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Old 12-24-2012, 12:18 PM   #101
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:55 PM   #102
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My first underhood project

This was one of the easiest, yet most frustrating projects I have ever undertaken. Originally the goal was to just re-paint and clear coat under the hood like the factory should have done it. Well being me I always have to make it unique and different so I was going to add the stripe on the underside of the hood. This should of been easy, but read along, it became quite the job.

The first step was removing the hood, cleaning it and sanding/scuffing it to be ready for paint. Well I found some rough edges and a decal that needed fixing while I was cleaning it up. Easy.

Next was painting the black on and designing the stripes on the bottom to match the top. I had to do this all by measuring or eyeballing it top to bottom to match my factory stripes. First issue, factory Rally stripes are flat black or almost matte. I bought some flat clear coat, but I kept thinking how hard it would be to clear coat the stripes separately and why be dull if I didn't have too??? What finally made the decision, I banged the stripe into a bolt and put a second nick in it. It had to go. I was so annoyed and knew it would be a huge pain to replace stripes, but I didn't know the half of it.

After black was down and stripes masked off it was time to fix the orange. It took an entire 12 oz can to make it look all nice and solid. After un-masking the black areas they needed some fine detailing which I did with a nice black marker I always use when painting black.

Then it was time for clear coat, 3 coats on the entire hood, with spray cans!!! Very tricky to do and I did get some runs in the black. I could wet sand out, but I'm happy with the results for now.

Next it was time to work on the windshield squirter bracket, a boring rough plastic deal strapped to bottom of hood. I could have just left it black and rough, but I wanted it to blend in. So I fill primered and sanded smooth. Then I painted on the orange, masked off the stripes and painted black. Un-masked and clear coated. It turned out even better than the hood!!!

I then masked off and painted and cleared factory hinges on the car. Easier to paint on, then remove front bumper and both fenders.

Bottom done it was time to remove the factory stripes. Impressively I removed all of them each in one piece. But they did leave residue, so out came rubbing compound and 2 hours later they looked nice and clean. Now on to stripes...

Bought first set of ebay, $70 3 mm thick 3M gloss black. Came with wrinkles in hood piece every time they shipped it to me, 3 stripes total, so I got a full refund. I also practiced installing with bad ones. Trunk took 2 tries, and was done, but hood kept getting wrinkles...

Next I ordered a $110 stripe that was 2 mm thick and had clear top material. I thought that it would be easier to install... Well I didn't even come close, mostly cause it was December and 40 degrees... Material stuck to itself and it was all done. I always do wet installs.

Figured stripe wasn't problem, but me so I took to a local vinyl stripe installer, Team Acme in LV. Boy did they F it up. Not only did it have wrinkles, scrape marks in decal they scratched up the ENTIRE hood and fenders while installing. Like really guys??? Jeans and leaning all over car!!! I did a better job and didn't scratch up everything. I didn't pay them, obviously, and had them pay Chevy to wet sand and buff out all their damage. Ugh...

So at this point I had spent $220 on the quality stripes and I only had rear stripes, from the fist kit. Before all this I had contacted a local place, Warrior Wraps, who had a great sales guy but price seemed high. Boy was I wrong, they only charged me $120 for front stripe installed. But it took them printing 4 stripes, 5 visits and 2 installed to get it right. But they stuck it out and made it right in the end. I essentially designed the stripes with the guy from the ground up. Started straight, then squared off and finally narrowing and rounded fronts. WHEW!!!

Last step I installed the Transformer words back on the new stripes, they are off ebay, $15, and took me about an hour. Second round on this so no problem.

So finally I got 2 cans a clear, 1 flat black, 1 IOM, primer, sand paper, masking, $235 in stripes, $120 in install and one friggin awesome hood!!! =D


Pictures show dirty original hood, cleaned and ready for paint, black and masked for stripes, done in house, painted hinges, painted squirter piece, un-striped car, trunk striped, finished under hood, first wrong stripes, good stripes and final with Transformer word.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:58 PM   #103
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Wow looks fantastic!!! Great job
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:05 PM   #104
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Holy crap that looks awesome man! Great job!
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:40 PM   #105
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Thanks!

Thank you both!

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Thank you both!

Mackman, special thanks! I gotta keep up, right?
You're way ahead of me. I look to you for ideas on my LEDs and stuff. Your car is one of my favorites!
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Old 02-06-2013, 10:38 PM   #107
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The easiest projects can be the most fun!!!

Sometimes its the simple things in life that make me happy This short little project was super easy and I love the result! I basically wanted to trick out my silly Transformers license plate frame. I coulda gone crazy making it orange and black or lining perimeter with RGB LED's, etc!!! But this is the outside of my car, and believe it or not, I go for stealth

I removed the TM logo after Formers and sanded smooth. I then painted black, leaving chrome letters. Then I was like, I'm Mr. LED I gotta do something!!! I ended doing just the eyes of the Autobot logo in red. Blue is illegal and I still had an extra tiny 3 way LED. I drilled and cut out eyes perfect and put LED behind. I always drive with my parking lights and orange halo's on so I wired to license plate lights.

Works and looks great!!! Bright enough for day but looks killer at night

First pic is stock, then showing my finished work
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:41 PM   #108
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Awesome work you've put into your camaro! looks great!
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:42 PM   #109
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Little versions of the big guy!!!

If you the viewer has read all 5 pages of my thread up till now you have realized I have a lot of time on my hands. Well after all the painting I figured I could paint up a little version of my car to match. Got a used 1/18 red model of the Concept Camaro used on E-bay cheap. It took me over 6 months, as I am always working on other projects. In fact I started a picture blog on Facebook,

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and my Mom started following along on my progress. So much so that in secret I started making her one as well. It started orange and was a 1/24 scale, see last pictures. Hers came orange and being smaller and having learned a couple tricks went very quickly. I gave it to here on Christmas and it sits all lite up every day on her desk at work.

With my little car, and hers, I went through detail by detail. I had to paint the seats 2-tone to match. Add the orange to the dash, gauges, door panels, radio, etc!!! I had to spec out the engine bay exactly as I had done my big car. Talking what took me over 60 hours on the big one took a couple hours to copy on the little ones. The 1/24 turned out better as it's a copy of real car, not the concept. The big one had an opening trunk so I added color pictures of the real trunk lid, woofers and trunk floor.

Of course I had to add LED's to both The 1/24 got white underglow and RGB slow fading headlights. I did these for my Mom to look cool, even though they don't match real car. My 1/18 got the full treatment It got the slow changing RGB LED's mounted as foglights, foot well lighting and of course my famous RGB glowing wheels!!! Course little car took 1 5mm LED vs 75 5050's per wheel in real car and 10 minutes vs hours!!!

Believe it or not the Mini made had chrome wheels first, so big had to match. Planned gloss stripes for little so big had to match. On and on... I probably won't update little one as big is changed, but it sure was a lot of fun and a bunch of work, but hey I got the time

Just wait till you see some of the projects I have coming up! One scientific the other well you know me
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Old 02-26-2013, 02:45 PM   #110
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:38 PM   #111
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I want a mini me!!

Amazing work as always man. That's crazy good detail!!
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Old 02-26-2013, 03:40 PM   #112
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:26 PM   #113
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Been meaning to do this for a while ;)

First I love my big orange halo's. Only ones I've seen were you can see the bottoms, or done right and evil ie shrouded eyes and amber is legal! Well I always knew I needed RGB in there, but didn't wanna give up driving with the orange. Perfect solution, 80mm RGB Halo's around the HID projector housing. Oh yeah 2 sets of Halo's

Being me I tied it all together So know I have matching glowing wheels, back up lights, footwells, fog lights, grills and now headlight halos!!! Check out my quick vid with music mode



Pic's below show how rings came, installed after painting black, daytime pics and some sweet night time ones

Oh, still working on some other projects while my girlfriend Rita is out of town
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Nice! I ordered some 80mm led rings for 5 bucks off eBay the other day. Going to see if they're any good and wanting tondo demon eyes and halo fogs. I've got the jdp color changing halos already, but I decided not to get run demon eyes or fogs whichever I put them in first. Just going with blue. Not sure if its a good idea or not.
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Depends on what u want to do. I showed a guy in North Carolina how to add wheel lights, grills and fogs all rrgb to his JDP kit, not real hard. Just blue goes with urtheme. These lil rings u will have to open headlights and fogs though. I had to anyway, clean up some spots. Let me know ur thoughts.


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eBay the other day. Going to see if they're any good and wanting tondo demon eyes and halo fogs. I've got the jdp color changing halos already, but I decided not to get run demon eyes or fogs whichever I put them in first. Just going with blue. Not sure if its a good idea or not.[/QUOTE]
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[QUOTE=nicave13@gmail.com;6289177]Depends on what u want to do. I showed a guy in North Carolina how to add wheel lights, grills and fogs all rrgb to his JDP kit, not real hard. Just blue goes with urtheme. These lil rings u will have to open headlights and fogs though. I had to anyway, clean up some spots. Let me know ur thoughts.


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eBay the other day. Going to see if they're any good and wanting tondo demon eyes and halo fogs. I've got the jdp color changing halos already, but I decided not to get run demon eyes or fogs whichever I put them in first. Just going with blue. Not sure if its a good idea or not.
Yeah the blue goes with my theme. I already had grill lights and stuff hooked into my JDP but my kit is now only showing red I have to reset the box every time.... I have already opened my headlights once cause I painted them haha. Should be easier this time.
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Nice, they r easier not dealing with factory adhesive. Ofer, 2SS/RS is gonna be selling a better RGBW headlight kit. Like JDP's, but brighter factory white and wifi!
I live by him and helped design the kit, won't be any issues with this one gonna look sweet whatever u do

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Depends on what u want to do. I showed a guy in North Carolina how to add wheel lights, grills and fogs all rrgb to his JDP kit, not real hard. Just blue goes with urthe. I live me. These lil rings u will have to open headlights and fogs though. I had to anyway, clean up some spots. Let me know ur thoughts.




Yeah the blue goes with my theme. I already had grill lights and stuff hooked into my JDP but my kit is now only showing red I have to reset the box every time.... I have already opened my headlights once cause I painted them haha. Should be easier this time.
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Yeah I looked at Ofers lights yesterday he has the wheel lights and they look great! Just more money than I want to spend right now though.....
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:02 AM   #119
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Soooo bitchin man!! I love all the new stuff!
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Thanks TCAT! I'm trying to get a better job to pay for all this, lol

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Did I mention I like Transformers and LED's?

Believe it or not, I do these projects to keep myself sane. Relatively

I swear this is my last LED project well I finished one I haven't posted about yet

When I started working on my engine bay almost a year ago I had something special planned for the under hood pad. Remember, I always gotta be different. Others had done murals, Transformer stuff and even el wire glowing bow ties. Great stuff, but I am a so called LED god

I planned this thing for months! I made demo's and tests in the house. I bought tools, materials, etc. I considered mild to wild and may still change this a little some day. I think I created something one of kind and 100% unique.

Briefly I cut a piece of acrylic to the exact shape of the hood pad. Frosted it then painted it's back white. Sanded the underhood structure smooth and cleaned liberally with alcohol I had some chrome vinyl left over so I painted it white to reflect light better and wrapped the underside of the hood. I attached 2 strips of moving Dream Color 5050 strips top and bottom. I drilled out the 8 mounting holes, epoxied in wall stud bases to run the bolts into. I used 1" tube spacers in the middle to create the area for the light. Wire runs through the middle hole in hinge to controller under air cleaner. Finally I stuck a giant 22" black Autobot logo in the middle and installed it in the car. Other than removing and putting hood back on I did it all myself I tried installing hood myself, and only got half way to hinges from front

Please be kind, as always I worked very hard on this and am very happy with the results Oh, what do the shadows look like to everybody??? I have my own idea, and it makes me happy!

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damn.. simply awesome what you can do.. so much effort and work you put into it.. keep it up man!
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I can turn wrenches too :P

So in my mind, I can do anything I decided that I'm better than GM and all their engineers and could improve the mileage of my car. The Automatic SS Camaro's in 2010 were rated at 17 City and 25 Highway. Well, I can do better than that Keep in mind I did all this work myself, except welding on the exhaust and doing the alignment.

This is going to be a two part thread. This part all the modifications and technical stuff, the next being the experiments and mileage numbers.

To start with the L99 Automatic SS Camaro's have a taller rear end, 3:27 than the Manuals 3:45. The manuals do however have a taller 6th gear, so lower RPM's when cruising hence no need for AFM. Speaking of AFM or Active Fuel Management or DOD (Displacement on Demand.) Much hated by all, but helpful when ultimate mileage is the goal...

So an automatic car starts with the taller rear end and AFM or the ability to operate with only 4 cylinders. Good starting point GM, but you guys might have left something on the table. Iím going to find out what.

I did start my baseline with a BBK cold air intake($100) already in place, so that was essentially the first step. Second I wanted to get rid of those 4 highly restrictive catalytic converters replaced by 2 high flows cats ($200.) This improved the sound 1000000% but did hurt low end torque Next I wanted some of that torque back and back pressure and scavenging was my solution. For scavenging I had an X-pipe ($125) installed to replace the giant factory resonator and h-pipe. Against logic I had it made 2.25 vs. 2.5 factory size to regain some back pressure, it worked! I also hand ported the throttle body opening up the lower portion where the factory had a hump blocking direct airflow in. I also cut off the EGR tube poking into the intake path, learned this of my 98 Z28.

Ok, time to start researching. Spark plugs and wires, heard GM was the best letís just see about that. I did my research, 1 month, and lower ohmís is the only real improvement to be had. Stuck with platinum, but found tested 0 Ohm plugs and wires approx 70-90 Ohm (total $135) from Weapons X out of Michigan. Next was an used underdrive pulley ($150 ARP bolt and new belts included), simple in theory turn everything slower equals better mileage. Pic of bell housing is showing how I used a socket to stop flywheel from spinning. Nobody but nobody had the tool to lock it in placeÖ

Now it was time to get serious, how about some headers!!! Well bigger is generally better, whatever, 1 7/8Ē Doug Thorley shorties ($225) is what I got, 2Ē long tubes being the biggest. Reason being that shorties keep O2 sensors in factory place and donít throw codes and have great scavenging without losing low rpm torque. You can see I got them used from Iowa and they looked rough I roughed em up and applied 4 coats off ceramic paint to an already ceramic coated header. Living in Vegas heat is important and keeping it in helps with flow. Finally I heard that lowering springs helped with aerodynamics as well as looks and handling, sacrificing ride. Well I researched who could drop it the most without sacrificing ride, I heard PFADT all day long. So I got a used set of them too ($150) a new jack and tools ($150) and finally an alignment ($100), whew!!! Better get some big gains for all that money. For the record it looks so much better, handles about the same and yes it is a little bumpier.

So I spent $1,335 shipped!!! Thatís a pile of cash, better see some results. Of course the best part was doing all the work myself and the research side of it. Oh, all this stuff added performance too. I can smoke my Nitto Invoís all the way to 40mph Any guesses what helped, what didnít? What overall improvement I got? You will be surprised!!!
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The proof is in the pudding!

Iím no scientist or engineer, but here goes my test. First you have to throw out uncontrollable variables like acceleration and driver impute. This means steady 60mph with cruise control on. Second Iím aware only true mileage can be gotten from dividing actual miles driven and fuel used. Well too many variables, ie topping off, driving to gas station, etc. I choose to use the Driver Information Center (DIC) trip average as it has been with 5% accurate over the last 45,000 miles, ok. Then we need a sample size large enough to matter, how about 34 miles round trip. Why round trip? Cause we got hills in Vegas and if you drive up the hill you get to come back down. All this not withstanding we are at 2000 feet altitude. I couldnít control weather, but range was only 55 degrees from start to 85 at end. Most was around 70 and AC was never used and windows were up. I also kept tire pressure constant, 36 to start and 40 at end due to heat of driving.

To be honest I learned a lot about fuel injector slope and Long Term Fuel Trims through the course of this project. Negative LTFT #ís means the ECM is pulling fuel as it thinks its rich. Positive means to lean and its adding. Oddly through testing and testing a professionally tuned vehicle I found out low negative #ís -7 to -9 is best for performance and mileage. This meant lowering my injector slope on my Diablo handheld. Only way of tuning I had, no wideband or HP Tuners type program. Temperature here plays a big role. Hotter shows less fuel being pulled versus when itís cold and large negative numbers were seen. In essence the LTFT didnít really show anything other than temperatures role on fueling and what the computer thinks is going on.

Keep in mind I run 87 octane, got worse mpg with 91 as less fuel and more octane boosters, and I can see knock up to 4 degrees under part throttle only. Stock cars commonly get up to 5 and even 9 in some Vetteís I saw #ís on premium. My stock tune was getting 5 degrees Timing, oh yeah it can go down to 12 degrees advance when going up a hill as a 4cyl, this is where I got improvements with the X-pipe and smaller gap on plugs. Big gap couldnít pull hills, small gap more power but less mileage. Factory .040 is perfect for NA. Mostly up hills I saw 20-30 degrees of timing. Down hill was 45-50.

Results time. High flows got me 2.2 mpg improvement. Lowering injector slope to -4 got me another 1.65. Then I ported the throttle body, might have lost some and did the X-pipe and overall lost .35. Well on to plugs wires and UD pulley which got me 1.4. Got another 1mpg by lowering injector slope to -10. Next was the shorty headers. They changed my LTFT big time. I was seeing -13ís with cooler temps, so I dropped to -7 fuel inj slope, result was 1.25mpg improvement. Finally I heard lowering springs could get 13% better according to Eibachís research. Will see about that! Well $450 later I was riding low and slow. With hotter weather I lowered inj slope to -13, yes that low, and was still seeing LTFTís of -5. Nowhere near the -10ís I had been running. Results, 4.75mpg improvement! Yup, 13% better than last test.

So I went from 30mpg to 41.9mpg Yeah, thatís a 40% increase, suck it big time General Motors Donít say it was this or that, I did the research and temp donít affect things this much, only real cold lowers it significantly and my engine temps were always 190 steady and oil at operating temp. First picture shows an early test downhill portion (44.3) and last pic shows same exact drive after all was said and done (52.5.) Saw similar changes on the up-hill portion going from 24.5 to 31.3.

There are bigger and badder things to come! How about 600 horsepower and 30 plus mpg!!! This one took 8 months thoughÖ Iím planning and scheming away =D Anyone got some donations
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You know what else lowering springs are good for?

Awesome pictures!!! Different underground parking garage, even better photos

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