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Old 07-06-2011, 12:28 AM   #1
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Unhappy College Kid Trying to Make Smart Improvements to his Camaro

Parents put the money down on my Camaro at christmas '10, I know, i'm lucky, but I pick up full payments soon, and I'm trying to make it the best vehicle it can be. I don't have a much budget, or know much more than the basics as far as performance, So I'm open to any help and suggestions. Whatever changes I will make will be hard earned and take time.
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:29 AM   #2
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Just finished getting 15% Tint Installed All Around, Looks Nice. Hopefully no trouble with LEO's
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:29 AM   #3
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I'm a college student too. I would say get an MRT exhaust 1 or 2, it's up to you. I have the version 2. And it's about $60-100 to install.

Enjoy your car and save up for upgrades. Do lots of window shopping so you know what you want when the money comes around.

I've had my car for two years and only changed the exhaust (about 5 months after I got mine) but come two years later I have been able to save quite a few pennies. Most of my things are in the mail and I'll be adding mine soon, my build thread is kinda empty at the moment.

But like I said already, the key is enjoying your car even if it's still stock.
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:13 PM   #4
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The Tint

Here is the Pictures of the 15% tint I got installed yesterday, Sorry the car is dirty, should have washed it before the Tint, now I have to wait.
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:16 PM   #5
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Those exhaust run about 4 to 500? because at this point that's out of my price range but could be something to save up for. What will they change as far as the car? how it runs, sound? etc.. And i'm glad I'm not the only one that can't just drop buckets of money into the car. Though each car i've seen has been awesome.
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:27 PM   #6
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Tell your dealer to take that unsightly billboard off your Camaro's bumper. That shouldn't cost you anything, and it will greatly enhance the appearance of the car.

Nice color choice. CGM looks good with the black rally stripes.
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On MRT's site its $430 for the V1 and $499 for the V2. You might get a little more hp out of it compared to stock but it won't be noticeable. It will totally make the car sound so much better and they'll make the rear of the car look better.

I like cruising around campus with my windows down. I love the sound. It's loud when you want to be but also quiet when you need to be.

I would just look at what you want to change and then make a list. Axle back Exhaust and CAI (around $320 depending on the type) are the most common beginner mods.
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:32 PM   #8
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And I agree with kmcd on the dealer tag, cleans up the look without that on there.
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:36 PM   #9
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You should be able to get it off with your fingernails, just use some goo gone to loosen it up.
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:42 PM   #10
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Dude , you really need to keep youre car clean..

If are on a budget, get some LS3 mufflers. most people give them away or almost Free. this will save weight and give it a nice sound.

You can also add a lid spoiler, they sell them on ebay for about $150 painted.

And start saving for those wheels, you can get a used set of 20" RS rims with tires for about 600 bucs, this will be the most dramatic change you can do to youre LS.

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Old 07-06-2011, 12:55 PM   #11
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Alright, that's a lot of good advice, I'll go out and get that Sticker off now, never really thought of that before. And Thanks, I like the color to, (of course)

And about LS3 mufflers, what will those do as far as the car? and a lid spoiler seems pretty cool, might have to check that out.

600 for the RS? is that my best bet as far as getting new rims? because I was thinking that when I upgrade that I would get some Black ones, though I know they would cost more. Any ideas there?

Sorry for all the questions guys, Thanks for the continued help. My dad drives a beamer and just takes it to the shop, so all mechanical in cars stuff I have to figure out on my own or pay someone.

And finally, I know, I know, I'm insulting the whole board with how dirty my car is, 4 Days till I can wash it :(
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:58 PM   #12
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Alright, that's a lot of good advice, I'll go out and get that Sticker off now, never really thought of that before. And Thanks, I like the color to, (of course)

And about LS3 mufflers, what will those do as far as the car? and a lid spoiler seems pretty cool, might have to check that out.
They will save weight, make the car sound a little louder, and the exhaust tips are larger (looks better IMO) Plus is the cheapest exhaust upgrade you can get.

600 for the RS? is that my best bet as far as getting new rims? because I was thinking that when I upgrade that I would get some Black ones, though I know they would cost more. Any ideas there?

Thats was just my suggestion because youre on a budget, You can also buy just the rims, have them powdercoated black and but the tires later when you get more $$

Sorry for all the questions guys, Thanks for the continued help. My dad drives a beamer and just takes it to the shop, so all mechanical in cars stuff I have to figure out on my own or pay someone.

And finally, I know, I know, I'm insulting the whole board with how dirty my car is, 4 Days till I can wash it :(
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You won't be able to get a set of RS wheels new for $600, but you could get a used set that is in pretty good shape. If you want black wheels, the easiest thing to do would be to plasti dip the used RS wheel you get or paint them. I suggest plasti-dip only because it is easier and reversible.
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