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Old 07-09-2013, 01:37 AM   #1
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911medic's Minnesota Winter "Ice" Journal

This will be much more of a "journal" than a "build" thread.

I purchased my used 2012 Silver Ice Metallic 2LT in March of 2013. It had about 26,000 miles on it, and was a former rental from the San Francisco/Sacramento California area. It came with only a few options: a sunroof (which I really didn't want, but wasn't a deal-breaker), a spare tire (which I did want), and 19" bright aluminum wheels (instead of painted).

I specifically was looking for a 2012 non-RS 2LT with automatic transmission, for the following reasons.

I chose the auto for daily-driver comfort in traffic situations, and because my wife would be able to drive it (helped increase WAF).

V6 because I wanted:
  • Decent gas mileage
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • FE2 suspension for daily driver comfort
2012 because I wanted:
  • The LFX engine and it's refinements over the LLT
  • A non-RS, and 2012 brought fewer compromises for non-RS V6s (see below)
  • A factory rearview camera option
2LT because I wanted
  • Leather
  • HUD
  • 4-gauge cluster
  • Rearview camera
  • Boston Acoustics sound system
  • Higher speed limiter
And finally, I avoided the RS package because:
  • I did not want summer-only tires
  • I don't care about the body-colored roof ditch molding/sharkfin antenna
  • In 2012, Chevy changed the RS package, and the decklid spoiler and darker tinted taillights became standard equipment for all Camaros
The only thing I miss from the RS package is the HID headlights with halo rings, and they're on my list of aftermarket mods.

Non-RS 2LTs are hard to come by around here, so it took a bit to find one, but I got a decent price.

I have been extremely happy so far! Here she is, on her first day home:









Mods so far (more details on many of these to come):
  • RX catch can and breather valve
  • JacFab radio face cover (discussed here)
  • 3M door edge guard
  • RPI "stealth" front splash guards (discussed here)
  • ProClip cell phone dash mount
  • LED conversion of dome/trunk/plate lights
  • Plasti-Dip rear spoiler and wheels (discussed here)
  • Plasti-Dip Transformers-style stripes (discussed here)
  • Center speaker disconnect
  • Seafoam intake treatment/manual intake valve cleaning (thread with pics)
  • Weathertech rear floor liners (sticking with the carpeted fronts for now)
  • Roto-Fab cold air intake (discussed here, separate thread here)
  • Roto-Fab windshield washer fluid reservoir relocate kit, and ADM racing scoop (discussed here)

Mods wishlist:
  • VMax ported throttle body
  • Axle-back exhaust-leaning toward the Dynomax VT
  • HID/halo ring retrofit
  • Window tint
  • Caliper/rotor hat paint
  • Splitter (like the T5, don't like the price/shipping costs)
  • Dash ABL
  • Footwell/cupholder lighting
  • Gill stripe kit (love the SLP set, but spendy)
I'd love to do some before/after dyno runs of the few performance mods I have planned, but we'll see if time and budget (and finding a good local dyno shop) allow this.

I have also started a project (thread here) where I'm logging data with the Torque OBD app to try to determine if my intake valve carbon build up had any measurable effects. I have gathered quite a bit of data, and have presented some initial results, but have to find time to go through the rest of my data sets. I think this may also prove useful for logging the effects of adding a CAI, ported TB, etc. We'll see.
More to come...
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:40 AM   #2
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I like that you put so much thought into which trim you wanted and thought about the reasons why. Getting exactly what you want ftw! Looking forward to seeing what you have in store.
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:41 AM   #3
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I like that you put so much thought into which trim you wanted and thought about the reasons why. Getting exactly what you want ftw! Looking forward to seeing what you have in store.
Thank you. As you can tell, I'm a very analytical thinker.
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:50 AM   #4
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Looks good. Definitely did your research on what you wanted, good job.
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:07 AM   #5
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Updated the OP with some additional info.
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Looks good. Definitely did your research on what you wanted, good job.
Thank you sir!
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Old 07-09-2013, 11:42 AM   #6
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Plenty of thought! I hope those pics were taken in March and not this month!
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Old 07-09-2013, 01:18 PM   #7
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Nice 2LT love that Sim !


Will be watching. . . this , i just got a VR 1LT with 18's
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:40 PM   #8
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Plenty of thought! I hope those pics were taken in March and not this month!
LOL, yes, it was when I brought her home. Though we still had snow in May...
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Old 07-09-2013, 02:41 PM   #9
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Nice 2LT love that Sim !


Will be watching. . . this , i just got a VR 1LT with 18's
Congrats! And your sig reminds me that I do have the optional spare tire, too, so thanks!
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Old 07-09-2013, 05:56 PM   #10
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Yw ~!
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Old 07-09-2013, 06:42 PM   #11
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Nice 2LT love that Sim !


Will be watching. . . this , i just got a VR 1LT with 18's
Silver if you are going to c5f we are having a camarovan leaving the Illinois side on the first!
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Silver if you are going to c5f we are having a camarovan leaving the Illinois side on the first!
Nope wont be going
dumb 365 night a year job

thanks for the heads up though ~
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Old 07-18-2013, 01:34 AM   #13
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OK, one of the first mods I did was to install the JacFab radio face cover (available here, and discussed here).

Here is a link to the actual GM TSB regarding scratches in the radio face. They actually recommend using Plast-X as well!

I bought a couple of buffing pads and some Meguiar's Plast-X scratch removing polish to treat the existing scratches in the radio face plastic.



Then I taped off the radio face, buffed it with the Plast-X, and applied the cover. You can see the scratch marks in my radio face:



Worked great, and was inexpensive.
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Old 07-25-2013, 08:21 AM   #14
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Plasti-Dip! I did the rear spoiler last spring, and the wheels about a month ago. Love the way the silver and black looks! Going to try some stripes next.

























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Old 07-25-2013, 08:54 AM   #15
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Roto-Fab Install

This is my most recent mod (to date), and is the one I like best so far! I ordered and installed a Roto-Fab cold air intake. This mod really made the car come alive.

At idle/low RPM acceleration, you'd never know there was a difference. But once the RPMs climb above ~24-2500, the car begins to growl and sounds amazing! I really love it. Highly recommended!

BTW, I got this from Apex, who price-matched another vendor's sale price. The item shipped directly from Roto-Fab in Arizona.

The system came well-packaged. Though the box sustained some minor shipping damage, the items inside were fine. (Apologies for the blurry pics.)













The oiled filter came in a separate box of its own. It is an S&B brand unit.



Install was pretty simple. The most difficult part was getting the heat shield bottom flush against the frame rail next to the A/C line and clip that runs through the same area. If you're not careful, it would be very easy to get the weather stripping caught on the clip and not get the box fully seated. To be fair, the instructions that came with the unit specifically discuss this concern and have a picture of the clip you need to avoid.

I also was unable to have my MAF wiring circle underneath the MAF tube like the stock configuration. The wiring simply isn't long enough, so I was forced to lay it on top of the air tube.

Before:



After:





At some point, I plan to do the W/W bottle relocate and air scoop mods.

If you are on the fence about a CAI, all I can say is DO IT. It is awesome.
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Old 07-25-2013, 09:13 AM   #16
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RPI "Stealth" Front Splash Shields

Being my DD, and after hearing stories about rock chips in the gill area, I knew I wanted to do something to try to protect my car from stuff thrown up by the front tires.

I didn't like the look of the large guards available from Chevy, and then I came upon the RPI "Stealth" guards (thread here). I'm not a fan of their rear guards, but the fronts looked promising, so I ordered a set.

They come predrilled with for two of the stock trim screws to hold them in place. To hold the top of the guard, RPI sends a metal clip that you're supposed to attach to the fender lip. Other users have expressed concern about the clip scratching the paint in this area, so I took their advice and bought some 3M moulding adhesive tape instead:



I cut a six-inch piece and ran it from where the top of the guard ended down the edge of the fender. It has held for months now.







One issue with these that I've had is that after a couple of months of use, some sand/gravel collects behind the guard, between the guard and the inner fender liner. This causes the guard to bulge forward, visibly stretching the adhesive tape. I had to loosen the two attachment screws and knock all the stuff out of there to fix this. This will likely have to be done periodically with these guards.

Also, there are threads around describing making your own guards for cheap, and after having these for a while, I think I could have made my own. But for ~$35 they are a decent product.
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Old 07-26-2013, 01:13 PM   #17
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Yesterday I decided to add some stripes with Plasti-Dip. Eventually I would like the NS-1 stripe kit, but for now (and for cheap) this will do:





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Old 07-26-2013, 06:01 PM   #18
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:38 PM   #19
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Thank you!
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:48 PM   #21
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Great Job!
Thanks! Some day I'll be able to afford some NS-1s, but in the meantime this'll do.
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Old 09-17-2013, 12:55 PM   #22
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Looks awesome! I have a 2012 SIM LT2 as well and just starting some small mods... Getting black vinyl matte rally stripes this week!
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Old 09-17-2013, 04:40 PM   #23
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Thanks! I need to update this thread with some mods I have done and a couple of projects I've been working on.
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Old 09-17-2013, 06:32 PM   #24
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the diy stripes look great. Silver looks great with black accents
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the diy stripes look great. Silver looks great with black accents
Thanks. I really like the color combo, too. Eventually I hope to get the NS-1 stripe kit, or have them painted.
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