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Old 02-23-2014, 06:31 PM   #1
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Arrow BTRSS (Born To Run SS) [COTW 5/5/14]

As with most car enthusiasts, there is a story behind my 2011 Camaro SS. I’ve had a Camaro since 1977 owning a yellow 1977 Camaro Coupe (Hmm, sounds like a movie car), a 1981 Camaro Z28 (that I still own and has been in storage since 1991), a 1985 Camaro Z28 and now the 2011 Camaro SS. After hearing Chevy was coming back with the Camaro I became very excited and after seeing the movie Transformers with my 10 year old son, I was hooked! After 3 years of working on the wife (the more sensible one in the family), I finally said to her “I’m heading out today to buy the Camaro today”. She said “Really??”, and a week later I owned a Cyber Gray Metallic SS (same basic color of the `81 Z28). That was in March of 2011. Since then I went from driving a fully optioned 2011 Camaro SS to a “personalized” machine that now boasts 735HP and 690 FT-LBS of torque at the flywheel. The mod’s shown below represent 3 years’ worth of work with special thanks to Don Kinder of Slowhawk Performance for the fantastic job on all the engine work, Ernie Nickole of Nickole Auto Body for the advice and body work and to the team at Sound-In-Motion of Allston, MA for the incredible sound system. Below are a summary of the mod’s to date and pictures will follow:
Engine/Performance Mod’s:
- 2.9L Whipple Supercharger, Polished Finish w/3.6” Pulley
- AR Headers 7/8” x 3” with Cats
- Roto-Fab Whipple Supercharger CAI with Polished Stainless Steel Elbow/Plastic MAF Housing
- TR6 Spark Plugs
- Slowhawk Performance Tune (Post Supercharger Install, 2012)
- Chrome Dip Stick
- Chrome Hood Strut
- Corsa Sport Polished Stainless Steel Cat-Back Exhaust
- Showstoppers Premium Cyber Gray Metallic ABS Controller Cover
- Showstoppers Premium Cyber Gray Metallic Battery Post Cover
- Showstoppers Premium Cyber Gray Metallic Fuse Box Cover
- Showstoppers Premium Cyber Gray Metallic Master Cylinder Cover
- Showstoppers Premium Polished Wire Harness Cover
- Showstoppers Premium Polished Power Steering Cap
- Chromed Rivet Strut Tower Cap Kit
- Stainless Steel Strut Tower Covers
- RX Catch Can
- Comp Cam LS1 Custom 231/242

- 7.400 Pushrods
- Ktech Timing Chain
- ZL1 Fuel Pump
- Slowhawk Performance Tune (Post Cam Install, 2013)
- Chrome Front Center Inter Fender Panel (March, 2014)
- RX Breather Oil Cap Painted Cyber Gray Metallic (March, 2014)
- Roto-Fab Radiator Cover Modified To Fit Around The S/C Reservoir, Painted Cyber Gray Metallic and Pin Striped by Longa Signs & Pinstriping (March, 2014)
- GM Strut Tower Brace, Painted Cyber Gray Metallic and Pin Striped by Longa Signs & Pinstriping (March, 2014)
- Roto-Fab Whipple Supercharger Engine Covers, Painted Cyber Gray Metallic and Pin Striped by Longa Signs & Pinstriping (March, 2014)

Exterior/Wheel Mod’s
- Phantom Hidden Headlight Grill By DJ Grille
- GM Dovetail Rear Spoiler
- GM Ground Effects Package Painted Cyber Gray Metallic
- Rear Diffuser Painted Cyber Gray Metallic
- West Coast Camaro Forged 3 Piece Chromed 946 Rims 20”x9” Rear
- West Coast Camaro Forged 3 Piece Chromed 946 Rims 20”x8” Front
- Baer DecelaRotor Zinc Coated, Drilled/Slotted Rotors
- Hawk Ceramic Brake Pads
- ACS-T4 Front Bumper Ports with HP Vertical LED Slim Bar
- G2 Painted Calipers, Cyber Gray Metallic (5 coats)
- 3d Carbon Side Vents
- Bowtie Emblems Painted Cyber Gray Metallic
- MPD1 Z Force Hood With Silver Painted Hood Scoop

Interior/Trunk/Audio Mod’s
- Audio Design and Installation by Sound-In-Motion
- Alpine INA-W910 Receiver, GPS, DVD/CD
- JL Audio 10” Subwoofers (2) Built Into A Custom Box Behind The Back Seat
- Genesis Amplifiers (1500 Watts) Built Into A Custom Box In The Trunk
- Dynamat Sound Proofing
- Painted To Match Instrument Cluster Surround, Gauge Cluster Surround, Alpine KTX-CMO Audio fit kit
- RWC Billet Pedals
- ACS Composites Rear Trunk Deck Lid – Painted Cyber Gray Metalic
- Chromed Trunk Pull Release Cover with SS Logo
- Smoothed And Painted Cyber Gray Metallic Trunk Panel Extensions

Go to #46, #47 for pictures of the car as it stands today.

Photo's from the dealership, March, 2011
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:38 PM   #2
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BTRSS - New Wheels

After much thought and research I fell in love with these rims from West Coast Camaro. They are chromed, 3 piece Forged Aluminum.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:48 PM   #3
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BTRSS - The New Grill

Debated for a while about the grille. I liked the Heritage Grille, but the DJ Grille really stood out as different and resembled the '69 hidden headlight grille. It also brings a bit of "nastiness" to the Camaro.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:59 PM   #4
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BTRSS - More Power

Horsepower, we all crave it and with today's technology it's right around the corner. Thanks to Don Kinder at Slowhawk Performance I settled on a Whipple 2.9L Supercharger along with AR Headers. Don's crew also modified the engine cover to fit around the supercharger. So that and Don's custom tune bumped the horsepower to 625 at the flywheel....and it's only the beginning.
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:56 PM   #5
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BTRSS - Music

Nothing is better than cruising down the road with Springsteen blasting (my personal favorite). So after my feeble attempt at trying to work with the stock system (pic 1 and 2 are a Alpine amp and sub), I turned the work over to the professionals at Sound-In-Motion. After a bunch of emails and phone calls I decided to toss out the stock system and replace it with an Alpine INA-W910 head unit, fit to the dash with the Alpine KTX-CMO fit kit. 3 Genisis Amps and Focal speakers sit in the Dynamated interior providing 1500 watts of power. Springsteen never sounded so good! There are a lot of pic's so a couple of posts are needed.
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:59 PM   #6
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BTRSS - Music (2)

The next set of pics of the audio upgrade.
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:01 PM   #7
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BTRSS - Music (3)

3rd set of the audio upgrade pics
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:05 PM   #8
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BTRSS - Music (4)

4th set of audio upgrade pic's. These pic's show the amplifier board and the sub box almost complete.
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:08 PM   #9
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WOW....Great Job! Killer setup!
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:09 PM   #10
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BTRSS - Music (5)

The guys at SIM felt something was needed to "break up" the amplifier mount, so they mirrored the Camaro SS of the license plate frame. Looks awesome!
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:14 PM   #11
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BTRSS - Music (6)

Its now March 23, 2012 (a year after I bought the Camaro) and the audio upgrade is complete. I couldn't be happier and I swear Bruce can hear it crank down in Jersey!
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:23 AM   #12
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Thanks BRAVO 2SS. Good thing the wife doesn't see the bill!!
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:39 AM   #13
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I love the Audio upgrades, they look great, how well does the Alpine dash kit work? Do you have any issues with it?
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:20 PM   #14
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The fit was perfect. I also had the kit, the gauge cluster and the instrument cluster painted silver to match with a coat of clear. There were a couple of bugs with the electronics, but the guys at SIM figured it out and it's worked great since then.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:26 PM   #15
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Dude killer build how come you just started this thing??? Damn love the whipple and the audio setup and that grille, is one of my all time favorites
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:14 PM   #16
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Honestly, I don't know. I just started really looking at all the journals and then decided a month ago to "play catch up". I've got more updates coming, including more engine work, some exterior work that will bring me up to date. Just in time to ship the Camaro off to the body shop for some more mod's.
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:25 PM   #17
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Dude killer build how come you just started this thing??? Damn love the whipple and the audio setup and that grille, is one of my all time favorites
Just checked out your build. Awesome job. Can't beat the Whipple S/C and the fender vents are so cool. Great job, love that color scheme!
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:43 PM   #18
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BTRSS - Feb 2013

Dead of winter last year and getting ready for the Boston World of Wheels so off to the body shop for painting the GM ground effects, cutting in the Hex Vents and painting the underside of the hood, installing the ACS rear trunk deck lid and adding the dove tail spoiler.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:35 AM   #19
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Nice and thanks for checking out my build, Damn i want that grille haha
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Old 02-25-2014, 03:58 PM   #20
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Nice and thanks for checking out my build, Damn i want that grille haha
It'll be even better with I get the painted bowtie mounted on it. It'll really stand out!!
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:04 PM   #21
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Mod's continue - 2013

Added Baer DecelaRotor drilled/slotted rotors (zinc coated) with Hawk ceramic pads and a RX catch can.
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:07 PM   #22
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grill is sick! and the vents, tip top! very nice build!
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:11 PM   #23
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The new rotors look so good, just had to paint the calipers. Used the painting system from G2 and bought the Brembo decals off Ebay.

Set up for paint:
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:14 PM   #24
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After painting the calipers, they look awesome!!
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Old 02-25-2014, 04:24 PM   #25
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grill is sick! and the vents, tip top! very nice build!
Thanks, appreciate it
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