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Old 03-15-2014, 07:42 AM   #18
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New Screw-on Exit Port Elbow

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Old 03-15-2014, 07:44 AM   #19
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Welcome from a 59 year old IndyCar artist
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Old 03-15-2014, 07:45 AM   #20
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New Quarter-turn Drain Valve

This will make draining the can much easier. Per Tracy: "It costs 10 times as much!"
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Old 03-15-2014, 07:54 AM   #21
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Thanks Smokey. Tell me about being an IndyCar artist. Sounds intriguing. Also sounds like those skills could transfer to Camaro Artist.
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Old 03-15-2014, 09:33 AM   #22
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Nice write up.
I thought the 1LE came with a side separator?
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:07 AM   #23
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Nice write up.
I thought the 1LE came with a side separator?
It does. In fact, the full name of the Rx part is, "1LE Style Clean Side Separator". This is for a convertible which doesn't allow the 1LE option probably because the loss of rigidity taking off the top. I believe the GM OE piece is plastic and it costs more than Tracy's beautiful custom painted billet piece so I never even looked at the OE part. After seeing all the disgusting garbage GM is feeding into the intake, I'm doing everything I can to keep mine clean and pristine from day one. These cans will go in at mile 25--distance from dealer to my house! Here's another pic. This simply replaces your oil fill cap, plug in the vacuum like and cap the OE port. And it looks great.
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Old 03-15-2014, 10:28 AM   #24
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A shot of the inside. He's got a synthetic medium in there to help condense out oil drops. I'm told the OE plastic separator has nothing inside.
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Old 03-15-2014, 05:38 PM   #25
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Well written and pertinent. I'm in my mid 50's and can relate, entirely, to much of what you've described. Definitely recommended reading, especially for the younger, got-to-have-it-(now)-at-any-price, members who're either looking to buy or wanting to "trade up", even if it means putting themselves in a tight spot, most often as a result of a lack of research, sound judgement and restraint. Good read.
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Old 03-15-2014, 11:29 PM   #26
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Well written and pertinent. I'm in my mid 50's and can relate, entirely, to much of what you've described. Definitely recommended reading, especially for the younger, got-to-have-it-(now)-at-any-price, members who're either looking to buy or wanting to "trade up", even if it means putting themselves in a tight spot, most often as a result of a lack of research, sound judgement and restraint. Good read.
I will try to continue to live up to that.
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Old 03-19-2014, 03:30 PM   #27
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Thanks for this very useful information. I'm not purchasing until later in the year but will definitely come back to this post to refresh my memory.

I also have a GM Card (about $900 earned so far). Do you know if the card has any discounts that come up that I might be able to use down the line?
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Old 03-19-2014, 11:04 PM   #28
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Thanks for this very useful information. I'm not purchasing until later in the year but will definitely come back to this post to refresh my memory.

I also have a GM Card (about $900 earned so far). Do you know if the card has any discounts that come up that I might be able to use down the line?
Thank you, glad you found it of value. Can't wait to start posting about the car instead of all the preliminary stuff!

I do not have the GM card so I'm not familiar with its terms. I have seen references to people getting credits toward their purchases so I bet a search in the price forum would yield some results.
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Old 04-02-2014, 12:25 PM   #29
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APRIL 1=APRIL FOOLS?

Not in my book. My car finally caught a railcar out of Oshawa! Hallelujah!
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Old 04-02-2014, 04:03 PM   #30
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Old 04-02-2014, 05:00 PM   #32
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Old 04-03-2014, 03:34 AM   #33
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WHEELS & TIRES

OK, the car still isn't here but, I'm out of control on this deal so, lets get this matter settled once and for all.

I've been a big proponent of the summer/winter deal and I've done that for the last five years on my DD. My tire guy did the twice per year swaps for free for three years. They changed management and now they charge me $40 per. That $80 per year on two vehicles eats at my craw, so I was determined to get a second set of wheels for this car. My original plan as outlined in Post 1 was to wait until Fall, find some wheels I like and go full blown winters. I've changed my mind and here's why...

The OE tires are very good Pirelli PZero summers, right? 220 wear rating. I do not want to burn these up on the highway and I damn sure don't want to get caught out in the snow on them. So, I've decided to take a little different route and to buy now. I've decided to put UHP A/S on the new wheels. The tires I've chosen have a wear rating of 480. Now, you're not supposed to compare wear ratings between manufacturers but let's just say for sake of argument that these tires will not only last twice as long, but they will spare my precious Pirelli summers from getting ground to dust on the highway--a terrible waste. Second thing is I just set up a trip to Savannah in early November. To get there, one has to drive through the very scenic Smokies between Knoxville and Asheville--which would be treacherous in the snow, and it can certainly snow there in November. Driving on UHP A/Ss should allow me to get by in light snow. And, since I live in the city where the streets are plowed and salted to death, I may even be able to get through the winter. We shall see. So, what did I order?

Like you, I've looked at a thousand wheels. I've used Tire Rack's very cool feature where you can look at wheels on your car. I have traditionally thought of five spoke wheels as the standard for aftermarket alloys but I've never had 20" wheels before. Looking at them on many Camaros here, I've decided that the look is too open for my likes on this big of a wheel. Secondly, after looking at polished, chrome, and black on my Summit White convertible, I've come to the kind of astonishing conclusion (for me anyway) that this car needs white wheels. Well, that certainly narrows the field! So, I went with the Motegi MR126 in white (which you see often advertised in the banner at the bottom of your screen). I love the "Y" design, the color, and the price isn't bad at around $300 per.

Next issue, which tire? Well, again, if you're going to stick with OE sizes, we are quite limited. There are three: Contis (nearly $1000); General GMax (<$700) and Firestone Firehawks (low $600s). I guess all things being equal I'd go with the Conti's but, a 50% premium? C'mon guys! After reading all the tests, reviews, surveys and talking to Rudy at TR, I've settled on the General GMax as the best price/performance compromise for my needs. YMMV. Now here's the great part...

The OE wheels and tires weigh a total of 260.6 pounds. The Motegi/GMax combo weighs 206 lbs. That's a reduction of a total of 54.6 pounds! That's 13.6 lbs per corner! If you don't have the religion of reducing unsprung weight, you need to study this issue and take it into account every time you mod below the suspension. This will be very noticeable in steering response and suspension compliance. As you can tell, I'm very happy and excited how this all turned out. Don't worry, lots of pics coming, as soon as I have something to take pics of. Ciao.
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Old 04-03-2014, 04:12 AM   #34
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CAMARO SUPERFEST 2014 JULY 4-6

A little off topic but what the hey...

I signed up for my first Camaro rally! I know everyone here is geeked up on CamaroFest 5 in Houston but the timing and location doesn't really work for me. This little gathering in the Detroit suburb of Ypsilanti has a nice track record and is drawing around 500 Camaros per year. Two super neat bonuses: Day One is at Michigan International Speedway. If you're not a racing geek like me, MIS is a high banked 2 mile oval (similar to Fontana) designed for both IndyCar and NASCAR. Great track. Anyway, all the Camaros will get to take 5 or 6 parade laps and get your picture taken on the track. Pretty cool, huh? On Saturday evening, there's a cruise to the Lingenfelter Museum which has to be cool as well, right? Second benefit is, this is in Becky's backyard so I hope to meet her FTF. Even better, no need to take vacation days from work since it starts on the holiday which is a Friday this year. So...all you midwestern Camaro owners, check it out! Hope to see you there!

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