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Old 06-24-2013, 12:52 PM   #1
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2013 1LT RS Build Log "Sledge L1" (Image Heavy)

I have been bitten like many of you to improve sound and performance of my new Camaro. My car will be a daily driver and will get more miles attached to it than I would like, but oh well. Lets make this beast as nice as it can be for daily driving.

The goal is to keep a low profile that looks good and sounds mean

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Current Image (7/23/2013)


Completed Mods:
- ZL1 OEM front end replacement
- CAI Cold air Intake (Black)
- RX Catch Can (Summit White with white Oil Cap)
- Anvil Auto Gloss Black Carbon Fiber Spoiler
- Magnaflow Full Exhaust
- Matching LED Fog Lights (to match Halo RS package headlights)
- Eibach Pro 1.5" Lowering Kit
- 15% Tint
- Engine cover and Calipers painted
- Vmax Ported Throttle Body
- Stripes
- Backup Camera

Upcoming Mods:
- Solo High Flow Cat's


First Round
I have installed the K&N CAI, tinted the windows, painted the engine cover and electrical cover and added a few more Camaro logo's under the hood and on the dash.

Engine Cover Painted


Added Dash Camaro Logo:


K&N CAI installed with engine cover trim to fit


15% Tint Complete
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:04 AM   #2
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:30 AM   #3
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Tint and DRL's upgrade:


DRL Upgrade kind of.... I had to Jerry-rig a set of lights I purchased, but hey they work now.


Overall playing with the camera shutter shot:
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Old 06-25-2013, 09:57 AM   #4
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Love the SW!! Looks good, man. Nice and clean.
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:19 PM   #5
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So I ordered my Vmax Ported Throttle Body (Summit White)... found out it has a 6 week lead time :( from APEX double sad face :( :( and I also ordered my RX Catch Can (Summit White with white Oil Cap) which should be here hopefully by the end of next week.

I am torn on a few exterior mods. I have combed through 100's of build threads and have so many ideas. But I can't decide weather I want to move away from the nice dark interior or start adding some subtle white accents. or come up with something cool for the door panels.

I am truly in love with the stock RS 20's but am toying with the idea of powder coating them black... But I see images of my car like the last one I posted here and think the stock ones look great. I feel they will most likely look even better when the gap on the top is removed with the drop springs.

My other issue is the stripes. So many ways to pull it off. I like the simple look with the orange stripes on the hood and trunk



But I love this look... not sure it will look as good with burnt orange...

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Old 07-04-2013, 02:20 AM   #6
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Who needs new break calipers when you can spend $6 and a few hours of your own personal time. Considering I do not have a V8 and I do not plan to race, but wanted the contrast with the calipers and my wheels... this shall do

I am also glad I did this tonight as look what I found hitched to my tire...




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Old 07-05-2013, 02:04 AM   #7
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The complete Caliper paint job done. Remind me next time to not do this in 110+ degree heat...

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Old 07-05-2013, 02:22 AM   #8
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:17 PM   #9
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My springs have arrived...

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Old 07-24-2013, 11:12 AM   #10
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It has been a few weeks and not much has happened... until today

The car will be getting it's springs installed today after work (myself and a buddy will be doing it) and I just ordered my exhaust system. I went with the Magnaflow 16583 Cat Back system at the suggestion from multiple people including Chip Foose .
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:25 PM   #11
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Nice transformation so far. You're doing things your way and it looks great!
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:32 PM   #12
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Did you paint your own cover? if so pm me with instructions. Looking to do it and yours looks great!
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Old 07-24-2013, 01:30 PM   #13
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Did you paint your own cover? if so pm me with instructions. Looking to do it and yours looks great!
100% painted on my own...

I got Rustolium multi-surface high heat white paint and clear coat.

I used painters tape to mask off what I didn't want painted. This honestly was the most time consuming. I was going to do a crazy design.. but realized I didn't have the patience to complete the tape job.

Once taped off, I gave it 2 coats in the summer sun of SoCal, and applied them 15 min apart. I let it dry for 24 hours. I than applied another 2 coats and again let dry for 24 hours.

I now applied the clear coat. I applied roughly 7 or 8 coats of clear following the same process allowing plenty of dry time. The trick is all in the prep work. have patience and let the coats dry properly. if you jump the gun it will not dry right and a simple thing like wires rubbing on the cover can scratch the paint off.
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:43 PM   #14
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I have finished the lowering! It was a fairly easy task and took 2 hours for front and back. For anyone who says lowering this car is hard... they are crazy!

The lowering kit allowed the front to drop almost 1.5" and the back dropped 1.125" so far.. I will measure again in a few days to see how it 100% settles.

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Old 07-25-2013, 03:04 PM   #15
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Couldn't help myself... Had to snap an image in the parking garage.

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Old 08-01-2013, 01:00 AM   #16
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Look what will be installed tomorrow!!!



Magnaflow 16583 Stainless Cat-Back System!!!
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:55 PM   #17
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The New:


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Old 08-01-2013, 06:16 PM   #18
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Here is a video showing off the sound:
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:10 AM   #19
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So I finally received my Rev Xtreme Catch Can. The quality was A+ and installing was easy as hell Took about 15 minutes total.





Now the scary part... I have read a hundred threads on why Catch cans are important for the LFX engine. But I wanted to highlight the even bigger issue with the oil breather line.

Now, I have only had my car for 2 1/2 months now. But when taking apart the lines for the catch can and oil breather I found a lot of wet oil residue... and when I took apart my CAI I found oil sitting in the bottom of the tube. Oil in there is not good... not good at all...



Long story short... Get a catch can and get a oil breather cap, no oil should ever be going into the TB/ Intake.
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:11 AM   #20
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Here are a few images of the oil breather cap and how I plugged the other end that came out of the engine.



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Old 08-08-2013, 08:34 PM   #21
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The downside of creating a stealth Camaro... It has hints of greatness.

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Old 09-08-2013, 11:44 PM   #22
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I finally found the stripes I wanted and installed them on this hot Sunday afternoon. I think it came out pretty nice.







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Old 09-09-2013, 12:34 AM   #23
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That looks great, very clean
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Old 09-12-2013, 05:29 PM   #24
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And the Camaro5 users talked me into it...

Dropped the K&N simply to see what sort of difference the CAI intake would make... if any.

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Old 09-12-2013, 08:29 PM   #25
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