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Old 01-02-2012, 08:18 PM   #1
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Cool It's a poor mans camaro.

It has been almost 2 years since i purchased my camaro, and I joined this site on exactly the same day I bought my car. I've been meaning to start a journal a long time ago, but for some reason, never found the time to just sit down and start.

Here's a list of what i have so far:

Appearance -

Bowtie blackout
Synergy green Door panel and dash inserts
AAC footwell lighting - Green
AAC v6 scanner - Green
AAC chrome turn signal bulbs
Synergy green hood spears
Synergy green gill inserts
8pc blackout kit for tail lights/side markers
Blacked out tail light bezels

Performance -

Injen Cold Air Intake
Vmax Ported Throttle Body
BBK LT w/ Hi Flow Cats
Corsa Catback
Hurst Short Shifter
RX catch can w/ Breather
Zex nitrous kit/accessories
Trifecta tune

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RS rims - blackout
BMR tunnel brace
BMR trailing arms
BMR trailing arm bushings
Eibach lowering springs



Here she is band new, nothing modified on her:

She didn't stay this way long enough to get better pictures. lol

And my very first mod. I was very proud. Just some matte black vinyl.



My cars first cruise with some local camaro folks:


Next step, I ordered my Corsa Catback, BBK long tubes w/high flow cats, and Injen Intake at the same time. While i was in the process of installing the headers, the UPS guy showed up with my intake. Corsa came in a few days later.





Now that she can breathe a lot better and is sounding mean, I let her play with some more local camaros at the hoover dam and Mt. Charleston:






Next mod, i felt like trying out the Hurst Short Shifter:


I had the white knob and flat hurst stick on for a few months, but then decided to make it look stock with their black stick, so i can use the factory shift knob. So she basically looks stock, but still have the hurst short throw.


More to come very shortly...
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:18 PM   #2
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So almost a year of ownership, I decide she needs a little more color. I was thinking blue, maybe red...maybe even IOM for an accent color. Never really occured to me to try Synergy Green. Figured it was probably be fairly unique to have a Cyber Grey Camaro with synergy green accents. So I pulled the trigger on the engine cover and interior trim. With a help of a friend, we tackled this together.







with synergy green RX catch can:



Next, i wanted the exterior to have some synergy green on it. My first idea was to paint a ghost stripe, in synergy green. If that is at all possible, i'm not sure. I figured I would contact a vinyl shop to see if they can somehow get a ghost stripe done. after a half dozen trial and errors, i come to the conclussion that it can not happen, with vinyl. And painting is just not an option if i can't tell what it will look like beforehand. lol So I ordered hood spears. But while i was waiting for them to ship, i found a cool paint at Lowe's, and I figured i would be ripping my stock stripes off anyway, why not play a little. So this is what I came up with, for the week i was waiting for my hood spears.

Cameleon Paint







About a week before Camaro5fest2, I was lucky enough to have a good friend give me a great deal on some RS rims. So I decided to plasti dip them and buy some new rubber. I also dropped her an inch with some eibach lowering springs and added BMR trailing arms:






During the fest, there was a vendor there selling vinyl stripes, and just happened to have synergy green hood spears!


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Old 01-02-2012, 08:19 PM   #3
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sorry for the large pics. lol



So i said, i need some green gills. and they magically appeared.



Here's a picture of the LED scanner from AAC:


Quick video of me beating up on a mustang
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Old 01-02-2012, 08:20 PM   #4
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I said to myself...I NEED MORE POWER!!!!!!

and i got some...



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Old 01-02-2012, 08:51 PM   #5
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Great Personal Touches!!

PoorMansCamaro, Nice build. Love your personal stripes. Am I seeing correct--do they change color with different angles? Isn't it cool when you can say that you did the work? Keep up the nice job and continue with pix.....
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:05 PM   #6
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PoorMansCamaro, Nice build. Love your personal stripes. Am I seeing correct--do they change color with different angles? Isn't it cool when you can say that you did the work? Keep up the nice job and continue with pix.....
Thanks! And yes, that was color shift paint on my old stripes. lol

And I'm very proud of installing almost everything myself.

i have more pictures to come. thanks for looking!
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:06 PM   #7
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Dyno day, not too long ago.

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Old 01-02-2012, 09:29 PM   #8
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Nice, I like the Synergy Green with the CGM.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:33 PM   #9
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:34 PM   #10
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Very Nice , your Camaro looks great
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:55 PM   #11
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:15 PM   #12
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Dyno day, not too long ago.

Very nice build log. Love how you are doing what you can on your own. I try and do everything myself as well to help bond with the car.

What were your dyno numbers? Did you spray on the dyno?
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Old 01-02-2012, 11:29 PM   #13
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Great Project you have going. I love the LS transformations people have posted.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:02 PM   #14
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Very nice build log. Love how you are doing what you can on your own. I try and do everything myself as well to help bond with the car.

What were your dyno numbers? Did you spray on the dyno?
Thanks!

I did spray. i still need to dial in my tune. on that day, i got 323hp/345tq to the wheels. previously i put down 374hp.
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:06 PM   #15
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Looks like your having lots of fun so what else matters baby steps turn into huge mods at the end of the day!!!!
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:09 PM   #16
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i know a big controversy comes to modding a v6. without letting this thread get out of hand, i just want to mention, with all my power mods, i still paid less than it would have cost for a 1ss.

I do feel that once the price gets close to the 1ss, then i might as well trade up. but as my daily driver, i'm happy with 400hp (my goal) at the wheel, and pretty decent gas mileage, i'm good!
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Old 01-04-2012, 01:14 PM   #17
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:40 AM   #18
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I just updated the first post with this list of everything I have...that i can remember. lol

Appearance -

Bowtie blackout
Synergy green Door panel and dash inserts
AAC footwell lighting - Green
AAC v6 scanner - Green
AAC chrome turn signal bulbs
Synergy green hood spears
Synergy green gill inserts
8pc blackout kit for tail lights/side markers
Blacked out tail light bezels

Performance -

Injen Cold Air Intake
Vmax Ported Throttle Body
BBK LT w/ Hi Flow Cats
Corsa Catback
Hurst Short Shifter
RX catch can w/ Breather
Zex nitrous kit/accessories
Trifecta tune

Suspension/Wheels -

RS rims - blackout
BMR tunnel brace
BMR trailing arms
BMR trailing arm bushings
Eibach lowering springs
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:05 PM   #19
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I think you're lying to us. You're not poor!

Nice car man. You're doing it right!
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Old 01-12-2012, 02:49 PM   #20
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VERY nice work. I have seen your car in person. Great job.
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:56 PM   #21
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Dude the car is sickkkk! I love those stripes!
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:49 AM   #22
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Nice car man. You're doing it right!


I am now!
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and thanks everyone! I have a couple more things i want to get, performance wise, then i'll be done.

wouldn't mind more cosmetics, but i'm in no hurry.
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