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Old 02-14-2018, 12:51 PM   #1
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First camaro ss questions

Hello everyone new member here!! i have recently purchased a 2012 camaro ss (45th). Im enjoyig every moment so far but its just stock and i feel it needs more to it.. i have planned on lowering it and maybe switching the exhaust later on.. but as of now what would be some the first things i should do or add to a used manual ss? I have literally no knowledge when it comes to cars. Which is why I purchased this vehicle to learn as i go.
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Old 02-14-2018, 01:48 PM   #2
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You're going to get a million different answers so I'll just tell you what I did with mine. first thing I did since my paint was still showroom quality is I had the front fascia, front 3rd of hood, rockers, mirrors and 'gills' wrapped with the 3M PP film. Then I tinted my windows. I then dressed up the engine bay with cosmetic stuff (IMO the CAI is basically cosmetic). I then lowered the car with the Eibach Pro + kit and got a new set of wheels and tires (square stance)

That transpired over roughly a 2 yr period. I'm now at the performance upgrade stage and am gearing up to do a supercharger system and LT headers.
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Old 02-14-2018, 01:52 PM   #3
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First easy mod is a CAI. That will get you a few extra horses. I prefer Roto-Fab. You could do a tune as well depending on how far you want to take it. I have a ZL1 so we're comparing apples to oranges but the Roto-Fab and Jannetty Racing tune really woke mine up.
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Old 02-14-2018, 02:00 PM   #4
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Hello everyone new member here!! i have recently purchased a 2012 camaro ss (45th). Im enjoyig every moment so far but its just stock and i feel it needs more to it.. i have planned on lowering it and maybe switching the exhaust later on.. but as of now what would be some the first things i should do or add to a used manual ss? I have literally no knowledge when it comes to cars. Which is why I purchased this vehicle to learn as i go.
Are you feeling it needs more power or more personal style? I always feel that the wheels make the car. That's where i always start.
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Old 02-14-2018, 02:05 PM   #5
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Are you feeling it needs more power or more personal style? I always feel that the wheels make the car. That's where i always start.
Don_G. Those wheels and your car are perfect. IMO change for changes
sake is not usually a good thing. Aftermarket exhaust and keep it clean
and detailed and your good to go.
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Old 02-14-2018, 02:25 PM   #6
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You're going to get a million different answers so I'll just tell you what I did with mine. first thing I did since my paint was still showroom quality is I had the front fascia, front 3rd of hood, rockers, mirrors and 'gills' wrapped with the 3M PP film. Then I tinted my windows. I then dressed up the engine bay with cosmetic stuff (IMO the CAI is basically cosmetic). I then lowered the car with the Eibach Pro + kit and got a new set of wheels and tires (square stance)

That transpired over roughly a 2 yr period. I'm now at the performance upgrade stage and am gearing up to do a supercharger system and LT headers.
Good luck!

How much did you lower it? What are some good manufacturers
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Old 02-14-2018, 02:26 PM   #7
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First easy mod is a CAI. That will get you a few extra horses. I prefer Roto-Fab. You could do a tune as well depending on how far you want to take it. I have a ZL1 so we're comparing apples to oranges but the Roto-Fab and Jannetty Racing tune really woke mine up.
What are some decent budget CAI brands?
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Old 02-14-2018, 02:27 PM   #8
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Are you feeling it needs more power or more personal style? I always feel that the wheels make the car. That's where i always start.
I would say looks as of now. But performance wise what would be some easy not so expensive add ons?
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Old 02-14-2018, 02:28 PM   #9
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Don_G. Those wheels and your car are perfect. IMO change for changes
sake is not usually a good thing. Aftermarket exhaust and keep it clean
and detailed and your good to go.
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Old 02-14-2018, 02:33 PM   #10
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For me, my first mod is always tint.

But speaking performance wise; CAI.
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:12 PM   #11
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First mod I would do is lowering springs or tint. Then wheels. Then supercharger! JK, but not really. Seriously though your camaro looks good with the 45th graphics. I wouldn't do too much cosmetic wise if it were mine. Then again I'm a less is more guy when it comes to exterior cosmetics. To me the best cosmetics mods for these camaro's are lowering and wheels.
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:19 PM   #12
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Depends on your budget and your direction. I started with springs & a ZL1 spoiler and a catch can and then went up from there. All depends on what your goal is for the car and if you want to keep the 45th a bit more 'stock' being an anniversary appearance package.
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:29 PM   #13
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Welcome to the site, fellow 45'r! I started with tint, side markers, heritage grill, fender stripes, then exhaust, wheels.....oh man, it never ends!
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Old 02-14-2018, 03:30 PM   #14
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Cold Air Intake is definite first mod along with window tint. I've used k&n on all of my vehicles. They are reasonably priced and give you hp gains. Then you need to do wheels. Wheels and stance do a lot for a car. I lowered mine 1 1/4 inch on BMR springs.
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