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Old 05-29-2014, 11:24 AM   #1
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Bumble Bee Racecar

I probably should have started this about 6 months ago when I really got started modding Bee, so these first posts will be to get caught up.

Current setup as of 7/06/2014:
419 rwhp, 419 torq

Cosmetic: ZL1 front w/mailslot, painted stripes, powdercoated SS rims, tow hook, and Gary's customs bowties, painted emblems and taillight bezels, DIY Flowtie (only installed at car shows).

Suspension: Pfadt subframe bushings, Pfadt, rear upper control arm bushings, Spohn Trailing arms with del-sphere ends, BMR outer trailing arm bushings, ZL1 Toe Rods, ZL1 springs, Prothane radius arm inserts and steering rack bushing, Pfadt Sport sways & endlinks, Pfadt strut brace

Powertrain: RMCR tune, CAI intake, Kooks headers, high-flow cats & exhaust, VMAX TB, LSR Tri-Ax shifter

Audio (coming soon): Focal 165AS front component speakers, Focal R-690-C rear speakers, Audiocontrol LC7i signal processor, Alpine PDX-V9 amplifier, JL Audio 12W3v3-2 subwoofer

Here's what Bee looks like today:




Let's start at the beginning:
Bought Bee on June 21st 2010 on the south side of Denver with only 12 miles (had been delivered to the dealership that morning). He was a plain yellow 2SS/RS with a LS3. Within 2 hours of taking delivery I found myself parked under an overpass as a nasty hailstorm hit on my way up to my In-Law's house. Ended up with 3 dents.

I think it was all of about a week before I started researching all of the cool things to do to these cars here on Camaro5. Got the windows tinted, then promptly started looking at what it took to turn my Camaro into Bee. A few PM's, emails, and phone calls later and Bee was at the body shop getting stripes painted on and the wheels powdercoated. I also replaced the tail-light bezels, bowties, and fender emblems with custom painted ones from Gary's Customs (awesome vendor here on C5, highly recommended). Got all of this done before I even had license plates:





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2/7/2014: 419 hp, 419 tq

Mods:
Cosmetic: ZL1 front w/mailslot, painted stripes, powdercoated SS rims, tow hook, and Gary's customs bowties, painted emblems and taillight bezels, DIY Flowtie

Suspension: Pfadt subframe bushings, Pfadt rear UCA bushings, BMR trailing arm & differential bushings, ZL1 Toe Rods and springs, Prothane radius arm inserts and steering rack bushing, Pfadt Sport sways & endlinks, Pfadt strut brace

Drivetrain: RMCR tune, CAI intake, Kooks headers, high-flow cats & exhaust, VMAX TB, LSR Tri-Ax shifter

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Old 05-29-2014, 11:33 AM   #2
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Things were quiet for a couple years mostly due to budget constraints. I continued commuting to work with Bee. It's one hell of an awesome daily driver, and commuted with him mostly because I couldn't afford to get another car. Plus, if you're going to be stuck in your car for 2 hours per day, shouldn't it at least be in a nice one? That first winter I learned how insanely bad the Pirelli's were in the snow when I couldn't get out of the driveway with only 2". Bee spent that first snow storm parked on the side of the road because I couldn't get him home.

I lurked on here on and off again until late 2012 when I got into discussions about suspension upgrades with Justice Pete (another awesome asset here on Camaro5). He made me into a huge Pedders fan and really taught me the importance of improving the suspension before doing anything else. A ton of horsepower and torque really doesn't do you a lot of good if you can't get it to the ground, right?

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...highlight=noob

Unfortunately, budget still wasn't there for me but I was able to at least get some subframe inserts and a LSR short throw shifter for Christmas.
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Cosmetic: ZL1 front w/mailslot, painted stripes, powdercoated SS rims, tow hook, and Gary's customs bowties, painted emblems and taillight bezels, DIY Flowtie

Suspension: Pfadt subframe bushings, Pfadt rear UCA bushings, BMR trailing arm & differential bushings, ZL1 Toe Rods and springs, Prothane radius arm inserts and steering rack bushing, Pfadt Sport sways & endlinks, Pfadt strut brace

Drivetrain: RMCR tune, CAI intake, Kooks headers, high-flow cats & exhaust, VMAX TB, LSR Tri-Ax shifter

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Old 05-29-2014, 11:55 AM   #3
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Sometime after getting the stripes done I was contacted by a guy who was running a local car club dedicated to Movie Cars. I still don't really know how or when we met, but I'm glad we did. He is a very outgoing person who loves all things nerdy (he owns the Dodge Magnum Ecto1 in the pictures below). As a club, we visit various car shows and other miscellaneous events and show off our various movie and/or TV themed cars. We have a couple BumbleBees, 3 General Lee's, a couple Herbie the Love Bugs, a Bluesmobile, a Starsky & Hutch Gran Torino, 3 Jurassic Park Jeeps, and dozens of other miscellaneous cars. Check out the club on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoMovieCars

Here are a few pictures from events we've done (most of them are not mine, but can be found on the group page).

Random group photos:




Haunting at the Hangar (Halloween event at a local air & space museum):


St. Patty's day parade:




2013 Denver Comic Con:












And my favorite pic from the show:


We are doing Comic Con in Denver again this year, as well as the Denver Juneteenth parade. I will be at Comic Con, but Bee won't be as we're taking turns who gets to show of their cars (limited space to only 5-6 cars per year).
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2/7/2014: 419 hp, 419 tq

Mods:
Cosmetic: ZL1 front w/mailslot, painted stripes, powdercoated SS rims, tow hook, and Gary's customs bowties, painted emblems and taillight bezels, DIY Flowtie

Suspension: Pfadt subframe bushings, Pfadt rear UCA bushings, BMR trailing arm & differential bushings, ZL1 Toe Rods and springs, Prothane radius arm inserts and steering rack bushing, Pfadt Sport sways & endlinks, Pfadt strut brace

Drivetrain: RMCR tune, CAI intake, Kooks headers, high-flow cats & exhaust, VMAX TB, LSR Tri-Ax shifter

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Old 05-29-2014, 12:02 PM   #4
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Fast forward to the summer of 2013 (shortly after Comic Con). First real issue with the car started to develop: that damn annoying loose baffle in the exhaust system. Not much you can do about that except replace the cat-back system. So I found myself back here on Camaro5 asking all the same repeated questions about which exhaust is better.

After some initial research I got to thinking, "Well, if I'm doing the cat-back, why not get a CAI to go with it?" and then evolved to "If I'm doing the exhaust and CAI, why not do long-tubes too?", and since I'll be getting LT's I'll have to get it tuned, and then...

$4000 later:
Apex Catchcan (thanks Apex)
Kooks 1 7/8" Headers & high-flow cats (thanks Maryland Speed)
Kooks "Sleeper" cat-back exhaust (Maryland Speed)
Cold-Air Inductions CAI (Maryland Speed)
VMAX ported throttle body (Tampa Tuning)
Pfadt sport sways & endlinks (JDP Motorsports)
and a couple Prothane bushings for the front end (steering rack & radius arm insert) (JDP Motorsports)

Only thing I didn't do myself was the Dyno-tune which was done by Rocky Mountain Competitive Research (RMCR) in Colorado Springs. When all was said and done, I was rocking 419 rwhp & 419 ft-lbs:

video (yes, I know it's dirty, but it was February and was only a day or two after a major snowstorm so everything was pretty sloppy outside):
http://s44.photobucket.com/user/dexm...19aba.mp4.html

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2/7/2014: 419 hp, 419 tq

Mods:
Cosmetic: ZL1 front w/mailslot, painted stripes, powdercoated SS rims, tow hook, and Gary's customs bowties, painted emblems and taillight bezels, DIY Flowtie

Suspension: Pfadt subframe bushings, Pfadt rear UCA bushings, BMR trailing arm & differential bushings, ZL1 Toe Rods and springs, Prothane radius arm inserts and steering rack bushing, Pfadt Sport sways & endlinks, Pfadt strut brace

Drivetrain: RMCR tune, CAI intake, Kooks headers, high-flow cats & exhaust, VMAX TB, LSR Tri-Ax shifter

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Old 05-29-2014, 12:04 PM   #5
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About the same time I was dealing with the exhaust in the previous post, the front of Bee got smooshed. Nothing major, no one was hurt, and the damage wasn't even noticeable unless I showed it to you. Essentially the front license plate bracket got pushed back into the car causing the bracket to mushroom out a little and creased the bumper cover around it. Damaged enough that if I wanted to fix it I would have to replace the entire front clip. I could have been perfectly fine leaving it alone, but this is Bee we're talking about, not my wife's Jeep...

Anyways, I had told my wife that as soon as I got the opportunity to change out the front end I would. I had wanted something more like the Transformers 2 Bumblebee, so I started shopping around to see how much it would cost. In my research I came across a vendor here on Camaro5 (I won't say who because they are gone and no longer making the bumper) who added the SS mailslot to a ZL1 front end. I liked the look, plus it was in the middle of a group buy and could get the bumper for ~$600 (obviously not counting paint & install) which was significantly cheaper than anything else I was finding aside from just replacing with another stock SS so I bought it. Over the next month or so I was entangled in a couple different battles: one with the insurance company to get them to cover it, the second with the vendor. I won't bother with the details, but in the end the insurance company paid for the repair (I still had to pay the deductible and any "upgrade" costs) and I ended up with the bumper I wanted.

Despite getting damaged in late fall and receiving the bumper in December, I decided to wait until after things started to warm back up again before going through with the install. The biggest reason was the fact that I was still using Bee as a daily driver and I knew I'd be driving in the snow/ice/sand/chemicals associated with winter in the Mile High City. April finally came around and I took Bee back to the shop that did the original stripes for me. I think he did a good job:



The next step of the process was trying to figure out how to wire the new 2nd set of fog lights. Always on? With the headlights? With the other fog lights? Where to connect? I really had no idea. The bumper came with the lights and a harness with the group buy package, but I'm no electrical engineer. Red: Hot. Black: Ground. White? Second red? Second black? Crap. Once again, I turned to the guys here on Camaro 5. The Gen5DIY guys were a huge help with figuring out where everything was supposed to go, and I decided that since the harness I had included a switch I would set the new lights up as a "on when the car is on", but still have the manual over-ride switch inside. That weekend, lights work:



I'm still having issues with the passenger side due to a crappy connector, but I think I've figured out a fix and will be working on that in the coming days.

While the car was in the shop, I decided it would probably be a good idea to get a tow hook. I like how they look, plus I need the added functionality stemming from the fact that I drive Bee in the snow and have no "safe" place for a tow truck to hook up to in case I find myself in some deep $hit. A few PM's and phone calls to Tyler at JDP later, and I had a yellow tow hook on it's way. I hoped it would arrive before the car was done at the shop while the front end was being done so the shop could do it, but the scheduling just didn't work out. A few weeks later, I finally got the courage to attempt the install myself:

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Mods:
Cosmetic: ZL1 front w/mailslot, painted stripes, powdercoated SS rims, tow hook, and Gary's customs bowties, painted emblems and taillight bezels, DIY Flowtie

Suspension: Pfadt subframe bushings, Pfadt rear UCA bushings, BMR trailing arm & differential bushings, ZL1 Toe Rods and springs, Prothane radius arm inserts and steering rack bushing, Pfadt Sport sways & endlinks, Pfadt strut brace

Drivetrain: RMCR tune, CAI intake, Kooks headers, high-flow cats & exhaust, VMAX TB, LSR Tri-Ax shifter

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Old 05-29-2014, 12:05 PM   #6
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A few miscellaneous other mods I have done this spring:
Installed a Pfadt strut tower brace. I picked this up from another Camaro 5 member. It had some LED strips attached to it, but unfortunately when I was trying to figure out the wiring for the fog lights I damaged the connection to the point it wouldn't work anymore so I removed them.


I thought I'd see if I liked black side mirrors, so I Plasti-dipped them:






Installed a set of ZL1 Toe rods. I managed to find a set of take-offs from a fellow Camaro5 member for significantly cheaper than anything I could find on the aftermarket circuit, plus I like how they have the spherical bearings instead of the Urethane. Sorry, no pics for this one.
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2/7/2014: 419 hp, 419 tq

Mods:
Cosmetic: ZL1 front w/mailslot, painted stripes, powdercoated SS rims, tow hook, and Gary's customs bowties, painted emblems and taillight bezels, DIY Flowtie

Suspension: Pfadt subframe bushings, Pfadt rear UCA bushings, BMR trailing arm & differential bushings, ZL1 Toe Rods and springs, Prothane radius arm inserts and steering rack bushing, Pfadt Sport sways & endlinks, Pfadt strut brace

Drivetrain: RMCR tune, CAI intake, Kooks headers, high-flow cats & exhaust, VMAX TB, LSR Tri-Ax shifter

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Old 05-29-2014, 12:06 PM   #7
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more pics my man, great story cant wait to see the beast
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:14 PM   #8
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more pics my man, great story cant wait to see the beast
Thanks. I have a bunch of pics to upload, so this will be updated as I get time. Performance wise, the story is up to date, but I really want to get into some of the goals (short and long term). I really hope to start tackling a lot of this over the summer, but the budget only allows for so much progress at a time...
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2/7/2014: 419 hp, 419 tq

Mods:
Cosmetic: ZL1 front w/mailslot, painted stripes, powdercoated SS rims, tow hook, and Gary's customs bowties, painted emblems and taillight bezels, DIY Flowtie

Suspension: Pfadt subframe bushings, Pfadt rear UCA bushings, BMR trailing arm & differential bushings, ZL1 Toe Rods and springs, Prothane radius arm inserts and steering rack bushing, Pfadt Sport sways & endlinks, Pfadt strut brace

Drivetrain: RMCR tune, CAI intake, Kooks headers, high-flow cats & exhaust, VMAX TB, LSR Tri-Ax shifter

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Above posts updated. Please let me know if any of the pictures don't work. Most of them are linked from Facebook, and a few of those are linked directly to my FB page which doesn't always work well for forums.

Here is what Bee looks like today:


What do I want to do next? Here's what I'm hoping to have done by the end of the summer:
  • Dynamat the trunk of the car. While I like the sound of the exhaust most of the time, it still has a bit of a drone at 60-65mph in 6th gear and I'd like to get that quieter. This should be done this weekend.
  • Rear upper control arm bushings. I have a set of Pfadt take-offs from a fellow Denver Camaro owner, just waiting to install with the stuff below.
  • New trailing arms & outer TA bushing. Probably going with the Spohn arms with spherical bearings & BMR outer bushing
  • Subframe bushings. Not sure if I'll be going with the Prothane full bushings or ADM Performance solid bushings. I really want the solids, but will be dependent on budget.
  • ZL1 springs. This is just an interim thing until I get the budget for some decent coilovers.
  • ZL1 side skirts
  • Splash guards
  • Painted mirrors. Just make the plasti-dip previously done permanent.
  • New wheels & tires. I have the stock rims powder-coated and fitted with Continental DWS's for winter use, but I'd like to get another set I can use for summer/track use. Right now I'm leaning towards 20x9 Ruffino Chronos wheels wrapped with Hankook Ventus V12 evo K110 tires.

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Cosmetic: ZL1 front w/mailslot, painted stripes, powdercoated SS rims, tow hook, and Gary's customs bowties, painted emblems and taillight bezels, DIY Flowtie

Suspension: Pfadt subframe bushings, Pfadt rear UCA bushings, BMR trailing arm & differential bushings, ZL1 Toe Rods and springs, Prothane radius arm inserts and steering rack bushing, Pfadt Sport sways & endlinks, Pfadt strut brace

Drivetrain: RMCR tune, CAI intake, Kooks headers, high-flow cats & exhaust, VMAX TB, LSR Tri-Ax shifter

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What are my big picture goals?

Well, here are some Camaros I am using for ideas:




Some of the things I have started looking into:

Mechanical/drivetrain:
  • 3.91 gears (includes posi-mod & differential bushings)
  • CTS-V Big-brake kit
  • Upgraded clutch
  • Coilovers
  • Cam & all subsequent matching parts (rods, springs, oil pump, etc)
  • Forced induction. Not sure if I'll be going with a supercharger or twin turbo, but I know there will be quite a few associated mods with either route (axles, driveshafts, fuel pump, etc)

Cosmetic:
  • Vented front fenders. Probably one from Gary's Customs, although I love the widebody look of the Black Gumball car above (and yes, I know that would involve changing the front bumper again).
  • Vented hood. Have no idea on this one. Probably won't happen until after the FI is done. I'm thinking either the Hex vents (so I can hide them in the stripes) or maybe a new hood altogether with vents built in. The ZL1/1LE vented hood doesn't really work with the stripes I have.
  • Spoiler. I really like the high-wing spoilers in the "idea" cars above, but Mrs Dex likes the Anvil.
  • Nightowl Halo kit.
  • Painted door/dash inserts. Thinking of having them hydro-dipped with a yellow carbon fiber.

Ultimately I want to have what I would imagine if Bumble Bee was a street-legal racecar putting down over 700rwhp.
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2/7/2014: 419 hp, 419 tq

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Cosmetic: ZL1 front w/mailslot, painted stripes, powdercoated SS rims, tow hook, and Gary's customs bowties, painted emblems and taillight bezels, DIY Flowtie

Suspension: Pfadt subframe bushings, Pfadt rear UCA bushings, BMR trailing arm & differential bushings, ZL1 Toe Rods and springs, Prothane radius arm inserts and steering rack bushing, Pfadt Sport sways & endlinks, Pfadt strut brace

Drivetrain: RMCR tune, CAI intake, Kooks headers, high-flow cats & exhaust, VMAX TB, LSR Tri-Ax shifter

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Old 05-31-2014, 09:06 PM   #11
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Haha I love the front tag man!
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Haha I love the front tag man!
Thanks! It's my "show" tag. Since I live in a 2-plate state and the car came with the bracket already installed, I had to come up with some way to built it into the show package. When I go to shows, I always remove my license plates simply because I don't want some whack-job looking me up (I had hundreds of pictures taken of Bee at Comiccon, and I have no idea where they all got sent off to). With the new front end I was able to get a different front bracket that I can simply remove if I don't want the plate.
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Cosmetic: ZL1 front w/mailslot, painted stripes, powdercoated SS rims, tow hook, and Gary's customs bowties, painted emblems and taillight bezels, DIY Flowtie

Suspension: Pfadt subframe bushings, Pfadt rear UCA bushings, BMR trailing arm & differential bushings, ZL1 Toe Rods and springs, Prothane radius arm inserts and steering rack bushing, Pfadt Sport sways & endlinks, Pfadt strut brace

Drivetrain: RMCR tune, CAI intake, Kooks headers, high-flow cats & exhaust, VMAX TB, LSR Tri-Ax shifter

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Project I started this weekend was trying to get Dynamat installed throughout the trunk. I have about half of it done so far in the limited time I was able to spend on it. Biggest reason for doing this is to help quiet down the exhaust noise inside the car because the exhaust does drone a little (its only really noticeable when I'm going 60-65 in 6th gear under light acceleration, like up a hill).

What I have done so far in the trunk is the floor, the driver's side wall, and the rear wall. I still need to get the passenger side wall and down into the spare tire area. I will upload pics once I'm done.
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2/7/2014: 419 hp, 419 tq

Mods:
Cosmetic: ZL1 front w/mailslot, painted stripes, powdercoated SS rims, tow hook, and Gary's customs bowties, painted emblems and taillight bezels, DIY Flowtie

Suspension: Pfadt subframe bushings, Pfadt rear UCA bushings, BMR trailing arm & differential bushings, ZL1 Toe Rods and springs, Prothane radius arm inserts and steering rack bushing, Pfadt Sport sways & endlinks, Pfadt strut brace

Drivetrain: RMCR tune, CAI intake, Kooks headers, high-flow cats & exhaust, VMAX TB, LSR Tri-Ax shifter

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Old 06-02-2014, 12:10 PM   #14
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Love the wheels and I just ordered up the DEI Hush-Mat trunk kit for the exact same reason.
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I really like your bowties! did you plasti dip them and pin stripe them?
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Old 06-02-2014, 12:26 PM   #16
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I really like your bowties! did you plasti dip them and pin stripe them?
Thanks!
Bought them from Gary's Customs:

http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=66848
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2/7/2014: 419 hp, 419 tq

Mods:
Cosmetic: ZL1 front w/mailslot, painted stripes, powdercoated SS rims, tow hook, and Gary's customs bowties, painted emblems and taillight bezels, DIY Flowtie

Suspension: Pfadt subframe bushings, Pfadt rear UCA bushings, BMR trailing arm & differential bushings, ZL1 Toe Rods and springs, Prothane radius arm inserts and steering rack bushing, Pfadt Sport sways & endlinks, Pfadt strut brace

Drivetrain: RMCR tune, CAI intake, Kooks headers, high-flow cats & exhaust, VMAX TB, LSR Tri-Ax shifter

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Old 06-05-2014, 10:21 AM   #17
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Project: Dynamat the Trunk is complete!!

I ordered the 36sf bulk pack from Amazon for only $140 shipped (9 sheets, each sheet 18" by 32").

What a PITA going around the weird shapes found in the trunk. The floor of the trunk is not flat, the walls have weird bends, curves, welds, and some wide open "caverns", and don't even get me started on all the miscellaneous electrical stuff held down with impossible to remove plastic clips. All of this hidden behind that nicely shaped carpeting.

The first night I spent about 2 hours getting the flat part of the trunk floor, and started working on the driver's side wall. The floor wasn't too bad because I could put down half-sheets at a time without having to dodge much. The wall however, was another story. I found myself cutting pieces down to 5x5 squares so I could wrap around the corners, bends, angles, etc. I think the part that made it even more difficult was trying to reach in from the back of the car, bend down, and wrap around to the left just to get just a little bit of leverage on the roller (I ended up using the rounded handle of a screwdriver) to get the mat pressed into all of the folds and depressions. At one point I was actually sitting inside the trunk of the car trying to get a better angle. I am glad I never got a picture of it, because I really don't want to remember that...

After that little bit was done, I did notice an improvement in the noise (or reduction in noise). It wasn't quite as good as I hoped it would be, but it was an improvement none-the-less. It was probably louder than it should have been because I did not fully reassemble the trunk as I only put the spare tire cover on and put the rear seat back up just so I could put the sub back in the trunk and be able to drive to work.

It was a few days later before I had some more free time to work on it again, and that night I spent another hour getting the rear wall (around the tail lights, tie down hooks, trunk latch, etc), and the passenger side wall done. These weren't as bad simply because I had gotten used to working with the material and knew roughly what shapes were needed.

Again, another slight improvement in sound reduction, but still not where I wanted to be. At this point, the only areas really left were around the spare tire compartment and the underside of the window (where the speakers are mounted). I didn't really want to do the underside of the window because I still want to replace those speakers at some point and don't want to hinder that work. I will probably do that area once the speakers are done...

Which left only the spare tire compartment. I didn't think this area would be necessary because it has the relatively soft plastic cover. But I did it last night anyways. Well not all of it, mostly because I was lazy and didn't want to remove the battery, so I only did the sides (down to the weld line around the bottom). That made a HUGE difference. Once the trunk was put back together I did a quick cruise around the neighborhood and tried to get the RPM's into the annoying drone range and the sound was a TON better. It's still loud, and it still drones a little, but now it's not headache-inducing loud. I think the big difference is that the reverberation coming from the trunk is gone so I only hear the exhaust and not the vibrating steel of the trunk.

When all was said and done, I still have a little more than 2.5 sheets left, so I can still finish out a few other places if I get the ambition.

Here is a pic:
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Old 06-07-2014, 11:30 AM   #18
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Just ordered the majority of the remaining suspension mods. It should give me something to do over 4th of July weekend.

List of things on their way:
Rear upper control arm bushings
Trailing arms + outer bushings
subframe bushings

This only leaves coilovers on my suspension wish list.

I won't say which ones or where I got them, you'll just have to stay tuned for the install post coming soon...


PS. I also got some new LEDs for the front fogs & DRL's. Thanks to Gen5DIY. Pics of those will go up once installed as well.
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Made a "flow-tie" yesterday. Not quite sure what to do with it yet. If it goes on the car, it definitely won't be chrome, but I'm debating whether to go with black (ghost look), yellow since everything else is black/yellow on the outside of the car, or if I go with red since Bee's is red in the 2nd movie. Then there is the whole issue of trying to figure out how to mount it.

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Bee spent the weekend at Denver Comiccon. I wasn't able to be there nearly as long as I wanted, but the Colorado Movie Car club always ends up with a crowd.

A pic of the setup before doors opened Friday morning:


A few pics from others posted online:






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Call me lame, but I installed a set of Husky Liner splash guards over the weekend. As I was down there I saw how absolutely pitted those lower fenders were and immediately regretted not having done it earlier. Good news is that they are compatible with the ZL1 side skirts (both shape and color/texture), so I will still be able to install those down the road. I really like how they look. The only thing I adjusted on them were the holes for the front guards were shifted about 1/2" so the guards didn't stick out as far. Overall, I'm really impressed with them.

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I also got some new LEDs for the front fogs & DRL's. Thanks to Gen5DIY. Pics of those will go up once installed as well.
No pics yet, but these were installed last week. I really like the color and they match up with the halos perfectly. Big thanks again to Ofer for helping me out with this.
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On Wednesday I installed the front ZL1 springs on Bee. Didn't have enough time to get to the rear because of time constraints, but those will be done over 4th of July weekend as mentioned above.

Now on to the spring install. Using the DIY threads here, doing the front springs were a lot easier than I had expected. The biggest help was having the nut/bolt sizes laid out ahead of time so I wasn't searching for the correct wrenches. Overall, it was a fairly straight forward install:
Disconnect ABS and brake lines from strut.
Disconnect sway bar endlink from strut.
Remove dual 24mm bolts between knuckle and strut
remove nut at the top of the strut tower ---> remove spring/strut assembly from car.
Remove nut at the top of assembly (I used some clamps to hold back some of the spring compression as I undid the nut to minimize spring "pop" once the nut released)
swap springs, and reassemble in reverse order as steps above.

Only real issue that came up during the install was that the nut on the top of the strut tower that holds the spring/strut assembly in place is a thin one and it was difficult keeping the wrench on it. It kept slipping off and one of those slips ended up scraping across the top of the fender causing a series of paint chips about an inch long and 1/8" wide. Because of the shear number of other paint chips on the outside of the car I will just add this to the running tally to be fixed once Bee is removed from daily driver status. Still doesn't mean I'm happy about it though...

I put a tape measure to the car to compare the before and after, and noticed that the driver's side had dropped about a half inch, but the passenger side was still at stock height. I double checked the tags to make sure the springs were correct and they were. I let the car sit overnight, drove it about 15 miles, then timed the sway bars and now the car sits much closer to level. I still need to time the rest of the front bushings and hope that will help along with a bit more time to settle.

When all was said and done I ended up with about a 1/2" drop in the front. It really isn't noticeable when looking at the car. From a performance standpoint I still have yet to feel anything, but I really haven't had a chance to test it out yet. This weekend I plan on pushing the car a bit to see if they feel much differently than stock.

Pics will be posted once the rest of the suspension is done next weekend. After those are installed, the only thing I have left on my to-do list for the suspension will be to install the coilovers.
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Don't for get to time your bushings. By the time you're done you'll mostly just have to worry about the front since you'll be replacing pretty much all your rear stuff.

Nice build thread. Keep the pictures coming.

You're going to love how much firmer your car will feel after doing the bushings and UCAs.
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Follow-up on the flow-tie. I'm not entirely sold on it, so I don't think it will be permanently installed just yet but it does stay in place if I take it to a car show...



Tomorrow I will be finishing up my suspension mods.
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