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Old 06-22-2012, 11:39 AM   #126
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OK, so I ordered the leather for the car today-- got a great deal on C5, less than $500! Now I just have to find different headrest covers, 'cause I'm not gonna leave SS headrest covers in my RS.

I am picking up the GM GFX rear diffuser tomorrow, can't wait to install that! Love the square exhaust.

Big mods this month!


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Old 07-03-2012, 09:06 AM   #127
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OK! GM GFX Diffuser installed!

Will be moving the mufflers back about an inch and putting mesh over the square exhaust ports so you don't see the circles inside the squares, because that bothers me. But all in all I LOVE the look. Even without the side skirts; you don't need them to just install the diffuser. It doesn't look out of place.

My boyfriend works at a machinist shop and is looking into fabbing the mesh panels for me.

Also, leather came in! Just can't afford to have it installed yet. It'll happen when the weather cools down. Going to have the SS panels in the headrests replaced with RS, probably.

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Old 07-05-2012, 02:02 PM   #128
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OK! GM GFX Diffuser installed!

Will be moving the mufflers back about an inch and putting mesh over the square exhaust ports so you don't see the circles inside the squares, because that bothers me. But all in all I LOVE the look. Even without the side skirts; you don't need them to just install the diffuser. It doesn't look out of place.

My boyfriend works at a machinist shop and is looking into fabbing the mesh panels for me.

Also, leather came in! Just can't afford to have it installed yet. It'll happen when the weather cools down. Going to have the SS panels in the headrests replaced with RS, probably.

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Nice lookin Camaro. Where did you order the leather from?
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Old 07-05-2012, 06:56 PM   #129
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Thank you!!

I got it from someone here on C5. $500


Another pic of the diffuser. Cut exhaust tips off today. Looks much better!
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:14 PM   #130
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Old 07-05-2012, 07:25 PM   #131
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Very nice job on the engine cover and fuse box!

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New mods! I custom-painted and lettered the fuse box and engine cover. I posted a thread about it in cosmetics but wanted to add it here. I went with ABM instead of IBM because I'm doing aqua lighting under the hood and I wanted it to stand out from the black engine parts more. Plus... I love aqua

That's what I am looking to do next. Where did you get the paint and badging? Also, saw you just got new leather (congrats!) ever thought of dying the stitching? Check out mine, it's the cheapest mod you can do! About $10 in thread dye markers.
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:41 PM   #132
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I have already begun dying the stitching aqua blue :-) my steering wheel and shifter stitching is dyed. Just used a sharpie!

I got the badging from the dealer and had the lettering cut at a local decal/vinyl shop.

Thanks guys! I thought I was almost done modding but I just keep finding more to do!
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:21 AM   #133
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Hey Sarah! Beautifull job! Question? Are u thinking on upgrade your suspension? Or you don't think it matters? I ask you because i have the same performance mods, and i'm thinking on get sway bars but i like a pro advice first!
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Old 07-07-2012, 07:32 PM   #134
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Monchy you should do what I did and put the SS suspension on yours. I got the springs, shocks, struts and sways free as takeoffs from SS owners who upgraded.
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Old 07-08-2012, 12:08 AM   #135
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Beautiful car, I love your idea with the ABM.
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Old 07-08-2012, 07:27 AM   #136
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Monchy you should do what I did and put the SS suspension on yours. I got the springs, shocks, struts and sways free as takeoffs from SS owners who upgraded.
And you didn't make any changes? It fit? How's the performance with the SS suspension? TIA!
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:14 PM   #137
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And you didn't make any changes? It fit? How's the performance with the SS suspension? TIA!
everything fit just fine. Dealer tried to scare me off the idea saying it'd throw codes at me but none flashed. the springs, sways, shocks and struts didn't have any fitment issues.

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Beautiful car, I love your idea with the ABM.
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Old 07-13-2012, 11:11 AM   #138
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My RS was Imperial Blue - actually about the same color as my first car which was an '85 Camaro Berlinetta. I love my silver SS, but honestly nothing brings out the folds in the metal of this car like that Imperial Blue color. I loved it on my V6 and sometimes wish I had it on the V8 too.
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:17 AM   #139
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My RS was Imperial Blue - actually about the same color as my first car which was an '85 Camaro Berlinetta. I love my silver SS, but honestly nothing brings out the folds in the metal of this car like that Imperial Blue color. I loved it on my V6 and sometimes wish I had it on the V8 too.
The V8 IBM's aren't easy to find! I found one but they were asking over $40K for it, which I thought was just obscene, so I'll keep my RS
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Old 07-17-2012, 09:55 AM   #140
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This thread is missing some pics....
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:19 AM   #141
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This thread is missing some pics....
I hadn't posted in here yet!

I've started my leather install... got the back seat done last night. A few pics:
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:20 AM   #142
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NICE! Can't wait to see the rest.
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:24 AM   #143
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My hands STILL hurt! Hog Rings kinda suck!

Passenger seat Wednesday night. If it goes well enough I may try to do the driver seat then too. I'm worried about how hard they are going to be to remove from the car. Loc-tite on the bolts, I hear... :(
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:28 AM   #144
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Sarah, you are doing some great upgrades on your car. Bella is shmexy!!!
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:32 AM   #145
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The diffuser looks really nice. Good work!
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Old 07-17-2012, 01:09 PM   #146
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Thanks guys

I must be losing my mind, 'cause I stopped at the local custom shop and blew more money on seat warmers to install while I'm at it My 2SS-driving boyfriend always complains that I don't have them, so maybe this will hush him up
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:47 AM   #147
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And the leather is now done!

My hands are throbbing red and covered in cuts. I have gashes in both legs; I threw my back out lugging around those ridiculously heavy seats...

But it was SO worth it to sit in these seats today

I installed the seat warmer buttons on the sides of the seat shields; they look factory that way IMO. They are in the seats, wired and ready to go but I need to connect the power wires up to the center console. I'll do that later.

Just stoked this little project is wrapped up, and I think it came out quite nicely!!! I forgot how pleasant leather is..
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:49 AM   #148
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Well done, Sarah, well done. I think it's cute how you were doing the work in your living room.
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:56 AM   #149
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Thanks guys

I must be losing my mind, 'cause I stopped at the local custom shop and blew more money on seat warmers to install while I'm at it My 2SS-driving boyfriend always complains that I don't have them, so maybe this will hush him up
Make him help with the seat cover install for the front buckets
including the seat warmer pads.
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:29 PM   #150
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Strych I wasn't about to work out in the heat! luckily I am house sitting for my parents and they have a huge formal living room. And my dad has a workshop. Vise clamp and drill came in handy for the seat warmer install!



Haha I'd tell him to but they're already done thanks to nearly killing myself last night to complete them! I have the gashes and cuts and rug burn to prove it

Now he just gets to enjoy them
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