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Old 01-05-2012, 07:15 PM   #26
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Stock Impressions:

From the dealer the car was a ton of fun, however acceleration was not anywhere close to what I was expecting from an advertised 426hp beast, and you could REALLY feel the weight of the car compared to a coupe on turns. The suspension is tighter than a coupe thanks to the additional reinforcement on the 2012 model (Undercarrage cross bracing, improved subframe bushings, strut brace), however still more of a Buick than a sports car.

Since I'm a 'have your cake and eat it too' kinda guy I knew mods were in the works for this vert~

Step by Step Impressions:

1 - CAI

A CAI is the first obvious step for this car. The honest truth is you will feel a difference, but the weight of the car hinders the butt dyno compared to the coupe. So all in all it is obviously a cost efficient mod, but just the start.

2 - VMAX

Most people I have talked to in coupes swear they noticed throttle response. I honestly noticed no improvement at all. My personal opinion is this was a waste of money and do not advise.

3 - Borla S-Type Catback

Wow the car sounded awesome after this swap, however I did pick up some drone, but manageable. If I gained any power it was negligible since I still had the stock pipes on it. The largest benefit I gained was shaving off a ton of weight ditching the stock exhaust.

4 - LG G6X3 Cam Package, Hurst Short Throw Shifter, ADM Race Scoop, LG Super Pro LTs, Tune

What I picked up from Blu808 was NOT the same car I left them. Shedding even more weight and picking up a ton of power completely changed the car. Before I would tell you the car doesn't 'pull', it accelerates. Now when you go WoT you are thrown back in your seat, the exhaust roars to life, and it feels like you are on a rocket. Even handling was improved due to the weight loss.

One of the things I enjoy the most is that the non cam power is sufficient enough to propel the car through the lower rpms so you get to the cam's power band quicker. I was considering a gear change prior to this, but it's solid as it is now with the stock gears.

5 - Suspension

This is my first car where I have modified the suspension, or even had a good one for that matter. So you can imagine how impressed I am at such a small investment in suspension changed the car. Before on hard turns I would feel heavy body roll and the rear step out even at lower speeds. Now I am taking hard turns at high speeds and it is firmly planted. Steering is pinpoint accurate and solid. I cannot wait to see the change once I get my Pedders coilovers!
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:34 PM   #27
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"Dublin Wake Up Call" Has been added. Funny thing is this was taken on my iphone since it can pick up the low grumble and my camera can't.
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Old 01-13-2012, 09:37 PM   #28
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This was recorded to show the volume of the setup in the car on a cold start, and the choppy idle. I was holding the camera steady, the shaking you see is from the idle.
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Old 01-15-2012, 01:41 AM   #29
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Awesome!

I especially like the description of the before/after. Seems like it will really help others looking to do similar mods.
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Old 01-15-2012, 01:30 PM   #30
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Nice build!

I live next door to you (never knew the parking went all the way to the roof). I will definitely have to watch-out for your car.

-Todd...
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Old 01-15-2012, 04:03 PM   #31
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Nice build!

I live next door to you (never knew the parking went all the way to the roof). I will definitely have to watch-out for your car.

-Todd...
Cool deal. You should join us for drinks and football at bww next Sunday.

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Old 01-17-2012, 09:20 AM   #32
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Awesome build thread and a great 45th to go with it! I must say you picked the best camaro to start with, but I may be biased....
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:42 PM   #33
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Thanks to Tony's (NineBall) tireless efforts of working with me in finding a perfect match for my needs we have finally come up with a selection for the tires and wheels.

19x9.5 Front - 19x11 Rear Wheels - Brand TBA
275/30-19 Front - 305/30-19 Rear - Bridgestone Potenza RE-11

The reason for the Bridgestone choice is because I wanted a tire with excellent grip, however I didn't want to change my tires out every 10k. Apparently the tire grips as well as the NT05, with less tread wear.

Also - I have been accepted into the Spectre 341 Challenge, so I will be completing the following mods prior to the date of the event.

In order:

Pedders xA Street Coilovers
Blu808 Custom Roll Cage
Wheels & Tires

Now to find that damn money tree.... I know I left it here somewhere...
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Old 01-21-2012, 03:00 PM   #34
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Before and After Dyno.
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Old 01-21-2012, 03:17 PM   #35
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Nice gains.

Someones wideband needs to be replaced though.
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Old 01-21-2012, 04:53 PM   #36
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Nice gains.

Someones wideband needs to be replaced though.
I just noticed at the sheet that he cut off the dyno before 6000rpm, and the car can now go to 6800. Is there a chance there might of been some more power in that upper band?
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:03 PM   #37
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For sure. It was not even falling off at that point.

I would bring it down here and we will go to the dyno together.
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:09 PM   #38
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For sure. It was not even falling off at that point.

I would bring it down here and we will go to the dyno together.
I really appreciate that Luke. I'll give you a call Monday AM and we can figure it out. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
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Old 01-21-2012, 05:14 PM   #39
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Regardless, here is a video of the dyno. I'll update it on the main post so you can hear them side by side. It is a real pity he didn't let it go to the redline as you can already hear a huge difference, but it sounds flat out demonic over 6k.

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Old 02-09-2012, 01:33 PM   #40
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I just noticed at the sheet that he cut off the dyno before 6000rpm, and the car can now go to 6800. Is there a chance there might of been some more power in that upper band?
Nice build.. Mikes dyno is not the one to use if you want #'s to brag about, I would love to see some of these 480-500rwhp cam only cars get strapped down to it A friend of mine has a blown G8 and put down 486 on a dyno in San Jose (not sure where) and on Mikes made 448. It looks like he took your car to 6300ish the dark line at 5930rpms is just showing what it did at that particular rpm.
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