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Forum: General Automotive + Other Cars Discussion 10-01-2018, 02:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,779
Posted By Russell James
'67 was a good year, both the Camaro and I came...

'67 was a good year, both the Camaro and I came out screaming.
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 09-25-2018, 12:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 496
Posted By Russell James
Closely look at the spark plugs for any cracks in...

Closely look at the spark plugs for any cracks in the porcelain, inside and out.

Get an infrared temp gun (very cheap at Harbor Freight), while idling and about 1500 rpm, aim it at each header...
Forum: Audio, Video, Bluetooth, Navigation, Radar, Electronics Forum 09-19-2018, 12:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 228
Posted By Russell James
Thanks, that gives me some good ideas to start...

Thanks, that gives me some good ideas to start with. My 4 factory speakers now are 6 3/4" round in each door.

I'm going to buy a sub box, I've seen several for under or behind the rear seat.
...
Forum: Mechanical Maintenance: Break-in / Oil & Fluids / Servicing 09-19-2018, 08:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 427
Posted By Russell James
A filter would never have a longer interval than...

A filter would never have a longer interval than the oil. If filter not changed, xx percent of old oil left in...didn't really change all the oil.

On some applications... not passenger cars or...
Forum: Audio, Video, Bluetooth, Navigation, Radar, Electronics Forum 09-18-2018, 09:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 228
Posted By Russell James
Ideas for complete custom audio system for DD/tow vehicle

Looking for ideas/suggestions on building a complete custom audio system for my 2007 Chevy 3500HD Classic Crew Cab diesel dually . Not a Camaro, but Camaro related as it pulls my race car trailer,...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 09-18-2018, 08:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 522
Posted By Russell James
I've seen it many times. Usually because it's...

I've seen it many times. Usually because it's one person working on a car in a rush, not bleeding it/topping off properly. Then they rush it over to the chassis dyno for tuning and scream it red...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 09-17-2018, 08:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 522
Posted By Russell James
The two biggest things with first fire up is to...

The two biggest things with first fire up is to prelube oil pressure, and bleed the cooling system.

Easiest way to prelube is to disable fuel pump and crank several times about 10 seconds at a...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 09-14-2018, 09:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 637
Posted By Russell James
Just another opinion... I see no reason to run...

Just another opinion... I see no reason to run .640 lift with stock heads. Stock ports only flow so much. Once you've exceeded the valve lift you can take advantage of, all you are doing is...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 09-13-2018, 07:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 637
Posted By Russell James
Most common mistake in modding a street car is...

Most common mistake in modding a street car is too big a cam.

You are making the most common mistake in street car modding. Just an opinion.

With no info on what you're going to do with the...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 09-13-2018, 07:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 508
Posted By Russell James
The blue beehives are really good springs. If...

The blue beehives are really good springs. If it were me, I'd see if they will go for installing all 16 as blue. May have to pay for 15, but worth it to get a fresh set of good springs.
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 09-12-2018, 12:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 508
Posted By Russell James
All LS3s came OE with single Beehive springs. ...

All LS3s came OE with single Beehive springs.

Early years were yellow, later blue. A '10 would have been yellow beehives.

Ask them what would cause them to think they were not OE springs?

To...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 09-10-2018, 11:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 580
Posted By Russell James
Both is the best approach IMO. I have the 1LE,...

Both is the best approach IMO. I have the 1LE, and an Elite. Many track days, on a '15 1LE SS they seem to do their job. A few table spoons of oil in the can after a track day.
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 09-02-2018, 02:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,247
Posted By Russell James
Just a hobby, trial and error with my toys and...

Just a hobby, trial and error with my toys and asking a lot of questions of friends in high and low places. Being in MI too, there are speed shops everywhere that are a wealth of information. And...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 08-28-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 681
Posted By Russell James
The best tool you could ever buy for a car is the...

The best tool you could ever buy for a car is the service manual.

The intake bolts require threadlocker. 5 N-m on the first pass. 10 N-m on the second pass.
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 08-27-2018, 01:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 681
Posted By Russell James
Save your money on the fancy bolts and spend it...

Save your money on the fancy bolts and spend it on a service manual and really good torque wrenches. Also get an angle meter. Many bolts these days are tq to yield, measured by angle not tq.
...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 08-27-2018, 08:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 681
Posted By Russell James
Intake bolt? Should be a piece of cake. Remove...

Intake bolt? Should be a piece of cake. Remove manifold. Tap lightly downward on remaining bolt. Work at it until it comes out.

Keep in mind a bolt with no head has no torque on it. The only thing...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 08-26-2018, 03:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,247
Posted By Russell James
Was the oil pump off or messed with in the...

Was the oil pump off or messed with in the install? If so, was every precaution taken in using the correct o ring and not nicking it. Common to nick the o ring.

Once you start getting air in...
Forum: V8 and V6 Transmissions / Driveline (6L80 / 6L50 / TR6060 / AY6) 08-26-2018, 03:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,005
Posted By Russell James
With aftermarket axles, be very careful in...

With aftermarket axles, be very careful in handling them out of the car. Keep them straight. Many aftermarket ones if they flex too far, the joints pop apart. Then you'll me messing around looking...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 08-22-2018, 02:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 853
Posted By Russell James
That's plenty. It's more important to measure...

That's plenty. It's more important to measure hot oil pressure at 2000 rpm. Idle is not so important as there is no load. You basically have 30 at idle which is more than fine. If you only...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 08-10-2018, 06:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 853
Posted By Russell James
The way I do it is put a dial indicator on the...

The way I do it is put a dial indicator on the balancer front face. And using big pry bars try to pry on the balancer and or flywheel. May need a helper to watch the dial indicator. Should be...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 08-10-2018, 11:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 853
Posted By Russell James
Just make sure you have good crank end play...on...

Just make sure you have good crank end play...on the engine stand, after driveline install, and then again after some driving. Many check it on the engine stand... but never again. Checking it after...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 08-09-2018, 06:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 853
Posted By Russell James
With your new bearings, make sure the thrust...

With your new bearings, make sure the thrust bearing is being "set" correctly with a plastic hammer after the first pass of main cap bolt tq. These are are steps from the service manual to make sure...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 08-08-2018, 02:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 853
Posted By Russell James
Neither of your failures had anything to do with...

Neither of your failures had anything to do with the oil. Brad Penn is good stuff. I wouldn't go thicker. 10w40 is on the edge of being too thick for street performance. Next change, I'd mix at least...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 08-07-2018, 01:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 400
Posted By Russell James
Watch the stem as you are slowing moving the...

Watch the stem as you are slowing moving the crank. You don't want the valve to fall farther in. If the valve is going down, turn the crank the other way. Very slowly. Maybe even a squirt of...
Forum: 2016+ Camaro: 6th Gen Camaro general forum 08-06-2018, 02:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 803
Posted By Russell James
1000 hp COPOs do a nice wheelie

1000 hp COPOs do a nice wheelie
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 07-29-2018, 04:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 550
Posted By Russell James
Don't use the new bolt until you get the depth...

Don't use the new bolt until you get the depth right. Crank snout depth needs to be .094" to .176". Use a small machinist rule to check. If your saying 1/4", that's not really an exact...
Forum: 5th Gen Camaro SS LS LT General Discussions 07-27-2018, 06:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,592
Posted By Russell James
Take your inner wheelwell spash shield off and...

Take your inner wheelwell spash shield off and put it back in there. It's insulation between the wheel opening and door.
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 07-24-2018, 10:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 530
Posted By Russell James
Exactly. The LS7 and LSA use slightly wider ring...

Exactly. The LS7 and LSA use slightly wider ring gaps, as those engines will see a more extreme use. The LS3 OE ring and bearing specs are pretty narrow gaps/clearances. For really high performance...
Forum: Camaro V8 LS3 / L99 Engine, Exhaust, and Bolt-Ons 07-24-2018, 08:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 530
Posted By Russell James
The LS3 ervice specs in inches from the service...

The LS3 ervice specs in inches from the service manual are below.

top ring .0067" - . 0173"
2nd ring .0126" - .0272"
oil control .0086" - .0335"

It's a pretty broad range, and for...
Forum: 2018 Camaro Fest (VIII) 07-21-2018, 12:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,606
Posted By Russell James
For an amateur event it was extremely well...

For an amateur event it was extremely well organized. I've been to plenty of other events where you get stuck sitting in lanes for hours, barely any track time... At the Fest the lanes moved fast,...
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