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Old 08-03-2010, 09:45 PM   #1
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Had my car back for 3 days... and this.

So last Sunday, I had the pass/rear tire incident (bolt in tire) and had to wait until Friday eve when the dealership called to tell me I could pick the car up on Saturday. The car drove just fine, didn't beat on it or anything. Sunday came and went, and Monday night, I was out on an old straight away and decided to play with the car a little bit. I launched, and right after I got out of the clutch I heard a bang from the passenger side rear.

My passenger asked "What was that?" and I told her, "My que to call a tow truck." So I got out and verified that my passenger rear half shaft sheared from the hub. Tow truck came, picked us up, dropped the car off at our local Chevy Dealership.

Talked to the Dealership today, and they said they should have the car back to me thursday night or friday morning, just waiting on the part which is warrantied.

Now I'm not sure why, but they said I could have a rental car from enterprise for 3 days only, that's all GM will warranty. But what if they don't get the car done in the time they expect to?

Two times in 8 days. Awesome.
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:48 PM   #2
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I'm really puzzled by this... We have Robin Lawrence with an LSA powered 700 RWHP camaro on stock halfshats that he drags regularly on drag radials....

Yet ther are so many stock to mildly modded Camaro throwing shafts...

Man, Seriously sorry to hear the ride is hard down. Glad the dealer isn't giving you any crap about the repair.
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:49 PM   #3
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How the heck did it break? That just doesn't sound right......Please post up the details....
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:51 PM   #4
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what rpm was you at when you launched
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Old 08-03-2010, 09:52 PM   #5
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Isn't that part on b/o?
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Old 08-03-2010, 10:57 PM   #6
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I didn't thin Robin had upgraded his shafts, with him living in my town I should know this info but I don't haha. My car is stock, all except for the muffler delete and QTP Electric cut outs.

It was at 5500 or 6000, I don't recall. It was in competitive mode, which is what I thought prevented that from happening, but I vaguely remember Robin telling me to be careful with that.

Air temp was 81deg, humid out, with a cold front approaching, slight breeze. I was positioned on a straight away, activated competitive mode, applied accelerator and at 55 is when I let off the clutch and thats why I thought I saw it go to 6k.. Heard the bang, and got completely out of everything and coasted into a driveway.

According to the dealership they will have it here in 2 to 3 days tops, and it's coming out of chicago. I expect the part to be in tomorrow, and it take two to three days for them to get it in and work on it.
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Old 08-03-2010, 11:41 PM   #7
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It was at 5500 or 6000, I don't recall. It was in competitive mode, which is what I thought prevented that from happening, but I vaguely remember Robin telling me to be careful with that.
All the threads I have read say they were in competitive mode when it happened, m6, and dropped the clutch...and thunk....I haven't head of anyone cruising down the highway though? Mostly from a launch?
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Old 08-04-2010, 07:47 AM   #8
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I'm really puzzled by this... We have Robin Lawrence with an LSA powered 700 RWHP camaro on stock halfshats that he drags regularly on drag radials....

Yet ther are so many stock to mildly modded Camaro throwing shafts...

Man, Seriously sorry to hear the ride is hard down. Glad the dealer isn't giving you any crap about the repair.
GTAHVIT, do you know if Robin has any suspension mod's like heavy duty trailing arms, toe rods etc. - that would be interesting to know... There is a lot of talk about how effective those are to reducing wheel hop. Perhaps the stock halfshafts can with stand much more without any wheel hop? Just wondering
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Old 08-04-2010, 08:53 AM   #9
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GTAHVIT, do you know if Robin has any suspension mod's like heavy duty trailing arms, toe rods etc. - that would be interesting to know... There is a lot of talk about how effective those are to reducing wheel hop. Perhaps the stock halfshafts can with stand much more without any wheel hop? Just wondering
I don't think he does.

And it doesn't seem that the breakage is from wheel hop. They are snaping at impact... so it seems???

Ironically very few people are complaining of wheel hop...
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Old 08-04-2010, 10:32 AM   #10
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Im pretty sure robin has all stock rear suspension, I heard he was cutting 1.55 60 foot times up at byron last weekend.
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Old 08-04-2010, 10:58 AM   #11
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I've got a video on youtube from my last race at Cordova Dragway Park. I spun the tires briefly (Stock Prielli's) to clean them off, and when I launched, you can hear me having a bit of wheel hop issues.

I'm no expert at racing the m6 cars, all my experience has been in Auto's til now, so this year I have been taking all kinds of tips/hints about it to do it right, and Robin was the first person I've called in the spring time before my first time at the track with it.

However Monday night, I did not have any warning that this was going to happen, Everything was normal until the big bang so to speak.
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:40 AM   #12
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DO NOT USE LAUNCH CONTOL. It is a very bad thing to rev up to 4500 and drop the clutch. Hell of a shock to the drive train and if you don't snap and axles some driveshaft bolts may snap.
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:48 AM   #13
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Luckily, my half shaft has held up.

Sorry to hear. Glad they are getting you straight.

Ok. I know.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:09 PM   #14
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Kinda of a crazy question, but since this seems to be a problem for a good many Camaro's, if you modded your car would they still cover it?
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:29 PM   #15
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Kinda of a crazy question, but since this seems to be a problem for a good many Camaro's, if you modded your car would they still cover it?
depends on the dealer...

I'm still really puzzled by this. There are a ton of 500rwhp cars out there with NO half shaft problems.

and Like I said... Robin has 700 to the wheels and no problems, and he beats the hell out of his car...

I tend to agree with Scott. leave launch control off.

and don't side step the clutch, instead quickly release it...
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:35 PM   #16
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I'm still really puzzled by this. There are a ton of 500rwhp cars out there with NO half shaft problems.

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Yeah me too I see alot of modded car and not many problems. Kinda like the tranny problems, having an earlier vin has caused me not to ever use launch control, although I would like to try it once just to see what it would do, but then again I'm not much of a racer.

To be honest I haven't used traction control, launch control or any other control, whatever the factory settings was is where it's at now. Just kinda worried about tearing it up by being stupid.
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:39 PM   #17
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Yeah me too I see alot of modded car and not many problems. Kinda like the tranny problems, having an earlier vin has caused me not to ever use launch control, although I would like to try it once just to see what it would do, but then again I'm not much of a racer.

To be honest I haven't used traction control, launch control or any other control, whatever the factory settings was is where it's at now. Just kinda worried about tearing it up by being stupid.
if you leave it the way it is then you are always driving with Traction control. (controls tire spin) and Stabilitrack (keeps the car from sliding out of control)

When you add the supercharger to your car you will notice the TC more. cus it will cause the car to fall on its face when you jump on the throttle.

I regularly drive with TC and ST on.. When I want to play a bit I turn them both off. That is actually easier on the drivetrain... cus typically you just roast the tires which is not hard on the drive train components at all.

it's the hard launch with good traction that tears it up.

But again, I refer to Robin... doesn't make sense....
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:49 PM   #18
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Remember that Robin has an automatic trans in his car...
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:56 PM   #19
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Remember that Robin has an automatic trans in his car...
he does now... But he didn't until recently.

But stilll 700 to the wheels.... an auto won't make that much difference.
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:28 PM   #20
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He put in an auto huh?

Hmmmmm,,,,,,, interesting.

But you can still break the half shaft right? I mean, I doubt he still has TM in it.
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