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Old 04-23-2013, 11:32 AM   #1
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Performance vs Presence

Was having a debate with my wife last night and thought I would bring it to you lot.

I have a laundry list of mods I still want to do on the car. Some cosmetic (rockers, splitter etc) and some performance based (CAI, exhaust etc). Now, I am trying to do them simultaniously, a little here and a little there, but my wife asked, "If you don't intend to race, why wouldn't you do the cosmetic stuff first and make the car look the way you want before worrying about performance mods? People SEE those, no one will know about the performance mods except you?" I replied with, "The car speaks for itself visually, I am looking forward to the little extra performance, better sound in my exhaust note etc."

We went back and forth with this for a while. I still intend to do them both in tandum, but I am curious about you guys. Did or do you place more emphasis on aesthetics or performance? Hypothetically, would you prefer to have a BEAST running 9's that looked like crap (Not that any camaro could look like crap, this is hypothetical) or a showpiece that barely edges out a prius? (Again hyperbole used for effect lol)..
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:35 AM   #2
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Focusing more on looks until my warranty expires. Still I've added bolt-ons that do not void the warranty but add power and make the car more fun to drive. (CAI, muffler delete.)
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:37 AM   #3
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I'd change exhaust, then focus on cosmetics.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:40 AM   #4
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What he said! But if not worried about the warranty beef that sucker up! I get lots of people coming up to it while its sitting there idling or when riding through parking lots people hear me coming and stop and stare (listen)!
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:41 AM   #5
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Definitely appearance mods first. Performance mods are all well and fine, but i prefer to make my cars look bad@$$ before i touch the mechanics.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:41 AM   #6
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Performance first. Anything can be made to LOOK fast. For example :
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:41 AM   #7
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Non sequitur. If you're doing both type mods "simultaneously" or "in tandem" you don't have to choose which to do first. They will be done at the same time.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:43 AM   #8
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It really is up to you on what you want done first!

I have customers who started with our Splitter and Side Skirts and then moved on to performance. My recent customer had his SS for 2 years, bone stock and he came in and had us install a Magnuson Supercharger. Go figure!

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Old 04-23-2013, 11:45 AM   #9
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Non sequitur. If you're doing both type mods "simultaneously" or "in tandem" you don't have to choose which to do first. They will be done at the same time.
I, personally, AM doing them in tandam. I did my gills and tint this past weekend and I'm doing my CAI this coming weekend. I was jsut curious about putting it to the community and seeing what they intially did or do place more emphasis on.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:46 AM   #10
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I've gone with the cosmetics first and once the warranty goes ill look into the other stuff. My mentality is, since I have a v6, if I really wanted performance mods I would have put that $$ towards the v8 in the first place
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:53 AM   #11
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I'm with the exhaust crowd, it doesn't sound like a 6.2L V8, it should. I have about 700 miles on my car and I just received my exhaust last night. We'll see what comes next, probably intake then maybe a subwoofer box. The car looks good to me, but I do have a set of IVS Havoc wheels to put on too, hold overs from my G8.
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:57 AM   #12
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I go for performance mods first, even if it is just the exhaust. Your Camaro deserves to sound like a muscle car! Cosmetic mods are fine if tasteful, but there are a few out there that are a little over the top.

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Old 04-23-2013, 11:59 AM   #13
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:08 PM   #14
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:09 PM   #15
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:16 PM   #16
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Why not argue the exhaust is an appearance mod? Those garbage cans in the back look horrible. You get the extra benefit of making the car sound better, too. Other's will notice that as well.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:17 PM   #17
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= leave the exterior stock and boost it!
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:17 PM   #18
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Why not argue the exhaust is an appearance mod? Those garbage cans in the back look horrible. You get the extra benefit of making the car sound better, too. Other's will notice that as well.
^This... Well played.. Well played, indeed!
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:18 PM   #19
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:19 PM   #20
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:24 PM   #21
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I bought it for the looks. I had no idea I'd even be interested in performance...until after I started reading on this forum. I'm not taking it to the track or drag strip. I don't street race. I've done mostly cosmetic but I've been doing minor performance changes in tandem with cosmetics such as intake, TB, exhaust, headers (in the next couple weeks) tune (in a month or two).
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:33 PM   #22
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I say there is a balance with performance and presence, but IMHO performance takes priority over presence. No sense in having something looking fast when it is not fast (local ricers come to mind!).
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:39 PM   #23
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I did a cheap muffler delete just after I got my car to make it sound good. After that all my modds have been looks. I'm happy with the preformance for now. This is the fastest car I've personally own so I don't need faster right now. I've added hockey and hood stripes, a 3D Carbon body kit, aftermarket rims, and painted all the emblems. I did everything in flat black and painted the drums of the rims RJT to match the body. The car has never failed to turn heads and get comments.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:50 PM   #24
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tandum

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tandam

First, you need to pick one way to spell TANDEM and go with it. (Hint: not your way)

Do order of importance. If a catchcan is on your list, do it first; then anything mechanical that would either prolong the life of your car, or give you a noticeable boost in power or MPG.

Then do the other stuff concurrently.
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Old 04-23-2013, 12:59 PM   #25
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I went back-and-forth.....stripes then CAI then bowtie delete then TB then billet aluminum interior and exterior trim now LTs and a tune......next either muffler delete and/or catback. It's different for everyone depending on their wallet, time, and what is important to them. That'e what makes this site great; we all give each other new ideas.
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