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Old 12-20-2009, 03:51 PM   #1
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air intake or black rims..performances or looks

i was think about getting one or the other.... for know until i save some more money up.

this shop can get me a CAI and a tune for about 750.

or i can get my rims power coated black for 500.

i have tints and smoked taillights, so my car looks great as it is, but the black rims would be pretty cool...


with the CAI and tune. i would have about 450HP total HP. its a nice number with better gas millage and the engine would have a little nicer sound...

its kinda of a hard decision for me. i keep going back and forth.

performances or looks
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:54 PM   #2
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CAI

I want fun first, then looks. Personally, I prefer a stock appearance.
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:56 PM   #3
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:11 PM   #4
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:29 PM   #5
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You had me at tune..... the added CAI is nice too.
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:38 PM   #6
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you already have 426 hp. unless you track the car regularly, the other 24 hp won't be necessary and probably not significantly noticeable....do you use all 426 hp now...probably not. i would go for the looks. Also if you tune the car, you say buh bye to certain warranty work as well.

your car your decision, my .02

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Old 12-20-2009, 04:47 PM   #7
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Black rims are way too played out. Performance.
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:55 PM   #8
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Then save up for long tubes.

The stock Camaro SS wheels look great the way they are.
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:55 PM   #9
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As was said, If your not tracking it go with the rims. Keeps the warranty in place !
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:23 PM   #10
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Performance over looks, better a homely tramp than a knock-out nun.
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:24 PM   #11
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Performance over looks, better a homely tramp than a knock-out nun.
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:26 PM   #12
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if you're worried at all about your warranty, get just a CAI and get the rims done. If warranty isn't an issue...go for power. You can always flash back the stock tune if you have issues (it's not like your bolting on a supercharger or anything).
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:31 PM   #13
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Definitely get the appearance the way you want it first. Rims.
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:52 PM   #14
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CAI and a tune WILL make a lot more noticable power that you feel all the time , the rims you cant see while your driving so rims come later
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Old 12-20-2009, 09:08 PM   #15
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Hate the black wheels. Get the intake etc.
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Old 12-20-2009, 09:15 PM   #16
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Black rims don't look that great in my opinion. Get the CAI.
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:16 AM   #17
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do both lol, i got my rims power coated and waited a few months. now i ordered the vararam cai. so i did appearance first. but remember its not about what we want its about what YOU want.
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:20 AM   #18
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I would say performance first.............. if this car had already been on the market for a few years and you know if there are any kinks that take a while to find, but since this is just the first year its out, go with looks and wait a bit until we know if there are gonna be any problems, its not like this car is lacking in the power department lol
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:36 AM   #19
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Do you want it LOOK fast or BE fast?

No doubt about it, Performance first. Noone likes to get smoked by someone who looks stock.
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Old 12-21-2009, 02:29 AM   #20
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Performance over looks, better a homely tramp than a knock-out nun.
homely tramp? That's a double negative. I think you got your analogy mixed up. Perhaps you can explain how a "homely tramp" equates to "performance"? And that goes for all those who replied with "" - I guess you understand something that I don't.
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Old 12-21-2009, 02:34 AM   #21
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Get the CAI and skip the tune. No need to throw away a perfectly good warranty for a simple $300 tune. Sorry, but in my opinion, that's crazy. People buy aftermarket warranties for thousands of dollars...and one $300 tune will void that warranty in a heartbeat.

Most people will know what I'd recommend CAI wise. But, it's not out yet. ...soon, but not yet. You won't need to get a tune with the Vararam, but you can. ...for an extra 8tq/hp or so. IMO, that isn't worth the $300 when you will already be getting well over that with the unit alone.

Someone mentioned getting the preorder list back open to get the $390 introductory price. If that happens, you need to get in on that and hold off for the CAI. Then, you could do the CAI AND wheels. Skip the tune, keep your warranty, AND have piece of mind! See....now THAT is a winner in my book.
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Old 12-21-2009, 02:35 AM   #22
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Black rims for sure.....
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Old 12-21-2009, 02:46 AM   #23
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Uh...... how do you figure you'll get better gas mileage? What kind of tune are you talking about?












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homely tramp? That's a double negative. I think you got your analogy mixed up. Perhaps you can explain how a "homely tramp" equates to "performance"? And that goes for all those who replied with "" - I guess you understand something that I don't.
He meant 'Not so good looking'
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Old 12-21-2009, 03:06 AM   #24
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He meant 'Not so good looking'
he was inconsistent. The second part of his analogy the "knock out nun" implies something that looks good but doesn't go - in other words, analogous to the stock car with aesthetic enhancements. To mix that with a "homely tramp" is inconsistent. He should have said something like "homely stripper" to be a consistent analogy.

If you want to say something clever, you actually have to do it right. Reminds me of Biff from Back to the Future: "why don't you make like a tree and get out of here!".

A note from your friendly analogy policeman.
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Old 12-21-2009, 04:38 AM   #25
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I think it depends. If you dont take it to the track or strip to race id say rims.

if you do then CAI.
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