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Old 01-09-2015, 12:42 AM   #1
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Greg's 2012 2LS, "Caitlyn"

Meant to start this a while ago.

I have wanted this car ever since the concepts were released while I was in 5th grade. When it finally came out and came in VR I knew I wanted a 1LS/RS. After months of looking I could not wait any longer. The cars were either in bad shape, not what I wanted, or didn't feel right. I drove to the dealer, passed by my Caitlyn and knew she would be mine. I didn't care if she wasn't a stick or RS, she had to be mine. Made a deal the same day, raised the down payment and bought her!

UPGRADED! 2000 Jetta GLS "Jenny the Jetta Jalopy" ($1800 in tows in 16 days!)------> Camaro!

I could not believe it. I bought her on my own! It was an amazing feeling. I was on top of the world. I drove her to work straight from the dealer and was so happy that I actually left 4hrs early when I had the chance. It was a rainy day but one of the best days of my life.

Previous Owner left her Bluetooth device list on there, her name was Becky/Rebecca. If anybody knows of a VR 2012 that ended up in MD. Not much else on her :(


Date of something wonderful: June 11th, 2014
- Late self bought 19th birthday gift

"Caitlyn" - 2012 2LS Victory Red Coupe

Basics:
Color: Victory Red
Year: 2012

Trim: 2LS/ Non RS (Looked around)
Transmission: Auto

Interior Mods:
- LED Glow Single Color Blue Foot Well Lighting

- Blue LED Door Lights
- Blue LED Dome Light
- Blue LED Trunk Light
- Four Pack Gauge Retrofit
- 3 Fire Extinguishers & Custom Made Brackets (how-to)



Exterior Modifications:
- Black Vinyl Rear Bowtie from Phastek

- Black Carbon Fiber Vinyl, hand cut from vinyl sheet
- 1910 Vintage Reproduction MD License Plate: "CLR2LND"
- Blue LED Grille Lighting, used LED pod lights and added a switch
- Missing front bottom diffuser/splitter thing-a-ma-bob (hit a deer)


Exhaust/Engine Modifications:
- MRT v1 Axle Back (LOVE this, new car)

- RX Catch Can, silver
- Cold Air Inductions Inc. Cold Air Intake
- Vitesse Throttle Controller


Other Mods:
- 2 x 10" Kickers in an enclosure. In need of an amp.

Future Mods:
- ZL1 Grill
- BigWormGraphix Gloss Black Hash Marks

- Red Painted Fuse Box Cover

- Painted Engine Cover
- LED or HID Lights w/ Halo
- Add LED Foglights w/Halo
- Tinted Windows
- Blue LED strips in the kicker enclosure



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Old 01-09-2015, 12:48 AM   #2
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Two days after she became mine:


The night I got her:


I showed her off to my dad, Jr. and grandpa, Sr.

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Old 01-09-2015, 12:54 AM   #3
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Her first set of license plates while waiting for the custom ones to arrive:


The new plates!


The first black bowtie, rear:


The front bowtie, I couldn't get the phastek to fit so I made my own for $3. Better than the precut.

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Old 01-09-2015, 02:00 AM   #4
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Interior LEDs



RX catch can install


Grille LEDs half complete. I still have to hide wires and add more, waiting for the temps to get up past 25F. Lighting the bottom portion next. All installed THROUGH the grille, way too cold to remove the radiator cover.



MRT v1 Axle Back



Video of the start
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Old 01-09-2015, 09:24 AM   #5
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Love the custom license tag
and love the color.
Don't worry I have the base model and the beauty of having it as a base model. More money you save in payments and you customize it how you want it to look.
And that is exactly what I am doing with my car.
But yes it is a beautiful car.
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Old 01-09-2015, 10:54 AM   #6
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Beautiful Car.... Congrats and I understand the excitement.... I'll be following along with this one as you make it more and more your own... Great Start...
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Old 01-10-2015, 09:24 AM   #7
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Thanks both of you! I see the base as a clean slate. A SS would be nice but I love my 6. I have a lot in mind for this car. I look at new ideas daily and get plenty of ideas here too.
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Old 02-11-2015, 04:35 PM   #8
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Two new mods!

Playing with LED door lights. I got Alpena brand Ultra Bright blue LEDs and wired them to the Onstar fuse using an add-a-fuse. Just a temporary proof of concept setup at the moment. In the future I want to wire it using a SPDT switch so that it has two on positions and an off. The first ON will be constant while the other will be wired to the dome light so that I can choose which I want to use. Here is the setup in action:
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Old 02-11-2015, 04:59 PM   #9
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The second new mod is the intake! Cold Air Inductions black CAI. It adds an interesting sound to the MRT v1. It has a nice semi/wannabe turbo boost dump type of sound. It truly gives a V8 sound to the 6. When I got on it I noticed that it sounds louder and more aggressive. Unfortunately when I got on it I smelled an extremely strong electrical smell. Third time now, luckily I have several extinguishers. It may be oil or debris. I still have to check out the source.

I found damage on the throttle body assembly, it is the last pic

At any rate this is the install:
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Old 02-11-2015, 04:59 PM   #10
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Nice car!!
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Old 02-11-2015, 07:56 PM   #11
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Keep it up so far the car looks very nice. In one pic it looks like your car has a high spoiler lol but its only the wooden posts.
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Old 02-11-2015, 11:35 PM   #12
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Keep it up so far the car looks very nice. In one pic it looks like your car has a high spoiler lol but its only the wooden posts.
Thanks! Haha I just noticed that illusion!
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Old 02-24-2015, 12:52 AM   #13
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Add lights to my CAI and installed my under door LEDs. In great need of rewiring all lights together. I plan to keep all exterior lights on one switch and my footwells on another. Currently on 4 switches. 1 for the CAI, 1 for my grill, 1 for footwell and 1 for under door lights.
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Old 02-26-2015, 02:35 AM   #14
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Last night I installed the passenger side under door light. In addition I relocated the pax side foot well from under the seat to under the glove box so that I can finally install my fire extinguishers after months of having them loose in the back seat.
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Old 04-21-2015, 11:18 AM   #15
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I bought a 4 pack gauge retrofit kit second hand and ran into difficulties. It didn't work and we found two wires that were poorly crimped into the harness. After a solder job it still did not.

Neither one of us realized that the harness was for a 2013 and not a 2012. While I await the new harness' arrival I installed a $12 LED kit from amazon.

It was cheaper than 95% of what I found and was for the camaro specifically. No finding numbers and matching the comparable LED.

Added: White LED plate lights
Blue LED dome and trunk lights

OH YEAH! The two kickers need an amp and I plan to put blue LEDs in the enclosure.
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:57 PM   #16
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Nice car, it's coming along pretty good. It's sounds great as well. I like your interior LED lights. Looks bad ass when you open it. Might do that to mine. I will have to look into how to wire it so it turns on when I open my doors.
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Nice car, it's coming along pretty good. It's sounds great as well. I like your interior LED lights. Looks bad ass when you open it. Might do that to mine. I will have to look into how to wire it so it turns on when I open my doors.
Thank you very much! It was a great learning experience and has now turned into a side business. You can tap into the dome light and use that as a switch. I used a 3 position switch for my door lights. On 1 is constantly powered, off, on 2 uses the dome light power and can dim or fade with it. As you know when you unlock the car the dome comes on, as will the door lights.
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Thank you very much! It was a great learning experience and has now turned into a side business. You can tap into the dome light and use that as a switch. I used a 3 position switch for my door lights. On 1 is constantly powered, off, on 2 uses the dome light power and can dim or fade with it. As you know when you unlock the car the dome comes on, as will the door lights.
That's good to know. I will see what I can figure out. That's good you are making some money from your ingenuity. That's what it's all about. Mo money for the car
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