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Old 04-15-2012, 07:26 PM   #1
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Stealthpanda 2011 CGM Camaro 1LT Journal

I truely didnt think I would EVER have mod money... but I have been on a nice 50 hour work week regimen since... new year. Saving some money... But I deserve some toys too :( Almost 11 Months unmoded!

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Looking into MRT v1.0/2.0 in the immediate future as well as Plasti-dipping my Tail Light bezels. Vararam or other intake set for August (bonus time ) With Possibly Plasti-dipping my rims if I get around to seeing how the bezels come out.
Hunting for a stock CGM Spoiler in the Wanted/FS sub-forum. This looks like it'll be an Xmas buy, though. And depending on how the rims come out, SS stock/RS stock 20" rims.

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Will be keeping tabs on costs of modifications as a reference.
Rear bow-tie delete: 4$ for Goo-gone and 1.5 hour of removal/cleanup.
Front bow-tie delete: 40$ for blank Drake insert and no more than 5 mins for removal/installation.
MRT v1.0 exhaust: 473$ for exhaust and roughly 1.25 hour to install at a local shot.
Plasti-dipped 18" stock LT rims: 21$ for 3 cans of Plasti-dip and 5 hours total from jack-standed/washed/sprayed/installed again.
Plasti-dipped tail-light bezels: 7$ for 1 can of Plasti-dip and 2-2.5 hours total from uninstalled/washed/sprayed/installed again.
Vararam intake: 320$ for intake and 1 hour for total install, including installing the heat pad wrong.

Planned Mods Updated: 5/8/12
Going to clean up mods a little. I do plan to do a more involved mod process.... the exhaust wasnt really good for that. I didnt want to take to long, take pics, and a vidio of the process, being as this wasnt my shop. Honestly, unless its being done at a dealership, I am going to post more pics Going to put down some more planned mods... some might be a ways away... modding is addicting for shure.

5/08/12 Completed Mods:
MRT v1.0
Rear Bow-tie Delete
Front Bow-tie Delete/Replace with insert
Plasti-dipped stock 18" LT rims
Plasti-dipped tail-light bezels (went with this and I will see how they hold up over time)
Vararam Intake

Current Planned Mods:
Tail Light Blackout Kit/RS tail-lights (Undecided ATM... One definately goes more towards blacked/murdered out with 20% tint on all 10 lights.)
Tint on rear 3 windows (Unsure %)
Matte black stripes (Hood/trunk)
Brighter headlights (Honestly, RS headlights would be cool, but they are 750ish here in the members classified section and definately 600+ per on some websites )
PDIM
Steering wheel audio controls
Aux Gauges

Thats it for now... Man thats alot of $$$.... Cheers
Jason

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Old 04-15-2012, 07:37 PM   #2
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Looks god so far !
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2011 LLT RS Black on Black Loaded. [x]Showstopper 45th Anniversary inspired Camaro RS Stripes, [x] MPD1 Spoiler, [x] GM Heritage Grille. [x] Removed RS and Bowtie Emblems. [x] 30% Tinted Headlight Armour DRL's. [X ] Ruff Racing R954 Wheels [X] Solo Cat Back Mach X-LLT Exhaust [X ] Vmax Ported throttle body [x] Halo SC Reverse Hood Kit [x] Showstopper Painted, Modded Engine Cover [x] Cold Air Inductions CAI [x] Tinted Tails and Black Bezels [x] Megan Racing Street Series Coilovers [x] Belltech F&R Sways
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:29 PM   #3
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START THE PLASTI-DIP! Fun to mess around with and looks great! lol
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Old 04-16-2012, 11:06 PM   #4
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Congrats on the new camaro. Love the CGM..looks real nice. Do it up "your way"....
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Old 04-18-2012, 05:52 PM   #5
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It hungers... Shipping went smooth. No dmg. Looking forward to the install....
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:10 AM   #6
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Installation of MRT v1.0 done! Phone is dead, so no pics or vid. Didnt video tape the install but had the owner of the shop help (brother in laws dad) help a little... truth is... I havent used a sawsall in years! Doi! Everything fit snug. Wierd noise on decel, other than popping (which I love ), but other than that I am absolutely in love with this thing. It is so ungodly loud compared to stock... it is like a koala bear sht a rainbow in my ears. So overwhelmed :O She has a nice idle now... Stock had nothing but DI tick... now I cant really hear it over the exhaust. Scraped the old exhaust... so emotional at the time. A guy with an R/T Challenger was there. Almost thought I had an SS before I told him! Feels really good.... I had a blast at their shop... the install was truely cake. An hour at most. Ill post pics and a vid later. Cheers!
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Old 04-21-2012, 11:13 AM   #7
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Very nice I have some MRT v2 that I still need to install
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:31 PM   #8
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Congrats on the MRT 1.0!! Loving mine!
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:08 PM   #9
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Bold move on a cloudy day pays off! Inc tons of pics!

Plasti-dipped my rims. Wanted to do bezels first and see how they came out... but we go hard on with the PD.

It wasnt that bad. The process took 5 hours total. Rushed the last coat due to a family emergency, but ultimately I can redo them 1 rim at a time, if need be.

Car on jack-stands:




This was a little weird... Had to jack it from a wierd spot. Worked out, and nothing bad happened. They were all centered and sturdy!

Cleaned all the rims with soap and hot water. Dried them as well.


Next, application! Cheers.
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:14 PM   #10
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Application:
I really went hard here. Took some tips from steiger's thread. Good stuff. Straight into the fray! Didnt want to use the blue tape... so I bought index cards. Slightly windy... everything held suprisingly. Did it under a tree. DOH! Slight inconvenience. 1st coat, 15 min wait, 2nd coat, 15 min wait, 3rd coat, 40 min wait, 4th coat (rushed, unfortunately :() 45 min wait. Put on car. Taken off jackstands. Let sit for 15 minutes before I left. I realize that this does waste time if I ever have to redo them... but I had to leave. All in all I am really impressed. Center caps still silver. Same lugnuts. The combo looks good though. Few places I need to wash, ina few days after it cures, and some nicks I need to touch up/fix. Pics!

All 4:


1:


Final Coat Dry:


Really impressed. Few more pics. Cheers!
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Old 05-05-2012, 08:17 PM   #11
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Front:


Rear:


Driver side of Car:


Again, all in all I am very impressed. Solid look. Loving the matte color. Will need some touch ups. Doing the Bezels tomorrow!
Will be getting better pictures of the overall car in the sunlight tomorrow as well. Cheers!
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Old 05-06-2012, 02:03 PM   #12
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Bezels! This was tricky. Found 1 broken tab on the LH inner and then broke another myself. LH outer and RH outer came off with no harm. Also broke a tab on RH inner. Those ones are hard to get out. The outers were cake. Washed with soap and warm water, dried with a towel. Pics!

Cleaned removed bezels:


After Second Coat:


Next... horror story :(
LH inner and RH outer turned out great. The bad news: I attempted to repair wet/tacky plastidip on RH inner. Ruined it. LH outer was just a bad coat overall. Ran alot =/ Really bad. Peeled off those 2 and redid them. Pics next post. Cheers.

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Old 05-06-2012, 02:11 PM   #13
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LH outer:




These are finishes pics... after round 2 I called it. RH outer and LH inner look amazing, but the above (LH outer) fubbed a little. Such a fussy one. You will see the damage/run.

RH inner didnt really apply to well. Youll see on the bottom lip:


Overall LH pic:

LH Outer:

LH Inner:

Overall RH pic:

RH: outer:

RH inner:


Overall, PD works really well. The pollen is KILLING me though... car-duster'ed my car and with in 45 mins it was COVERED in pollen. Some pics will show pollen. :( Cant wait to wash the bezels and the rims.
Cheers!

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Old 05-06-2012, 03:14 PM   #14
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Old 05-06-2012, 08:41 PM   #15
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Thanks
Taking my wives car to work tomorrow to let the plasti-dip cure another full day. Didnt want the brakes to heat up too much around the rims. Ive tried to avoid really long trips.. and work is 26 miles one way. This... let me prep for the Vararam intake I pick up from UPS tomorrow as well. Stock air box is off. Rad brackets are off and marked to be cut at work tomorrow. MAF sensor is hiding in the trunk. Everything is set for one helluva install. Cheers.
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Old 05-08-2012, 05:28 PM   #16
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Vararam installed! Few pics, install was cake... If it werent for the heat pad being on wrong, and having to leave to pick up the wife, it would have been about 30 minutes. Nothing too fancy, band saw cut the brackets at work. Uninstalled everything the night before. Was set up pretty good.
Breather:



Intake:



Full engine bay:



It decided to rain today, though... not entirely sure the bottom of the intake is 110% flush with the TB. Looks a || off. Going to check and see if anything has budged. The first 30 miles were boring... avoiding fast starts or full on WoT as suggested... Need a trip to Atco soon. Cheers.
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:14 PM   #17
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It's going .....How's that vararam?
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Old 05-08-2012, 11:24 PM   #18
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:46 AM   #19
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Cool write ups...looking good.
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Old 05-09-2012, 05:47 PM   #20
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Thanks guys... my warehouse buds think it looks awesome... and it really does. The rims were such an amazing decision. Rims look amazing, tired of the rain. Gonna wash the rims... REALLY carefully tomorrow after work. Want the pollen gone! The Bezels just were part of the icing on the cake.

The Vararam is fine. IDK... the bottom of the intake isnt 110% flush... less than 1/8". Going to do what rolnslo did and take the entire top cover off the filter. need to fiddle with it then plug pull for a bit and let it relearn. Elsewise... loud and fast. I think it feels faster? Just dont know how much. Id have to assume I would feel it more if I put the stock box back on. Who knows, it appears to also have made my exhaust louder as well. MRT v1.0. Atco RW is going down before summer. Gotta find info on that...

So many small mods changing the entire appearance of the car. Need to find that pry tool... it was so annoying doing that I did to get them out. =/ And painful ta-boot. If I can get the RH inner and LH outer to look like there counterparts... id be 110% happy with it. LH outer has some run in 2 areas. Rh inner just didnt hold too well. Wouldnt, ultimately mind buying the black bezels if I cant get those 2 perfect... but honestly w/o the pry tool... I wouldnt install them until I decided what to do about the non-RS tail-lights. Thought about a vinyl overlay kit for my lights as well. ATM, the reverse lights stick out alot... with all the black and all. The bezels actually made the lights look darker too.

Thanks for the comments guys! Cheers!
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