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Old 07-16-2013, 08:15 AM   #26
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Okay, my Tapatalk is up and running again, so here's the photo I'll call "Death Defying" cause this was way crazy dangerous and unsafe. Not having the proper place/tools/equipment well the results could be disaster of grave consequences.
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:08 AM   #27
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Normagene, I am sorry you had to experience this traumatic event! I don't blame your near heart attack with the car sitting on random wood blocks! If I were closer, I would be glad to help you install these. For the record, you don't have to have the car off the ground to remove the front fascia. The first time I did mine, it sat on the floor in the garage. I just found taking the front wheels makes it easier. The good thing is that all of the screws that need to be removed to remove the fascia are all along the front edge of the car and the entire belly pan does not need to come off.

Did you at least get the DRL harness installed? That only takes a few minutes by turning your wheels to the left, removing 3 screws and plugging in the harness.

Also, I would not recommend installing the Noweeds system with the car on jacks. If I were you I would find a friend with a car lift, or find a local shop to help you install it. Again, if you were local I would be happy to help (so I could practice on your car instead of mine). Ha!
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:26 AM   #28
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Normagene, I am sorry you had to experience this traumatic event! I don't blame your near heart attack with the car sitting on random wood blocks! If I were closer, I would be glad to help you install these. For the record, you don't have to have the car off the ground to remove the front fascia. The first time I did mine, it sat on the floor in the garage. I just found taking the front wheels makes it easier. The good thing is that all of the screws that need to be removed to remove the fascia are all along the front edge of the car and the entire belly pan does not need to come off.

Did you at least get the DRL harness installed? That only takes a few minutes by turning your wheels to the left, removing 3 screws and plugging in the harness.

Also, I would not recommend installing the Noweeds system with the car on jacks. If I were you I would find a friend with a car lift, or find a local shop to help you install it. Again, if you were local I would be happy to help (so I could practice on your car instead of mine). Ha!
Thanks Matt, really the front fascia can come off that easily, my husband looked in the wheelwell and the liner had all kinds of screws that needed to be removed to pull it back, and its not flimsy so do you end up creasing it. He did say that the belly pan has like three or four screws that are connected to the spoiler, but he removed it to get it on jack stands. I'll let him know he can do this flat on the ground. I don't want to put him in danger, and no he didn't get to the harness, the stress level had peaked and it was time to put it back together and put everything away for the day. The Noweeds we think we can afford some shop time, just have them do the cut and install, drill the hole and from there we can do the rest which is basically fish the wires to the seat, plug in all the connections, test the controls and put the seat back in, mount the switch panel and should be good to go! We'll try to keep the shop time to a minimum. Anyway Mart, thanks for your support, you always have excellent advise. Thanks, I really mean that, and I'm definitely trying to get the look of your car because it is by far the BEST LOOKING ZL1 I've ever seen!
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Old 07-16-2013, 09:50 AM   #29
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The hardest part of doing it on the ground is that it's a bit awkward. When I first did mine, I actually ended up removing too many screws! I am going to email you a picture showing exactly which screws need to come off the belly pan to separate the fascia from the car. There will also still be 2 screws each side behind the tires that hold on the brake ducts, but that should be all that is different on the ZL1 from the video. For the rest of the instructions, follow the video exactly. And make sure you have the long Torx bit!
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:55 AM   #30
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I hear ya, actually I'm sending the kit back for a refund. Too difficult so for now its going back on my "wish list". It's definitely the look I'm chasing after. That lighting setup with the Noweeds, Perfect, exactly what I want the car to be. The Noweeds will go in as soon as we get some free time, which seems to be getting more and more difficult.
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Old 08-25-2013, 07:37 AM   #31
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NOWEEDS! Had my husband take her to a custom exhaust shop to do the install. Didn't want to put it on jackstands or buy/build a ramp. Plus the more I thought about it, I thought what if it just doesn't happen to go like clockwork. What then, stuck in my driveway without the proper tools or parts. Wouldn't you know that's exactly what happened. What should of been less than an hour on the lift turned into three plus hours. They let me go under the lift and mark/tape the cut lines as well as mark the one hole that has to be drilled. They made the first cut and undid the cat clamp, but when they tried to fit the diverter, no go. It was hitting the factory bolt on the trans brace, first picture below. I went and took a look, thought about cutting more of the pipe to move the diverter a little bit more forward or back, and that wasn't going to work either. Then I remembered someone saying that they had to grind down one of the trans brace bolts. So once they did just that it fit like a glove. Passenger side went in perfectly. No problems whatsoever!

They stuffed all the wiring into the hole and tied everything up nice and neat underneath. Then drove home removed the drivers seat, the center console trim and fished out the wires. Pretty much plug and play from there, tapped into the seat harness for power and reinstalled the seat. Pushed the button and heard the actuators open, pressed the close button and heard click, yes I said CLICK, no movement just a Click. Called Steve at Noweeds, who was Outstanding, and he helped me trouble shoot the problem. Put my meter on it and the ground was shorting somewhere. Took about an hour to do all the wiring part, but still had a short somewhere. So the next morning removed the seat again, and sure enough that was it, the seat pinched the ground wire, so I stuffed the wires far away from the mounting brace, reinstalled the seat and pushed the button. Yes sir! All was well! Started her up, Holy Crap is she loud, preset the center button so its just a fraction open, still sounds great but definitely won't get me pulled over by the lawman. Wide open is crazy loud! Fun Fun Fun. And I love that I can just press a button and be right back to the factory sound.


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Old 08-25-2013, 09:20 AM   #32
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How about a video so we can hear the difference! I have been thinking of this for my ZL1.
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:45 AM   #33
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Dam normagene, Your not playing around,,, Lets get a vid how your z sounds now.
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:31 AM   #34
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Definitely going to put a video together. I'll do all three positions, stock, about 20% Open, that's my preset setting, and Wide Open. I want to get my husband in his truck out on the hi-way side by side, at nite, and then I'll put it to the floor. I want my husband to see if he can see Flames coming out underneath! Seriously! If I sit in the drivers seat with the door open and I reach my hand outside below the plastic black trim and rev the car up a few times, you bet, the exhaust is hitting my hand and its Hot! OMG I Love that Popping Sound!!! Plus More Horsepower! How Cool Is That!!!


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Old 08-25-2013, 01:14 PM   #35
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Are those c.f. gills? Can you tell me where you got them. That's what I been lookin for. Thanks!
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:03 PM   #36
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Can't wait to hear this!
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:24 AM   #37
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Can't wait to hear this!
+1! I am looking forward to a video!
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Old 08-28-2013, 03:47 PM   #38
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Second Oil Change today. 5,237 miles, first oil change was at 896 miles. So around 4,300 miles on her since the last time. Also checked out the Dimple Magnetic Drain Plug that I installed last oil change. A few tiny little metal flakes, but really clean. I actually expected it to look much worst, with all kinds of shavings, but it looked really good. Then I opened the drain on my Catch Can which was only installed back on July 13th, so maybe at most I'd say 500 miles ago. For some reason I forgot to write/log the mileage when I did the install. Anyway, not one drop of oil. Seriously, NOT ONE DROP CAME OUT. The drain hose still looks brand new. Checked all the connections and everything looks perfect. I guess 500 miles is not enough miles.

p.s. still trying to get that Noweeds video together. They sure loved the sound at the dealership.


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Old 08-28-2013, 05:21 PM   #39
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Okay, I tried to make a quick video. Stock/Pre-set/Wide Open. But I think I accidentally did Stock/Wide Open and then Pre-set. Then of course my sneaky sneaky husband tried to get me, the Mad Woman behind the wheel on video after I made sure and explicitly said don't video me! Men, you can't trust any of them, oh well I'll try,to get a better one, maybe from inside the car!

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Old 08-28-2013, 05:36 PM   #40
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Okay, I tried to make a quick video. Stock/Pre-set/Wide Open. But I think I accidentally did Stock/Wide Open and then Pre-set. Then of course my sneaky sneaky husband tried to get me, the Mad Woman behind the wheel on video after I made sure and explicitly said don't video me! Men, you can't trust any of them, oh well I'll try,to get a better one, maybe from inside the car!

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The link is not working... it says the video was removed......
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Old 08-28-2013, 08:46 PM   #41
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Let me try this one more time. http://youtu.be/DcUbI_1HEG4


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Old 08-28-2013, 08:51 PM   #42
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Oh my God, didn't realize just how corny it is until I just watched here. Too late now... The wide open was actually the Pre-set, about 20% open, near the end, my mistake. So take it easy on me, that's the first and only video I've ever done. Sounded like a good idea in my head, but reality is a whole nother thing!


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Old 08-28-2013, 09:42 PM   #43
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:42 PM   #44
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From when she first slithered off the dealers lot and into the depths of her new dungeon. From her initial mod to present day and on order mods with always more to come! Will it ever end???
...devils nightmare has a certain ring to it, as in wicked bad....
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:11 PM   #45
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Can you tell me where did you get the taillights from?
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:25 PM   #46
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Here's a much better video of the Stock, Pre-set, which I'm guessing is around 20% open, and Wide Open. Which I noticed on the video you can't even hear my husband say "Wide Open". But I'll say "Wide Open" is LOUD. Everybody will definitely hear you coming, a block away probably. And with a push of a button you can go back to that beautiful rumbling stock sound! I drive mostly in the Pre-set mode. Love that deep Rumble!
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Here's a much better video of the Stock, Pre-set, which I'm guessing is around 20% open, and Wide Open. Which I noticed on the video you can't even hear my husband say "Wide Open". But I'll say "Wide Open" is LOUD. Everybody will definitely hear you coming, a block away probably. And with a push of a button you can go back to that beautiful rumbling stock sound! I drive mostly in the Pre-set mode. Love that deep Rumble!
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That sounds great! I think after hearing your video and talking to some friends, I am going to go this route. I was originally going to do headers now that I am tuned, but NOWEEDS seems to be the way I am leaning now.

Thanks for posting this video!
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:48 PM   #48
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Just did my usual Walmart run and saw all the kids and moms over by the get ready to go back to school stuff. Well last year I missed out on getting a ZL1 Notebook, and today I was able to grab the last two! Not an Ashen Gray on the cover, looks more like the Blue Ray color, but definitely good enough. At $1.98 how can ya go wrong, now I got some place to write all my mods and notes. Been using the old SS notebook so I'm very happy with my new ZL1 notebook!



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Old 09-19-2013, 07:54 AM   #49
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Well I've got about two more months in Massachusetts, and then off to Texas! So I'm actually considering/thinking about maybe Selling my Baby. Once I'm all settled in with a new home, job, and ready for a new toy, who knows, maybe the new Stingray! Not sure what I could get for my ZL1. Got about 60K in her and under 6,000 miles. I know I wouldn't take less than 51K. I've gotta decide??? Not comfortable leaving my husband up here in Mass with the keys, and I don't want to take her to Texas until I'm all settled. My husband will meet up with me in Texas after he sells our house here in Mass, but that probably won't be until next Spring/Summer. He definitely drives way too fast! Then again, selling a car is probably no picnic......


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Well I've got about two more months in Massachusetts, and then off to Texas! So I'm actually considering/thinking about maybe Selling my Baby. Once I'm all settled in with a new home, job, and ready for a new toy, who knows, maybe the new Stingray! Not sure what I could get for my ZL1. Got about 60K in her and under 6,000 miles. I know I wouldn't take less than 51K. I've gotta decide??? Not comfortable leaving my husband up here in Mass with the keys, and I don't want to take her to Texas until I'm all settled. My husband will meet up with me in Texas after he sells our house here in Mass, but that probably won't be until next Spring/Summer. He definitely drives way too fast! Then again, selling a car is probably no picnic......


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Oh no! You're getting rid of The Devil's Nightmare?! That has got to be a tough decision, but a new Stingray would be sweet! What part of TX are you moving to? My in-laws are in San Antonio.
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