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Old 05-13-2013, 04:29 PM   #1
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Daily driver mods?

Hi all. I'm picking up a CPO 2013 1LT this afternoon and wanted this community's opinions on daily driver mods. As I mentioned in my new member intro, I'm not looking to track or race my car, but to make it look, sound, and perform well for what I want to do with it; which is have a good looking and solidly performing daily driver. Most mod suggestions on this board point to a CAI, usually by CAI as the first mod for the car, along with some sort exhaust (axle or cat back, for better sound), as these would be the only real performance mods, save a catch can, that I would be considering given my intentions, are these performance mods really necessary; and will I notice a huge difference in performance if I make them?

Lastly, anyone know how Guaranty Chevrolet in Santa Ana is on warranty work if I make the mods listed above?
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:43 PM   #2
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Hi all. I'm picking up a CPO 2013 1LT this afternoon and wanted this community's opinions on daily driver mods. As I mentioned in my new member intro, I'm not looking to track or race my car, but to make it look, sound, and perform well for what I want to do with it; which is have a good looking and solidly performing daily driver. Most mod suggestions on this board point to a CAI, usually by CAI as the first mod for the car, along with some sort exhaust (axle or cat back, for better sound), as these would be the only real performance mods, save a catch can, that I would be considering given my intentions, are these performance mods really necessary; and will I notice a huge difference in performance if I make them?

Lastly, anyone know how Guaranty Chevrolet in Santa Ana is on warranty work if I make the mods listed above?
None of the above will void your warranty.
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That's good to know and what I figured based upon past posts. Do you think I'll notice the improvements enough to validate the cost? Or would I be better off concentrating on aesthetics first (I know it's a personal preference kind of thing, but never having modded a car before, I'm not sure).
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:53 PM   #4
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I thought the same thing initially. The CAI was immediately noticeable. Maybe not so much in the butt dyno (mine may not be calibrated correctly though ), but certainly in the sound.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:29 PM   #5
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That's good to know and what I figured based upon past posts. Do you think I'll notice the improvements enough to validate the cost? Or would I be better off concentrating on aesthetics first (I know it's a personal preference kind of thing, but never having modded a car before, I'm not sure).
I'm doing a mix of the both. I also have a V6 DD and love it. Mine is black, so I tinted the windows to 15%, blacked out all the emblems, plasti dipped the tail light bezels and smoked out the exterior lights (excepted head lights) with a smoke vinyl. Everything you can still see through just fine when lights are on (brake lights for example).

Also ordered CAI from CAI and will be doing MRT v.2 exhaust but that will most likely be the extent of my "performance" mods until my warranty is up..

I am going to get a front spltter and some side rockers, little update to factory sound and some interior lighting. Nothing too crazy and "cheaper" mods.

One thing I am looking at is getting a matte black vinyl wrap for my hood.
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Old 05-13-2013, 07:01 PM   #6
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Mine's my DD, and I plan to do:

*CAI
*Axel back exhaust
*Ported TB
*Catch can/breather (done already)

Plus a bunch of cosmetic stuff...
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:34 PM   #7
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Intake.
Exhaust.
Catch Can-right away!!
Synthetic oil in diff.
Same in transmission (if you were cool enough to get the manual.)
Tint those windows!!

Those are damn good starts. The dealer will tear a hole thru your wallet, find a reputable shop if you can to ease the pain. Also realize you probably ALREADY know more about your car than most dealer service advisers. Or more bluntly: most are total idiots. Go in there armed with knowledge, your best friend!
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Intake.
Exhaust.
Catch Can-right away!!
Synthetic oil in diff.
Same in transmission (if you were cool enough to get the manual.)
Tint those windows!!

Those are damn good starts. The dealer will tear a hole thru your wallet, find a reputable shop if you can to ease the pain. Also realize you probably ALREADY know more about your car than most dealer service advisers. Or more bluntly: most are total idiots. Go in there armed with knowledge, your best friend!
I still want to get a catch can. I only have about 800 miles, but have read on here people get a weird "hissing" noise after install?
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Old 05-13-2013, 11:42 PM   #9
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Only if its installed wrong. Its literally a 15 minute install. SO EASY. When you do your first oil change and drain a couple ounces of black goo out of it that otherwise WOULD have go thru your intake you will be SO glad you got one.
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Only if its installed wrong. Its literally a 15 minute install. SO EASY. When you do your first oil change and drain a couple ounces of black goo out of it that otherwise WOULD have go thru your intake you will be SO glad you got one.
Really? Which one do you have? It looked a little more in depth with cutting tubes and stuff, wouldn't want to mess anything up.
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Also, does this void your warranty? I get free oil changes at the dealership I bought my car from, so on my first oil change they will see the can, and hoping that owoukdn't void my warranty or oil changes..
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I have a CAI on my DD and I love it! I think that it is a great one to start with
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Start with a PTB. So amazing I don't even want a CAI now.
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Start with a PTB. So amazing I don't even want a CAI now.
except that voids your warranty if I remember correctly..
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except that voids your warranty if I remember correctly..
None of the mods above void your warranty. The PTB is just an OEM TB that's been placed on a CNC machine to make it more efficient. A Catch Can shouldn't void your warranty either.

You really can't mess up the install of the Catch Can either. Cutting the tube is literally just two snips and then placing the hoses over the tube ends.
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None of the mods above void your warranty. The PTB is just an OEM TB that's been placed on a CNC machine to make it more efficient. A Catch Can shouldn't void your warranty either.

You really can't mess up the install of the Catch Can either. Cutting the tube is literally just two snips and then placing the hoses over the tube ends.
For the PTB, is there performance gains? HP gains? How much does that normally cost?
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None of the mods above void your warranty. The PTB is just an OEM TB that's been placed on a CNC machine to make it more efficient. A Catch Can shouldn't void your warranty either.

You really can't mess up the install of the Catch Can either. Cutting the tube is literally just two snips and then placing the hoses over the tube ends.
What catch can do you recommend? I think I should get that as my car has less than 1000 miles on it, and I'm sure the earlier you put it on, the more oil it will catch over the life..
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What catch can do you recommend? I think I should get that as my car has less than 1000 miles on it, and I'm sure the earlier you put it on, the more oil it will catch over the life..
I put the Elite one on at 1200 miles..dropped the lock washer 100 freakin times but quick and easy and you feel a lot better knowing its on
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For the PTB, is there performance gains? HP gains? How much does that normally cost?
There are some performance gains. There's a thread on it somewhere here. The main purpose is to get rid of the dead spot at low rpms. I got mine for around $150.

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What catch can do you recommend? I think I should get that as my car has less than 1000 miles on it, and I'm sure the earlier you put it on, the more oil it will catch over the life..
RX and Elite Engineering seem to be the most popular Cans here. From what I understand both are great products. I think it really comes down to looks and how you want to drain them. RX uses a drain tube and Elite allows you to unscrew the bottom. I, myself, use the RX dual check valve can. But that's cause I'm going FI.
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Thanks for all the great suggestions. I'll have to head to the CA forum and look for some reputable shops near Huntington Beach. I completely agree on the Catch Can, TB, and CAI. They will be my first mods; with exhaust after. Once those are done, I'll move on to the outside and start messing with new wheels (once my stock tires are done), side markers and maybe a hood wrap.

I love the contrast with a black wrapped hood and black wrapped spoiler. My only hang-up on doing a wrapped hood is that the NS-1 stripes look so badass I'll really have to think about that. Either way, Matte black and AGM is a great combination.
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Mine's my DD, and I plan to do:

*CAI
*Axel back exhaust
*Ported TB
*Catch can/breather (done already)

Plus a bunch of cosmetic stuff...
Really good plan for the V6 crowd. Seems to be the way to go as well.

Let us know if you need any help, direction, or assistance in finding your needs!

There are literally hundreds of combinations you can have with the LFX cars!

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Thanks for all the great suggestions. I'll have to head to the CA forum and look for some reputable shops near Huntington Beach. I completely agree on the Catch Can, TB, and CAI. They will be my first mods; with exhaust after. Once those are done, I'll move on to the outside and start messing with new wheels (once my stock tires are done), side markers and maybe a hood wrap.
You really don't need a shop to do those first few upgrades. If you can work a screwdriver and ratchet than you can install all of those yourself.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:21 PM   #24
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Even better. I figured I could do everything but the exhaust but knowing that a good, respected shop, with mountains of more experience than myself has worked on it has to count for something. Even if the installs are relatively simple. I'll still probably do them myself though. Adding experience is never a bad thing.
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Also, does this void your warranty? I get free oil changes at the dealership I bought my car from, so on my first oil change they will see the can, and hoping that owoukdn't void my warranty or oil changes..

Hello 2013BlackLS,

Modifications or tunes do not automatically void a warranty but in many cases if there is an issue or damage and it is found to be a result of a modification or tune, then your warranty will be void. Let me know if you have any other questions, here to help.

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