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Old 06-14-2012, 05:15 PM   #26
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Got my Audio Integrations box in with a 10" Alpine Type R. The install was more difficult than anticipated. The post that holds the box to the passenger side wall was really short. I adjusted the threaded rod until there were only 3 threads in there and still couldn't get enough length in the box to use the rubber grommet. I took the padding off the back of the wall carpet and still just barely got the nut on there with the lock washer. There is a lot of polyfill. I only ended up using about two hand fulls around the edges. I ran the wire up to the back deck where I am going to be installing my amp upside down.
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:23 PM   #27
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Got my Infinity Kappa 6x9s installed. Talk about a PITA. On the upshot removing the entire rear of the interior will make the rest of the install easier.
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:32 PM   #28
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I installed my backup cam. I ran the wires through the plastic plate above the license plate. Assuming my research is correct, the tail lamp wire loom light green wire is the reverse light positive. Between that and a ground I stole from the trunk hinge, It should bring the camera on when the reverse lights are engaged. Won't know if it works until I finish everything. It was a pretty straight forward install otherwise.
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:07 PM   #29
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Got my Alpine PDX-V9 mounted. I used some nylon spacers to allow air flow and then just ran some bolts through the mounting tunnels. The hardest part was the in and out of the trunk. Can't wait to be done crawling around back there.
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:12 PM   #30
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Put the Tsunami 2 farad cap down in the spare tire well. The whole process was a serious pain. Once I got it bolted up I test fit the cover. Of course it didn't fit. Got the dremel out and solved that issue. Then I ran the wires. The fuse design is miserable. It is a dual sided blade type. There is no way to connect the wire and tighten it down as it ends up inside the fuse holder... genius. I made it work. After I got all the power run to the amp, the cap decided to fall out of the cheap plastic bracket. To avoid it rattling out while driving, I added some gorilla tape. It's hoaky but it works. Once the remote is run to the head unit, I will finish wiring in the cap.
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Old 06-17-2012, 02:55 PM   #31
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Got all my wires run today. Everything from speaker wire, to video for the backup cam to the preamps. I got my corssovers mounted and wired. Everything is hooked up to the amp, including the cap power lines. All that's left is the head unit. I can almost see the finish line.
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Old 06-17-2012, 07:16 PM   #32
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Great build thread. Love the train horns. I might just have to look into that one.
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Old 06-20-2012, 07:08 PM   #33
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Well the install is done. Finally! Yesterday was spent running the microphone and the antennas. Then came the tedious work of figuring out where all the harnesses went. It was insane. The Metra kit looks great and works well, but as others have found, the install is a major PITA. The instruction book is full of holes. The wires are not labeled properly. If you think you have the wrong wire because it has a speaker labeling printed on it, it probably is just labeled incorrectly. This was the case on at least one wire per harness, and in one case, an entire harness. It was labeled as if it was solely to wire in the factory speaker wires, which I bypassed. I was 2 seconds from cutting it up for spare wire when I realized it went to the Metra faceplate. Good catch on my buddies part. Then we spent an hour and a half figuring out the relay setup to operate the dvd and nav while driving. Couldn't do it again if I tried, so I'm no help there. Just know that you need a 5pin relay to make it work. After all that, I ended up wiring the amp remote line to the f18 fuse to pull off the accessory key. Day 2 was reasonably simple. Wired up the rear camera signal line from the head unit to the reverse lamp, and then started stuffing wires. It was a mess, but we got it in there. When everything was said and done, it looked great and was amazing to use. I have the JVC KW-NT500HDT. It is a beast. Can't say enough good things about it so far. The Metra has good functionality and I have most of the features reestablished. I will be messing with it more this week to get everything dialed in, but for the most part it works like a champ.

*Update: The relay did not allow the dvd, nav, phone, and track list features to work. It worked as long as the ebrake was off with no motion. As soon as the car hit 3mph, the features were again disabled. I had to order the JVC Microbypass. Two solder points and a ground, and the issues were resolved.
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Old 06-26-2012, 07:10 PM   #34
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Just got my car back from the tint shop. I did 70 in the front, and 28 the rest of the way around. It looks really sharp. The shop used Sun Tek Carbon flim which they took all they way to the bitter edges. Couldn't ask for a better finished product.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:29 PM   #35
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I finished my interior. The only thing I may add down the road is an A pillar gauge pod to monitor my engine once I stroke it. For now this custom badge was the final touch. My grandfather was an amazing man. No matter where on earth I called him from, or no matter what my mood, he always would end our conversations with a simple catch phrase, "Keep Smiling." You couldn't help but crack a grin when he said that. Well, whenever I mash the skinny pedal, I can't help but be reminded to always keep smiling. I found a company that made custom pieces, http://www.thirdshiftstudios.com/, and came up with a fitting tribute. They were very open to input and willing to get the design where I wanted it. It makes the Hurst ball just pop when you look inside. I could not be happier with the effect.
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Old 09-08-2012, 09:04 PM   #36
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:11 AM   #37
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:51 AM   #38
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Well, I'm finally back from tour number 4. It's time for some modding. I started looking at wheels and tires a year before I even ordered the car. Stance is everything. It is the first visual clue if the owner knows what they are doing or not with their car. I love the meaty five-spoke look of the stockers, but they are too heavy and the offset is crap. I considered widening the wheels and running spacers, but I have mixed feelings on that scenario. In a perfect world that would be the road I'd go down. Unfortunately, Murphy loves to mess with me. So to avoid catastrophe, I searched to the ends of the internet to find the perfect 5-spoke. There is no such animal. I found a lot of wheels that spoke to me (no pun intended), but there would always be some element lacking. I wanted classic style, in black, that had an offset that came flush to the fender wells. They had to have that 'Merican look without being too old school. For me the new Camaro embodies the spirit of old iron in a new era. Nothing fit that bill. I'd seen the 1LE wheels online, but was convinced the offset would be wrong. I finally saw them in person a few weeks ago and was sold. I ordered a set of the split 5 spoke 1LE wheels, 20x10 +23 20X11 +43, from shopchevyparts.com over the weekend and they should be here this week. For tires, I went with the Michelin Pilot Super Sports 285/35-20 295/35-20. I would have gone for the 315s but a lot of guys on here have said those tires tend to run wide. Don't want a bulge past the fender, I have enough trouble with slag on the rear quarters as it is. I also picked up a set of gorilla wheel locks. I have ZL1 mud flaps on order to try and save my paint. Everything should be here this week. Can't wait to see the finished product. Down the road I will be doing the Pfadt drop springs and sway bars to tighten up the gap, but for now I have plenty to keep me busy. Stay tuned for pics.
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Old 06-27-2013, 10:30 AM   #39
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Tires are in. A little concerned about the 285 fronts being the Michelin Pilot Super Sports. A lot of guys on here say they run wide, but a few ZL1 dudes have them. I'm pretty sure the strut towers on the 1LE at least are the same, so fingers crossed no rubbing. Love the ZL1/1LE wheels. shopchevyparts had them in stock and delivered in under a week. Awesome process, quality packaging. Can't wait to see it all come together.
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Old 06-27-2013, 04:01 PM   #40
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Great choice on wheels.
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Old 06-28-2013, 03:37 PM   #41
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So without any adieu, the ZL1 / 1LE wheels are on and they look perfect. I don't think I will even need to do a drop spring to make the gap look right. As an afterthought, I plasti dipped the "CAMARO" emblems to see how it would look. Love it! Let me know what yall think.
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Old 06-28-2013, 03:39 PM   #42
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In case anyone was curious, no bulging beyond the fender.
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:04 AM   #43
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Just ordered the heritage side emblem ( crossed flags) from third shift studios. They should be doing them in matte black. We'll see. I also have the side markers from show stoppers on the way. They'll be doing them in ghost paint for me. Should make for a nicely finished side look to the car. Then it will be on to the rest of the exterior.
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:45 PM   #44
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Followed this guys thread on how to make your own front splash guards: http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=252329. It was actually easier than installing the factory ZL1 rears. I bought the same Auto Zome mudflaps, but used 3M tape instead of clips (didn't like the scratching of the paint). The factory ZL1s gave me trouble. One bolted right up, but the other side was a little wonky (probably just a quality control thing on the rear fascia). The bottom hole wouldn't match up no matter how hard I tried. I just shot a zip screw through it. I'll come up with a more elegant solution next time I have the rear wheels off. Here are some pics of the finished product.
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:42 PM   #45
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Dynatech Headers, Cats, and Exhaust on the way. Can't wait!
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Old 07-28-2013, 08:07 PM   #46
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The exhaust is in and it sounds amazing.



I've got an sct livewire tuner with front facing camera going in next. More to follow.
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:57 PM   #47
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Excellent mods! My garage is always available, now that you are local.
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