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Old 03-08-2011, 04:00 PM   #43
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Drago, having a twin of your car makes me wish I had your initiative. I'm at the opposite end of the country though and probably can't get away with the tint in our grey world. I love what you're doing and really appreciate all the pics and narrative. I'm waiting on some more photoshopping before I can do much to my car, but I'm looking forward to more updates (CAI) on yours!

I'm dead set against GFX as speedbumps and curbs are my mortal enemy, but even so yours look fantastic and task me.....

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Old 03-08-2011, 05:16 PM   #44
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Drago, having a twin of your car makes me wish I had your initiative. I'm at the opposite end of the country though and probably can't get away with the tint in our grey world. I love what you're doing and really appreciate all the pics and narrative. I'm waiting on some more photoshopping before I can do much to my car, but I'm looking forward to more updates (CAI) on yours!

I'm dead set against GFX as speedbumps and curbs are my mortal enemy, but even so yours look fantastic and task me.....

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I would agree with you about the GFX on my 99 Camaro; I had nothing but problems with them.scraping, However, these aren't any lower than stock was. It gives the impression of being lower, but for actual measurements of ground clearance... its not!
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:50 PM   #45
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Nice job so far! Would like to see black stripes!!!

Glad to hear you not sold on the rear gfx. Would look better without it or, different manufacturer. You seem to have very good taste, I'm sure you will get it right.
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:27 PM   #46
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Black stripes coming this weekend, also CAI- painting the air box now... just need time to put it all together!
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Old 03-08-2011, 07:22 PM   #47
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wow! i want a convertible now! looks great buddy!
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:07 PM   #48
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damn....your ride is wicked azz hell.
congrats and enjoy.

i hope to join the conv. club soon
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:56 PM   #49
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Very nice looking car, I love what you've done with it. Great taste!
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Old 03-08-2011, 11:56 PM   #50
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the GFX kit looks great!
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Old 03-09-2011, 08:02 AM   #51
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Looks very good,enjoy
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Old 03-09-2011, 06:25 PM   #52
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Very nice. I cant wait for mine to get here. Modding is the best part
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Old 03-09-2011, 11:12 PM   #53
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Absolutely awesome 'Day 9' 'vert. Thanks for all the pictures. We are all insanely jealous.
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Old 03-09-2011, 11:23 PM   #54
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You did a GREAT job with the mods! I'm loving it. This is what I would have done had I actually waited for the vert.
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Old 03-12-2011, 10:51 AM   #55
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Black Rally Stripes

OK... well, this is the first of my weekend of disasters...

I was very picky on the rally stripes I wanted- I do NOT like the curved outer edge near the mail slot that GM designed, so I was looking for a quality kit that ran with a straight (but still tapered) edge. I found exactly what I was looking for from a vendor on Ebay. After a few messages back and forth, confirming quality; he even agreed to extend the read deck lid stripes to give me some room to play with the convertible trunk. Furthermore; theres a few reviews on this site from this particular seller which were pretty good- so I ordered, at an unbelieveable price, too!

Anyway; on to installation.

This wasn't my first time doing stripes, so I was pretty comfortable (despite the kit NOT coming with instructions...) I also noted immediately the rear deck stripes did not appear any longer than stock coupe striping, so despite our conversations, and my multiple "notes to seller" on the auction/pay-pal, I didn;t get the extra. Which turned out to be OK, as the vert deck lid is shorter than the coupe anyway.

If anyones else has done or seen the stripe kits- the hood edge near the windshield is cut at angles to fit the raised cowl. I lined the first stipe up according to the edges (which, 3 of the 4 angles lined up perfectly, while one was waaaay off...) After about an hour of work, I had it on, bubble free, and looking good (including the trimming I had to do at the windshield.)

On to the second stripe- Lined it up again according to the (similarily, however not as bad) angled windshield piece and noticed- SHIT: the center line isn't straight! I had about a 1.5" gap in the top between the stripes, opening up to about a 2.5" gap at the nose! I tried "gently" removing the first stripe to reapply, but it had dried pretty well and stretched as I peeled it, rendering it unusable.

I'm gonna put this at 50%-50% blame. Clearly I shoulda lined them up better before applying, or at least before the final heat dry... definitely my bad. But the angles cut in the stripes were way off at the windshield...I was so concerned about minimizing that exposed paint line at the windshield, and lining that up, that I negated to ensure the center lined up all the way down.

LESSON LEARNED- you get what you pay for. I went "inexpensive" just to try it before getting them painted and I wasted time and money. Getting a quote now from the shop that painted/installed my GFX... give it about 6 months and I'll have them painted on...

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Old 03-12-2011, 11:02 AM   #56
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K&N CAI

Well, this went a little better than the stripes, however not without another mild-to-major catastrophe...

For starters, I have a pic of the parts laid out beforehand. Being my car is white, I wanted to paint the air-box to match. Even this was more drama than expected... between dust, a "ghost" yellow showing up in one section(???) and an out-of-nowhere tropical storm blowing my freshly painted and drying part down the concrete driveway, I finally got it done. I also removed the K&N orange/red sticker from the tube (Goo Gone works AWESOME!)

Installation was EASY! I have a few pics along the way. The hardest part perhaps, was reaching and unclipping the vent tube. I tried getting a pick of that, but it's kinda blurry. Over all simple.

Only real problem came with intalling the fitting that connects the exhaust tube from the Polished pipe to the small plastic vent tube. The connector is plastic and screw into the pipe. Well, appearantly they were not matched well, as after trying, retrying and retrying again (to screw it straight into the pipe) I ended up applying too much pressure and snapped it off inside the tube. Now I had no way to remove the broken piece from the inner threads, and no way to connect the hose. After an hour or so of trial and error, I ended up rigging a Bic pen, some JB Weld, silicone sealant and Black Duct tape... viola- its connected! Other than that, piece of cake.

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