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Old 03-04-2012, 12:19 AM   #1
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Evolution of my 1LS (and what to do next)

Hey guys. I've officially caught the fever. I bought a base line 1LS with pretty much no options. I'm more in it for the looks than the performance. I love the sound of the SS, but it was way too much money for me and what am I really going to do with all that power? I'm plenty pleased with the 312 or whatever the 2012 V6 has. I would like some more suggestions for visual mods to make in the future.

So far, here's what I've done:
  • Spoiler
  • Dark Grey Rally Stripes
  • Quarter Flares (mud guards)
  • Tinted Windows
  • 20" Lorenzo Wheels
  • Tires
  • Retrofitted and painted headlights
  • AAC Halos
  • Fog lights
  • Tinted Tail/Reverse Lights
  • Flat Black Tail Light Bezels
  • Removed Front Emblem
  • Custom Painted Back Emblem
  • Some Exhaust Work

Some pics of it along the way. The last is currently my favorite of the car.
I added a video of the exhaust and also added a video filmed on April 19, 2012 at the bottom.

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Spoiler/Quarter Flares/Stripes:




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Exhaust Upgrades:


Current Favorite Pics of the Camaro:






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Old 03-04-2012, 12:30 AM   #2
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Awesome work so far bro...

Its always fun to mod a car up from the ground up and a 5th gen is the best platform out right now for the money to do that.
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:15 AM   #3
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Awesome work so far bro...

Its always fun to mod a car up from the ground up and a 5th gen is the best platform out right now for the money to do that.
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:19 AM   #4
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wow looks really good dude, gotta love taking an LS and making it something
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:21 AM   #5
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Tons you could do with Ground Effects kit, Lambo doors, Hood, Afterburners, Sidemarkers, Fender Vents and so on
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:31 AM   #6
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Tons you could do with Ground Effects kit, Lambo doors, Hood, Afterburners, Sidemarkers, Fender Vents and so on
Everything you just mentioned has been catching my interest. Make it stop!! lol. What body kits would you suggest? I can't seem to find a hood that I like a lot after looking at it for a while? Know of anything that wouldn't be too outrageous looking, but really catches your eye? Lambo doors: I looked into this and I love them on the right vehicles. When someone lowers a Toyota truck and throws them on there, they are absolutely ridiculous... but these cars almost have an exotic look to them in my opinion. I think they would match the look well... especially with a nice body kit and hood. I saw a thread where someone was making people fenders. Not sure what youd call them, but they have two vents and looked great.
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:33 AM   #7
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Everything you just mentioned has been catching my interest. Make it stop!! lol. What body kits would you suggest? I can't seem to find a hood that I like a lot after looking at it for a while? Know of anything that wouldn't be too outrageous looking, but really catches your eye? Lambo doors: I looked into this and I love them on the right vehicles. When someone lowers a Toyota truck and throws them on there, they are absolutely ridiculous... but these cars almost have an exotic look to them in my opinion. I think they would match the look well... especially with a nice body kit and hood. I saw a thread where someone was making people fenders. Not sure what youd call them, but they have two vents and looked great.
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18s?..looks good. Now a drop would be sweet.
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:38 AM   #9
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18s?..looks good. Now a drop would be sweet.
The original rims were those ugly (sorry to those who have them still) stock 18" ones that come with the bottom line LS. I upgraded to Lorenzo 20" rims and tires that I sadly don't know the brand off the top of my head. They were 100% necessary in my opinion and I love them.

I would like the car to look a bit lower. I was thinking that if I get a body kit it would be closer to the ground. I don't want things too low because it can obviously be a hassel for a daily driver. I'd hate to scrape the hell out of stuff when i pull into someone's driveway or hit a speed bump.
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:40 AM   #10
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Car looks great. I like the changes you have done so far.

I suggest lower it, painted LED sidemarkers, and either new grill or paint/vinyl the bowtie to blend in better.

Keep up the good work.


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Old 03-04-2012, 01:47 AM   #11
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Car looks great. I like the changes you have done so far.

I suggest lower it, painted LED sidemarkers, and either new grill or paint/vinyl the bowtie to blend in better.

Keep up the good work.




Thanks. Do you know of any grilles that don't point out as much as the stock one does? I think one that kept the same depth along the whole front would look better. Does that make sense?
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Old 03-04-2012, 02:06 AM   #12
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very nice!!! job well done!
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Old 03-04-2012, 02:26 AM   #13
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Good work! I like the wheels. I'm not usually a fan of black wheels, black car, but the style of those pull it off nicely.
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Is that the GM high wing spoiler or a different one?
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Suggestions :
-black out Bow ties
-paint calipers
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It goes on an on. These mods are fairly affordable.
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Is that the GM high wing spoiler or a different one?
Yeah, the GM High Wing spoiler.


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-black out Bow ties
-paint calipers
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It goes on an on. These mods are fairly affordable.
What color do you think the calipers should be?
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Old 03-04-2012, 10:21 AM   #17
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What color do you think the calipers should be?
Some may argue, but I feel red always looks the best and really pops. For years it was the industry standard when it came to high performance calipers. Being black you could get away with a lot of different colors.
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:23 AM   #18
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Get some lambo doors or a body kit...
Or some new bowties
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Wow big changes! I love the new look!
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Old 03-04-2012, 01:13 PM   #21
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Thanks everyone. I think I definitely want to do the blacked out emblems and stuff. Since my headlights are plenty black with the lights off, I don't feel any need to smoke those. I would like to do the fog lights, side markers, reverse lights, tail lights, etc. Has anyone done this and how much does it affect the brightness of the lights during the day and night?

Also, do you think I should keep the chrome style around the tail lights and stuff? That's the only bit of that on the car (aside from around the chevy emblem)? I was thinking about doing something with those, but I'm not sure what to do.
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Definitely lower it my man, if you don't wanna go that low go with eibach 1 inch drop springs. Makes a huge difference in looks.
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Also, do you think I should keep the chrome style around the tail lights and stuff? That's the only bit of that on the car (aside from around the chevy emblem)? I was thinking about doing something with those, but I'm not sure what to do.
Very cheap mod if you do it yourself. The bezels remove very easy. I used plastic dip to do mine so I can peal it off down the road when this whole black looks goes out of style. You may want to even consider a color close to your stripes. That would look pretty cool.

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Here are a couple pics of mine. It gives it a real sinister look. I really like it much more than the chrome.


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great transformation bro. Love the black on black
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Old 03-04-2012, 02:27 PM   #25
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Very cheap mod if you do it yourself. The bezels remove very easy. I used plastic dip to do mine so I can peal it off down the road when this whole black looks goes out of style. You may want to even consider a color close to your stripes. That would look pretty cool.
So if I were to paint mine a different color with that Plasti Dip stuff, it can be removed so it goes back to the chrome look?

I just did a little photoshop to see how the red calipers would look. While I was at it I blacked out the orange side marker and added a red pinstripe around my grey stripes on the hood. I actually like it, but do you think it takes away from the black on black?

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