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Old 08-24-2009, 05:47 PM   #1
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$4k as additional down -- or mods? If so which mods?

So I'll have $24k to put as a down payment on the Camaro. I've been comtemplating as to whether or not to put only $20k down and use the 4k for other things....
  1. I know eventually I'd like to do a big HP mod on the car...probably using the single turbo setup, but just not sure because that's going to be 3-5 years down the line. If I did any engine stuff now...it'd probably be a cat-back for the time being to eliminate any compatibility issues with the "big mod" later on and to make sure I won't have any drivetrain warranty issues for the time being.
  2. I'd like to get painted-on stripes
  3. I'd like to get wheels (not sure on width or brand or anything yet). Thinking of doing something with all four wheels being the same width to allow for rotation.
  4. I'm a big handling/suspension nut, and would like to get the Pedder Xa coilovers w/ a rear sway...basically do a suspension upgrade. Though I'm not sure how bad the car is stock yet to decide what precisely needs to be done.
  5. Or I can say fugg it and go ahead and just put all 24k on the car and pay the thing off early (I plan on financing for 60 mts and paying off in 24-30 mts)

Obviously, 4k isn't going to allow for all of it to be done at once; so what would you all choose to do with the 4k for first mods?
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Old 08-24-2009, 05:50 PM   #2
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Sounds like that you want to do a lot to it. Will this be your Daily Driver?
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Old 08-24-2009, 05:57 PM   #3
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Yea its a daily...or perhaps 40% Camaro and 60% my truck.
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Old 08-24-2009, 06:01 PM   #4
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Your going to need A LOT more than 4k to do those mods..you have expensive taste.

XA run around 1800 dollars.
Nice wheels around 3k (depending on what you go with) Cast will be cheaper
Big HP always means BIG DOLLARS. Single turbo 6995 which right now is pretty good. Most TT kits run around 10k. Assuming you do not break anything.
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Old 08-24-2009, 06:05 PM   #5
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I know this...that's why I'm trying to figure out of the list, which to do first. I'll go back and rephrase the original post because it seems apparent that I didn't make that clear.

I can do the wheels alone pretty much...possibly wheels and suspension if I can find a good deal. Or I can do the catback and the stripes and some lighter suspension mods...

etc

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Well we sell custom 3 piece wheels that retail for 5580 for 4200. To give you an idea. I can sell suspension parts but not coilovers yet.
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Old 08-24-2009, 06:15 PM   #7
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I'll be looking for a 2 piece or monoblock more than likely...but again...not sure yet. Hoping folks on here can give some opinions and rationale.
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You do have a cool list of things that you are planning. I would keep 4 to 5gs and do some mods right away. the turbo or s/c will wait till warranty is over im assuming. 4gs should get your stripes, a catback, headers, and be well on your way to that set of wheels you want.
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It's up to you ultimately, but if it were me I'd put the 20k down..get the painted stripes and exhaust. Next I'd start working on the suspension and sway bars.
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Old 08-24-2009, 06:46 PM   #10
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Put the 24K towards the car...the car by itself should be fun for a long time...after it's not as much fun anymore you'll have it paid off and the new mods will make it fun again...
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:03 PM   #11
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There will always be mods. 4K down is 4K less to worry about.
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:15 PM   #12
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There will always be mods. 4K down is 4K less to worry about.
I'd be more interested in getting the car covered before you start investing in it. I'm sure that you want to enjoy it stock for a bit before you put some expensive pieces of work into it. When the beauty of your new Camaro fades a little, rejuvenate it with some high-quality custom improvements.
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:22 PM   #13
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I'd put the money down towards the car. Mods are fun and a "must" in my book, but your financing an extra 4 grand for the car. Although it won't be much, you'll be paying extra just to have your car modded a couple months earlier.
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Old 08-24-2009, 08:31 PM   #14
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Thats easy on one hand you pay more upfront for less than the car you want , on the other hand you pay less and get the mods you want right away , 24,000 is a lot of money to put down on a car , heck you only put a few thousand on a house sometimes
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