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Old 04-23-2013, 01:01 PM   #26
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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)..
I prefer the beast that looks like shit running 9s
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:06 PM   #27
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LOl, I haven't talked to my wife for 15 years. I don't like to interrupt her.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:10 PM   #28
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LOl, I haven't talked to my wife for 15 years. I don't like to interrupt her.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:46 PM   #29
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Def gonna be a matter of preference but my stock exhaust didn't last 2 weeks after I got the car home. First mod IMO for the car to sound like it should.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:51 PM   #30
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I did both simultaneously. First was intake and exhauste, then splitter and hash marks, then it was headers, wires and catch can, then it was anvil spoiler and wheels, then rockers and a catch can. I like to have an even balance of both.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:53 PM   #31
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Performance is presence. The other crap is extra weight.
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Old 04-23-2013, 01:57 PM   #32
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:06 PM   #33
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3500 miles, look at my sig.
Man I've been living on this forum for past cpl wks and I soooo want to mod the ****! Out of my car. But I hate to mutilate it because I assure you that bitch would weigh no more than 3500lbs when is be finished. Which is why I may just buy a 1SS and strip it to nothing, install either an LS7 or an equivalent high reving torque monster,decent track pack and include some 3:91s in it then practice road racing as much as I can. But I also thought about buying a new style ford mustang stripped down to bare essentials and putting an LS7 in it with a 6spd. I KNOW this CAN be done! Seeing how it faired then.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:09 PM   #34
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Well my first mod was the exhaust (Only 2 days after picking it up!), then intake and drop. Looking at wheels now due to the recent warrant work I had (Replaced lifters) done makes me nervous about doing the cam, lt's, etc. until my 5/100K powertrain warranty is out. At that point I will be footing the bill anyway.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:11 PM   #35
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:13 PM   #36
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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.
I hear ya. I did my heritage grille first - removed the bowties and installed retro SS badges front and back. Then I installed a Catch Can and a CAI cold air induction and Apex air scoop (very noticible difference). Then I painted the engine cover and installed the underhood bowtie. Next will probably be axelback exhaust but I'm in no big rush - since I got my Range AFM Siabler I can live with stock exhaust for a while. Have fun!
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:37 PM   #37
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The Camaro is an awesome looking car, but forced to choose between looks and performance, I'd take the performance.

Since the car looks so good stock, I'd focus on performance first. Makes the car a lot more fun to drive...and when you step on it, people will know
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:39 PM   #38
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I'd agree with your wife but I'm also not hugely worried about power, not a racer and no intentions of much performance wise beyond a catch can, CAI and MAYBE an exhaust change and even that last part is up in the air when my car arrives.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:03 PM   #39
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I prefer both. If you want to look fast you need to be able to go fast. Which is why i'm making 900whp on 22s LOL
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:14 PM   #40
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Only reason I haven't painted my old 4th gen is because paint doesn't make it faster.
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Old 04-23-2013, 03:18 PM   #41
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it is a friggin camaro!!! performance all the way man. the cars already look sweet, and sure you could make them look sweeter, but there is nothing like a camaro with a nice exhaust note and the hp to back it up.
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:01 PM   #42
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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?"
Nobody else has to know exactly what performance mods you might have done.

The opinions of the folks who do pick up that the car is not mechanically stock will be worth more than the opinions of people who can't see past the surface.



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Performance. All-around performance, actually. In a very subtle, stockish-appearing package. We used to call them "sleepers".


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Old 04-23-2013, 04:40 PM   #43
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Both at the same time if possible.

But....looks are primary...speed limit doesn't change regardless of how much performance your car has. Everyone will see it though, stopped or moving.
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:46 PM   #44
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LOl, I haven't talked to my wife for 15 years. I don't like to interrupt her.
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:55 PM   #45
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Performance, performance, performance. I personally bought a factory "custom" and have no desire to cosmetically change anything on this car. I've always been a minimalist in regard to cosmetic mods anyway.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:04 PM   #46
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For me it is more fun to drive a car with more power than to drive one that looks different, so I went for performance mods and only a couple of small inexpensive appearance things. Something I didn't even think about until it was done - a lot more people look at the car and ask questions about it since I got the cam, headers, and supercharger. I think the sound has attracted more attention than some custom body parts would. That wasn't my objective and has come as a bit of a surprise.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:05 PM   #47
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When it's all said and done, it's your car. Do what YOU like. Obviously it never hurts to take the wife's input to heart. If you can make the car something she'll enjoy, she may give you less grief when you say "just one more mod please" (they know we are lying to ourselves, and them when we say this )

On a personal note, I've done a good balance of mods so far. I think drop springs can qualify as both a performance mod and a cosmetic mod, tires and wheels could be classified as both also.

I also take the minimalist approach cosmetically. A little can go a long way... You don't need to make your car look like the parts catalog of your favorite aftermarket vendor to make a statement. The best cars are modded cosmetically in a fashion that makes them look as though they came from the factory that way. That's my personal preference though. Some folks like the "over the top" look but I like the slightly customized look with a healthy dose of improved speed and handling.
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Old 04-23-2013, 05:16 PM   #48
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in the first few months of ownership, I ordered the Supper Charger. MPD spoiler, heritage grill and some stripes. not sorry I did it now over 20K miles SC'ed.and loving every mile.600+RWHP is a blast to drive.
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Old 04-23-2013, 07:52 PM   #49
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This thread turned out to be even more insightful than I had actually anticipated. It is real interesting to hear the different approaches you all have taken. Seems to be a fair mix on both sides.. AND I got a spelling lesson to boot.. =)
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:22 PM   #50
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