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Old 02-07-2015, 10:51 PM   #1
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2014 SIM 1SS/1LE Search & Build Thread

PIC HEAVY!! I was without a hot rod for a couple years before my '14 1LE. So a bit of a (long) story on the road to my 1LE. Build posts to come down the line. Thanks for reading.

For most of my driving years I have owned a V8 RWD car and some of them were to be built for speed. My first car was a 250 ci straight six '75 Nova. I ended up completely redoing that car and installed a Summit Racing Equipment 350 crate engine.

Then I got a good paying job in '94 and had my sights on a '95 Z28. Ordered that one on St. Paddy's day 1995 and received it 5/5/95. Did all the bolt ons, installed AFR heads and a solid roller cam and ran a spinning 12.04@120, stock short block, unported intake. Then I found open track road racing, switched that car over, C5 brakes, Strano springs/bars, Konis, Torsen and back to a hydraulic cam. Track days at the Beav' (Pitt Race), loved 'em.
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About that time the Pontiac G8 came out and I was like, damn that is nice. I went and test drove a GT. What a difference to the antiquated GM stuff I had been driving. I just thought it was time for something different. What a wonderfully balanced car, great power, a rock solid, compliant yet firm chassis, an awesome (GM!) interior, quiet when it needed to be, great looks. A perfect balance of everything and it fit the entire family. A "Family Man's Hot Rod" I said. I traded in my Frontier on an '09 Panther Black Metallic G8 GT, sold the '95 Z28. Also bought an older Silverado.
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Forward to late 2010 and as a family, we wanted to do some things to the house and vacations. I mentioned to my wife I want to trade the G8 and the Silverado on a 2010 Sierra ( I always liked that generation of Sierras), her response was "let me guess you want one of those new Camaros". I said no, (more on that later) it'll free us up for those other things. She doesn't hold tight when it comes to cars, I pretty much get free reign on all those car decisions, which realistically is BAD!
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I really loved that car, like I said it was damn near perfect. But I ended up getting an awesome trade in on it and the Silvy. A salesman at the dealer I went to saw that G8 coming down the road, I just happened to turn in, it was his destiny, and we all worked a deal. He wanted it bad.

So the '10 Sierra was my new hot hod. I still have it and plan on keeping it. I did a few things to it, you know some of us just can't leave well enough alone!

When the first opportunity to see the new Camaro came about, me, my two oldest boys and my bro-in-law drove 35 miles to see one. An IOM SS. Nice I thought, but a few things turned me completely off. This is subjective so no offense to those who have the early models. Rear diffuser, exhaust tips, steering wheel, dash, seats, mail slot! By that time exceptional chassis dynamics was the biggest criteria for any fun car. And the reviews of the new Camaro were so, so. So Gen 5 Camaro, off the radar.

Until model year 2012 and the ZL1 GM changed alot and it suited me, but out of my league price wise.

I saw the news about 1LE option released at SEMA, and I knew the history. When I ordered my '95 me and my salesman went down the list of options, and the 1LE then was about $250 if I remember correctly. I said no, I'm going to drag race this thing !!!!! That was a mistake as I would later realize
I thought the newest 1LE was great. Kinda on the radar.....

Maple Grove, PA NHRA Keystone Nationals October 2013. Chevrolet had their display at the midway. An IOM 1LE, IOM ZL1, and a CRT Impala LTZ. I actually walked past the 1LE towards the ZL1. I did not realize it was a 1LE, hood was up and because of that clue I had blinders on. I went back over late afternoon and Chevrolet closed up shop but the cars were still out, in the clear evening skies. That IOM was on fire, wow did it look great. It was all I could think about on the 4 hour or so trip back home.
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About that time my dad's neighbor bought a '13 ZL1, and you'd nail it if you said it was an IOM! Carbon Fiber Insert. The day I saw it, late evening autumn sun, he just finished washing it, again it looked amazing. He ended up selling it a few months later, his wife wanted to buy a house.
A few weeks later while traveling 20 miles south of home I stopped at a Chevrolet dealership as I normal do, just to see what they have. They had a loaded '14 2SS Red Hot 1LE, no Recaros, outside. I looked it over and here comes the green young salesman "that's a carbon fiber hood!" Uhh no, no it's not. he offered for me to take it for a ride. Didn't really get to go where it deserved, but I though OK maybe a '14. Wasn't too sure about the new tail, front was good for me.

I stopped at my local Chevy Dealership where we bought a '12 Traverse. Did a search for a 1SS '13, nothing. Found out the owner has a '13 2SS/1LE in IOM
Cover Chevrolet, they get it.

So between daily searches on the net, drooling here on the C5 forums, working my wife ha, Hell, I was planting the seed in October 2013!
spring sprung and I'm thinking about a '14. Every gripe I had with the 10-13's was fixed even the seats! But I better sit in some Recaros. I traveled 73 miles to sit in a '14 ZL1 with Recaros. Financially, we still had the Traverse payments. My wife is a stay at home mom, I make damn good money but hated the thought of two payments. I knew overtime was going to be crazy early 2014 and that was going to be the downpayment to make it happen. Was still working the wife.....

Saw my salesman April 4th when I took the Traverse in for a recall. "You still hot on a 1LE?" I said yes but it wasn't time. Shit, I gotta get my wife on board. She's almost there Time is ticking. You guys know "when the (her) mood is right......"

I called off work 4/10, bronchitis, lost my voice. My salesman called that morning. He said the had an allocation on a '15. A 15!?? Already?? I knew when pricing was going to be released on the 15s, I did not want any surprises. I told him I'm looking at a '14 in Bedford, Indiana, and talking to Becky @ Rodgers. I told him sorry my voice was bad.

Then I started to think, ahhh, maybe I'll go down and talk to him Friday or Saturday. I had more questions. I got there late Friday afternoon and he left for the day, So I went back Saturady. He was with another customer and ended up talking to the sales manager. He said they did the order on a 2014 SIM 2SS/1LE but they had till Tuesday if they wanted to make changes. That makes sense, it was on a 2014 not a 2015. Wew, glad I stopped!!!! By then the wife was in. Damn, I still do not know what color! I said I'll see you Monday, we will make it happen.

No IOM in '14 and really I thought "will I still think it is bitchin' in a few years?" So it was down to black, red, silver and grey. My G8 was black, and never, ever again with black, way too much work. The Ashen Grey is great but I do not like how it changes color, If Chevrolet had the old dark gunmetal grey that would've been it. My wife wasn't thrilled about the Red Hot. I figured I had gotten this far I wasn't going to push it But with more time........

Time had run out, Silver Ice it was. My Sierra was silver, looks great in bright sunshine, doesn't show dirt, nice contrast with black hood, low production #s adding some minor rarity. Order placed and in GM system Tuesday. SIM/1SS/1LE/NPP/Recaros. Exactly what I wanted
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Old 02-07-2015, 10:53 PM   #2
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Thanks to Becky @ Rodgers, like most of us who ordered one, I was well informed on the status because of her dedication to everyone here. During the entire search process Becky was great, what a professional. The long distance from Johnstown, PA to Woodhaven, Michigan was just too big of a wrinkle to make a purchase along with the timing and color indecision. The winter of '13-'14 was brutal so any thought of picking up or having one delivered was muted. I was a bit hot on a used '13 Red Hot 1LE she had (former owner was here on the forums). It was then GM Mastercard sent out the top off points so I started to seriously think about a '14. I told her that I had some loyalty to Cover Chevrolet and the allocation timing ended up being just right. But, again, if you are considering a purchase from her you are getting a class act. Thank You Becky for all the help!

I knew by the end of May it was on its way. I completed the paperwork Saturday 5/31. I got the call 6/2. Pics from my salesman:
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Last pic shows the owner of the dealership and owner of the '13 IOM 1LE. He was looking it over to see if GM did any 1LE badging. He was disappointed.

They were not going to get the splitter on that day, and after seeing a few mangled splitter installs here and in person, I said I'll do it, I'll see you tonight!

One of the other saleman has a 2012 SW ZL1, he asked me if I knew of the fuse pull mod. I said yes, and that was the first mod.
Thanks to Jonathon, Lewis, Dave, John, Denise and Jim at Cover Chevrolet in Windber, PA.
And of course, My Wife in Johnstown!
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Old 02-07-2015, 11:02 PM   #3
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Mods. Some guys and girls buy a car like the Camaro and do nothing. Well, maybe they do some cosmetic stuff, and that is cool, but for me there is always room for improvement in the powertrain and chassis. Meat and potatoes. This is what makes or breaks a performance car. My '95 changed drastically with the mods I did. Old GM.

The new GM is a different animal and we enthusiasts are enjoying products that are some of (if not) the best vehicles ever produced. We are living in the Golden Age of performance and hot rodding. One of my coworkers asked me shortly after I received this 1LE, was what I wanted to change. I quickly said "MORE POWER!!" And really, that is the knee-jerk hot rodder response. But I thought about it a bit more.......Well this car is damn near perfect, from the factory!! I'm not sure I want to change much. The 1LE option is so damn awesome.

And that was after I took it on the track. Pitt Race (formerly BeaveRun). I have not done the entire track day yet in this Camaro, just what they call is TrackCross. Turns 1-8 as fast as you can. Kinda like an autocross (solo run) and drag racing test 'n tune (timed) and open tracking (turns to put hair on your chest, no silly straight line stuff).

Poised and predictable. The 1LE makes you look like a genius. The first TrackCross, ran my best time on the last run. It had been 5 years since I was Pitt Race. So, new car, relearning the track, figuring out tire pressures, etc. 42.650 seconds. In Competitive Mode.

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BTW, Do not use the Launch Control with hot 'n sticky tires I did this once and the ring and pinion now has a slight whine......

Second time I visited, ambient temps were higher and there was a Porsche Caymen S there. He was running 42 flats. I ran a 42.105. Did I mention I love this car?

I met Green Machine there and his '14 1LE. Great to see another 1LE and talk to a great guy.

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So really there are a few things I would like to change:

-More power! Duh!
-Improved chassis. From the feedback here on the forums, the 1LE can be improved upon.
-Cosmetic. Just a few small things. The Gen 5 Camaro is pretty bitchin'
-Open track durability. Cooling, brakes, fluids, etc
-Driver information. I need a shift light and a real oil temperature reading.
-Clutch durability. A common issue. I did have one agressive WOT 1-2 grind on the street
-More camber! Again DUH!
-Lower stance
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Old 02-12-2015, 07:02 PM   #4
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Enjoyed the read. Nice 1LE!
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Thanks to Jonathon, Lewis, Dave, John, Denise and Jim at Cover Chevrolet in Windber, PA.
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Old 02-17-2015, 12:30 AM   #6
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I ordered my Camaro with the priority of performance first
1SS: Lighter weight, no frills
1LE: 'Nuff said
NPP: GM has an exhaust that is worthy of not having to be replaced by aftermarket? Hell Yeah.
Recaros: Worth every penny. I modded the driver's seat in my '95 Z28 for more side bolstering. It helped, but even with a CG Lockhttp://www.cg-lock.com/autocross.html, I was not restrained. The Recaros work so well on the track that it was hours into my first event that I realized I wasn't holding myself in the seat like I was in the '95.
And having a bulged L4-5 disc, the proper seating position is critical to be pain free. The Recaros are also great there, no issues, even on a long trip. Perfection.

Since we have three other vehicles, the Camaro only comes out in nice conditions. But when it is nice, I drive it every chance I get. Since the purchase on June 2nd 2014 to November 11th I put 4000 miles on it. I guess you could say it is my daily driver weather permitting. I also had plans to take it to the track for road racing, not drag racing.

I am particular with mods (as most of us are) but I like to do them in a manner that is a bit under the radar. I like the thought of mods looking like they came from the factory, adds a certain symmetry to the entire package. But that will not limit me on options. And I do not want to crossover to mods that start to take too much driveability away. It sees more street time than track time. I guess that is coming with older age.


Mod List, Some manufacturers have already been chosen, others to be decided. I will update when needed:
Completed Mods in GREEN

Suspension
-Camber/Caster Plates
-BMR Full Rear Subframe Bushings
-JDP Motorsports Rear Upper Control Arm Bushings
-Prothane Front Radius Rod Inserts
-Apex/Pfadt Lowering Springs or Ridetech Coilovers
-Agressive Street Alignment

Powertrain
-Bo White Ported Throttle Body
-Chevrolet Performance Z/28 Cold Air Intake
-Headers
-Homemade Skip Shift Eliminator
-Tune
-ATI Damper
-Aluminum Flywheel
-Apex Catch Can
-Wilwood 7oz. Remote Clutch Reservoir
-Tick Bleeder/Clutch Line
-Monster Billet Slave Support
-DOT 4 Fluid Motul RBF 600
-NPP Fuse Removal

Interior
-Raptor Blue Shift Light
-Vitasse Throttle Control
-SRP Aluminum Pedals
-Oil Temp Gauge

Exterior
-Window Tint
-Paint Protection
-Chevrolet Performance Heritage Grille
-OE Z/28 Flowtie
-GrafXWorks Rear Bowtie Overlay
-ZL1 Addons Splitter Guards
-OE ZL1 Front Fender Air Deflectors
-OE ZL1 Rear Splash Guards
-RPI Designs Front Splash Guards
-OE ZL1 Belly Pan
-Z/28 Wicker Bill @ Rear Spoiler
-LED Lighting

Brakes
-OE CTS-V Front Brake Upgrade
-Goodridge Front & Rear Brake Hose
-Chevrolet Performance Z/28 Front Brake Ducts
-DOT 4 Fluid Motul RBF 600

Cooling
-Straight Water + Redline Water Wetter
-Modified Front Bumper Reinforcement
-Oil Cooler/Filter Adapter
-Chevrolet Performance Z/28 Rear Diff Cooler
-Hood Baffle Removal

Lubrication
-Redline 75W90 Gear Lube
-Redline D4 ATF
-Mobil 1 5W30/K&N HP-1017 Oil Filter
-Gold Plug @ Engine, Trans and Rear
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Old 02-17-2015, 07:46 PM   #7
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@ Pitt Race Track-X
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Mike, AKA Green Machine. He is going crazy with mods on his black 1LE
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More pics, some of my favorites

This ended up pretty cool, the shadows on the hood are from a basketball hoop/net
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I like the flag in the windshield
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2002 Saturn SL2 1.9L-Hauls groceries, white like most other appliances
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT-Hauls Kids
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Heritage Grille and modified Flowtie
Billy10mm took a great pic of his 1LE seen on post #5 his thread "Business..." http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=356605
I always liked that pic but I did not quite get it to match his. He got the right angle to really show how badass the '14+ refresh is.
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2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT-Hauls Kids
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Speaking of Business

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First Mods

NPP fuse pull- I see no reason to replace the Dual-Mode Exhaust and it gets better if you do the fuse pull. When the weather is warm enough, I usually use the A/C in my other vehicles, but not so in my Camaro, windows down to fully enjoy the sweet sound. Here is a link on how to do the fuse pull:

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=268970

Hood Vent Baffle removal- The owner's manual does state that for the Z/28 the baffle can be removed for more underhood airflow. I see no reason why this would not benefit the other models with this vent. As far a water/rain causing issues, I normally do not drive this car in the rain, and as long as you do not blast any water in the vent, there will be no problems. GM's WeatherPak electrical connectors are damn near bulletproof.

Removal is easy. Just remove the two piece push-pins, remove the baffle. You can reinstall 2 of those push-pins back into the hood liner to hold it tight to the hood. I got 7 of a different type of push pin at my local hardware store along with 7 rubber washers (as spacers) and installed them in the remaining holes in the hood, just because I thought it would look better.

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Apex Motorsports Catch Can- I liked the Apex catch can and how it mounts. The only thing I did differently was add a 45* hose fitting at the top of the catch can were Apex supplies a straight. These fittings are RedHorse Performance Fittings. In keeping with an OEM look, I went with the black rubber hose. This catch can and mount are very high quality. Apex part # APX9001
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2002 Saturn SL2 1.9L-Hauls groceries, white like most other appliances
2012 Chevrolet Traverse LT-Hauls Kids
1981 'Vette-Chevette that is, "Yeah, I had a 'Vette"-SOLD(obviously)
1984 Chevrolet Caprice Classic/1991 Chevrolet Caprice-Old man cars while I was in my 20s & 30s

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Old 02-19-2015, 09:54 PM   #12
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Any reason why you chose the front mount over the block mount for your catch can? Beautiful car btw
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Old 02-19-2015, 10:41 PM   #13
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Paint Protection- I had installed some paint protection/clear bra on my 2010 Sierra. I had it professionally installed on my G8. With what I learned on my Sierra and the price that places wanted to install it on my Camaro, I thought I could do it myself. All pieces were 3M Scotchguard from Ebay. I did the following:
-Front bumper cover
-Mirrors
-Gills
-Door handles
-Door edge

Everything turned out great except the front bumper cover, which with all those compound curves makes it extremely difficult. Once you start with such a large piece, there is absolutely no stopping, and you really have to think it out to get everything to line up and roll with the curves. I had installed the upper bumper cover section (adjacent to the hood) and ever so lightly trimmed it were it matched up with the other bumper cover section (below pic) I used a brand new X-Acto knife with such a light pressure, but I went through and into the paint. In disgust with the gloss of that top piece, I ripped it off exposing my knife mark for which I tried to smooth out with 2500 grit wet sand paper. I had done some wet sanding on my '95 Z28 when I rolled the rear fender lip. So I was very surprised to see how much more thin the paint was on this 1LE Needless to say, as someone who is very picky, I just laid the first imperfection of my hot rod

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One note on the gills: within 100 miles of purchase of my car, I had stone marks (did not fully chip) on the area around the gills. If you have a Z/28, ZL1, 1LE, or other with sticky/wider tires, you NEED to protect the gills or they will be blasted!!! I got the gill kit on Ebay and its instructions are thorough enough for a rookie to do. It took my atleast 12 hours to do all of the above. Long frickin' day.

Window Tint- Almost every vehicle I have ever owned I tinted the windows. Tint makes the vehicles better. Look at the windows of cars in commercials, usually are tinted. It is much easier to do if you remove the windows from the doors, which sounds like a ton of work, but realistically it is easy and you can eliminate any dirt from the job and makes it easier to install the tint. I only did the door windows and the quarter windows. 35% tint from Northern Tint.

Splash Guards- Another necessity for long term protection. I like the OE ZL1 rears and liked RPI Design's fronts so I bought there 4 piece kit, part #ZL1-78. I changed how the fronts mounted so they would stay tighter on the fender edge. They work good at keeping the rocks off the side of the car.

Front Fender Wind Deflectors- Another ZL1 tidbit, adds a cool looking "racer" vibe. OE ZL1, had to mod a little bit to work. Part #s 22895340, 22895341, From Maureen @Rodgers Chevrolet.
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Old 02-19-2015, 10:47 PM   #14
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Any reason why you chose the front mount over the block mount for your catch can? Beautiful car btw
I thought the Apex kit was a bit more sorted out, the fittings, and liked the front mount. I briefly looked at others and kept coming back to Apex.

Thanks for the compliment!
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Old 02-19-2015, 11:59 PM   #15
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Splitter Guards- ZL1 Addons sell these. Machined aluminum guards that screw into the bottom of your splitter. They work. You'll hit these before your splitter gets ground down. Well worth it and easy to install. I also bought their Heavy Duty Magnetic Jack Pads. Another small investment to make life easier and not destroy your chassis when jacking the car.

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Heritage Grille and Flowtie
I did a write up on this here: http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=367071
I originally modded the Bowtie that came with the Heritage Grille (GM Part# 22965834), but I later found a genuine Flowtie.
My best cosmetic mod
See the pic in Post #9 above^^^^
EDIT: I've received tons of requests for me to sell my modded Flowtie, but sorry, my son owns it now!
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Fluids and Gold Plugs- Lots of feedback from members here about the sometimes unfriendly TR6060 transmission. I drained the ATF from the trans @1600 miles and added Redline D4, took just a little under 4 quarts.

Also drained the rear gear lube @ 2300 miles. WTF! Wow, nasty sh!t. Added Redline 75w90 #57904, took 1 quart and I added GM Limited Slip Additive part # 88900330

I added Gold Plug Drain/Fill Plugs to the rear (# AP-07 need 2), and trans (IP-04X, need 2). I picked up one for the engine at AutoZone, Needa brand, M12-1.75 (# 653096). Just a little more protection as they have a strong magnet within.
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Old 02-20-2015, 12:26 AM   #16
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Z/28 Cold Air Intake- There are so many options on CAIs. In my view, most do a pretty good job. I am not going to concern myself over a couple horsepower, so going back to my desire for some parts looking OE, the Z/28 CAI was a natural choice. It's OEM quality, fit and finish cannot be denied. And I laugh at the continued questions concerning possible voiding of warranty. Don't they ALL possibly void the warranty? So that is not even an arguement. Price? Sure it is a bit more, but I am fortunate to get a discount at a local GM dealership. Does it work? Only time will tell if someone does a test. I can tell you there was a positive change in power, throttle response.

As a side note, some may question that between my Heritage Grille/Flowtie, brake ducts and this CAI that I have a desire to clone a Z/28. That could not be furthur from the truth. I love what the 1LE was back in the day and how it currently has been elevated to an even greater niche and has gained so much notoriety.

I did make some changes to the Chevrolet Performance Kit, part # 23454578 to look more OE, more vehicle specific, if you can believe. You can see the difference in the pics of those who used the kit's PCV parts vs. my version.
See this thread to view my changes and thoughts:
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Old 02-21-2015, 12:06 AM   #17
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Service Manual- As with my '95 Z28, I bought the complete GM service manual set. No brainer. There is so much info here. Includes every model (1LE, ZL1, and Z/28 among others) and options. I believe the only place you can get it is from Helm (helminc.com).

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ZL1 Belly Pan- When I started inquiring about a belly pan at my local GM dealership, I had the part #s for both the ZL1 and Z/28. There are differences between the two as the Z/28 (part # 23459995) has more openings for whatever reason. I placed my order for the Z/28 belly pan but my go to parts guy called a few weeks later to say GM was telling him it was temporarily unavailable. He knows his stuff and we have a good rapport as he used to work with my dad. No parts restriction (he was aware of the Z/28 parts restrictions). So I ordered a 2014 ZL1 belly pan (part # 23188146), which has small cut outs near the cats. Originally the ZL1 pan did not have these cut outs and there was some reflective insulation in that area. GM made a change at some point so there are atleast 3 different belly pan part #s out there.

You must also get the square "nutserts" (need 11, part # 11570215) as I call them that install within the front subframe/cradle and bolts. Any competent GM dealer can get these for you ($$) but some hardware stores may carry the nutserts. And (4) large flanged bolts, part #11609982, (7) M6x1x25 bolts and (3) M6x1x33 bolts.

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If I remember correctly,where the front of the belly pan meets the bumper cover (behind the splitter) I did have to drill some new holes for those new bolts/nuts, and lightly trim the bumper cover.

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I also cut the rubber air dam to mimick the Z/28. The Z/28 just has two small rubber deflectors right in front of the front tires with the middle wide open as to let the air travel across the belly pan.

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Old 02-21-2015, 12:34 AM   #18
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Vitesse Throttle Control- GM really has put the laziness in their throttles. My G8, Sierra and this Camaro all have had lazy throttles. Part of it I believe is the torque management and part of it is the "Desired Throttle Area" maps within the PCM, which can only be mildly modified before the PCM decides that it does not like that change. Worst case scenario with modding those tables can make the PCM unresponsive.

So I bought the Vitesse and it does work. Wow, almost too touchy. At this point it was time to put the car away for winter and I really have not had a chance to try it out. I ran the wires inside the center console and mounted the display in the center console storage bin. It is out of sight yet easy to make changes.

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Bo White Ported Throttle Body- Another popular mod that some say also improves the throttle response. And again, I have not had a chance to try it out. I sent Bo my OE TB and he did his magic.

Raptor Shift Light-While I am not doing any drag racing with my 1LE, I still need a shift light as my factory tach seems a bit off and I do not like having to look down and wait for my shift rpm. The Camaro tach #s are small and hard to read in a quick moment. I wanted a small shift light so I could mount it in the left HVAC vent and the Raptor was perfect. I tied into the cylinder #1 coil harness for the signal. I mounted the Raptor so it was near the vent opening enough that I would easily see it, yet deep enough that it would not interfere with the vent door.

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That thing is pretty damn bright and I got it in blue to match the blue highlights of the Camaro gauges.

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Love the idea for the shift light. Nicely done
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SRP Racing Aluminum Pedals- I have not mastered heel-toe downshifting yet. I did it a couple of times in my '95, but I haven't been able to practice in 5 years. Having the right pedal spacing helps so I installed a set of SRP pedals, plus they look great.

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Z/28 Brake Ducts- GM/Chevrolet Performance part # 23252398. Why not the Quantum Brake Ducts?? This is mostly a street car. For now the Z/28 ducts will be fine. They are simple, light and are a seemless install. If I get into the open tracking deeper I will give the Z/28 ducts a chance, and possibly move up to the Quantums.

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Z/28 Flowtie-It was about this time I found a genuine Flowtie. I always thought the Chevrolet performance cars should have had a better looking Bowtie, so when the Flowtie came about I thought it was perfect. Back in the day (1995ish)I liked the red Bowtie that was on my Z28 and it was prevalent on all of Chevrolet's racecars of the time. But that one, to me, is now out of date. Currently the Flowtie is a restricted Z/28 item, but let's just say you can look at the typical "auction" websites. I googled "Flowtie" and found it. So I removed my modded one that I described in post #15 and installed this one. By this time next year you'll probably be able to buy one from GM when the restriction is lifted

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Rear Bowtie Decal Overlay- I bought this from GrafxWorks. Carbon Fiber decal overlay for the rear Bowtie. Carbon Fiber is cool, but I'm not a fan of a lot of use, for a street car like mine, it is borderline "poser" to have too much CF. For extreme cars, go for it! And really, I can't afford too much of it anyway

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When you bought the flowtie did it come with the back part to mount it or did you fab something up?
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OE Alignment Specs- I've been doing my own alignments for a couple of years. It stemmed from not being happy with alignments from shops plus the costs of the alignments and not being able to play around and not go broke at the same time! I bought a Longacre Camber/Castor Gauge (#78295) and their Toe Bar (#79622). I work hard at removing all variables for consistency and repeatability, within 2/10's of a degree.

Here is what I found @ 4000 miles, full fuel tank, 35 PSI in all tires:

LF RF
Cam -.8* -.8*
Cas +5.6* +5.8*
Ride HT 668mm 669mm

FRONT TOE
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LR RR
Cam -.3* -.3*
Ride HT 685mm 685mm

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When you bought the flowtie did it come with the back part to mount it or did you fab something up?
It did not, but I just used the same mount I made for the modded one.
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