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Old 05-22-2010, 06:28 PM   #1
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SPI Performance Presents F - 117 V3.0

SPI Performance, Presents: The F - 117.


Hey C5! I just wanted to take a few moments to share with you my experience with both SPI

Performance, and what my 2SS RS means to me.

My Car:

I bought my car and picked it up last year at the end of September. In that time I began researching about what types of things we can do to these cars. Over the course of the winter I spent almost every night reading our forums here at Camaro5. Reviewing each and every section for the whos who of performance, best bang for the buck, warranty information, ect.

As time went on I started realizing that although I was very happy with my car I wanted to make it mine. I wanted the car to reflect my personality. And thus the hunt began.

The Look I was going for is as follows:
-> 1.) Aggressive
-> 2.) Angry
-> 3.) Stealth
-> 4.) Clean
-> 5.) Tasteful
-> 6.) Obnoxious
-> 7.) Loud

See... the hard part after you come up with what you want to do is finding a place to get it done. Being Canadian and living in Ontario we have an abundance of automotive enthusiasts shops - BUT - what we do not have or as far as I knew was a place that I could go where the 2010 Camaro could be safely modded. Lets be clear about one thing. I - do not - make 100,000+ a year so for me getting things done right the first time is imperative. This is not a 5000.00 Civic were talking here, its a brand new camaro that high school coop kids should NEVER be touching!

It was about three weeks ago when I decided I wanted to actively seek out a performance shop that was as enthusiastic as I am when it comes to my car. Let me be the first to say:

I spoke to SLP performance spoke with them in regards to the header package 30213. I had lots of questions, and got very few answers. I was told they would call me back the following morning. It never came

I tried to get a hold of orange10s.c. of GARYS CUSTOM to inquire about the Heritage Grill
We got as far as : -> I provided him postal code and shipping information. He responded with I'll get back with you.... Never did.

This discouraged me quite a bit. All I wanted was to be able to personalize my car so it was suited to me. Sadly I was almost ready to give up and accept the car stays the way it is. At wits end with no luck I was just about ready to pull the plug.

After browsing the forums I recalled a thread posted in regards to SPI Performance.
http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showth...&highlight=SPI

I called up SPI Performance spoke to Alain Lajoie, Manager of SPI. Not only was Alain professional, helpful, and full of answers to my long list of questions. The only time he asked something of me was to come down when I had a chance, check out there 2SS and see what my thoughts are on it. I was shocked!

The following morning, I made my way down to SPI Performance.
I met both Alain and Andrew Turner, Owner of SPI Performance. I was greated with open arms, and they both seemed VERY excited about my ideas and projects. I was able to take their SPI Level 2 packaged 2SS for a spin before conversation went any further.

I inquired about the possibility of doing their STAGE 2, if they had parts in stock.. ect.. I decided to go with their STAGE 2 Kit. Which they installed THAT DAY! I was booked in for suspension package as well, which was installed a few days later. I mentioned to Alain that I was interested in the heritage grill for the camaro. This is what he did for me..

He researched for quite sometime, and insured that I received the best bang for my buck.
Few days later, that was on to..

Now let me tell you some things about SPI Performance.

1.) When you go down there, you are treated like a FRIEND, not just a face with a wallet.
2.) You are educated on your decisions, making you better informed on the pros and cons.
3.) Your car is taken care of, SNAP ON fender blankets, full hoists, every precaution taken.
4.) If the quality and care put into your vehicle is on your mind let me throw out some key things
a.) They build Gumball Race Cars
b.) They have numerous race cars built and stored
c.) They do full restorations from mild to wild i.e., a 69 Camaro getting a Twin Turbo setup full restoration
d.) On there board in the shop floor you can see 'Dans Viper 11:00am' type stuff.

These guys have been around for years, specializing in high performance, clean installs, that leave your jaw dropped and leave you wanting more like a horse power addiction.

They do everything there, oil changes, full builds, parts installs, I mean hell you name it they do it. Custom Tuning, Dyno on site, I implore, hell I demand anyone who has a Camaro or has an interest in doing a few things here and there to seriously check these guys out.

To me SPI Performance is my new home away from home. I know my Camaro is in good hands, and the level of detail and care put into everything they do leaves me overly satisfied. In my mind I had a vision, an idea if you will and SPI Performance, Andrew Turner and Alain Lajoie turned that dream into a reality. I now have my Mona Lisa.

Its without further wait I present to you, My F 117, created and developed at SPI Performance.

Exterior Mods:
-- Custom Powder Coat Egg Shell Metallic Black Rims.
-- GM Ground FX Package, Color Matched to Exterior.
-- Heritage Grill Installed, Debadged.
-- 15% Tint (Doors, Side Window, Rear Windshield).

Performance Mods:
-- Dynatech Long Tube Headers
-- Dynatech High Flow Cats
-- Hennessy Performance CAI, W/Heat Shield
-- Hotchkis 1" Lowering Springs
-- Hotchkis Front and Rear Sway Bars
-- (Ordered, Waiting on Arrival: PFADT Strut Bar)
-- SLP Loudmouth 1 Exhaust
-- MBRP Exhaust Tips, to fit GFX Defuser.

-- REMEMBER GUYS -- There are many like it, but this one is mine.
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Old 05-22-2010, 06:51 PM   #2
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Again, quick tidbit of info:
All work, past, present, and future will be done through SPI Performance. I encourage any automotive enthusiast to check them out!

Contact Info for them is:

ANDREW TURNER | ALAIN LAJOIE

860 Progress Crt. Unit #2,
Oakville ON L6L 6K1 |
Telephone: 905-465-9916
| Fax: 905-465-9919

Business hours:
Monday - Friday:
8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Saturday by appointment

E-mail: shifted.perceptions@bellnet.ca

--- Highlights ---
Conveniently located in the west end of Oakville
We provide full service to all makes and models of gas & diesel vehicles.
Experienced in forced induction and stand alone engine management
Local pick up and drop off for all customers
Complete nut & bolt restoration services
Full service shop for vintage and pro road race cars – Race preparation and set-up services
Race car technology for the street
Modern upgrades to classic cars – Fuel injection, air ride, brakes, drivetrain, suspension, etc.
Six bays with 4 hoist
Custom engine and body modifications
Specialist car builders from start to finish.

-- History --
Shifted Perceptions Inc. started in April 2005 as a private racing service facility to repair their own drivers racing cars.
Shortly after, we started getting involved in high performance upgrades, restoration and sales of classic, muscle and high performance vehicles, while continuing to provide on track racing car repairs and service.

We specialize in all repairs and service including:

Diagnostics
Brakes
Suspension
Tune-ups
General maintenance
Modern drivetrain upgrades for classic cars
Restoration


http://www.spi-performance.com/
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Old 05-22-2010, 06:55 PM   #3
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That car would look awesome going around a race track!!!
Hmmmm, I wonder if there is one nearby??
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Old 05-22-2010, 07:04 PM   #4
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I have been waiting for this review.
Great work and customer service is so important to the experience.
Congratulations.

Great pictures Joe.
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Old 05-22-2010, 07:21 PM   #5
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Playing in Photoshop.
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Old 05-22-2010, 07:27 PM   #6
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Now that is the best photoshop I have ever seen!
You need to blow that up into a big poster for Andrews entrance.
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Old 05-22-2010, 07:29 PM   #7
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Now that is the best photoshop I have ever seen!
You need to blow that up into a big poster for Andrews entrance.

The picture originals are like 6000x5000 so ya its doable.
Thats just few minutes in photoshop, I could make it cleaner..

Perhaps I'll do that blow it up and give it to them
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Old 05-22-2010, 09:48 PM   #8
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Asylum,

Great looking car. I got to see it in person the other day when I popped into SPI. Couldn't agree more, Alain and Andrew are first rate guys and I've heard nothing but good things about them.

I can't believe you have that many pics with the new grille already. It does look much better than the old "fry cutter" that comes with the car.

Can't wait to hear your car as I have heard that it sounds Bad-ass.

Next up is the Super-charger
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Old 05-22-2010, 10:49 PM   #9
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Asylum from the first time i heard your ride coming around the corner loved the look and sound of your ride. That car fits on you like a glove. I wont lie your infectious in a good way. I told my wife im not modding this car its staying stock well after hanging around fun members such as yourself that's out the door Personalizing your car to suit your personality is part of the great journey of owning this car.
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Asylum from the first time i heard your ride coming around the corner loved the look and sound of your ride. That car fits on you like a glove. I wont lie your infectious in a good way. I told my wife im not modding this car its staying stock well after hanging around fun members such as yourself that's out the door Personalizing your car to suit your personality is part of the great journey of owning this car.

Did he say convince the wife?
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Old 05-23-2010, 12:32 AM   #11
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Asylum from the first time i heard your ride coming around the corner loved the look and sound of your ride. That car fits on you like a glove. I wont lie your infectious in a good way. I told my wife im not modding this car its staying stock well after hanging around fun members such as yourself that's out the door Personalizing your car to suit your personality is part of the great journey of owning this car.
Thank You for such kind words. I can't wait for our paths to cross again. She sounds like a rocket now.. its excessive, its obnoxious, its angry, and OMFG does she ever scream under WOT.

** I've been asked about the heritage grill.
It is NOT painted, as the non painted color matches my egg shell matte black powder coated rims perfectly. I felt that by leaving it unpainted it gave me enough matte black to compliment the rims.

I'll see what I can do tomorrow to give everyone a preview of the sound from a start up, idle, and pass.

I know the guys at SPI did a tremendous job and exceeded my expectations in every level. I again encourage anyone in the area to check them out. Drop by, give them a call just do YOURSELF a favor and consider SPI when it comes to any modification you're looking to do. Andrew and Alain are TOP NOTCH TRIPLE A automotive enthusiasts that will exceed every expectation you can imagine.
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Old 05-23-2010, 08:06 AM   #13
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I think "wife convincing" is actually included in their prices right Mike?
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Andrew and Alain are fantastic guys. I love meeting people in this industry that are like minded, honest and not conceded or only willing to do one type of car/modification. I also noticed that their shop is clean. They've been in this location a year so that's enough time to tell how they run things. Like any shops, when you have projects on the go things can get a bit cluttered up. But it's still clean. Unlike some shops, you don't feel afraid to wear a white shirt - if you know what I mean. A true testament to how they do business.

They have some really cool cars at their shop too. Only the one Camaro (that's theirs anyway - the other Camaros on site are customers cars - like the Yenko twin turbo they're building ) but they've got several other awesome cars on site such as a couple vintage road racer Vettes and an all carbon fiber LMP car. Very cool stuff.

I spoke to Andrew the other day and we are very keen on having a cruise / GTG that starts or ends at their shop. He mentioned that they are considering renting Cayuga once or twice this summer and would love to integrate one of those days and have tons of Camaros, Vettes or whatever come out. Maybe meet at their shop early one Saturday morning, hang around there for a few hours and then cruise to Cayuga? Just an idea. So stay tuned to the Canada section and the GTA & area events thread for details.


PS - Great post Joe. Car's lookin' good. Even if it is a wee bit dirty in a couple shots
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What? You are now louder than last month when we took a ride north of Burlington? Right on!! Can't wait to meet up again just to hear it roar. Thanks for the write up. Will be keeping them in mind when it comes time to do a few more mods of my own. Can someone say... "supercharge"
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What? You are now louder than last month when we took a ride north of Burlington? Right on!! Can't wait to meet up again just to hear it roar. Thanks for the write up. Will be keeping them in mind when it comes time to do a few more mods of my own. Can someone say... "supercharge"


Yes sir, she doesn't just roar now.... under WOT she screams like a raging hellhound
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Always great to hear positive reviews. As you say....VERY tought to find quality, nowledgeable GM performance shops. I had to go from Vancouver to Calgary to find a shop that had my confidence (Davenport)
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That is one bad ass car you got there Joe.

We should plan a weekend road trip to the USAF Museum in Ohio so you can have a real picture taken with your car and an F117.
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Old 05-25-2010, 08:25 PM   #19
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Good lord keep this up and you'll need hearing protection with the engine OFF. Can't wait to sit behind you when you let it rip.....just hope my windows survive.
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Your car looks great and what an awesome name F-117...
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hey that name belongs to a very special acft.
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Hey Asylum. I could not agree with you more. Alain and Andrew of SPI are really great guys. I had their Stage 1 put in a few weeks ago, car runs great & sounds good too! Not as loud as yours of course, but good enough for me.

I believe SPI was recommended from Devilish SS.

I know the first time I meet both Andrew and Alain, I had a really good feeling about them working on my car.

You guys should really check them out.

Thumbs up to SPI!!
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I'm going to see about getting an exhaust recording done asap.

Idle
WOT
High Speed Pass
Cold Start.


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video

Asylum,
SPi is pumped you are so happy with your ride, whenever you are ready come by the shop and we'll start filming the video you want. If C5 likes your car now wait 'til they hear it with a cam and see the new SPi billet shifter...........oops I've said too much
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