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Old 09-01-2013, 01:35 AM   #26
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:10 AM   #27
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Moroso Brake Fluid Reservoir Cover: The one part of the engine bay that has always looked unfinished, to me, is the brake fluid reservoir on the driver's rear side. This plastic tank is really noticeable. I ordered a Moroso aluminum cover for this from Summit Racing for $50 shipped; and it arrived in 2 days. I had it painted SIM by my dealer for $25. I think it came out great!
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:55 AM   #28
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4-Pack Gauges: My last 3 cars all died because they had idiot lights instead of gauges. I have had dead batteries, dry radiators, and oil pump failures. These gauges give advance warnings for 2 of those problems; and the water temperature gauge comes standard with the car. I always look at them when I start the car; and also as I drive.

I got them for about $320 from GM Parts House. They installed in about half an hour; and the slowest part was transferring the 12V power point.
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:25 AM   #29
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Full-size Spare Tire: I wanted the donut spare when I ordered the car, but it was under constrainment (which means that GM was too lazy to make enough to meet demand). It was impossible to get one for months afterwards. They started showing up in the aftermarket after about a year, but they still want around $300 for the kit.

While it's true that I never used the donut in my last car for 13 years, I did have some flats near tire shops, so I could get the tire fixed without too much hassle. My previous car before that one did have some flats on the freeway, and out in the boonies, and having a spare meant that I got home that night (no AAA membership at the time).

I decided against the donut, as it is only rated for 55 MPH for 50 miles; which is ridiculous considering that it costs more than a real tire. I then wanted to make a full-size spare for an upcoming road trip. I heard that the GM tow was a long wait; and I was going to be way out there, which probably meant 4 or more hours for the tow truck.

I found a C5 member with LS wheels for sale. I must have a had a brain fart, because I thought I was getting tires and rims; so I ordered 2. No, just rims; and freaking dirty ones at that. I used a whole can of brake cleaner to get the dust off, then painted the one that I was going to use with black and then clear coat.

I got a tire from Simple Tire for $130 shipped, which is the same size as my 1LT uses. My work mounted and balanced it for free. I also picked up a jack, lug wrench, and other tools. I also got a mushroom plug kit from Amazon for $40. I figured that I could handle 4 normal flats; and 1 sidewall tear.

Long story short, I removed my subwoofer and amp rack for the trip, tied the spare in the trunk, and drove for 6 hours one-way. Over the next week, I was way out there; and on the way back I decided to take the really scenic route. I had no problems, and no flats.

Now I keep all tools in the spare well, and leave the spare at home, which I only take on those long trips. I figure that it is better to have it if you need it, then not carry one.
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Old 09-02-2013, 12:03 PM   #30
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Illusion: I created this design in 1994. You either love it, or it gives you a headache.
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:13 PM   #31
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Painted Fusebox Cover: I had this painted SIM by my dealer for $25. They even managed to paint the tiny hinge parts, and the lock. I think it looks awesome!
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Old 09-18-2013, 06:24 PM   #32
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Under hood pictures. The painted fusebox cover and the brake fluid reservoir cover now match the other SIM parts. They look so good, that I am considering having my dealer paint the engine cover also.
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Old 10-05-2013, 05:53 PM   #33
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Seat Belt Extenders - 9" Length:

These are available free from any Chevy dealer. They extend the seat belts either 9" or 15", depending on the ones that you get. I ordered one for each seat. By using one, you can move the shoulder belt off of the side of your neck. By using two, you can make it to where the shoulder belt is almost useless. 3 extenders should prove interesting in "click it or ticket" areas.

These seem to be made for compact people with wider girths than me. 6'6" and 250 lbs. doesn't really need these.
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Old 10-20-2013, 06:35 PM   #34
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Saikou Michi oil catch can - PCV clean side:

I bought one of these mini cans for the clean-side intake of the PCV system. It maintains the design of the OEM line, which allows for excess pressure in the PCV to be exhausted out through the intake. It was $71 shipped; plus hose and some other parts brought it up to $80 total.

I got it here: http://www.saikoumichi.com/micro_oil_catch_can_tank.htm

It is a little smaller than my dirty-side RX can, but it won't have to catch more than 10% of the total oil vapors in the system. I mounted it to the strut tower with an 8mm stainless steel bolt, and blue locktite.

It might look like it is hooked up backwards; but this is to condense oil vapors when the flow reverses towards the intake. I blew into both inputs of the can, and there are no check valves to prevent air flow in either direction.

If you were wondering about the quality of this can, there used to be 3 manufacturers that were rated the highest: Elite, RX, and Saikou Michi. I guess it's down to 2 now. If you order one of their bigger cans, the price goes up to what the other 2 are usually sold for.

Update: I have now moved this in front of the engine, to make room for my new strut tower bar.
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Old 11-09-2013, 03:12 PM   #35
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SLP Faded Gill Stripes:

I like how these make the gills look like they are functional. I got the matte version from LMPerformance.com for $60 shipped. They seem to look better on an overcast day; in the direct sun they are a little hard to see.
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Old 04-04-2014, 12:16 AM   #36
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CAI Intake Upgrade

After waiting over 2 years for Vararam to release their 2012 LFX intake, and getting scammed repeatedly (Scamaram), I decided to buy a CAI Intake. I was never happy that they wanted $400 for one new, so I got one used from a C5 member for $300. I had to "paint it black" literally as it had been painted blue by the previous owner, and it took a few weeks for the weather to clear up for that. It took a few weeks after that for it to stop raining enough to install it.

I decided to record some before/after sound samples for those who are interested. I was previously running a stock intake with an aftermarket Green Filter, a VMAX PTB, and a SOLO Catback Exhaust.

Here is the cold start video of the above configuration: http://www.youtube.com/embed/nRl7yfIrNcE

0-60 MPH In-Cabin sound, windows rolled up, normal Auto mode: http://www.youtube.com/embed/7DA3ATpw248


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CAI Intake, a VMAX PTB, and a SOLO Catback Exhaust.

Here is the cold start video with the CAI: http://www.youtube.com/embed/hz6AvmL1bME

0-60 MPH In-Cabin sound, windows rolled up, normal Auto mode: http://www.youtube.com/embed/Y_uGrDPGIk4

0-60 MPH In-Cabin sound, windows rolled up, M Sport mode: http://www.youtube.com/embed/5HOWLV3AfeU
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Old 04-04-2014, 07:18 AM   #37
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I'm up to 32 now. I have also put together 4 DIYs. Please see my new mods index below.

Future Modifications: • Outside Door Pull LED Lighting • Outside Mirrors LED Turn Indicators • Apex Air Scoop • Yzk Washer Bottle Replacement • 2nd Amplifier (sitting in box) • New 6.5" Midranges (maybe ID Chameleons) • Maybe some more engine bling • and that's all for now...

SJM Autoprod Sequential Tail Lights Kit: http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=315424

DIYs:

Upgrade to Heated Outside Mirrors: http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...95#post6577995

Make your own front Mud Flaps: http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=247119

How to mount Accessory Switches in the cup holder area: http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=250418

Make your Dome Light any color (PDF): http://www.camaro5.com/forums/attach...6&d=1373088004
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Your detail on the modifications is wonderful.....

Nice build....Thanks for sharing...


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Old 04-05-2014, 05:23 PM   #38
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SJM Autoprod Sequential Tail Lights Kit

I just made a new movie today showing the results of installing this kit. I think they look really good: http://www.youtube.com/embed/4ydeuefoGcs

Link to old post: http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=315424
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BA GTA 802 Amp:

I recently installed this to power my front speakers. I bought 2 wiring harnesses from Scosche for the HU, and soldered about 30 wires together. I plugged the harnesses into each other, and checked continuity so that I knew each wire was going to the correct place.

The source now goes from the HU into RCAs (high-signal), down the passenger side of the car to the trunk inside double-shielded cables, then converts into high-level plugs that came with both BA amps. The fader on the HU is 10 front, as I only use the rear speakers for parking sensor beeps; and they are loud enough with the fader almost all of the way forward.

Amplified signal from this amp then goes up the right side of the center console to the rear of the HU, where it ties into the harness wires for the front channels. I am using 8 gauge for power and ground, with 14 gauge for the speakers.

I am running 80 watts per side into the stock non-BA speakers without any problems. I also used the blue/white wire from the harness to turn this amp on/off with the HU. It works like it should, and it sounds awesome.

Next will be new front speakers.
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Subscribed--appreciate your DIY's and love the faded gill stripes--wonder how they'd look on black!
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Old 10-26-2014, 10:07 AM   #42
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Stealth Clamps

I got my black CAI intake used from the classifieds on C5. It came with bright silver hose clamps, which look awful on the black intake hoses. I was able to paint the clamp that attaches to the filter, but the other 2 clamps closer to the engine did not take paint well. For a while, I covered the middle clamp with black duct tape; but it wouldn't stay stuck and looked crappy.

I found these black "stealth clamps" on the internet: http://www.suremotorsports.com/produ...tealth-clamps/
They are made with an inner liner that protects the silicone sleeve from the worm drive slots when you tighten the clamp. They are also 100% stainless steel with a special corrosive resistant coating.

I measured first and used 2 different sizes; the middle clamp is just under 4.00", while the clamp that attaches to the TB under the engine cover is 3.50". They look great!
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Old 10-26-2014, 11:08 AM   #43
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Apex Air Scoop

I ordered and installed one of these to improve the CAI intake. I had originally gone with the PTB and the Green filter in place of the stock one, and when I bought and installed the CAI after using the above for a year I could not feel a difference. The scoop has woken up the CAI.

The biggest hassle with the installation was draining the fluid out of the windshield washer tank. This took me about an hour, and was seriously messy. The OEM tank holds over a gallon; which seems like overkill.

The Apex scoop is not as well designed as it could be. It hangs about 1 inch below the air opening on my 2012 1LT. It is also about 2 inches too wide on the outer side. I think that you are paying for excessive metal which drives up the cost.

The installation instructions were also wrong for the 2012. The stock horn bolt is long enough to screw another nut on to it. I replaced it anyway as a new one was included. It took about 20 seconds to replace it.

The guide to cut the plastic air dam was wrong. The 2012 does not look like the 2010-2011; the "ribs" are extended nearly all of the way across the part to be cut. When I made my first cut past the ribs, the scoop would not install. I had to guess where to cut the second time; and it was too far in. The angle of the scoop hides the bigger cut from the front; but the hole will be noticeable if I ever remove it.

It was also a pain to put the mounting bolt into the frame. The scoop had to be jammed forward against the front fascia for several inches to get the holes lined up for the bolt. I swear I thought I was cracking my front end to get it in.

The good thing is that the car seems to pull harder now with the scoop. It also takes off faster with less pedal pressure. Total install time was about 3 hours; but this includes over an hour of draining the old washer tank.

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Yzk Washer Bottle Replacement

I decided to make my own windshield washer bottle when I installed the APEX air intake scoop; which requires the removal of the OEM bottle. I have read many threads on C5 about using aftermarket tanks, cheap catch cans, and bicycle water bottles. I used an old clear water bottle, so I could see how much fluid was inside.

The OEM washer tank holds over a gallon (that's about .012 hogsheads for those of you using metric); which weighs more than 8 pounds, and is more juice than I use to clean my windshield in years.

The biggest hassle with the installation was draining the fluid out of the OEM washer tank. This took me about an hour, and was seriously messy. Use a large funnel, and a catch container. Unplug the pump from the bottle, and the juice will start to flow out. A siphon hose works too.

Update: don't use lamp parts! I drilled a hole in the bottom of my replacement bottle, and mounted brass (plated) lamp parts into it; a 3/8" tube, a brass nut on the inside, an o-ring outside the bottle, a washer, and another brass nut to squeeze the o-ring down tight. I also gooped it with waterproof black silicone to prevent any leaks past the o-ring. Already corroded after a few months!

I made a holder to mount on the old airbox stud; consisting of 4 metal brackets about 4 inches long each. I used 2 bolted together with 2 nuts in a long piece; that I bent into L-shapes, so:


plus 2 arms that come out from the back, and encircle the sides. These brackets have holes that zip-ties can be put through and around the bottle to hold it in. I also wrapped the metal with black electrical tape. New picture below.

The 3/8" brass tube on the bottom of the bottle is clamped to a 3/8" inside diameter hose than drops down under the bottle, and then runs along the edge of the CAI box to the front. There is a gap at the front where I ran the hose through, and I zip-tied flex-loom over the hose to prevent it from being damaged on the exposed metal edges.

The hose continues into the space near the headlight, and then turns 180 degrees, and enters the OEM washer pump. I was able to put a smaller hose over the pump stud, and then put the larger hose over this. Both are held with a hose-clamp; and there is no leaking. I supported the hose and the pump with zip-ties.

I now have a clear wash bottle that holds about a liter of juice, which is plenty for me. The fluid runs downhill all of the way to the pump; so any air bubbles will find their way back up to the tank. It works as it should.

Total cost of parts was about $8.

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I am trying to conceal white tanks under my hood, and adding this bottle wasn't helping. I decided to replace it with a black translucent bottle that I bought at Walmart for $3.50. I also noticed that the "brass" parts that I used to put a drain into my white bottle were actually brass plated; and corroding. I did some more research into this, and found a solution that works. I am writing up a DIY for this. I think my new bottle is much more stealthy than the old white one. Even filled with blue wash fluid, it still looks black.

link to DIY pdf: http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...54#post8260854
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:55 AM   #45
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1LE Strut Tower Brace

I don't know if this has made a difference in handling, since I installed a ZL1 sway bar before it. I mostly got it to help with appearance, and I have always thought that they looked neat. I had my dealer paint the center portion SIM for $50. I had to buy stainless steel bolts and washers for it for about $17.
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Old 02-24-2015, 06:36 AM   #46
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ZL1 Front Swaybar & End Links: I don't have a picture of this. There is a freeway on-ramp near me that is a s-bend. Before I got this upgrade, the body roll on my car was so bad that I was scared to go over 30 MPH. I was just there tonight; at 55! It was just starting to feel like it used to at 30.

I was a little leery of this mod, as there really didn't seem to be anyone who had done it on a V6. I asked a bunch of questions on C5, and it looked like it could be done easily; so I went for it.

I ordered the parts through the dealer that I got my car from. They took about a month to get in. The dealer had to drill out the existing holes in the struts to mount these, but the size went from 10mm to 12mm; which is about 1/32" diameter which is nothing.

After the holes were drilled, it was discovered that some bozo had put a driver's side link in the passenger's side box at the factory. My car was then shimmed with my approval, as there wasn't anything that could be done after the hole was already enlarged.

I walk to work, so the shim wasn't as bad as it could have been; but it was a concern anyway. It took about 2 weeks to get a replacement part due to constraints from the factory. The new part was also in the wrong box!

The service manager escalated this to the Western GM Parts Manager, who had his people go through over 160 pairs of boxed end links at the distribution warehouse. They found all passenger end links were actually the driver's side links!

I hope some heads rolled over this. What I can tell you now is, if you order these parts today, you can be almost 100% sure that you will receive the correct parts in the boxes.

The replacement passenger side end link was air shipped to my dealer from back east, and it was installed 2 days after the fiasco was discovered in the warehouse.

Parts and labor for this install was about $200. I think I got a break on the labor thanks to the screw ups.

I recommend this upgrade. The ZL1 sway bar is a solid piece; while the V6 bar was hollow, and much skinnier. The car corners like it is on rails now. Totally different and unbelievable!
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Front Parking Camera

I have always had a problem with parking this car. The front end is too low, and hitting curbs happens all of the time. I also don't drive enough to get used to where the front end is. I have parked in the same spot for years now, and I can be 2 feet away from the cement curb one day, and park exactly the same way the next, and scrape right over it. It is an annoying problem.

I originally started with a Curb-Alert, which was $160. It seemed to work ok a few times; but it also failed and I drove all of the way over a curb into my tires; which I was trying to prevent. It failed to detect about half of the curbs that I encountered. It was a pain in the ass to calibrate, and it lost calibration several times. After the 4th time of hitting curbs, it wouldn't calibrate at all in 3 hours of dicking around with it. I unplugged it, and threw it in the garbage a few weeks later.

I decided to install a front camera, after seeing how easy it was in this thread by Wabibito: http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...ghlight=camera. The main thing that held me back was having to buy parts off of ebay from China. I can now report that if you spend a little bit more, and deal with U.S. sellers, you can reduce the hassle considerably.

I went with a CCD camera for $35. Most cameras use CMOS technology, and while this is cheaper to make, it also requires a lot more light at night to see anything. I was able to find one with a mounting stem that is about 3/8" that has the wires coming out of it. This was much easier to mount than most of the available cameras with huge 7/8" bodies that required a hole that size.

I really sweated out the monitor size. I made paper cut-outs of different monitor sizes, and test fit them in several places. I decided to go with the same folding 3.5" screen that wabibito used; and it is working out great. It fits into the wasted space between the top of the speedometer cluster and the A-pillar. When folded down, it is hardly noticeable. One button press, and it pops up for viewing. The picture on that small screen is more than enough to show everything needed to park safely.

I mounted the camera to the bottom of the plastic front license plate holder. I have never liked this holder, but it was already installed when I bought the car. I was happier to drill into this for mounting the camera, than I would have been to drill into my car body.

I decided to run power from the cigarette lighter area; as this already has a fuse, and it is switched to only run with the keys in the ignition. This way, the camera and monitor aren't draining the car battery when it is parked. I tapped into the green wire, and ran a new wire up to the driver's side fusebox area, and then continued through the firewall hole, and up along the side of the hood to the front of the car.

The camera + line connects to this power line at the front of the car, and the monitor + line connects in the fusebox area in the cabin. I grounded the camera under a bolt in my CAI box, and the monitor is grounded to a frame bolt in the front fusebox area. The video signal runs from the front of the car, along the side, through the firewall grommet above the red power cable, and connects to the monitor in the cabin. I wrapped electrical tape over all connections under the hood to keep them dry, and to prevent them from accidentally unplugging.

Parking Test: I came home around midnight, and the hole to park my car in was pitch-black. The cars on either side completely blocked any views of their curbs. I pressed the monitor button, and it opened and lit up showing nothing! I then turned on my fog lamps, and I could see the whole curb just waiting to eat my front end. I eased into my spot, and put the yellow camera lines on the monitor at the back of the curb. When I got out, I was parked perfectly! See picture #4 below to see where I ended up. Both cars to my sides were parked over their curbs; and if I had tried to use them as a reference, I would have scraped over my curb AGAIN.

If you are concerned about doing this yourself - don't be. It was real easy; and it works awesome!
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Old 03-30-2015, 02:27 AM   #49
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Could a passerby see the monitor when closed through the front window?
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Yes, but it doesn't look like anything useful. If you wanted to, you could unplug 2 connections and store it out of sight.
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