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Old 10-13-2013, 01:37 PM   #151
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Whoops, I've been updating in the 11/12 1LE thread instead of here again...finished the vent covers. They look decent, and did the job when I washed the car a week ago.
Went to line up the HIDs last weekend too...got the driver side adjusted, but something snapped in the passenger side housing as I was adjusting it upwards. Fortunately, I found a relatively cheap replacement assembly on amazon, and already have here waiting for prep work. So, guess ill take advantage of the holiday weekend and get started today...
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:59 AM   #152
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More news...

Got the next headlight, and during disassembly, managed to break the little plastic piece in the adjuster bolt in the housing...the ONE piece that I actually needed. Not sure if I can fix that or not...so I've shelved the project for now until I decide what I want to do. In the meantime, my lights work, and the drivers side is fine, so it's not like I can't drive at night.

This weekend I finally got the car back on the lift and torqued my header clamps again. Driver side was pretty dang loose! Also saw just how much that stupid garage and driveway were scratching things up at the old place...oh yeah, I moved at the end of September, if I didn't mention that much happier with the new place.
And my curiosity finally got the better of me, so I finally hooked up my diablo trinity handheld to the car. It's more powerful than I thought, there were quite a few parameters in the tune I could play with. I settled for turning off my cats, tuning out the cags (even tho I've got the sse), and using the canned performance tune. I didn't know what a lot of the things were, so I left them alone...I needed the car to start so I could take it out to the show later that day! Lol
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Old 10-26-2013, 09:50 PM   #153
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Love your build thread man! I wish I kept one of my car haha
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Old 11-03-2013, 12:27 PM   #154
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Haha thanks man...haven't been around much. Trying to keep from doing much more to the car due to the upcoming transfer.
But, I did finally solder a connector to the wire that I broke when I drilled through the center console, and I now have my nannies back, minus HSA because I did swap out my yaw sensor. Of course, as it happens I moved to a much flatter city out here, and Florida doesn't exactly have mountainous terrain either...oh well...

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Old 11-23-2013, 04:28 AM   #155
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So, this is nearing completion...had to sand and respray since it fell off the fridge and chipped a corner. Tomorrow I'll blacken the icons and start matte spray. Also got ANOTHER headlight in, and opened it up. Gonna bake that again and hopefully loosen the plastic clip holding the reflector so I don't snap the adjuster screw like I did with the second light...and then there's a charity show on Sunday
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Old 01-29-2014, 03:34 AM   #156
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ok, i've fallen off the wagon again...work's been hectic, and i'm trying to do things to prepare for PCSing to JAX. Also, a piece in the cavalier's steering column broke, so i've been trying to hunt down a column so i don't have to buy a mess of special tools to fix it. sometimes living in paradise really has some drawbacks - finally found a column on ebay, ironically only a few hours away from where i'll be on leave during my transfer.
so, i'm expecting a steering column for the cavalier, just got an email saying that my OEM headlight for the camaro just shipped (been waiting on that one for a while, after giving up on the aftermarket ones - still got the "lazy eye" halo), and i've got an hptuners coming as well that i can play with on both cars.
also took the camaro to the dealer on monday so they can look at the paint on my inner panel, under the deck lid. i've got about a one inch square that looks like it flaked off, and now there's what looks like a chip on the inside upper edge. so the service writer took a pic and is asking GM about it, and i had him look up WTF the deal is with my replacement wheel...y'know, the one that was damaged during shipping, before i ever took delivery...that i talk about in my first post in this thread...it's been over a year and i still get no answer whenever i ask on the phone. again, the price of living in paradise is this is a common problem...they did at least have a repair order for the wheel from 26dec2012 in the system.
anyway, i'll have to get some more pics going...my fuse box cover came out pretty good. just need to clean up the edges a little bit.
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Old 01-29-2014, 04:10 PM   #157
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Looking good! thx for the pics and updates
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:20 AM   #158
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Finally got that oem light in and apart. Waiting for the caulk to cure now since yesterday evening. Hopefully I got the halos aligned to match the driver side! Should be able to get it reinstalled sometime today...
Also got my hptuner last night, looking forward to messing around with that on both cars
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Old 02-04-2014, 12:11 PM   #159
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So when is the PCS happening?
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Old 02-05-2014, 03:56 AM   #160
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I should be leaving Hawaii the last week of April...working on figuring out what date I need to ship the camaro so it'll be waiting for me in stl so I can drive down to Fest
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:16 AM   #161
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I should be leaving Hawaii the last week of April...working on figuring out what date I need to ship the camaro so it'll be waiting for me in stl so I can drive down to Fest
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Old 02-06-2014, 12:47 AM   #162
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so, Pasha Hawaii says i should turn the car over to them for their March 25th departure, which would put it in San Diego on April 1 and allow 2-3 weeks for trucking to STL.
but it guarantees i'll be without my baby for a month *cry* lol...
oh - real news - got the headlight in yesterday. looks MUCH better, and i even got the halos matching the driver side. pretty good for trying to match from my phone's background pic. a quick flash of the lights across the street from the carport, and it looks like the actual light is pretty well aligned too. so, i'm happy with that.
i've been hitting the hptuners forums, doing a lot of reading. hopefully i'll start datalogging at least one of the cars this weekend, but i think i might be busy with the cavalier's steering column if i receive it. so much stuff to do with the cars lately...i'd complain, but really i'm kinda enjoying it
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Old 02-11-2014, 04:09 PM   #163
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put this on, and put the new cargo net in the back to hold my microfibers and sprays...little things help

also started talking with Matt at FSP about a cam package and possibly a TT kit further down the road...
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Old 02-14-2014, 04:41 PM   #164
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finally heard back from the dealer, GM is going to warranty my paint problem around my rear quarter in the trunk. so i'm dropping it off on the 24th for that. which means i'm going to get my steering column right before that and have to wait on the camaro to get done before i can install the column in the cavalier...of course.
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Old 02-16-2014, 05:20 AM   #165
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tuned the car today...tuned out the 1-4 shift and the CEL for the headers...did i mention i sold the trinity and got HPtuners instead? had to flash back to stock and unmarry the trinity for the sale. so, if i didn't mention it, i did that recently, and have been trying to learn HPT now instead. fortunately i have a good friend here on island who has a lot more experience with tuning, and doesn't mind helping me out when we have time.
probably gonna meet up with him tomorrow and install my wideband sensor/afr gauge/pillar pod, and get a crash course in MAF and WOT tuning.
FINALLY got the steering column for the cavalier, i have a week to get it installed around work before the camaro goes in for paint.
also still looking at the fest threads a lot
got my helmet ordered online, and sent to my parents since there's no shipping to HI...got the hotel reserved...joined up with another camaro club back home and might caravan down with them...feel like i'm forgetting something...damn whiskey...
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Old 02-17-2014, 12:38 AM   #166
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installed my AEM wideband sensor & gauge today...


wish i could've taken my pics from under the car, but i didn't have it on a lift this time, so conditions were pretty tight. my understanding for installing the sensor was that you'd want it on the driver side behind the cat, so that was where i was trying to put it, but the sensor literally could not catch a thread in that position. fortunately, or likely it was planned, the passenger side had a bung hole (heheh) that was just blank and plugged after header install. the sensor had no issue going in there.
then came the fun with A pillar. the stock one was a real B**** to get off, and then i wound up having to remount the new pillar pod 2 more times. first time because i forgot to run one of the wires to the gauge, and second time because i installed the pillar behind a little plastic guide on the edge of the dash instead of over it. but, all is good in the end now, and now i can connect the sensor to HP tuners and find all the horseys that are still locked up...this thing is running riiiiiiiich...
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Old 02-17-2014, 01:23 AM   #167
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you're making me nervous... measure twice cut once
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Old 02-17-2014, 01:38 AM   #168
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you're making me nervous... measure twice cut once
lol...couldn't have predicted the issue with the sensor...the pillar mulligans were my own fault, i admit. but it took me 20 minutes to get the stocker out. my friend who was walking me through the process initially estimated a 1.5hr install...we were way over and i was getting tired, sweaty and impatient in the muggy weather today...so i was starting to lose my cool with the project.

but, it's installed and looks good. tomorrow we're gonna tune and then go bowling
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Old 02-18-2014, 04:01 AM   #169
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Akula!

Did some tuning tonight with my friend/mentor...he's on here sometimes, but i forget his screen name
anyway, he walked me through a proper setup for datalogging, then we went around for a drive (in the rain), and then i got a crash course in MAF tuning, followed by some PE tuning. But i think our setup for my UEGO was slightly off, so i think we're going to have to do a repeat.

so for now, i'm going to consider myself lightly tuned. oh look, i've got a "custom tune" lol

still talking with Matt at floridaspeed about the TT kit...he says he can get me "a good price"... i really need to stop digging this hole

anyway, think i FINALLY decided on a name for my car, for those who care. I've decided on Akula... (no kids, i didn't misspell "Akuma" from the Street Fighter games)
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Old 02-19-2014, 03:10 AM   #170
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i've decided - i'm never going to touch AAC's lights again...at least, not for anything that's going to be installed somewhere that'll be difficult to replace. i set my halos to colorshift, and now i've got three red LEDs out on the inner driver ring.

i'm just going to live with it, because i finally got the lights "done" and that company dicked me around for so long with the passenger side halo...you win, AAC, but i'll likely never buy from you again, and certainly not recommending you to anyone...
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:49 AM   #171
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I know how you feel, man. I decided to just get some OEM RS headlights and swapped out the LEDs with the ones that come from the Night Owl kit. I have 0 problems with my headlights now.
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Old 02-20-2014, 02:24 PM   #172
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Yeah...I'm just gonna live with the lights the way they are for a while. Soooo tired of messing with them, and it's only three red ones for now. They still look great otherwise
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Old 02-23-2014, 03:29 PM   #173
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That sucks on the three LED's that are out on the halo rings, especially considering all the effort it takes to get in there! Let's hope the ghosted side markers you have from them will perform in the long haul. I've got the side markers AND mirrors on mine, but I think I will skip on their halos...

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Old 02-23-2014, 04:16 PM   #174
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That sucks on the three LED's that are out on the halo rings, especially considering all the effort it takes to get in there! Let's hope the ghosted side markers you have from them will perform in the long haul. I've got the side markers AND mirrors on mine, but I think I will skip on their halos...

Really liking your build btw
thanks...yeah, i'm never gonna use them again for something that's not easy to remove. sidemarkers at least, have held up great, and should they fail won't be hard to swap. and i kept my stockers anyway, so it won't put the car OOC while i wait for a replacement.

met up with the guys last night, and it turned into a late-night photosession...here's one shot that we all liked. i can still see the dirty, but i know where to look...lol

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Old 02-23-2014, 04:38 PM   #175
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looks great... didn't realize you removed the Camaro emblems... don't worry about the dirt on the front bumper,,,
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