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Old 03-11-2012, 12:27 PM   #18
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What colour are you going to get?
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Old 03-12-2012, 11:51 AM   #19
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To be honest, I really like the looks of the silver w/black stripes that you have .

My '02 was black w/silver stripes, which I loved, and would do again, but after ~8 years with a black car, I got tired of it always looking dirty, vs. my wife's silver car gets bathed ~once or twice a year, and never really looks dirty! So I'm thinking that silver w/black stripes would be good.

HOWEVER, I'm also a big fan of cyber grey metallic, and probably leaning that way ... with stripes of course . Then the question is just whether to go with silver stripes, or black (more subtle) stripes!

Still to-be-determined!!! I'm being told I should just hold off for now, until the baby actually arrives, and THEN decide what to do with the car(s). So I don't think anything will happen within the next ~month ... probably wait 'til ~June or July, although NOW would be the time to try and sell the Z06 (... just pulled it out yesterday, since the weather looks like it's going to stay nice from here on out ).

Can't check out the videos at the moment (work server blocking them ). Will check them out tonight .

For fun, here are a couple pics of my old '02 Z28, and my current Z06.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:13 PM   #20
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This will be my 3rd season in my 2010 Camaro. I am an advanced driver through NASA, and we are almost done prepping my car for One Lap of America.

Brakes - I've had the best results with Carbotech xp10 (front) and xp8 (rear) pads. I use cheap, takeoff OEM rotors and throw them away when I replace pads. I bought some stainless lines and use Superblue fluid.

Wheels and Tires -I ran 275's on all 4 wheels with factory 9" wheels for two seasons. I have since upgraded to 19" Forgelines and 305/30/19 tires.

Suspension - I bought the Hotchkis race pack. It's streetable and Hotchkis wins a lot of events. If money is tight, replace the rear sway bar first and lower the car. That's likely where the most bang for the buck is.

Engine - I ran two seasons with headers/air intake/tune which really wakes up the car. I recently went with a cam/head package but have not track-tested it yet. Even 100% stock I still had a good time with the car.

In answer to your questions:

1. The car works great on the track. Chevy did a great job with the indpendant rear and the brakes are strong.

2. I haven't had any heat issues. I have run the car on the long course at Pocono on a 95 degree day and it didn't do anything odd. You may have issues with your automatic transmission. Change the rear differential fluid frequently - Chevy recommends it and I think the friction modifier they want you to use has heat issues.

3. The automatic may be an issue because it's going to get hot. I would buy the biggest cooler I could find and learn how to pump out all the fluid after each event. I have seen a few C5, C6 corvettes with autos and the occasional mustang. They all have become experts at heat management, so assume the auto is "less than ideal".

4) I don't think your Corvette wheels will fit.

5) Other issues? Nothing terrible. The power steering resevoir tends to suck air on hard right turns and you can feel a little shudder. I changed to a different fluid and it got a little better. Visibility out the front window isn't the best, and the car has fairly large blind spots. 20" tires aren't ideal, but you can switch to a different wheel size for the track. If you do the square setup with OEM wheels, Nitto has the NT05 tires in 275/40/20 which is pretty good. There is also a Toyo in 285 that is popular, but I have not tried it.

Stuff that broke:

Two side rocker panel moldings. I went off the track and ripped them apart. I got painted takeoffs on ebay, they install in 20 minutes. I was lucky this was the extent of the damage.

Clutch release bearing. Mine exploded. I drove a couple more sessions at Lime Rock Park in 3rd gear and just didn't shift much. By the time I got the car home (trailered) the clutch and slave cylinder was ruined as well. I replaced with OEM units because I was heading to Watkins Glen the next weekend and that was all I could get on short notice. If I need to do another clutch, I would probably get the ZR1 double clutch or aftermarket equivalent.

The left rear hub bearing got noisy. I replaced with OEM (warranty).

I have replaced the outer rubber boot on each axle shaft twice. This is a known issue with lowered cars. I am looking for a better quality boot now.

The black plastic fascia that covers the mufflers melted. Known issue with heat, cheap and fast to replace. You can cut 1/2" off the rear pipe and slide the mufflers forward which makes them melt more slowly.

If you have other questions, I'd be happy to share what I know. Feel free to email or PM me here.
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Old 03-12-2012, 10:29 PM   #21
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I've ran quite a few track days with my camaro, and lately have been doing 2-3 month.

1. I think out of the box the car runs fantastic for the track. I havent had any issues with the tranny or rear end since I upgraded the clutch to a twin disc. The rear end has been holding up no problem. I personally get some wheel hop but thats due to the turbos as it wasnt a problem before. I run mostly 20-30 min sessions and have done a couple Time Attacks with no issues.

2. I would recommend getting an oil sump and oil cooler if you plan on running on a track. After about 20 min my oil was getting pretty close; since installing the oil cooler, I have ran the car for 45+ mins on track and the temp doesnt go above 250 (I run 20w-50 mobil 1). At the least i would get an oil cooler; i have not had any problems with the power steering.

3. I'm currently running a 6-spd manual with 750-800whp and just switched out the clutch. I have not had any issues on track and do not see a need to rebuild the tranny.

4. As far as wheels you can run a 18" C5 rim on the car (with correct offset; 53mm i believe). I run a set of 19" Forgeline GA3R rims (295s in the front, and 305s in the rear) on R888s and have plenty of traction.......before the boost kicks in!

5. As mentioned above I would consider some suspension work. I think a set of coilovers and the Hotchkis Chassis brace would be a good starting point. Various companies offer "Track" packages. I would look into those.

Besides going off track occasionally I have not had anything brake from track use. It's a pretty solid car on track and with the right setup can go a long way. With my current suspension and tire/wheel setup my car will easily hug the corners with GTR's and Viper. The single biggest difference I noticed was going to a smaller rim and sticky tires.

Hope that helps! Feel free to contact me if you have any other questions.
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Old 03-13-2012, 11:50 AM   #22
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Awesome info, thanks guys! That's EXACTLY the type of feedback I was hoping to hear .

So I'm thinking, if left STOCK, on street tires, the car would probably be just fine, completely un-touched (since streets don't generate the same level of grip, which ultimately puts more strain and abuse on the car).

Brakes and tires would be the very FIRST things I'd look at (assuming I even get the "green light" on this whole thing! ) and then I'd start looking at cooling and suspension later.

Since I've already got a few good years behind me, with two different Camaros and two different Corvettes, all with varying levels of prep/mods, I'm just hoping to maintain SOME ability to get out to the track occasionally and have some fun. If "life" / time permits and I can stick with it frequently enough, I'll prep/mod the car to my liking, but in the meantime, at least it sounds like the Camaro is going to be equally as "fun" as my '02 Z28 was stock, and maybe even a little closer in feel to the base C6, since the new Camaro at least has the IRS that the 4th-gen so desparately needed.

Anyway, thanks again for the great feedback!
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:55 PM   #23
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I think saying it will feel close to the C6 is a stretch. She's a bit too chubby with a softer suspension stock.
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Old 03-13-2012, 02:18 PM   #24
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Well, ok, not trying to exaggerate!!! Although there is definitely something to be said about IRS vs. solid axle .

When I had the opportunity to drive a 5th-gen a couple years ago, the brakes were NOTICEABLY stronger than the ones on my 4th-gen, and the cornering felt pretty flat, for a stock suspension. I'd hazard to say "flatter" than my '02 before suspension mods.

Anyhow, my main concern is getting a car that is going to need WORK/PREP to go on the track, and it sounds like the new Camaro is pretty robust from the factory.

..... not that I would expect anything less of something coming out of Oshawa!!!
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Old 03-14-2012, 03:24 PM   #25
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Saying Amen to this.... "Luckily oshawa isn't super hot compared to some places which will help some."
Starting to warm up the oven here in Tempe Az....Night racing for us @ the end of the Month....Off to Texas with the World Challenge Car for testing tomorrow. Pics to come.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:36 AM   #26
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Have you even run your car on a track??
All he needs is bigger sway bars to get started. You don't have to break the bank to have fun.
He's having a new baby, and said a ZL1 is out of the price range.
Any camaro is better than no camaro.
Then get a 6cyl. leave it stock and have a blast at the track bro'.

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What I've learned, it doesn't matter WHAT car you get, it's easy to start throwing money at them regardless ..... even my Z06 could use a couple track-oriented bits and pieces to make it "perfect"!!

As for the things you pointed out, I can immediately rule out a couple of them as non-issue:

- more power (it needs more than 400hp. for 4k/lbs.)
- suspension (springs / coilovers, sways, end-links, bushings, et al)
- wheels, tires
- brakes

The way I see it, power is what it is, and more isn't always better. As it stands, I am NOT using all 505HP of the Z06!! I've been at this for a few years, so I'm beyond the "novice" stage, but realistically, ~400 HP is probably a perfectly safe (and useable!) power level for me.

Suspension is not important to me at the moment. If you could see how I drive my Avalanche, you'd understand, ANYTHING with less body roll than that is just fine! Even my '02 Z28 was still "fun" to run, before I got into modding the suspension (basically, had a full Strano setup in it).

Wheels/tires are just part of going to the track, and not specific to a higher or lower end car.

Brakes will be consumed on ANY car that is taken to the track, so again, non-issue.

The couple things I AM concerned about, and would like to hear as much real reports of that I can, are the other things you mentioned:

- strength (diff., axles, tranny) - are they not any stronger than a 4th-gen Camaro, with the p.o.s. 7-1/2" 10-bolt? Are the trannsmissions equally as prone to puking under moderate abuse?

- cooling - specifically, what? Brakes? Engine? Steering? What coolers does the factory already have in place, and do they not work well enough for maybe ~2 or 3 lapping days a year??
Any car can work for 2 or 3 lapping days a year, especially a stock Camaro.

Do your research, there is tons of information on this forum.

Decide on what you want and what's important to you handling, steering, power, braking, et al. And go from there. Maybe rent one, drive it around to get a feel for it.

Everyone on this forum will give you a different answer from the fan-boys saying it's perfect to the extreme moder that wants it to be an all out race car.

For me I wanted better handling and more power so did a Hotchis track pack first, this is the very least I would do then go to the track see how it feels and then decide you next steps from there, I'll be at the track this year with the new setup I have so I'll know from there the next thing I may need to do I'm thinking some form of cooling.

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Old 03-15-2012, 01:49 PM   #27
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^ ^ Which track/events do you usually run at? Mosport? TMP? SMP? Apex days? Dexter days? BMW club? 6th Gear? Just curious if/where I may run into you .
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:32 PM   #28
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Didn't read the entire thread- but if you have the z06 keep it. Just get a Honda or Toyota for the family. I got rid of my Vette thinking I wouldn't miss it, but I do!! I have an SS now and track her, but doesn't compare to my Vette. Now don't get me wrong, I have a blast at the track with her - but like I said doesn't compare. I don't regret - but would I make a different decision if I had the Vette still _YES!

I have PFADT sways and BC CoilOvers for Road Course days. Makes a huge diff in handling. Steel braided lines, RBF 600 and Hawk DTC60 and HT10 and get no brake fade. I have an L99 as I never got the heel and toe down in my two previous manuals so I opted for tap shifting. I've done 4 track days and two of them the temps reached 80 to 83 and the tranny didn't get hot. However I'm putting in a cooler in the next couple weeks. I don't do track days in the summer but I'm going to squeeze in another 3 days after this Saturday.

You're a good guy to cough up the Vette to have something the family can use. But I think you can get something that is cheap and won't hurt your pockets and keep the Vette. I only got rid of mine and a few other cars so I can move out of the town I was in and have a long time to find a job. What I regret is I ended up deciding to move back to where I moved from to be closer to family. My Vette(Road Course, IS350(AutoX) and my M35 daily driver gone!!! And for what.:(

Oh well live, learn and move forward!! If you do get rid of the Z and put a little into the Camaro you will have fun. I say at minimum get sway bars to remove that body roll.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:34 PM   #29
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Hey Pete, follow the link...
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Have you even run your car on a track??
All he needs is bigger sway bars to get started. You don't have to break the bank to have fun.
He's having a new baby, and said a ZL1 is out of the price range.
Any camaro is better than no camaro.
Don't mind if I chime in but just don't get an L99 auto, I had a 2011 L99 and my current LS3 even stock would rape my past L99 with headers, tune and intake, no joke. Plus M6 is better for track , no offense Ronan.
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Rogan, nice to hear from somebody with some perspective with the L99 / A6. Glad to hear that you haven't had any issues so far. I agree, a BIG COOLER would probably be a very wise move .

L99Cama, I have no misconceptions about the disadvantages of an auto, just trying to leave all "options" open to consideration, since if we go to one vehicle, it may not be practical if my wife can't drive the car if necessary ..... and before anyone suggests, "teach her to drive it", for over 5 years, she's refused to learn on either my Camaro or Corvette (although I'm sure most people wouldn't even consider teaching somebody on either car like that?! ).

No doubt, I'd love to just keep the Z06, but it's a very expensive piece of real estate at the moment, and the payment for that 1 car could be put towards 2 cars which would better suit our needs at this point . But trust me, it's really hard thinking of giving up such an awesome car :(.
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Don't mind if I chime in but just don't get an L99 auto, I had a 2011 L99 and my current LS3 even stock would rape my past L99 with headers, tune and intake, no joke. Plus M6 is better for track , no offense Ronan.
No offense taken. I haven't been raped by stock ls3 and in the 1/4 auto is consistently faster. I prefer stick for the FUN factor and yes manual is better for road course. However I just never got the heel and toe to point where it helped. It only hurt me. However after doing some track days in my l99 I wish I had the manual. I think I was better than I thought as I miss doing it while in my auto.

If I don't trade her in (thinking about a ctsv - dealer waiting on me to decide) - I will super charge her and put a cooler for the tranny. The cts v is so pretty on the inside that I don't feel like driving her hard.
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Rogan, nice to hear from somebody with some perspective with the L99 / A6. Glad to hear that you haven't had any issues so far. I agree, a BIG COOLER would probably be a very wise move .

L99Cama, I have no misconceptions about the disadvantages of an auto, just trying to leave all "options" open to consideration, since if we go to one vehicle, it may not be practical if my wife can't drive the car if necessary ..... and before anyone suggests, "teach her to drive it", for over 5 years, she's refused to learn on either my Camaro or Corvette (although I'm sure most people wouldn't even consider teaching somebody on either car like that?! ).

No doubt, I'd love to just keep the Z06, but it's a very expensive piece of real estate at the moment, and the payment for that 1 car could be put towards 2 cars which would better suit our needs at this point . But trust me, it's really hard thinking of giving up such an awesome car :(.
You have obviously have to do what makes you feel comfortable. You will miss that Z for sure - but we all get over things like that. The wife should have a decent car to drive - so just research your options. Maybe in your case you get a cheap Honda for your daily driving, your wife get a decent family car and for your track days an S2000? You'll eventually be back into a Vette - but this option allows you to have a track car you don't have to spend anything on initially. S2000 may lack torque but once you get her going you will find it very fun in the turns - and you can hold that momentum for nice exit speeds.

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Old 03-16-2012, 02:57 PM   #34
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HONDA is a 4-letter-word in my books, buddy!!! I'll stick with my high-mileage, aging Avalanche before going to the dark side! My wife won't have anything but a GM either ..... the Oshawa assembly plant kept a roof over her head and food on the table growing up, so we can't turn our backs on GM like that!!

The way I see this deal going down, The Z06 and Avalanche go, I'll get a Camaro, she gets a new Equinox (or something similar) and we may keep her car around for me as a winter beater ('04 Optra ... not a "domestic" Chevy, but it does wear a bowtie ).

If we get rid of her car, then I'd be hard pressed getting a 6-speed Camaro since I could leave her "stranded" in the event I take her vehicle for some reason, so keeping her Optra would provide a good alternative, and could save the Camaro from winter use/abuse as well .

I will miss the Z06 dearly, but I'll get over it. Giving up going to the track entirely sounds painful, so I'll be perfectly fine out there with an LS3/6-speed Camaro. I'm sure the mod-bug will hit me one day, but in the meantime, I'll "survive" with it being bone stock .

No final decisions yet, but hopefully that's how things will pan out .
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