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LeanPocket 04-01-2013 05:30 PM

OVER9000 quest for 10's! heads/cam/n20/restoration!!
Before/feb 1 2013

Background/history of car:

2010 2SS/RS 6l80 black on black.. on black camaro.

I was the recent proud owner of a 98 camaro SS A4 Hardtop. I had sold that car to a very good friend of mine to work on a new project I had in mind. It really saddens me that i had to sell that car, but i know its in GREAT hands.. and he has held up to his promise of taking care of her. Otherwise i would have never sold it, and gave it the life i never could. :brokenheart:

I found this car at the dealership.. left for dead.. ready to be sent out to auciton.. it was throwing 100 codes, brakes were shot (but drivable) rear tires were bald, driver side fender damage, cracked windshield, clear coat paint swirls, 114,xxx miles, curb rash, exhaust rattle.. but all the amenities were intact and in perfect condition. All highway miles. Oil was clean, no misfires, leaks, trans shifted perfect, no signs of abuse, and to my surprise it was tastefully modded. I had it for a steal at 12,000$!!! It was so cheap, i was able to purchase the GAP protection, wheel/tire protection, road side assistance, and 5 years worth of oil changes from the dealer. (by doing so it brought down my payments, interest rate, and with the added peace of mind). She wasnt perfect, but with some TLC this is going to be a great car.

My plan is to have her completed and dialed in by tx2k14 with a goal of breaching into the 10's at the 1/4, but she will be set-up for 30-130 roll racing since it is big deal where I come from and the event I am hoping to attend.

My aspirations include full street trim, full weight daily driven, 30-130 roll monster. With semi-annual track dates. This car is built to be different, with very specific goals in mind.

The car will be have bolt on baseline dyno #'s and after baseline dyno numbers, along with before and after 1/4 et times.

Main mods:
Custom grind camshaft; **ACQUIRED**

Designed by the best in the business, Russ Barber form volatile performance in Corpus Christi. Volatile performance can be found on facebook for info on their recent builds. The actual cam specs will be hidden by request from Russ, but will designed around a 30-130, full weight, Ls3 converted, stalled 6l80 camaro with full bolt ons on a 150 shot of nitrous. The camshaft will be converted from single bolt l99, to 3 bolt ls3. I opted against a VVT cam for the sake of simplicity, and the nature of the build.

Heads; **TO DO**
Heads will be stock l99 heads, and will be ported by Russ Barber from Volatile Performance. The port work will include a 5 angle valve job, flow tested, and refined as necessary. This is a proprietary design by volatile performance that is different from all the rest, and again flow numbers will be hidden by request.

These will retain stock l99 valves, and the will install a set of of Brian Tooley platinum valve springs with steel retainers. I will be changing out the lifters with 16 Brian Tooley lifters and brand new trays along with chromoly pushrods. For peace of mind and cheap insurance I will be purchasing ARP head studs, They can be had for $265 at ballistic speed! :happy0180:
After careful research, I have opted from using the stock l99 high volume oil pump, in place with a melling m355.

Rickifast tune from Unlimited Performance in Corpus Christi is my tuner of choice; he will be using HPtuner software and is a BALLER tuner. In my eyes he is the best tuner hands down, he has done two of my cars and has been the tuner of choice for Fast Times Racing.

Transmission; Stock 6l80e
The stock 6l80e has held up too 650+'ish HP with spot on tuning.
I have full faith in my tuner at Unlimited Performance in Corpus Christi texas and at 114,000 miles, in sport mode, this car FLIES!! I made 3 trips of over 280 miles to my hometown with zero drivability issues.

Stall Converter
**TO DO**
I chose FTI as my converter of choice. Me, Russ at Volatile performance, and gregg at FTI have decided to build the Stall Converter around the camshaft. After the dyno tuning, the dyno sheet will be sent to FTI to be built around the torque curves, and vehicle application. When talking to FTI, I requested this be built spot on the first time. The converter will have a custom STR ratio, custom fully built internals, and will be a hard hit nitrous stall.
This converter should have the billet front cover, 3 high energy carbon linings, triple clutch design, billet cnc lock up piston, anti balooning impeller hub, billet cnc sprague, furnaced brazed and heli welded fins. I figure the stall speed should be around 3800.

Nitrous **IN PROGRESS**
Brand X from nitrous outlet was my solenoids of choice. Right now it is just a brand x nozzle kit with a WOT switch. The brand x solenoids can spray up to a 200 shot and is perfect for my setup. This kit will incorporate a Bottle warmer, 150 shot wet shot pills, AEM wideband, 10 lb bottle, and Nitrous outlet BIG show line purge. Eventually will upgrade to a stand alone fuel cell and max it out at a 200 shot. The motor will be safe on a 200 shot with a spot on tune, but I want that piece of mind if I ever decide to spray that much. The cam is also designed around the usage of a 150 shot. I also picked up a set of NGK br7ef plugs, which are 2 steps colder and are perfect for my setup. Once nitrogen becomes more readily available, I WILL be using a NANO setup. Will also upgrade to a 90mm nitrous outlet plate


Peddlers Complete Bushing Set ** IN PROGRESS** trailing arms **IN PROGRESS** Adjustable Toe'S **IN PROGRESS**

BMR lower control arms **TO DO**
SUMMIT RACING 1"-1.25" drop **TO DO**
BMR xtreme anti-roll Bar**TO DO**

Bolt ons/performance;
-Ported 90mm throttle body
-Ported ls3 intake

-Rickifast tune **done**
-1 7/8 TSP long tubes **done**
-TSP cold air intake,**done**
-Magnaflow resonated x pipe **done**
-muffler delete **done**
-TSP 160 degree thermostat **done**
-br7ef NGK plugs


-Summit Racing Trans cooler **need to order**
-under drive pulley w/ arp crank bolt **need to order**
-upgrade to 2" headers from TSP
-upgrade to 3" mid pipes with offroad x pipe
-upgrade to kooks 3" bullets
-Nitrous Express stand alone fuel cell
-Vengeance racing wires
-Volatile Ported heads and valve job
-FTI custom nitrous hard hit stall
-List to be updated

-Murdered out theme with a 'hint of red'-


drilled slotted rotors**in progress**


g2 caliper paint**done**
Repair fender bender bumper**done**
Repair Driver side fender **done**
Satin Black tail light bezels with three coats of clear**done**
35% tint from big worm graphics **done**
Replace windshield**done**
satin black center caps**done**
Fast times racing Logo**done**

santin black camaro letters

Cam swap parts

Timing cover gasket
Ls2 chain dampener
3 bolt sprocket conversion
Ls3 valley cover
ls3 valley cover o-rings
Russell Barber volatile performance ported L99 oil pump
ARP crank bolt


Brian Tooley Springs
Brian Tooley Pushrods
16 Brian Tooley Lifters
Comp Trunion upgrade
Ls2 Lifter trays
Ls9 Head gaskets
ls3 front timing cover with sensor
Ls2 Timing chain
ARP cam bolts
ARP Thermostat waterpump bolt kit
ARP timing cover bolt set
AC belt and Sepertine belt for UDP
ARP head studs
ls3 valley cover gasket
lsx waterpump gasket
Summit Racing trans cooler

SUKXOST 04-01-2013 05:32 PM

Anyone who reads all that deserves COTYEAR.

LeanPocket 04-01-2013 05:34 PM


Originally Posted by SUKXOST (Post 6368680)
Anyone who reads all that deserves COTYEAR.

that was quick.. lol

LeanPocket 04-01-2013 05:37 PM

pictures and full list will be updated by tomorrow

LeanPocket 04-01-2013 09:21 PM

My stock ss badges were fading.. and peeling.. so i decided to buy another front grille ss emblem.. picked it up for 10$ shipped :)

completed my tail light bezels, and added my big worm graphics. I decide to do 35% tint on the tail lights.. reverse lights.. and all four side markers.. i think it looks sharp :) .. I like it so much im buying the 35% turn signal markers this weekend!
thanks to a buddy of mine, he was kind enough to hand me a 4" k&n cone filter since my stock one was all filthy :(


restored the plastic trim on the car
added a brand new all gloss black bowtie
vs what it used to have..

LeanPocket 04-02-2013 09:05 AM

Right now my main goal is to buy cam swap parts, its very tedious and somewhat extensive since its a heads AND cam swap project.. Furthermore, it is a L99.. i'll be performing the dod and VVT delete (I opted against the VVT cam route)

With some patience, I have found some killer deals on scrapped lsx projects on multiple forums.

So far i have amassed the following items:
Timing cover gasket
Ls2 chain dampener
3 bolt sprocket conversion
Ls3 valley cover
ls3 valley cover o-rings

mp51998 04-02-2013 10:01 AM

Good job. I saw this when you first got it. Looks 100% better. Keep up the good work.

Jerry7297 04-02-2013 10:04 AM

Sounds like it will kick some ass when done. Good plan.

LeanPocket 04-02-2013 10:07 AM


Originally Posted by mp51998 (Post 6371518)
Good job. I saw this when you first got it. Looks 100% better. Keep up the good work.

all was going well until i got rear ended :doh:

going today to get it appraised at the body shop! So I'll be back on track after all is said and done.


Originally Posted by Jerry7297 (Post 6371529)
Sounds like it will kick some ass when done. Good plan.

Thanks, its kicked some 5.0 butt already ;)

LeanPocket 04-02-2013 10:19 AM

After I pay off my creditcards.. i think im gonna buy some 17" weld rts wheels and keep the brembos. These would look amazing on a black fifth gen.

LeanPocket 04-02-2013 12:23 PM

Small update,
I was quoted 2600$ in repair work at the dealer. They are replacing the entire rear bumper assembly.

Good thing I'm not paying a thing ;)

LeanPocket 04-02-2013 12:30 PM

Here's a picture of the damage.

Also note the 35% tint on the tail lights, and reverse lights. Along with the painted bezels

This is also a restoration. After this, I need to do the fender and brakes

LeanPocket 04-04-2013 08:02 AM

Finally picked up my cam at volatile performance and slp 160 degree thermostat. I was also suppose to pick up a cam sprocket but they couldn't find it :(

LeanPocket 04-04-2013 05:19 PM

decided to add bmr xtreme anti roll bar to my to-do list and remove the front sway bar. It's 3 way adjustable.. ranging from 432% to 780% stiffer than the OE rear sway bar. I was advised my torque steer will be greatly reduced (I should be at over 700 rwtq with this setup).. this is a must have for my build..

LeanPocket 04-04-2013 11:15 PM

Finished painting the hats on my drilled slotted rotors tonight, I will upload before/after pics here shortly. I painted them using a wet black high temp engine enamel paint, and 3 coats of clear coat. They came out better than expected... Next step is the paint the slots on the rotors tomorrow. I'm in no big rush.. Need to get my hand on a floor jack so I can insta these already!

I bought my front rotors from brake motive, and my rears from brake performance. Along with power stop ceramic brake pads. I had those on my old ls1 and they never rusted, or warped.. Ever. Best rotors and pads I have ever used.

LeanPocket 04-05-2013 09:06 AM

Stock oem rotor hats get rusty as hell...

Here's the new rotors

Here's some of the progress

Semi finished:

LeanPocket 04-07-2013 05:08 PM

Minor update

I fixed my remote start problems
Fixed my Evap solenoid issues
Fixing to order 275/40/20 nitto invo's

My current Pirelli's are trashed .. Time for new tires

LeanPocket 04-10-2013 03:15 PM

in process of buying UMI trailing arms

LeanPocket 04-17-2013 10:46 AM

parts are on order for a new bumper and rear diffuser!
hopefully ic an get this fixed by next week..

updated parts list with a melling m355

LeanPocket 05-09-2013 08:47 AM


my car is now in the shop getting the damage repaired, and im fixing my fender damage aswell.

Will upload pictures soon.

GbrilliantQ 05-09-2013 08:58 AM

Nice job. Sorry to hear about the damage.

LeanPocket 05-09-2013 10:20 AM


Originally Posted by GbrilliantQ (Post 6522522)
Nice job. Sorry to hear about the damage.

thanks, i will be checking up on this car daily and document the progress.

LeanPocket 05-09-2013 10:23 AM

on a side note:
I'm ready to buy bigger headers, but texas speed has been sold out for 2 months now it seems like.

Also purchased a scoggin dickeys crank bolt for 15$, it isnt TTY and is reusable like the ARP crank bolt.

Will be buy more parts this weekend, and hopefully some more ARP fasteners. I'm highly considering a ARP make over, might aswell.

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LeanPocket 05-14-2013 11:32 AM


My car is out of the body shop; Bumper, bumper support were replaced, trunk lid was repaired and repainted, and i fixed my fender aswell.

I also purchased a l99 oil pump along with some new BMR adjustable toe's with bushings. The oil pump will be reworked and ported by russell barber at volatile performance, gave me a hell of a deal and i found the low mileage pump at 50$! and i found these toe's brand new 160$ shipped..

LeanPocket 05-14-2013 11:32 AM

ill post pics as soon as i can get them

LeanPocket 05-23-2013 09:12 AM

rear bmr fully adjustable toe links and oil pump came in today!!

LeanPocket 05-28-2013 08:04 AM

dropped off the oil pump to get ported on memorial day.
It'll just be ported to extract a little more volume, and have a new oring installed.

On another update,
I decided I am going to use a custom made bracket for my backseat for my nitrous bottle... I dont think anyone has done this before, so it should be pretty interesting

LeanPocket 07-03-2013 10:21 PM

Major update:

Picked up the following:
Ported l99 oil pump
Spare set of ls3 heads with sodium valves
Ls3 intake
FJO nitrous progressice controller

The ls3 heads are being ported and getting the valve job done
The ls3 intake is being ported and getting plumbed for a custom direct port.
And opted for the FJO controller. The Fjo acts as both a window and progressive controller.. Pretty happy I was able to find one.

Since I'm switching to a direct port setup, I'm going to have to buy a stand alone fuel cell, this will most likely be mounted in the trunk for weight distribution.

I should be adding my suspension by Saturday.

I'm also custom fabricating a bottle bracket for the rear seat that doesn't ruin the leather, I'll be posting up a thread soon, hopefully by Monday when it's done.

Pics to come soon...

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