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Old 01-16-2014, 08:50 AM   #1
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Here is the back story:
My wife and I were sitting on our back deck enjoying a 2013 early Summer day in Michigan, while our kids play in the back yard.
Some how our talks turned to finances, and the amount of money I had been spending on gas. At the time I was driving a 2011 Silverado LTZ, which replaced my 2008 Impala SS. Both the Impala and Silverado had the 5.3L V8 with active fuel management but only averaged 16 miles per gallon. I drive 30-35,000 miles a year for work, she rattled off some numbers on how much we would save if I were to get a "car" to drive during the months that the weather permitted. So to appease her I shot up to the local Chevy dealership just to browse, come home and enjoy the rest of my day.
When I got there they were just unloading some cars from the trailer. I didn't pay that much attention to what they were but did notice something red in the middle of mostly white and silver cars. I spent about a half an hour talking to the salesman (who is a friend of my family) about cars and MPG. He wanted me to take a look at the Malibu, I reluctantly said sure I'll look. As we were walking outside they were pulling a 2013 1LT Victory Red Camaro RS on to the concrete display pad in front of the dealership, I thought to myself "she did say get a car"! Two hours later I pulled into our drive way.

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Exterior:
Gloss Black Full Upper and Lower Billet Grille
Gloss Black Single Hood and Trunk Rally Stripe
MGP Victory Red "Camaro RS" Caliper Covers
GM GFX V6 Matte Black Front Splitter
ZL1 Rockers
ZL1 Rear Spoiler
Matte Black Painted Tail Light Bezels and Rear Bow Tie
5000K DRL's and Harness
Gloss Black Gill Inserts
Cooper Zeon RS3-S 245/45/20 - 275/40/20
ZR Downforce Alloy 8.5" and 10" 20" Matte Black Wheels
Interior:
Carbon Fiber Door and Dash Panels
Carbon Fiber Center Dash Vent
Carbon Fiber Steering Wheel Trim
Matte Black Painted Speedometer Bezel
DefnederWorx Black Door Sills
GM 4 Pack Gauge Cluster
Custom Red Led Foot Well Lighting
Under hood / Performance:
Custom Painted Engine Cover
Custom Painted Fuse Box
Custom Painted GM Strut Tower Brace
K&N Typhoon CAI (Painted Air Box)
Apex Scoop and Washer Bottle Relocate
VMax Ported Throttle Body
Magnaflow Cat Back Exhaust with Resonated X-Pipe

This picture is from the day I brought it home, after a wash and wax.
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Old 01-16-2014, 08:53 AM   #2
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:00 AM   #3
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She didn't believe me at first, until I brought in the paperwork from the dealer and she noticed the paper plate in the back window. To my surprise she was just as excited as I was! I got the car to be a daily driver so the 26.5 MPG I am got for the six months I drove it was great. I have to admit I did not expect to have that much fun with a V6 car, and I am very impressed with the LFX motor. I do not expect to drag race or race the car at all (while my wife is watching....), so most of the mods will be cosmetic.
I have had the car in storage since November, and I am itching to drive it again soon. To this point in my life cars have just been transportation from point A to B. I have always done small things to personalize my vehicles. But it's a different feeling to be excited to work on and drive something to be proud of, I like it!

Here are some pictures of how she was when I put her in storage.
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:22 AM   #4
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I have a GM GFX V6 front spoiler sitting in my garage, going out to get painted matte black next week. ZL1 rockers are being shipped as we speak, as well as 4300k DRL's and a Gen5diy DRL harness (not sure why GM didn't do this from the factory).

I am planning to do some work on the interior, replace the black cloth door, dash panels and center counsel with carbon fiber. Add a 4 pack of gauges and red led foot lighting. I actually like the cloth seats, I may have the head rests embroidered but that would be all.
On the exterior I am planning on changing the chrome tail light surrounds with gloss black, blacking out the rear panel, painting the spoiler gloss black and changing the Camaro lettering to black or removing it. I am looking into the lower grille air ducts, but think it may make the front end look too busy? Also I am going to change the stripe, I found a single pinstripe outlined hood roof and trunk stripe I like better.
As for performance, I am going to add a Vmax ported throttle body. I may add the scoop and washer bottle relocater, but I'm not sure. I am going to attempt to make some carbon fiber under hood dress up items, and add a strut tower brace (because it looks cool).
I am a big fan of the wheels, so those are staying and I don't plan on changing the suspension because I like the way the car rides.

I have done all the current mod's myself, and I think I am going to continue that trend. So I may use this thread for some DIY help as well!

Feel free to leave opinions and suggestions, and we will see where we go from here!
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Old 01-16-2014, 10:24 AM   #5
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congrats on the ride man, keep the mods coming
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Old 01-16-2014, 01:07 PM   #6
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Congrats on the RS..



I have a '13 1LT non RS also in VR ! !
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Old 01-16-2014, 01:17 PM   #7
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Congrats on the RS..



I have a '13 1LT non RS also in VR ! !
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I love the color, it catches your eye no matter where it is!
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Old 01-16-2014, 01:22 PM   #8
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Congrats on the ride!

Good thing your wife didn't get upsetl! Time to start modding away!

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Old 01-16-2014, 03:08 PM   #9
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Congrats on the ride!

Good thing your wife didn't get upsetl! Time to start modding away!

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Trust me I do enough to piss her off.
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Old 02-08-2014, 03:10 PM   #10
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Had some time to do a few little things today. 4 pack gauges installed and started to work on the carbon fiber wrap for the door and dash panels.
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Old 02-14-2014, 06:42 AM   #11
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Well I figured I would have the interior panel inserts done and installed so I can start on the exterior mods, but have been waiting over two weeks for a set that I ordered from a member on here. I have the door panels and inserts out, taking up room on workbench. How have you guys dealt with not receiving parts that have been ordered and paid for? How long would you wait to file a PayPal dispute?
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Old 02-15-2014, 05:18 PM   #12
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Has there been any contact with them in the two weeks? I had a issue with my last car from a forum vendor. Had zero contact for two weeks, filed a dispute with paypal, took another week or so for them to review it, make their attempt to contact them, then for me to get my money back.
If it's been two weeks without any communication, I'd go ahead and file a dispute. You can always cancel it, like say if he gets ahold of you in the next couple days.
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Old 02-17-2014, 07:40 PM   #13
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Parts are on their way, but I'm leaving for Florida tomorrow. Oh well they will be here when I get back. I'm dying to get started to the exterior stuff but won't take the car out until it warms up some. Half of my garage is full of boxes, I keep opening them and looking them over. I need to paint the spoiler and rockers but it's too cold.....
Need to find someone to embroider the headrests. That and the door panels and the interior will be done.
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Old 02-25-2014, 07:49 AM   #14
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Finally the door panels are wrapped! Hardware store did not have the screws I needed .
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Old 03-15-2014, 11:52 PM   #15
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Brought the car home from storage last night, had plans to work on it all weekend. My wife went out of town for the weekend, and I bought the kiddo's a new video game and some movies to keep them entertained. About an hour and a half in I came in to make the boys lunch, my youngest was complaining about his brother not playing with him. I told him to go and get him, he took off like a bat out of hell tripped over his pants and fell flat on his face.
So 3 hours in the emergency room and 11 stitches in his chin later we came home.
Needless to say the car got put on the back burner, I got him settled down and got a good deal of work done anyways.
The interior is done. Spoiler is on, need to wire up the break light, 5000k DRL's and Ofer's harness in, rockers installed, front splash guards on rears tomorrow, Apex scoop and bottle in. I decided to paint the strut tower brace and K&N box, will put those on tomorrow. All that is left then is to install the front splitter, and gill inserts. Will post finished (for now) pictures tomorrow!
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Old 03-16-2014, 09:02 AM   #16
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K&N Back in, and strut tower brace installed. Going to take a break for a few hours I'm beat from yesterday!
Here is an engine bay pic and better ones of the interior, with the speedometer bezel back in.
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:10 AM   #17
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I need to get it washed, but here it is as of now!
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Old 03-16-2014, 12:25 PM   #18
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Looking good ,digging the cf in the interior
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Old 03-16-2014, 04:30 PM   #19
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Nice job looks great especially the interior.
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Looking good ,digging the cf in the interior
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Nice job looks great especially the interior.
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:38 PM   #22
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Well I decided to plasti dip my tail light bezels and side letters. I either didn't spray it on thick enough, or didn't let it dry long enough. It ripped and peeled everywhere. I didn't cover enough of the car with paper when I sprayed the bezels and ended up with over spray all over the rear panels! So much for being lazy and trying to save some time, ended up spending 2 hours claying and buffing the rear of the car. Then taking the bezels off and painting them.
I got it all off the rear, but couldn't get all of it out of the letters. I pulled them off and just ordered a new set. Looking at the car now, I need to get rid of the rims. I thought the polished ones would look good on the car, but they stand out like a sore thumb now that there is no chrome left!
Time to do some shopping, any opinions on a nice set of black wheels?
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:01 PM   #23
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Pulled the trigger on some new shoes, should be here next week will post pics then.
20x8.5 265/45/20 and 20x10 295/40/20
And if what I am reading is true, they will be about 3-4 lbs lighter at each corner!
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Old 03-22-2014, 05:26 AM   #24
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Just got an email that the wheels are out of stock and order was canceled. Back to searching...........
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Old 03-24-2014, 01:34 PM   #25
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Took the car back to storage today. Weather report says sub-freezing temperatures for at least 10 more days. My wife wants her heated garage back until then.
Oh well at least it gives me more time to make the wheel and tire decision, I have it narrowed down to 4 sets of wheels and 3 sets of tires. I'll be sure to post pictures whenever I decide.
On a negative note, I noticed a long scratch on my passenger side interior door panel that I could not see in the garage. So I will be working on fixing that as soon as I get it home.
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