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Old 08-06-2012, 04:13 PM   #1
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When I turn my car on, it definitely returns the favor.

Hey everyone,

So after having my new girl for about two weeks I decided it was time to start a journal about our adventures. I just graduated from college last spring, and as a graduation present my parents agreed to help me pay for a new car. I have been in love with the 5th gen since it's debut in Transformers when I was seventeen, so I instantly knew I would be searching my own. It took about three months of convincing the parents to go along with the idea of a Camaro, and scouring car sites for one that I could afford. I initially wanted to go for the SGM, as green has long been one of my favorite colors. I even found one that looked to be right for me, close by in Wisconsin (I'm in Minnesota). However, when I showed it to my girlfriend, she was less than excited about the color, thinking it was TOO MUCH green. I still don't totally agree, but nevertheless, I decided it would be wise to find something that would excite her just as much as it did me.

Not a week later I found "the one". She's a 2010 2LT/RS that was originally silver ice metallic. The previous owner had a custom paint job giving her a sleek black base color with bumper-to-bumper SGM racing stripes. It completely excited both my girl and myself. The worst part was traveling to west Kansas to pick her up, but she was more than worth it. Let the modding begin!

MODS TO DATE:
Green dyed interior stitching
Plastidipped bowtie
Mrt v2 exhaust
CAI Inc intake
Apex air scoop and relocated washer fluid reservoir
ZL1 pedals
SGM heritage grille
Plastidipped tail light bezels
CF speedometer & steering wheel bezels

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Old 08-06-2012, 04:15 PM   #2
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Modding?

It wasn't two days with her 'til I started thinking of mods I'd like. I never have done anything with cars, so I had no idea where to start, which is what led me to the forums. I decided to start off as cheap and simple as can be, dying the leather stitching green to match the stripes.

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Old 08-06-2012, 04:18 PM   #3
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and then...?

Excited by my results, I decided to move on to the next cheapest thing: changing the bow ties. First I looked at the vinyl method, and was able to score some free sheets from the local graphics shop. I got black and green, but the green didn't match, so black was the way to go. However, upon trying to install the vinyl, I found I was just totally unable to get the sticker on flat without any bubbles or creases. Thus, I went to the next cheapest option: Plasti Dip. This was a breeze, just cover the car around the logos, put on a few coats, then cut and peal off the coating from the chrome. And this is how she looks today.

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Old 08-06-2012, 04:20 PM   #4
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So what's next?

I've done the easy stuff..now it's time to figure out where to go from here. I'm happy with the LT and all, the price was right and I'll definitely save on gas, but there is still that little boy in me that just wishes I could have gotten the power of the SS.

While that's not gonna happen, I am looking at what I can do to at least give me the deeper sound, or maybe pump it up a little bit. I hear good things about MRT v2.0 axle-back. I'm definitely open to suggestions.
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:32 PM   #5
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Old 08-06-2012, 04:35 PM   #6
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:41 PM   #7
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:45 PM   #8
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When I was putting vinyl on my front bowtie i had trouble with it creasing and bubbling. I did manage to get it down as much as I could but right now I am in the process of painting my front bowtie, which is ending up being a pain. Like your plasti-dip idea.
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:52 PM   #9
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What a great day.

Today I stopped at the mall for some fishing gear with my roommate. While we were inside, she decided to make a friend in the parking lot. So proud of my girl!

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Old 08-20-2012, 04:50 PM   #10
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So, I just ordered a CAI intake/scoop/reservoir and MRT v2 exhaust. I am wondering if anyone has any recommendations of where to go for help with the install. I'm currently in central MN, so the St. Cloud to Twin Cities region would be the easiest but other suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:14 PM   #11
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Old 08-20-2012, 05:39 PM   #12
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So, I just ordered a CAI intake/scoop/reservoir and MRT v2 exhaust. I am wondering if anyone has any recommendations of where to go for help with the install. I'm currently in central MN, so the St. Cloud to Twin Cities region would be the easiest but other suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!
Shouldn't be to difficult if you have any tools. I installed my axle back flowmasters in about an hour

Ramps, sawzall, and some sockets were the major tools




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Old 09-06-2012, 03:49 PM   #13
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I got the CAI intake, scoop, reservoir and MRT v2 exhaust installed today. I must say, it is absolutely amazing! Truly sounds like a completely different animal!
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Old 09-06-2012, 03:55 PM   #14
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CAI and MRT v2

Here's a pic of the engine bay with the CAI intake installed:

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Old 10-22-2012, 04:39 PM   #15
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Love to hear it. Like you started small now on to exhaust. Already did the cai and scoop and such few weeks back. Love to hear that combo. Been looking and I wish so wish we could get the mild to wild on our cars. And if anyone knows of how and what let me know. In the mean time been between the one you got and the borla axle back. Heard borla less drone at 70 mph but I want that throaty deep sound not the rice burner sound
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:34 PM   #16
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SGM GRILLE!

Alright... got the heritage grille for xmas and finally mustered up the courage to attempt the install. I really like the looks so far! However for the life of me I couldn't get the bumper to line back up correctly! It started getting really cold, and my fingers were getting pretty raw so I gave up, and will get back to finishing the reassembly at a later date.

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Old 02-18-2013, 10:20 PM   #17
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If you want a sound that people think is a v8 and trust me people think my car is an 8 till I say something do this combo
Obx long tube headers
Resonated xpipe magnaflow
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Heritage grill looks great! So much more aggressive.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:30 PM   #19
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If you want a sound that people think is a v8 and trust me people think my car is an 8 till I say something do this combo
Obx long tube headers
Resonated xpipe magnaflow
Flowmaster axle back
Trifecta tune with the ghost cam option
Post a vid. I'd like to hear this
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Old 02-19-2013, 11:00 AM   #20
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If you want a sound that people think is a v8 and trust me people think my car is an 8 till I say something do this combo
Obx long tube headers
Resonated xpipe magnaflow
Flowmaster axle back
Trifecta tune with the ghost cam option
That does seem like a great combination! I too would love to hear it. I'm more than satisfied with what the mrt v2 does for my sound. But maybe one day I will go for the more complete set up.
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Old 04-06-2013, 05:19 PM   #21
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So it was the first time taking the car out of the garage since last fall. Over this winter I installed (with moderate difficulty) my heritage grille and zl1 pedals. Now, as I got her ready, I decided to do my first EVER self-oil change, and at the same time I decided to plasti dip the tail light bezels. I'm so excited to get to drive her again!! Here are some pics of the new grille and bezels... SOO much more aggressive!!
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Looks sweet, great job!
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:59 PM   #23
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Carbon Fiber Interior trim

My carbon fiber hydro dipped steering wheel bezel finally arrived and matches the speedometer bezel I got off another member perfectly! Removing the airbag to install it made me pretty nervous, but it really wasn't that bad. I also got lucky and didn't lose my radio presets with the battery disconnect; all I had to do was re-index the windows. Here are some quick pics I snapped of the bezel pieces along with my ZL1 pedals. I really like the looks...so much sleeker than the silver pieces that don't match anything! Also, please excuse the dirty interior...
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:39 PM   #24
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Dude, green heritage grille with those custom stripes is killer! Love the scheme!
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Old 06-07-2013, 06:20 AM   #25
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Dude, green heritage grille with those custom stripes is killer! Love the scheme!
Thanks! Definitely two of my favorite colors for the camaro!
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