Camaro5 Chevy Camaro Forum / Camaro ZL1, SS and V6 Forums - Camaro5.com
 
Bigwormgraphix
Go Back   Camaro5 Chevy Camaro Forum / Camaro ZL1, SS and V6 Forums - Camaro5.com > General Camaro Forums > Member Car Journals


Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-11-2024, 11:17 AM   #141
Eddymel1998
 
Eddymel1998's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro 2SS L99
Join Date: Apr 2023
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 465
Took Mr Eagle's advice and just bought new poly toe rods and trailing arms, did try to find poly rod ends but had trouble finding the exact dimensions, biggest issue was the inner diameter for the bolt, all the other stuff was easy, at the end of the day for a set of rod ends that I wasnt sure would fit came out a little over $200 so at that point I'd rather pay a bit more and know everything will fit and maybe try to make up the difference by selling old ones or something like that. I went with UMI not gonna lie, mostly because of price, pretty sure I ended up close to $200 cheaper with both compared to BMR, plus I've been seeing their name pop up more often with older cars and apparently they're made in the US (if that still matters). Otherwise looked them over, welds look alright, finish seems good, I think it should all be fine.
Attached Images
  
__________________
Behind every scratch is a story on what not to do, and my car has a lot of stories.
Eddymel1998 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2024, 12:26 PM   #142
The_bald_eagle_machine
Anthony S
 
The_bald_eagle_machine's Avatar
 
Drives: 2011 chevrolet camaro 2ss/rs
Join Date: Apr 2021
Location: Chiefland, FL
Posts: 876
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eddymel1998 View Post
Took Mr Eagle's advice and just bought new poly toe rods and trailing arms, did try to find poly rod ends but had trouble finding the exact dimensions, biggest issue was the inner diameter for the bolt, all the other stuff was easy, at the end of the day for a set of rod ends that I wasnt sure would fit came out a little over $200 so at that point I'd rather pay a bit more and know everything will fit and maybe try to make up the difference by selling old ones or something like that. I went with UMI not gonna lie, mostly because of price, pretty sure I ended up close to $200 cheaper with both compared to BMR, plus I've been seeing their name pop up more often with older cars and apparently they're made in the US (if that still matters). Otherwise looked them over, welds look alright, finish seems good, I think it should all be fine.
Umi is a great company. UMI is based out of PA and they actually built their own private road coarse to torture test their products. BMR is based out of FL and i believe they test their stuff in Sebring and the local drag strips. I had a mixture of there parts on my 87 Trans am and nothing but good things to say about both of them. BMR had a slightly broader platform for the 5th gen, so I just went with them instead.
__________________
Follow me on instagram @The_bald_eagle_machine
https://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=600181

Mods: Texas Speed 2 inch headers, high flow cats, and X-pipe. Custom mid-pipe, Borla Xr1 mufflers. Torqstorm Supercharger, 3.1" pulley, ZL1 fuel pump. MGW Shifter, Mcleod RST clutch, Tick master cylinder and Tick Billet bushing reinforced slave cylinder. DSS One-piece 3.5" Driveshaft, Metco Driveshaft safety loop, BCRacing Coilovers. BMR Poly Diff bushings, Poly Rear cradle bushings, Sub-frame connectors, Lower control arms, camber arms, and toe links.
The_bald_eagle_machine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2024, 12:27 PM   #143
The_bald_eagle_machine
Anthony S
 
The_bald_eagle_machine's Avatar
 
Drives: 2011 chevrolet camaro 2ss/rs
Join Date: Apr 2021
Location: Chiefland, FL
Posts: 876
I actually like that the UMI units have the little tabs for the abs sensors. I had to ziptie mine to the BMR camber arms.
__________________
Follow me on instagram @The_bald_eagle_machine
https://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=600181

Mods: Texas Speed 2 inch headers, high flow cats, and X-pipe. Custom mid-pipe, Borla Xr1 mufflers. Torqstorm Supercharger, 3.1" pulley, ZL1 fuel pump. MGW Shifter, Mcleod RST clutch, Tick master cylinder and Tick Billet bushing reinforced slave cylinder. DSS One-piece 3.5" Driveshaft, Metco Driveshaft safety loop, BCRacing Coilovers. BMR Poly Diff bushings, Poly Rear cradle bushings, Sub-frame connectors, Lower control arms, camber arms, and toe links.
The_bald_eagle_machine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-11-2024, 01:25 PM   #144
Eddymel1998
 
Eddymel1998's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro 2SS L99
Join Date: Apr 2023
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 465
Yeah that was the first thing I noticed as well, on my current unit I kinda get it since the whole casing rotates but still had to open up the instructions to make sure I wasnt accidentally missing something, definitely appreciate the return of the tabs.
__________________
Behind every scratch is a story on what not to do, and my car has a lot of stories.
Eddymel1998 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2024, 02:57 PM   #145
Eddymel1998
 
Eddymel1998's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro 2SS L99
Join Date: Apr 2023
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 465
Got around to installing some stuff that's been sitting around for nearly half a year, a light up bowtie I found on eBay and the towhook. Towhook was pretty straightforward I did mess up because I wanted to keep the mount as far back as possible so I didn't have to cut the bumper plastic thing over the bar, but when I did that piece was angled slightly down and hook would not fit in between the grill lines, so had to drill a second set of holes, thankfully it's not visible, lightweight one with tow hook from bald eagle would've probably been a better option but my splitter rods are mounted to the bar and it kinda sucks re routing them.
Name:  PXL_20240413_231537981.jpg
Views: 110
Size:  206.2 KBName:  PXL_20240413_233112553.jpg
Views: 111
Size:  111.4 KB
Next was the light up emblem and on Friday I thought I would take it apart and add some extra coating to whatever PCB they used, but turns out it's just one giant bowtie shaped singular LED, never seen anything like this it's pretty neat.
Name:  PXL_20240413_015144076.jpg
Views: 108
Size:  121.1 KB
Removing the old emblem was a total pain in the nuts, the tabs were on there too tight and I didn't want to cut them, when it finally let go I slipped and scraped a substantial amount of skin from my thumb, put me out for rest of the day, came back next day by covering the area up with some bandaids and wearing gloves, still hurt like hell. The wire it came with a had a small connector, length of wire was too short but after splicing some more wire in, I placed the connecter right next to the one for the daylight running lights on bumper, so it's easy to remove in future, then used existing wire covers and tons of electrical tape to keep it neat. I tapped it into the halo wires on the headlights, not big fan of the spade connection splices I used but bowtie light wires were too thin gauge to use any other splicing thing I had, I coated everything in liquid electrical tape just to be sure
Name:  PXL_20240414_184324738.jpg
Views: 111
Size:  159.8 KBName:  PXL_20240414_195053429.jpg
Views: 112
Size:  206.9 KBName:  PXL_20240414_195034511.jpg
Views: 111
Size:  80.9 KB
At the end of the day it looks great, color temp on the bowtie LEDs is slightly different to halo ones but you can't tell on pictures anyways.
Name:  PXL_20240414_211505442~2.jpg
Views: 109
Size:  137.6 KB
__________________
Behind every scratch is a story on what not to do, and my car has a lot of stories.
Eddymel1998 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2024, 10:29 AM   #146
Eddymel1998
 
Eddymel1998's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro 2SS L99
Join Date: Apr 2023
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 465
Had a little bit of time to kill so fixed up the licence plate lights, I got the part number right for the housings I guess, good thing I bought two because second one crumbled apart as soon as I removed the bulb
Name:  PXL_20240418_003939730~2.jpg
Views: 96
Size:  162.5 KB
The lights are the most Chinese thing, it's just a piece of PCB with an LED and guessing some resistors so it doesn't blow up, but I got whole bag of them for basically nothing and I don't care too much of my licence plate is not super visible at all times.
Name:  PXL_20240418_004021488.jpg
Views: 89
Size:  86.4 KB
Still need to do something about the burn mark, proper way would be to patch it and match up the paint but anything I can come up with short of taking it to a shop is going to look bad, what I'm thinking is drilling it out and buying some of those licence plate hole plugs, then paint them with some of the SIM paint I have and at best, on first glance it will look like some kind of sensor or something.
__________________
Behind every scratch is a story on what not to do, and my car has a lot of stories.
Eddymel1998 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2024, 11:16 AM   #147
The_bald_eagle_machine
Anthony S
 
The_bald_eagle_machine's Avatar
 
Drives: 2011 chevrolet camaro 2ss/rs
Join Date: Apr 2021
Location: Chiefland, FL
Posts: 876
Really sucks that the old bulb fell out and burnt your bumper like that. It's one of those things that would drive me absolutely crazy. I got lightly rear ended on the highway on a hit and run and my bumper has a bumper of scuffs and paint chips that drive me crazy everytime that i look at them. I think when i finally do the Zl1 front bumper conversion I will paint the front and rear bumper at the same time to try and revitalize those parts.
__________________
Follow me on instagram @The_bald_eagle_machine
https://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=600181

Mods: Texas Speed 2 inch headers, high flow cats, and X-pipe. Custom mid-pipe, Borla Xr1 mufflers. Torqstorm Supercharger, 3.1" pulley, ZL1 fuel pump. MGW Shifter, Mcleod RST clutch, Tick master cylinder and Tick Billet bushing reinforced slave cylinder. DSS One-piece 3.5" Driveshaft, Metco Driveshaft safety loop, BCRacing Coilovers. BMR Poly Diff bushings, Poly Rear cradle bushings, Sub-frame connectors, Lower control arms, camber arms, and toe links.
The_bald_eagle_machine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2024, 06:56 PM   #148
SlowLS1

 
SlowLS1's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro SS , 2011 Colorado LS1
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 860
The glow tie looks awesome! I actually like the throwback you did with the headlights. I never noticed it before...
__________________
SlowLS1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2024, 11:43 AM   #149
Eddymel1998
 
Eddymel1998's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro 2SS L99
Join Date: Apr 2023
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 465
Did something I've never done before and decided to volunteer as a road Marshal at the Olympus rally, was a really cool experience, just got to sit by the side of the road for two days and watch cool cars pass by, the Camaro definitely steed out against all the Toyotas, Subarus, and jeeps the other volunteers had. Way in and out was just by following the course, so on way out got to pick up the speed a bit and skid the Camaro through a few corners on the gravel.
Name:  PXL_20240420_231648176.jpg
Views: 56
Size:  388.7 KBName:  PXL_20240421_160633789~2.jpg
Views: 63
Size:  426.2 KBName:  PXL_20240421_205123320~2.jpg
Views: 56
Size:  375.6 KBName:  PXL_20240420_224230666~2.jpg
Views: 59
Size:  387.7 KB
The downside is that the car was absolutely filthy afterwards, covered in dust and mud and underneath that a lot of new paint chips, mainly on the front bumper and read quarters, but nothing end of the world like, I already know once I can get another primary car she's probably gonna get a repaint on handful of panels.
Name:  PXL_20240421_224554012~2.jpg
Views: 57
Size:  372.1 KBName:  PXL_20240422_010643302.jpg
Views: 56
Size:  305.4 KBName:  PXL_20240422_201342156.jpg
Views: 55
Size:  205.2 KBName:  PXL_20240422_202629459~2.jpg
Views: 59
Size:  284.9 KBName:  PXL_20240422_203621163.jpg
Views: 57
Size:  200.2 KB
__________________
Behind every scratch is a story on what not to do, and my car has a lot of stories.
Eddymel1998 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2024, 10:54 AM   #150
Eddymel1998
 
Eddymel1998's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro 2SS L99
Join Date: Apr 2023
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 465
Over the weekend swapped out the toe rods and trailing arms actual install was pretty painless this time, almost too easy, did waste an hour with a grease gun though, never got to use one before and wasted a lot of grease figuring it out, but I think it's for the best everything should be lubed pretty well.
Name:  PXL_20240427_190044650.jpg
Views: 42
Size:  84.2 KBName:  PXL_20240427_214756077.jpg
Views: 39
Size:  136.2 KB
Most importantly I got to add a new sticker to the strut bar.
Name:  PXL_20240427_221055870.jpg
Views: 36
Size:  214.7 KB
Did drop off the car for an alignment yesterday morning, hoping to pick it up at end of day but got a phone call saying person who was going to do it hurt his back so I left it overnight hoping they can get to it today, should get a phone call later in the day if they can or not, kinda sucks because I don't have a backup, thankfully my mom starts work after I do and finishes before me as well (that's the price of us having a mandatory hour unpaid lunch) so she is able to give me rides, but it's not ideal.
__________________
Behind every scratch is a story on what not to do, and my car has a lot of stories.
Eddymel1998 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2024, 11:06 AM   #151
The_bald_eagle_machine
Anthony S
 
The_bald_eagle_machine's Avatar
 
Drives: 2011 chevrolet camaro 2ss/rs
Join Date: Apr 2021
Location: Chiefland, FL
Posts: 876
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eddymel1998 View Post
Over the weekend swapped out the toe rods and trailing arms actual install was pretty painless this time, almost too easy, did waste an hour with a grease gun though, never got to use one before and wasted a lot of grease figuring it out, but I think it's for the best everything should be lubed pretty well.
Attachment 1150658Attachment 1150659
Most importantly I got to add a new sticker to the strut bar.
Attachment 1150660
Did drop off the car for an alignment yesterday morning, hoping to pick it up at end of day but got a phone call saying person who was going to do it hurt his back so I left it overnight hoping they can get to it today, should get a phone call later in the day if they can or not, kinda sucks because I don't have a backup, thankfully my mom starts work after I do and finishes before me as well (that's the price of us having a mandatory hour unpaid lunch) so she is able to give me rides, but it's not ideal.
Looking good! Its gonna ride alot nicer and quieter now with those new arms. No more clicking or squeaking hopefully!
__________________
Follow me on instagram @The_bald_eagle_machine
https://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=600181

Mods: Texas Speed 2 inch headers, high flow cats, and X-pipe. Custom mid-pipe, Borla Xr1 mufflers. Torqstorm Supercharger, 3.1" pulley, ZL1 fuel pump. MGW Shifter, Mcleod RST clutch, Tick master cylinder and Tick Billet bushing reinforced slave cylinder. DSS One-piece 3.5" Driveshaft, Metco Driveshaft safety loop, BCRacing Coilovers. BMR Poly Diff bushings, Poly Rear cradle bushings, Sub-frame connectors, Lower control arms, camber arms, and toe links.
The_bald_eagle_machine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-07-2024, 05:27 PM   #152
Eddymel1998
 
Eddymel1998's Avatar
 
Drives: 2010 Camaro 2SS L99
Join Date: Apr 2023
Location: Olympia, WA
Posts: 465
Last week was a mess, basically the car sat at this one shop waiting for one specific person who hurt his back to maybe come back, then on Wednesday I get a call saying guy is not coming back and they don't have the equipment to align with my wheels (they have already done alignment once, I think they remembered the 4 hours it took to set up the rear last time and were just looking for excuses) so I called up Firestone since I just needed something and they had an opening for Thursday, so I dropped off the car on Wednesday then end of day Thursday I call in and they haven't gotten to it, then on Friday I finally get call back, they didn't do it well (gave them the JPSS aggressive street details, scribbled on sticky note below) but it was something so I could get the car moving since I'm on the road for work until end of June Name:  PXL_20240504_004813649.jpg
Views: 20
Size:  118.6 KB
Name:  PXL_20240504_004625420.jpg
Views: 20
Size:  167.1 KB
They did however break my fob, again I just needed the car done so I didn't raise a stink over it but ordered a new one and going to try swapping internals, no easy way to reprogram it, especially with me being on the road.
Name:  PXL_20240504_012922134.jpg
Views: 20
Size:  125.6 KB
Biggest problem with all this was that I don't have a backup car, which is why I made an alignment appointment weeks in advance and thought it would be done within a day, had to pull some favors just to have a car for work, a stressful week with a reward of a mediocre alignment and broken key fob.
__________________
Behind every scratch is a story on what not to do, and my car has a lot of stories.
Eddymel1998 is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:44 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.