are rare?

An American Camaro is unusual and interesting in the UK/Europe, so I guess even more so in China! It's awesome to see the car in front of landmarks like the Great Wall where you wouldn't expect to see one.

I imported and registered my car into the UK myself, there was some waiting, paperwork and bureaucracy but nothing like what you've had to go through!

Please keep us updated with progress, especially interested in experience of trackdays in China!
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Old 09-13-2017, 10:49 AM   #62
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Awesome write up, so cool to see a Camaro in a different country like China, do you get weird looks all the time while driving? Please keep posting pics and nice build!
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Old 09-15-2017, 01:57 AM   #63
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Just read from start to finish. It's a great story and your writing style is great. Thanks for sharing!

I've been to China a few times for work (Chongqing and Hong Kong mainly) and always keep an eye out for the interesting imported cars.
I also know where you're coming from with the accidents, in my experience the driving standards in China are pretty horrendous, I've been picked up from airports/hotels in taxis which have then had accidents on more than one occasion!! Luckily the speeds are normally quite low due to traffic so hopefully injuries are rare?

An American Camaro is unusual and interesting in the UK/Europe, so I guess even more so in China! It's awesome to see the car in front of landmarks like the Great Wall where you wouldn't expect to see one.

I imported and registered my car into the UK myself, there was some waiting, paperwork and bureaucracy but nothing like what you've had to go through!

Please keep us updated with progress, especially interested in experience of trackdays in China!
all the best,
Patrick
Thanks for reading all the way through. Thats a commitment very few can manage. There are a couple thousand Camaro's across China and more and more each day! Congrats getting a Camaro in the UK. I also used to live in Hong Kong, I loved car spotting in HK. I'll keep updating when I do interesting things... I'm going in to get oil change Sunday, that may be too mundane to make a post though.
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Old 09-15-2017, 02:03 AM   #64
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Awesome write up, so cool to see a Camaro in a different country like China, do you get weird looks all the time while driving? Please keep posting pics and nice build!
Thanks for your reply too. It is so much fun driving my car in China. I get a lot of more surprised looks and its mostly children who are excited to see a Camaro drive by, I get a lot of thumbs up from the expat kids actually.
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Old 10-03-2017, 10:47 PM   #65
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I am on vacation for a whole week thanks to Chinese holidays. My wife is with her friends in Korea so my good friend and I went on a day trip to the mountains and saw some of the most famous caves in Beijing. Traffic was pretty good and for most of the time we had the whole mountain to ourselves, even with the original tires on the car it performed amazing going faster than I should have up and then back down the mountain. I am so happy for the the mods i did to my car, they are working so well together- and most of the advice and choices I did were because of the other members here, so thanks to Camaro5 too.

As for the trip, I can't say enough how well Chinese roads are made, especially compared to the roads in southern Michigan where I grew up! Most of the roads here are smooth, well maintained and seemed well though out. They way it follows the curves of the land, offering great views as well as exciting turns. The road I took also really doesn't go anywhere but to a few villages so except for the people who live there there are only other enthusiasts on the road. It really is driving bliss and if it wasn't 3 hours away from my house I would be back there every day this week!

As for the cave, it literally looks like something from out of this world, it has so many different kinds of features I have never seen before anywhere. The hike in the caves takes about 1 1/2 hour and there is only about 15 minutes of back tracking involved. Another interesting think is that they use the cave's constant temperature to make some rice wine. I wish Halloween was widely celebrated here because a haunted cave would be pretty fun.

Thanks to my Camaro for getting me there and back safely and making me and my friend smile the entire trip.
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Old 10-04-2017, 08:41 AM   #66
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Thanks for your posts. I can relate as I have been to China many many times. I go to China once or twice a year. But normally do not make it above Qingdao. You are definitely in the minority driving the camaro. Good luck out there
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