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Old 08-31-2014, 03:39 AM   #1
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Arrow '14 AGM 1SS/1LE Track build [COTW 11/17/14]

I have been collecting all sorts of parts for the '15 1SS/1LE I had on order, but since the dealer turned out to be greedy, the deal fell apart. Anyways, long story short, I finally got my 1LE in the guise of a 2014 Ashen-Gray Metallic 1SS 1LE at 6500 miles, and I already have all but few parts to finish the build! It turns out, though, the issue with Camaro builds is not finding parts, but rather doing the installation.

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How it currently looks (11/08/14):

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Old 08-31-2014, 03:42 AM   #2
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Current mods list (will keep this post up to date. Last update: 11/26/14)
Legend: Planned | Procured | Installed
  • Engine / Powertrain
    • TSP 304 LT Headers with custom 3" X Pipe (TSP's own x-pipe did not fit perfect).
    • Improved Racing oil pan baffle.
    • DEI coil boots.
    • 2000 degrees F matte-gray header coating.
    • Diablosport Intune w/ custom tune from FSP - $489 shipped.
    • DeWitts radiator - $575 shipped.
    • Improved Racing oil cooler with Setrab Series 1 / 72 rows.
    • Improved Racing oil sensor manifold (ENV-150).
    • BMR MM004 motor mounts - $259 shipped.
  • Interior
    • Schroth Racing RallyE 3 ASM - $179.95.
    • Auto Meter 5286 Direct-fit Gauge Pod.
    • Auto Meter 6348 Oil Temp Gauge.
    • Auto Meter 6327 Oil Pressure Gauge.
    • Auto Meter 9114 Dimmer For LED Gauges.
  • Handling
    • Z/28 suspension package . $3449 shipped.
      • Front/Rear DSSV struts,
      • Front/Rear sway bars with end links ,
      • Front control arms,
      • Rear upper and lower arms.
    • BMR BK024 Cradle Bushings,
    • BMR BK018 Front Lower Control Arm Bushings.
    • Tires
      • Hankook Ventus R-S3 305/30/19 for daily driving.
      • Pirelli Trofeo R, Hoosier R7, or similar 305/30/19 for track duty.
    • Wheels
      • APEX ARC-8 19"x10.5" +22 spin forged wheels for daily driving / rain.
      • Forgestar CF5V 19"x11" (+17, +40 offsets) spin forged for track duty.
      • Z/28 Wheels 19"x11" +11 fronts, 19"x11.5" +26 rears.
  • Brakes
    • Quantum - Competition Brake Cooling Kit - $239.95.
      • Naca ducts: $20.
    • StopTech ST60 Front BBK 15” red (83.193.6800.71).
    • Stock rear rotor (92245929) - $85.31 shipped x2.
    • Pads
      • Raybestos ST43 R2600.18 Front pads for StopTech ST60 caliper.
      • Cobalt Friction XR2 Rear (CRB-XR2-D592-15.0MM-R).
  • Fluids
    • Engine oil: Mobil1 0W-40.
    • Differential oil: Amsoil 75W-110 (no additive required).
    • Transmission oil: Amsoil Signature Series Multi-Vehicle Synthetic ATF.
    • Brake fluid: Motul RBF 600.
    • Coolant: GM DexCool @50%.
    • Suspension grease: Amsoil Synthetic Polymeric Truck, Chassis and Equipment Grease, NLGI #2.
  • Other
    • Blown smart-fuse for skip-shift - $1.
    • HSA elimination - $80 shipped.
    • Gorilla Automotive Spline Drive Lug Nuts (26143BC).
    • Z/28 fender flares.
    • Z/28 belly pan.
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Old 08-31-2014, 03:53 AM   #3
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I had to ship the BC Racing ER coilovers back to the vendor's warehouse last Friday. They (Q04) do not fit since the reservoirs do not clear the rear suspension. The vendor claims they do have ER coilovers for '14+ Camaros (Q10), but I only see BR available under Q10. The updated application list is here.

Here is hoping they indeed have coilovers that fit! If not, I suppose they could also replace the hose of the reservoir with a bit longer one, so I could put it in a place where it would clear; I would not mind. FYI, I cannot just replace the connecting hose myself since it is pressurized and I'm not in the business of valving coilovers
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Old 08-31-2014, 04:03 AM   #4
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As I mentioned before, this build will be challenging due to extensive labor it requires. I am starting to have anxiety! : )

Now that the rear suspension bushings are done, I'd like to tackle the fronts. In the instructions, it states that I need to jack the engine a bit up to clear the sway bars. If this is the case, I think I might as well bundle it with the oil pan baffle job.

Synner's thread here has great info about how to install the baffle without having to cut the cross-bar. I intend to do something similar, following MAPerformance's turbo install instructions, where they show how the oil pan can be removed with a bar or an engine cherry-pick.

I bought 2-jaw and 3-jaw bearing pullers in various sized from Harbor Freight. Let's hope that they work fine on the remaining front bushings.

Oil baffle:
http://www.improvedracing.com/baffle...ffle-p-41.html


Bearing pullers (the jaws' directions are reversible):


MAPerformance's engine cradle:
http://www.maperformance.com/tech/20...nstallation-1/
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Old 08-31-2014, 05:17 AM   #5
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Looking good!

Curious about the smart-fuse as a $1 remedy for the skip-shift issue. Care to share? Looking to do this to mine.

Thanks!
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Old 08-31-2014, 05:36 AM   #6
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Looking good!

Curious about the smart-fuse as a $1 remedy for the skip-shift issue. Care to share? Looking to do this to mine.

Thanks!
Sure, the skipshift operation is controlled by a simple solenoid which has its own fuse. If you remove the fuse, it would disable the skipshift, but also light up check engine light. Smart fuse allows a very low current to still pass through to light up its LED even when it's blown. This current will not be enough to engage skipshift, but will let the engine diagnostics think that everything is good.
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Old 08-31-2014, 05:40 AM   #7
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Sure, the skipshift operation is controlled by a simple solenoid which has its own fuse. If you remove the fuse, it would disable the skipshift, but also light up check engine light. Smart fuse allows a very low current to still pass through to light up its LED even when it's blown. This current will not be enough to engage skipshift, but will let the engine diagnostics think that everything is good.
Oh nice! I will do this tmrw then. Which fuse/location is it?
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Oh nice! I will do this tmrw then. Which fuse/location is it?
It should state manual transmission solenoid. Don't forget to blow the fuse before installing it! Last time I did this (on a C6 Z06), I used my portable battery jumper to blow it (after which it is lit).
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Old 08-31-2014, 05:55 AM   #9
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It should state manual transmission solenoid. Don't forget to blow the fuse before installing it! Last time I did this (on a C6 Z06), I used my portable battery jumper to blow it (after which it is lit).
Sounds good! Thanks for the info! I've got a battery jumper as well so I'll give it a shot
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Old 08-31-2014, 06:17 AM   #10
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It should state manual transmission solenoid. Don't forget to blow the fuse before installing it! Last time I did this (on a C6 Z06), I used my portable battery jumper to blow it (after which it is lit).
Hmm just looked in the manual and couldn't find anything that stated manual transmission solenoid for any fuse. Any chance you got the fuse number?
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Old 08-31-2014, 03:30 PM   #11
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Did you get the Dewitt's radiator yet?

Better check it and make sure it has the .625 outlet on the drivers side
For the oil cooler heat exchanger, the 1LE s use a zl1 type set up
I had to get a Ron Davis rad , which was a huge upgrade over stock
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Did you get the Dewitt's radiator yet?

Better check it and make sure it has the .625 outlet on the drivers side
For the oil cooler heat exchanger, the 1LE s use a zl1 type set up
I had to get a Ron Davis rad , which was a huge upgrade over stock
And fit perfect
It seems to have it; I sure hope it fits with no issues. The core looks massive!

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I finally received the jack adapters (with magnets), too. It was very painful (but possible) to lift the car without them...


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Old 08-31-2014, 06:52 PM   #14
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Hi
Where did you get those ?

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Where did you get those ?

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Thank you

I did the rad install

Pm me if you need any help
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I did the rad install

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Old 09-02-2014, 02:36 AM   #18
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Had good progress this weekend:

It doesn't remove the metal sleeve, so it's essentially waste of time if you won't cut the sleeve with a reciprocal saw.


Gooey bushings..


As was mentioned in other threads, the radius rod bolt hits the windshield fluid. Thankfully, loosening the bolts is sufficient to get enough clearance.


This spindle was impossible to knock off. I almost broke the bolt hitting it with the hammer. In the end, 2 minutes of heating the hub with the heat gun did the trick!


The radius rod is finally out!


The plastic cover in front of the washer fluid container can easily be cut for the brake ducting, and has perfect size for my NACA ducts.
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I'm picking up the coated long tube headers + x-pipe tomorrow. The front sway bar installation instructions state that the engine needs to be shifted by 2 inches in order to swap the sways, and it does not mention having to remove anything from the engine besides the engine mount bolts in order to do so. If 2 inches of extra clearance + lowered front sub-frame is enough, I think I could do both sways and the oil pan baffling at the same time!

I will be stabilizing the engine with an Harbor Freight engine cradle:


BMR fornt sway bar instructions:
http://www.bmrsuspension.com/siteart/install/SB038.pdf
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The exhaust (except muffler) is not coated with 2000 degrees F coating. I'm hoping this will substantially reduce the temps in the engine bay. I will also wrap the cats with DEI heat wraps in addition if the clearance allows me to do so. Since they're high-flow type, they should not overheat due to wrapping (since they're usually running even under the temp).

The front bushings are also done today! Up next: front sways, radiator, and oil pan baffle.



Before coating:


After 2000-degrees-F coating (in ice-gray color for stock-ish look):
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Had quite a bit of progress tonight. It was easier to lift the engine than I thought. I am hoping to have enough clearance to change the oil baffle, too; we'll see.

My brother asked me why I don't consider the engine mounts now that the engine is lifted. Very good question. BMR's new engine mount is claimed to have LITTLE TO NO AFFECT TO NVH. If this is true, it would be an amazing addition to my mods list. Has anyone installed one of those? I'll ask the question in 1LE section, too.

The engine mount I'm considering:


Screwed the strut bar bolt back to keep the engine support bar (cradle) from slipping.


Front sways installed at softest setting.


Feels like I can jack this engine up as much as I want; crazy. The lift also makes life much easier.


Engine support bar installed while the engine is at stock height. I will re-adjust and re-tension it once the engine is jacked up tomorrow.


The grease port did not thread on well. I used a liberal amount of threadlock, hoping it would keep it there. Even then, I don't think I'll ever use it since it might break off and piss me of when I attempt to use it with the grease gun.


The BMR sway (SB038) feels less than half as heavy as the stock bar. Stock bar is just insanely heavy.
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Just finished the brake ducting install. '14+ cars already have quite a few provisions for the ducting; it was pretty easy.

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...19#post7942919

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Is the rad in?
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Is the rad in?
Looking at the engine bay, I realized I'd do most of the work from the top, and probably remove it from there, too, so I wanted to finish all the suspension/brake work first. I am pretty much done with the front suspension; I'll change the rear brakes as well, then next is the radiator!

I am trying to make it to a track day over the weekend, and I intend to finish the following beforehand:
- All fluids changed (engine oil changed; will need to change diff and transmission)
- Race pads, Motul RBF600, brake ducting (almost done)
- Suspension (done)
- Radiator
- The race harness
- Alignment
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Badass build man! If you need anything aftermarket in the future, shoot me a pm. I love giving price breaks to builds like this! These cars are a ton of fun on the road course.
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