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Old 04-15-2012, 11:35 PM   #15
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Huh. I forgot all about this thread. A few things new, nothing big though.

I did eventually get the P13W fogs installed and have them wired to come on and stay on with the halos. A pretty simple jumper supplied by AAC takes care of that. The fogs certainly have more of a blue-ish tint to them than the pure white look that the stock halos and headlights do, but I think I still like it. I just went outside and took some pics of them, but the coloring is difficult to see. Plus, my camera is dead so I used my droidx to take the pics...and the camera on the x sucks IMO.





I also had a chance to get back over the track back at the end of February, but didn't get the 12's that I was hoping for. Best pass was 1.983 - 13.063 - 106.35mph. The DA at the track was about 300ft, so while it wasn't the -500ft that I ran in last fall...it wasn't bad. The car was tuned to 12.5 afr and was seeing 23 degrees of timing by the time 6000rpm rolled around. So the 13.0 is all she had in her unless I had some crazy low DA again.

So since my stock 12's didn't happen, time to start with the bolt-ons. Auto Agenda was rockin' a pretty good deal on the CAI/ADM/Rotofab threesome....so it was ordered.
Super easy install by following some of the threads that others have here on the site. I then spent a few hours with the wideband getting to tune squared away....and we're good to roll again. And while Texas Motorplex was having their Fast Friday TNT this past friday night, I didn't go. I planned on it, I swear. I left work early for it, and I still forgot to go.





And into the mouth of the beast....



I also took the car to have the windows tinted. The sides are done at 30% and the quarter windows and rear are done at 20%. I have a hard time seeing at night, but have just as tough a time with glare in the rearview and side mirrors...so I went just dark enough to help with the glare while still being able to see out at night. The car needs a serious bath, and I'm out of town for at least the next week....so the bath and new pics are going to have to wait.

Ok, so back to why I didn't make it to the track this past friday. A box showed up earlier in the week and was sitting staring me in the face for a few days. So friday when I got home from work (and while I was supposed to be getting the car ready to make the 8 mile drive to Texas Motorplex) I cracked the box open and checked out what was inside. Thanks to 2SSRS, I had a rearview camera setup that I was antsy to get installed. So what did I do? Yeah, got on the site here and started checking out the install threads. By the time I'd realized it I had called Papa Johns and forgotten all about making some passes with the CAI and ADM scoop combo.
But saturday morning I spent a few hours getting the camera installed. Piece of cake, again following some of the threads here on Camaro5. It was especially easy considering that my 2011 has the little black plastic plate where you install the camera right above the license plate. Pop the plate out, route the wiring up to the front...and done.
I'll get some pics of the camera setup too, although they're all over the site here.
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Old 05-05-2012, 10:50 AM   #16
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It's been an intersting past week for my poor car........
Details in my sig and I'll have vids, the dyno sheet, and details up shortly....
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Old 05-05-2012, 11:27 AM   #17
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Car looks great! Keep it up!
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:24 PM   #18
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Old 04-21-2013, 01:46 PM   #19
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Almost a year since I've updated this, so I figured I'd slowly try to get caught up.

My last post mentioned some changes to the car and referenced my sig. Andy and Ben at ADM Performance hooked me up with an LS3 conversion utilizing a GT11 cam (since I'm still planning on going FI), a set of Stainless Works 1 7/8" headers, a 3" Magnaflow exhaust, and a 3.45 gear.
I dropped the car off on a saturday, the guys tore it apart monday, and had it ready for me to pickup on wednesday. The car picked up 104hp and 71tq with what really is a smaller cam that idles like butter at 650rpm.
Can't beat that.




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Old 07-06-2013, 05:24 PM   #20
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The DFW area has 2 1/4 mile tracks and 4 1/8 mile tracks, and I'm 10 minutes from one of the 1/4 mile tracks and 45 minutes from the other....so to the track she goes!
Temps were in the 90's, and the DA was 2800' in the afternoon but came down to 2200' once the sun went down. Didn't matter. The best pass the car made was 12.50 at 112mph. Corrected times were in the 12.1 range and 115mph, but....wtf! This sucks.
I was on 18" NT05R drag radials but my best 60' ft time was 2.003. So....even with the 4.03 first gear in these 6L80's and the tame GT11 cam, the car needs a converter bad. Real bad.
Don't get me wrong, the car ran 100% fine on the stock converter, it just wasn't even anywhere close to capable of getting the car to 60' at all.
I had fun at the track, but left knowing what mod was next......a new converter. Time to talk to Andy again.
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:49 PM   #21
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After the 12.50 pass, I knew what the car needed and knew where to go to get it.
But some threads started flying around about this Power Wedge that Vararam came out with, and for $129 what the hell I'll give it a try.
Below is my post and testing data from this thing. I 100% stand by what I did in this testing, and 100% don't understand what this thing does and how it works......but all of the dyno tests that other members have posted that show both torque and horsepower increases certainly mean something.

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Did some testing today. 30 minute datalog, installed the wedge, ran it through a heat cycle, tightened it back down, then another 30 minute datalog.
Wideband O2 showed virtually no change in lambda error.
Airflow data is as follows:



Left side is pre-wedge, center is wedge installed, right side is difference between.
Data from 3100-3300 was averaged into the 3200rpm row, and so on and so forth.
I suppose similar data to what Higgs posted? Maybe this does lead towards the equalization of airflow to each cylinder rather than an increase in airflow.
Lethal's dyno test certainly showed an increase in power, so somethings going on.

And I don't want to hear any crap about learning. All tests were done in open loop with a wideband.....and my tune is spot on. I'm MAF only and lambda error was pretty much -2% up to 6000hz and then +/- 0.x% at 6000hz and up.
Now....
That said....
I did end up going back to the track, and after looking at my timeslips (now that I have them all saved in an excel file), the car ran faster in slightly worse air with the Power Wedge.
Best pass before the Power Wedge:
2.00 - 8.17@89.6 - 12.50@112.3 at 2243' DA, so it corrects to a 12.18@115.4mph
With the Power Wedge:
1.97 - 8.04@90.3 - 12.35@112.8 at 2474' DA, so it corrects to a 11.99@116.2mph
So, yeah. Ummm.....
Well, the only thing that I can think of is that the IAT at the start of the 12.50 pass was 120 and at the end of the track is was 93.
The IAT at the start of the 12.35 pass was 93 and at the end of the track it was 88.
If I remember right, I was pushing the car through the lanes that night so maybe that's what the difference was. I'll assume it was.
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:37 AM   #22
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With a best 60 foot of 1.97 on a tire and corrected passes in the 12.1 range at 115mph, it was time for an upgrade....and badly.
I called Andy at ADM Performance and had him order me a Yank SS 3600 converter. It was installed a few weeks later, and was ready to get back to the track.

Weather this time was awesome. DA actually started the day at -46' (yes, negative at 1:30 in the afternoon) and ended up 280' by 5pm.
If I remember right, the first pass had 20-22psi in the 305/45-18 NT05R's and the car spun to a 1.79 60 and 11.93@114.3mph. So the 60 was better even though I was spinning, and ET was better than the corrected times I was seeing pre converter.

After some playing with tire pressures and launch strategy, I managed to get it down to a 1.66 60 and an 11.76@114.7mph. On that pass though, there's was definitely a tuning issue and the car seemed like it was hitting a rev-limiter around 5000rpm in 1st gear.

And my 60's were all over the place, from the 1.66 to 1.85. Not good.
But I'll still take an 11.76 at nearly 115mph for a full weight car with the little GT11 cam.

Now I just need to figure out this tuning issue and get this car to consistently hook.
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:58 AM   #23
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Time for some more appearance mods....
I had Lupe, screenname overhaulengines (find him in the marketplace), paint me up a heritage grill, taillight bezels, and a new rear bowtie.
I also ordered some new sidemarkers from Ivan at Southwest speed.

Heritage Grill
Before:


After:


Much better! I love the way the heritage grill makes the front of these cars look!

Sidemarkers
Before:


After:


Again, much better! The white sidemarkers just blend right in and the white just flows.........

Back
I wanted to get some of the black off the back of this car, so I removed the black painted bezels and partial blackout kit and added white painted taillight bezels and the painted bowtie from Lupe.

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After:


Same again....just love the way this looks. Love it!
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:07 AM   #24
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Here's all the pics that I took after the last round of appearance mods...





















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Old 07-14-2013, 08:36 AM   #25
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Car looks amazing! Very nice mod choices!
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:36 AM   #26
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So...back to the track.....

22 more passes, and 60's ranged from 1.69 to 1.93 and were so inconsistent that it was driving me crazy. The NT05R's on the car aren't that old, have plenty of tread, and appear to be in good shape. But they just aren't getting it done.

ET's were between 11.79 and 12.20 and MPH ranged from 113.7 to 115.3 in DA's that varied from 49' to 1383'.

And again, I'm still fighting some kind of torque management issue around 5000rpm in first gear. It almost looked like wheelspin was kicking in, and with the issue with the tires it's certainly possible.

Enter Mickey Thompson and their ET Street Radial II's. Same size again, 305/45-18 and on the same Whiteside Customs 18x10.5 wheels.
I'm not really a fan of black wheels as I think they sort of disappear on the car, but for drag wheels......good enough.





These things fit the 10.5" wheel perfect IMO.
The NT05R's that were on it before almost looked like they were a little too wide for the rim. I wish I had a pic, it'd be easy to see.
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Car looks amazing! Very nice mod choices!
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:50 AM   #28
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......and.......

With the M/T's mounted and Texas Motorplex open it was time to see what would happen.
3 passes:
1.71, 1.70, 1.72 and 11.93, 11.91, and 11.91. Consistent? Yep. But I know there's more there. These passes were in DA that was between 950' and 1000' so there's an easy tenth left in the weather.

A few weeks later after tweaking the tune, playing with shift points, and hoping that the new drag radials would wear in a little bit with a few street miles on them it was back to the track.
DA started at 468' and ended at -288'. Perfect night here in north Texas. And the car responded.



60's were 1.68, 1.64, 1.63, 1.63, and 1.63. ET's were just as consistent going from 11.70 down to the 11.61 above and mph was as high as 115.7.

I would have loved to have seen a 59, but the 61 is awesome. I'll take it.

Maybe some skinnies, a lockup converter, and ported intake would be worth another 2 tenths. An 11.4x car?
And I'm 270lbs. So with a 170lb drive the car should be an easy 11.4x?
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