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Old 10-25-2010, 04:38 PM   #1
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I am writing this journal so there is a record of my Camaro, especially for my kids.

The Beginning.

I have only owned three cars in my life. I began with a utilitarian 1986 Honda Accord: reliable, safe, point A to point B transportation, but not exciting or fun. I bought that used in 1990 with some help from my Dad, and kept it for almost 10 years. My second vehicle was a 2000 Toyota Tundra Limited, purchased at the end of 1999. It was shiny, new, reliable, safe, comfortable, and a little fun.

While in Iraq in 2008, I began to get the itch for a new truck...not a big itch, just a little one. So Mary, my wife, said, "Why don't you buy a new truck?" I felt a bit greedy; I mean, the Accord was 13 when I sold it, and the Tundra was not yet 10. So I said, "Well, the truck is paid for, it runs, and even if I have a $2000 repair on it, that is less than a year's worth of new car payments."

I forget how good Mary's memory is....

So in 2009, I got that itch again, so this time I said, "Why don't I get a new truck?"

Mary said, "Well your truck is paid for, it runs, and even if you have a $2000 repair on it, that is less than a year's worth of new car payments."

Where the heck had I heard something like that before? I thought.

Then in the winter of 2010, after being in a school away from home, with a buddy who drove a 2009 Toyota Tundra Limited, I came home and said, "Why don't I get a new truck?"

She asked, "does the truck run?"
"Yes."
"Is it paid for?"
"Yes."
"So why would you need to get a new truck?" she asked.
"Uhmm..." I said. Damn, I swear I have heard that before....

"Why don't you go get a new Camaro?"
"Who are you and what have you done with my wife?" I asked. "But you can stay!"

So I immediately began researching the 2010 Camaro, prices, reviews, and dealerships. My wife looked over my shoulder as we "built" the car on the Chevy web site. She said she really like the Rally Yellow color, and I agreed. I decided that I would regret not getting the 2SS version, and she agreed. She thought it would be cool if Chevy had a Transformer edition of the yellow 2010, and lo and behold, they did! Of course, that made it harder to locate.

The next day, I went to the local dealer and walked the lot. A saleswoman approached and gave me the pitch. She also pointed out the three SLPs that were just delivered, one white, one black, and one IOM. I drooled, but did not want to pay the extra cost without a supercharger.

We took an 2SS IOM with white rally stripes for a test drive. We drove straight to my house, and I watched the kids while my wife took her turn behind the wheel. She was sold. I was sold. I jumped onto the USAA site for a quote, then the Chevy military sales site. Next was finding the Transformer Edition.

I found the vehicle at a dealership in Kentucky and Corlew did a dealer swap with them. This was the only Transformer Edition that I could find within a reasonable distance.

I purchased the 2010 Transformer Edition Camaro in April of 2010 from Corlew Chevrolet in Clarksville, TN.

The end of the Beginning.

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Cosmetics
  • Ghost Armor DIC, gauges, 4-pack gauges, radio race, front lights, rear lights, door handle wells, trunk loading bay www.ghost-armor.com
  • Candy red powder coated Brembo calipers www.thepowdercoater.com
  • SLP heritage “SS” badges, front/rear www.slponline.com
  • SLP 3-piece trunk black outs www.slponline.com
  • Lloyd’s Mats front/rear and trunk www.carid.com
  • Billet oil cap with Autobot logo www.ebay.com // www.amazon.com
  • Evilkid Bee-Otch air freshener www.amazon.com
  • White LED dome light
  • White LED trunk light
  • White LED license plate light
  • DRL kit (awaiting install) fieldgoal00
  • Painted rally stripes
  • Painted deck lid blackout stripe
  • Grey Transformer hood decals

Audio


Suspension
  • Pfadt Coil-overs www.pfadtracing.com
  • Pfadt Trailing arms
  • Pfadt Solid sub-frame bushings
  • Pfadt Engine mounts (DELETED)
  • Pfadt Street differential mounts
  • Pfadt Rear lower control arm bushings
  • Pfadt Rear tie rod (fixed)
  • Pfadt Rear upper control arm bushing kit
  • Pfadt Front lower control arm bushings
  • Pfadt Front trailing arm bushing (awaiting install)
  • MTI solid front and rear sway bars www.mtiracing.com

Drive / Engine

Braking
  • MTI Braided steel brake lines

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Old 12-19-2010, 06:18 PM   #2
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So, what is that disease called that Camaro owners get once they have their Camaro? You know the one that makes you want to go out to the garage before you go to bed and look one last time. To press the key fob when the car is in the dark garage to hear that chirp and see the halos. To hate rainy days, because you just washed It and now you have to drive the truck. To want to do something to your car...just a little tweak...a subwoofer...some Dynamat...suspension upgrade...a blower. I do not know what it is called, but I have it.
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Old 12-19-2010, 06:20 PM   #3
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Great picture ! Corvette museum is lots of fun
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Old 12-19-2010, 06:25 PM   #4
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I drove the Camaro to work on every day there was sun. I only regretted that twice. Once when I misjudged the parking lot pig (Turtarrier) and curbed the 'bee's fascia. And the second time when it hailed on the way home and all I could do was grimace and growl that every overhead cover at every gas station was full of cars huddled like commuters waiting on a late train in a rainstorm.

Update: oh yeah, I always combat park in a lot that has the pigs now...

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Old 12-19-2010, 06:27 PM   #5
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Thanks, Mojave! Though I still have not been; the wife and kids went with friends of ours (the yellow Grand Sport, next to the 'bee). I was stuck in the sand box.
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When you get a chance make sure to go. I also heard that they were building a track next to the museum and then go across the street to do a tour of the Corvette plant. The plant is really sweet. We ended up with a Vette in the garage after that tour.
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:44 PM   #7
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So, what is that disease called that Camaro owners get once they have their Camaro? You know the one that makes you want to go out to the garage before you go to bed and look one last time. To press the key fob when the car is in the dark garage to hear that chirp and see the halos. To hate rainy days, because you just washed It and now you have to drive the truck. To want to do something to your car...just a little tweak...a subwoofer...some Dynamat...suspension upgrade...a blower. I do not know what it is called, but I have it.
Hey Bumblbe it is kind of like that ancient Hawaiian disease..."lack-a-nookie". You have it and you can't get enough of it and you always want it and you will do or say anything to get it, the more you get it the more you want it. It is a vicious cycle that cannot be broken without either totalling the car or selling it. Camaro fever is not only highly contagious, it also causes people to smile uncontrollably...just because.
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Old 12-23-2010, 04:40 PM   #8
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Hey Bumblbe it is kind of like that ancient Hawaiian disease..."lack-a-nookie". You have it and you can't get enough of it and you always want it and you will do or say anything to get it, the more you get it the more you want it. It is a vicious cycle that cannot be broken without either totalling the car or selling it. Camaro fever is not only highly contagious, it also causes people to smile uncontrollably...just because.
Jim, I concur. I don't know how you could have handled going all those years sans Camaro, after owning one! Whew.
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First Mod - April 2010

The first day I went to the dealer to check out the Camaros in person, they had just off loaded three SLPs from the carrier. I loved the hood, the heritage stripe and SS emblems, and the wheels. So I ordered the stripe and the SS emblems and the dealership said they would install those for free on delivery. They did not do a great job and tore the vinyl stripe, but were gracious about it and ordered an new set. The second attempt went on fine and off I drove. A couple of days later, I noticed that the center vinyl stripe had a few “chips” missing on the top edge. I contacted SLP and asked about warranty (7 years!). They were great, said take some pics and e-mail them and we will replace the stripe set. The replacement set came to the house and I decided no one cares for my car like I do, so I figured I could install them on my own. I was apprehensive since this was a project I have not attempted before. But it was pretty simple! I think I did a great job and have had no issues with the stripe…third time was the charm.

Even though the first two attempts were rough, I am pleased with the customer care at both my dealership (James Corlew) and SLP. They both owned up to the problems and did their part to make the customer happy.
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Home Again!

Ok, back from Tour de Iraq VI! Not soon enough to make it to C5FII, but it is so good to be home with my wife and kids. I have been changing diapers and taking kids to soccer practice and trying to give my wife a much deserved break. I bought a spa day (via 'net) back in December, but she has been so busy, she has not used it yet; hopefully, she can go next weekend while I watch the kids. I am such a lucky man, two healthy kids and a hard-working, lovely wife. Thank you.

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I finished installing the Ghost Armor kit for the front lights, gauges, and 4-gauge cluster today. Also, I put my Camaro5.com sticker on the rear, driver's side window! Ordered a set of Lloyd Mats today, too.
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Oh, I just remembered. On Wednesday I put Dynamat under the deck lid trim.
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Old 04-20-2011, 11:40 PM   #13
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On Monday 18APR11 I took the Camaro to the dealer to redress my FM reception. It was in back in the fall but I deployed before it was fixed. So now they have changed the head unit, FM module, and antenna cable and none of those was the issue. So they called yesterday and thought it was a grounding issue, which was good news as the rear window would remain original. But today they called again and retracted the previous guess. So now they will replace the back window. At least they are continuing to work on it.
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:21 AM   #14
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23APR11: I ordered and installed Ghost Armor door handle, trunk loading area, and tail light kits. The tail light covers were large enough to go under the light bezel, which I thought would be good, until I found it difficult to get the last few wrinkles/bubbles out along the edge. I think slightly smaller than the bezel edge would be better. Still serves the purpose and once the covers dried I was able to get the wrinkle down to almost nothing.
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:26 AM   #15
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28APR11: my Lloyd's mats arrived. Will put in on Friday. My dealer called to let me know the rear glass was delivered and I will drop BUMBLBE off on Monday for the replacement. If that doesn't fix FM reception, then what will.

Update: I pulled my sub and enclosure to get the trunk mat in. I could not get the enclosure back in, too tight a fit. So I put the mat on the ground with the enclosure on it, traced around it with a sharpie, and cut the outline out with a box cutter. Re-installed the sub/enclosure and then the mat went in perfectly. I will take the mat to a flooring store to see if they can edge the cut portion. Bottom line is that the mat looks great.

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Old 05-05-2011, 10:59 PM   #16
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So my issue is the radio, specifically FM reception. The dealer tried a new head unit, no fix. Next was replace the coax cable and FM module, no fix. Latest was replace the rear glass (though the steel wool test was negative), still no fix. There was a GM engineer at the dealer for an unrelated issue on another vehicle and the service manager was going to ask him for help; no word on that yet. Now it turns out the initial head unit check was just that, a check. They simply hooked up a head unit to my wiring to see if that fixed the problem but it did not, so they left the original in. So now my car has new cable, module, and rear glass, but still has the issue of poor FM reception. So back to replace the head unit I guess. One good thing is that the service manager is going to pick up one month of my payment for my troubles; that is very nice of him, as I was not expecting anything. Has anyone had or heard of a similar FM problem?
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So thought I would post the cure for my problem. It took the better part of a year and one deployment but it looks like I caused the problem. I installed my sub amp on the trunk side of the rear seat back and there is enough EMF bleed to interfere with the FM. Seat up, poor reception. Seat down, good reception. Looks like Diamond amps may not be FCC compliant? Hope anyone else with this problem may save themselves a lot of trouble, a new coax antenna cable, FM module, and rear glass replacement. The silver lining: the dealer is not charging me for the "warranty" work. Whew.



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Here are pics of my poor dash while the dealer was swapping the head unit in a vain attempt to solve the "problem." I am glad they were good sports.
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Thumbs up Sub/Amp/Dynamat Install - June 2010

I time warped because I did not put this in the correct chronological order...sorry. This is a general write up with some lessons learned by a beginner (read: first time) installer. (I am trying to upload pics, but it keeps timing out. Will post next.)

The difficult: I removed the carpeting and trim from the trunk, installed the Subthump pigtail, Dynamat, Monster cabling, and Audio Integrations Perfect Enclosure mounts, then put all the trim back in with new trim tabs. This took a few sweaty hours and much low back pain leaning over the trunk deck.

I recommend no rings, watches, or clothing that could booger up your deck. Lay out the cable where you want it before cable tying it in place. Cable loom and ties from Lowe's are your friends!

The easy: I installed the enclosure, speaker, and the grill, then adjusted the sound levels.

The result:

Audio Integrations: Check the AI connections before you screw anything in. Mine were not the best quality and I ended up changing them out. The AI instructions were easy to follow and dead on accurate and the fit is what it says it is, Perfect Fit.

Diamond Sub: The sound quality is great, with more bass than I will ever need. A great improvement over the sub-wooferless configuration.

Diamond Amp: The amp's position on the back of the rear seat has caused FM reception issues, leading me to believe that Diamond may have some shielding and FCC compliance issues. That said, with the seat down, there is much less FM interference. At some point, I will have to relocate the amp to a "flat" position or well away from the rear window.

Bottom Line: If I had to do it again, I may have paid a 20-something at the local stereo shop (Sonus) to do the install and save my back, about 2 gallons of sweat, and drink a beer while watching someone else do the install.

I think that the overall install was pretty good for a complete novice.


Below are links to the major components.

enclosure: http://www.audiointegrations.net/cat...09/7577553.htm

amp: http://www.diamondaudio.com/content/view/87/90/

subwoofer: http://www.diamondaudio.com/content/view/169/187/

pigtail: http://subthump.com/Chevrolet-GMC-Su...t-Product.html
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20 MAY 2011: picked up the car from the dealer body shop this afternoon. It wad having three scratches on the driver's side sill re-painted and a new sill plate installed. Someone scratched it up while it was at the dealer for the radio (non) issue. QC caught it before I took possession last tome and the great Sue at Corlew Chevy arranged for repaint and new sill plate. I guess the sill plate gets ruined when they remove for paint. While it was in, I had them repaint a chip on the trailing edge of the driver's door where someone opened their door into mine, or vice versa. They had to pull the whole door and my Ghost Armor door handle film and repainted the whole door to get a match. $300 and the door looks good as new. So does the sill.
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Stopped at the mall

Why does it seem like some a$$hole in a POS vehicle parks next to me, even when I park well away from every car? So annoying. And they are never around when come back, so I could straight up ask them.

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2011 HOT ROD POWER TOUR

The event had a stop in Nashville, so a buddy and I took a drive down. Great turnout, scorching weather, and beautiful cars.
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Smile Suspension Update

So on Wednesday, 8 June, I placed my order for another bunch of suspension parts from Pfadt!

Engine Mounts
Street Differential Mounts
Rear Lower Control Arm Bushings
Rear Tie Rod
Rear Upper Control Arm Bushing Kit
Front Lower Control Arm Bushings
Front Trailing Arm Bushing

They should be here Friday. I feel like Christmas in June.

I already have Pfadt coilovers, rear trailing arms, and sub-frame bushings sitting in the garage awaiting the rest of their friends! I only wanted to do a one time suspension upgrade for the major parts. I will probably add sways and a tower brace later, but those are easy.
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