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Old 10-12-2010, 06:02 PM   #1
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Well, I am starting this thread a bit late - but better late than never.

Some background - I owned a Yellow 1969 Camaro SS/RS back in college. Bought it used and put in a lot a work to get the car to a semi-decent point. Not show quality, but a damn fast car. After college, I joined the Navy and got shipped off for a tour in Japan, so I decided that rather than let the car sit for 3+ year, I would sell it. I have been regretting that decision for most of my life.

So, while in the Navy, I moved around a lot, meet my wife, had kids, bought a mini-van (the low point of my automotive life). Generally have been buying "sensible" vehicles - sedans, SUv's, etc.

Last year, my wife asks me what I wanted for my birthday. I told her that I would had seen the new Camaro that was coming out and wanted to buy one - I was joking with her. Then she asks me "How much are they?" I tell her under $30K for the V6. To my surprise she says "Sure, you've worked hard and earned it."
So I said "I can really buy one?"
To which she replys "No, I want to buy it for you as your Birthday present!"

Now I remember why I married this woman.

Anyway, I start looking for my car and trying to decide on what color, options, etc that I want. In the end, I decide to wait until the 2011 models, mainly because I really like the HUD feature and I figure that GM will have worked most of the bugs out by then.

So August 19th, 2010 I pick up my brand new 2011 2SS/RS in Imperial Blue Metallic with the grey leather interior and 6-speed manual. The only options I got were the polished wheels and the trunk mat. Actually I got them to throw in the mat for free. I was thinking about yellow, decided that yellow was just not my color anymore.

I was not able to get any pictures when I picked it up since it was late at night and pretty dark out.

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Old 10-12-2010, 06:07 PM   #2
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So here it is about 2 months after I get the car and I have already started to make modifications to it. What I have done so far:

Retractable front license plate

Window tint - 20% rear, 50% front (damn CA laws)

Full catback Magnaflow 3 inch exhaust -thanks to fellow Camaro5 member

MGW shifter with race knob

Full ABL across dash

Gorillia locking lug nut set

Skip shift eliminator



I am currently working on a modified Heritage grille and the Camaro will be going in to get stripes painted in a couple of weeks.
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:30 PM   #3
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Okay, so I just dropped the car off to get rally stripes painted. Decided not to go with a standard color and spent at least a month looking at different paint combinations. Decided on Mystic Sapphire Pearl - which is a discontinued GM color. I thought it would look good with the IBM. I will post pictures when I get it back from the painter.
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:32 PM   #4
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nice, can't wait to pics of the stripes.
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:50 AM   #5
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Just picked up the Camaro yesterday from the paint shop where it was getting rally stripes painted. The guy that did the painting was very meticulous with prepping and laying out the stripes. 90% of a good paint job is prep - the other 10% is the actual painting. If you take short cuts on prep, the final product does not come out as good as it could have if proper preparation was done. So the painter took a week prepping the car and about two days to paint it. The hardest part of this whole process was picking what color I wanted the stripes to be. After looking at dozens of paint samples, I decided on a discontinued GM color called Mystic Sapphire Pearl. It is a 3 stage paint - most paints are two stages: color coat and a clear coat. The Mystic Sapphire Pearl has a blue base coat that is lighter than the IBM color of my car and the second stage is a clear with metallic and pearl flecks in it that goes on top of the color coat. Then the clear goes over all of this. The final product came out much better than I hoped it would. In dull/overcast light it just looks like a lighter blue. But in the sun, it really brings out the metallic and pearl so it has a goldish multi-color hue to it. Hard to describe. Below are two pictures at different angles and the paint seems to change color. I will get some better pictures on the next sunny day.
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Old 11-08-2010, 01:41 AM   #6
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Nice stripe!
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Old 11-09-2010, 12:11 PM   #7
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What did you end up paying?? I am considering paint myself for my stripes. I have to decide quick though before my order goes in.
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Old 11-09-2010, 12:48 PM   #8
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Total cost was $1070. I was quoted $1000, but when I chose the color, it cost more for the 3 stage paint.

If you decide to go with paint, be sure to talk to the painter and see some of his work. There was a Camaro that was owned by a guy down the street from the painter I used. He quoted him a price to do his car but the other guy took it to someone else. Saved like $100, but they totally screwed up the part over the front facia. They did not take the time to properly mask and then clear coat it. Ended up looking more like vinyl than paint.

Alot depends on where you take it. I have seen costs from $800 to $2200.
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Old 11-09-2010, 03:03 PM   #9
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That is what I am so nervous about. I am having a hard time finding a good painter. I would rather spend $800 to $1000 on something that will last forever than spending $400 on vinyl that only lasts 8 years and really doesnt look as good.
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Old 11-11-2010, 12:08 AM   #10
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The painted stripes look very nice. Much better than the vinyls...:(

What exactly do you mean by retractable front plate? I've never heard of that before.
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Old 11-11-2010, 09:36 AM   #11
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Very nice IBM.
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Old 11-11-2010, 10:20 AM   #12
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Retractable License Frame

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What exactly do you mean by retractable front plate? I've never heard of that before.
It has a small motor that allows it to retract under the front bumper. So you can have it up when driving (to be legal in CA), but can hide it when parked so the front end looks clean. It is controlled via a remote key fob controller. Here is a video of one on a Camaro (not mine) that I found on youtube.



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Very nice IBM.
Thanks. It is a work in progress.
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Old 11-11-2010, 07:12 PM   #13
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The retractable plate is sweet. Love the NY plates. I have also seen plate holders that are clear that can be shaded at the push of a button.. Highly illegal but at the push of a button you can totall black out your plates.
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Old 11-12-2010, 12:22 AM   #14
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Love the plate setup!
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Excellent choice!

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Old 12-05-2010, 07:11 PM   #16
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New LED Sidelights

Just got some Showstopper LED Sidelights in a Group Buy. These things look awesome. Now I need to find a wiring harness to hook the sidelights up to the turn signals so the LEDs will flash with the signals.

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Old 12-11-2010, 12:51 AM   #17
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So got some LED DRL bulbs and Chrome colored flasher bulbs from Autolumination. I like that my DRL light color matches my HIDs. Now I just need to figure out how to wire my DRL and Halos to be on at the same time.

I also installed a wiring harness to have the front LED side markers flash with the front turn signals. Rather than paying $75 for a wiring harness, I found some resistors and diodes and did it myself for only $5 per light.
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Old 12-28-2010, 12:05 PM   #18
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I have been trying to figure out how to get the rear LED sidemarkers to flash along with my turn signals. The hard part was that I could not wire to the rear flashers, otherwise, when I hit the brake, the side markers would also come on. So I ended up running wire from the front turn signal to the rear of the car for each rear side marker. Total cost was about $30 for parts and wire, time investment was about a week to figure this all out and run the wiring. So now, both side LEDs flash wth the turn signals - not that anyone other me would notice. If I can figure out how to post a video, I will get one up showing the lights.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:26 PM   #19
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Ordered a Elite Engineering Catch Can and just finished installing it tonight. This is one quality product and installation was very simple. I did notice that there was some oily residue on the intake into the engine from the PCV so I hope that this will solve that problem. I will probably need to run some cleaner through the throttle body to get all that residue out of the engine intake.

I also installed a bunch of LED lights that I purchased from autolumination.com They do not come with as nice a guarantee as AAC, but they were a heck of a lot cheaper.

Also did the mod to add a light to the Glove Box. http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=58958 Instead of just using a single LED, I used a 1 inch X 1 inch panel of LED lights (also from autolumination.com).
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Attended the SoCal Camaro 5 Cruise and meet-up at Pechanga. It was a great time and a lot of fun. Some Pics of my Camaro.
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Picked up an Injen CAI today from a fellow SOCAL Camaro5 member. Just finished the install. From what I can see of it, it was very well made and fit very well. Some of the instructions for the 2010 Camaro were a little different for the 2011, but overall, good fit and finish.
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Okay, so I have been off this thread for about a year, but a lot has happened. To bring things up to date:

I have installed the following:

Pfadt front and rear sway bars with Pfadt endlinks
LEDs for all interior lights, trunk and license
Rear Billet bow tie with a custom blue LED surround
Hawk Performance Pads for the track
Stainless Steel brake lines
A-pillar dual gauge cluster wrapped in vinyl carbon fiber (also wrapped the passenger side to match)
PLX multi-function digital gauge


I was also up at Willow Springs running the Streets of Willow for a track day. The sway bars and Hawk pads really helps. I switched to Hawk Ceramic for street use as the performance pads were a little too aggressive for everyday driving.

The Pfadt sways helped a lot with body roll and understeer on the track. Night and day difference from stock.
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Unfortunately, I had a little run in with a guard rail while driving out to the desert. Damage to the front right headlight, facia, right fender, door, rear quarter panel and rear bumper. I also damaged something in the suspension, so the car would not drive straight and had to be towed about 80 miles to get home. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

The sad part of all this was that I was not even driving it hard around the corner. My son was with me and he even acknowledges that I was doing the speed limit - 40mph. My guess is that since it was a desert road, there must have been some sand or something that caused me to lose traction enough that when I turned, the car kept going straight. Thank goodness for insurance.

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The car was in the shop for 3 months awaiting parts and getting repaired. I will say that they did a great job on everything. What amazed me was that in order to repair the gills properly, the shop ordered a new quarter panel. Well, GM does not just sell quarter panels - they had to buy the whole side of the car!
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While the car was in the shop, I purchased the rear valance of the GFX and had it painted and installed. I also purchased some new exhaust tips - since I really did not like the look of round exhausts in a rectanglar hole. I thought it came out looking pretty nice. You can also see the billet rear bow tie.
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