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Old 05-31-2019, 10:35 AM   #15
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Chris- Your location says TN, but you talk about registering the car in Washington state. I'm guessing you live in Washington. Which end of the state? I'm in Boise, so not too far if you are on the east side.
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Old 05-31-2019, 11:17 AM   #16
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Thanks dude! Yep those were my Nitto NTO5Rs that I did that burnout on. After an embarrassing performance at a local 1/8 mile track, I got a Hurst line lock and vowed to smoke the living daylights out of the Nittos to heat them up enough for November track conditions.

GPI did my cam, and Ryan Stevens did my tune. He did a street and dyno tune. Top notch shop!

Thanks Z, thanks Fordkiller! I'm gonna post some more updates as soon as they come.
Cool man, thanks for the info. Future road trip to gpi it is!


Fordkiller, thanks also I definitely wanna keep vvt
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Old 05-31-2019, 01:17 PM   #17
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Chris - Awesome build buddy. You are certainly the master at putting the right parts together to go very fast. That 60' and ET are incredible. I'll be following the build thread for sure! Hurry up with chapter 2!!! - Jeff
Thank you Pepe! Yeah not much happened in that time except a lot of research. Thats what GPI said, was that I went about it the right way with the right parts. I was going for a similar build as ProStockJohn, I just wanted a little more camshaft and more stall.
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Old 05-31-2019, 03:27 PM   #18
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Mod List


Induction
JRE Race Scoop
K&N Typhoon Cold Air Intake (added double mylar lining)
Washer bottle removed

Valvetrain
Powerbond Damper
GPI SS4 Flycut VVT cam 235/249 .637/.637 112 LSA
BTR .660 valve springs
GPI 5/16" hardened pushrods
Chevrolet Performance lifters
LS2 Dogbone style dampener
Cometic head gaskets
Norris Motorsports catch can

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ADM transmission cooler
Circle D 5C torque converter 4k stall
GM 1LE 3.91 gears

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Front Sway bar removed
Pegasus solid cradle bushings
BMR trailing arms, poly outer bushings, non-adjustable
BMR toe rods, non-adjustable
BMR camber bolts

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Race Star 17x10.5 rear wheels
Mickey Thompson Street S/S, 305/45/17
Hurst Line Lock

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Bests as of 29 May 2019

60' - 1.578
1/8 - 7.220
1/4 - 11.320


Well, I felt like its a little overdue but I wanted to start a build thread. Its going to take a minute to catch it up, but I have most of the pictures I took from many of the mods, even if there aren't really all that many mods. I bought the car in March of 2015, a completely stock 2010 Camaro SS/RS, with 24,000 miles. Its a west coast car, so it has seen almost no road salt. It was at first a mild mannered daily driver with headers and a cold air intake, but that just wasn't enough for me, so in 2018, I started slowly transforming it into a weekend cruiser with no road courses in mind, but a high RPM drag racing car. Thanks for viewing, and plenty more pics are on the way!

Here is the first one the day after I drove it off the lot, before I had a license plate. Yes, the state of Washington requires a front mounted license plate, AND someone drilled the bumper to install it before I got it
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This was that summer.. it was sporting a cold air intake and a muffler delete.
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What mph? And what weight?


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Old 05-31-2019, 05:14 PM   #19
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Chapter 2 - 2018: GPI

September, the goodies have started to arrive! By this point, I was tired of waiting and holding off. I knew what I needed, so from a military installation far from home, I started to place orders and let the goodies find their way to my house. Much of it was from GPI's website, which if you order it from the website and have it delivered to your home instead of having it delivered to GPI in Arkansas, saves you tax.

So right here we have the meat and potatoes; I came home from a month long training event to find these boxes waiting for me: Theres my new SS4 cam and its installation kit which includes an AFM/DoD delete, lifters, pushrods, lifter baskets, dogbone style dampener, to name a few. My Powerbond damper was at GPI on the shelf waiting for me. Theres the Circle D 4k converter, the ADM trans cooler I got from Janettyracing, and lastly, some Nitto NTO5R drag radials. 305/45/18s. Only at this point, I am wondering where the wheels are that I ordered... But I had my drop off date on September 21st to think about.

I dropped off the Camaro on September 21 as scheduled, and met the crew. Ryan was busy rod modding an intake manifold. He and I discussed tuning aspects including idle quality, shift points, shift firmness, and converter lockup.

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Keeping character, I made sure to do my follow up and check progress of the job, so here is my car under the knife. They used the Lindy tool to flycut the pistons to ensure adequate PTV clearance. This was a big mamma jamma of a cam goin in!

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And another angle. Look at those intake ports! If only there were some kind of "can" that could maybe..I dunno.. "catch" some of that stuff before it accumulates

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I returned to GPI a week later, as Ryan was putting the finishing touches on the street tune. James informed me that the car was about 4x louder now with this new cam, (it was still straightpipe exhaust). I almost couldn't believe it, until Ryan pulled the car into the garage and strapped it to the dyno. I simply thought, wow. The idle lope was substantial. It sounded like a completely different car, it sounded mean.

I got a video of the dyno tune, but it was so loud, not only did it hurt my ears, but the speakers on the phone wouldn't even pick it up. It was more or less a cacophany of harsh noise to the phone's speakers. Ryan raised the rpms through the gears then covered both his ears, put the pedal to the floor and let 'er rip with a deafening LS-style scream to 7300rpm. I almost dropped my phone, trying to cover my ears, as the volume exceeded my expectations by a decibel or two..or three.. And the results:

474rwhp@6400rpm and 430 ft/lbs@4800rpm.
Right along the lines of my expectations with a cam-only L99 car. You can see that the cam pulls strong way out past the peak, but the stock manifold, heads, and throttle body are saying NOPE. You can also see the VVT at work in the curve.

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I want to say that GPI is a top notch shop with a great crew full of proficient, helpful, friendly, and energetic individuals that have my loyalty. Thanks guys! I proudly joined the ranks of those with a cammed 5th Gen! The Camaro drove COMPLETELY different. The combo of the SS4 cam with the 4k stall converter and the 3.91 gears with the aggressive 1st gear of the SS all worked together in harmony, delivering good get-up-and-go, the broad curve of the VVT doing its work, and the top end of a big cam. The drive home entailed getting followed by a trooper, and when I pulled over into a parking lot, he got out and smiled and said, I'm not pulling you over, I just wanted a closer look at this thing! He then asked if he could get a video of it idling! After a chat, I headed back home, feeling great!

Stay tuned for Chapter 3, the wheel debacle, the suspension upgrades, and getting this thing to the track. I am going to start including more videos, both street and strip, as there was only one thing left to do: test this thing at the drag strip!
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Old 05-31-2019, 05:20 PM   #20
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11.320@120.34mph, and 3, 765 lbs without me in it, sir
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Old 05-31-2019, 10:22 PM   #21
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Love it Chris. Can’t wait for the next chapter. I can’t believe the trooper didn’t ticket you for a straight piped cammed V8. I know exactly what that sounds like (well really it’s music to my ears... I run cutouts right behind my cammed LS3 with long tubes and off road pipes) but I close them up and soon as I spot a trooper. Can’t wait to hear about the wheel debacle. I’m hoping I learn some things because I’m following in your footsteps. I know I need suspension work and cradle bushings like you’ve done and I need a budget minded drag pack. So I’m taking notes.
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Old 05-31-2019, 10:54 PM   #22
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Love it Chris. Can’t wait for the next chapter. I can’t believe the trooper didn’t ticket you for a straight piped cammed V8. I know exactly what that sounds like (well really it’s music to my ears... I run cutouts right behind my cammed LS3 with long tubes and off road pipes) but I close them up and soon as I spot a trooper. Can’t wait to hear about the wheel debacle. I’m hoping I learn some things because I’m following in your footsteps. I know I need suspension work and cradle bushings like you’ve done and I need a budget minded drag pack. So I’m taking notes.
Thanks man, I will add that when I brought the Camaro down to GPI, I had been running open headers for 2 months; one of the off-road connectors came loose when I went over a speed bump. Open headers, due to the proximity of the O2 sensors to the opening of the collector/open air were difficult to tune, so GPI had to attach some connector pipes from the collectors to the rest of the exhaust. Once the tune was complete, we removed the connectors and converted it back to an open header setup. The O2 sensors still weren't happy, but I was happy with the sound. The check engine light would be on anytime I ran open headers, and would disappear when I would hook the connectors back up to run straight-pipe all the way back.

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Chris- Your location says TN, but you talk about registering the car in Washington state. I'm guessing you live in Washington. Which end of the state? I'm in Boise, so not too far if you are on the east side.
Hey Z, I acquired the Camaro when I was stationed out at Fort Lewis, Washington. Then in December of 2016 I PCS'd (moved) to Fort Campbell. I did go through Idaho on my way down here, all at night though. You guys took way better care of your roads than Montana did when I came through!
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Old 06-01-2019, 12:02 PM   #23
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Chapter 3 - The wheel Debacle

So the cam, gears, and converter are in, now all I need are my wheels. I had ordered some 18" wheels to help launch this thing. I ordered 2 C6 Grand Sport reproduction wheels in charcoal gray finish, since they weren't available (advertised) in a silver finish. However when I opened the 2 boxes, I saw this-

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The vendor corrected it quickly enough, and I was able to exchange the charcoal gray wheel for another silver wheel, since that was what I originally wanted anyway, a 5-spoke wheel that didnt stick out like a sore thumb with the front stockers, but something that gave the car a look of purpose.. the look of a car whose purpose is to drag race. The replacement came within 3 days, and it was time to mount them up!

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Pulling out of the driveway with the new wheels mounted up Turn on the Poison - Nothin but a Good Time



The Camaro was now ready for its first trip to the drag strip with the new setup! I went to my local 1/8 mile track after work, and only made 3 passes, back to back, unfortunately, as I got there shortly before they were closing. Heres a short video, I spun the tires right through 1st gear and basically went right into 2nd due to track prep and not getting much of a burnout at all. I can't find the slip for this, but the et was 7.6@~93mph.



I felt there was so much more left on the table; that my tires needed a LOT more heat, and a good track prep. It was October, after all, so temps and DA were low, and this was primo time for some passes to find out just what this thing could do! Adjustments had to be made. Improvements were needed, so I turned to BMR, Pegasus, Hurst, and Camaro5(Justice Pete in particular for this one) for some much needed help in Chapter 4 of this build thread! I had power, now I just had to be able to put it down. I needed a solution.

Note: These wheels were 18x9.5 40mm offset.
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Old 06-04-2019, 02:01 AM   #26
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Seems high for an auto, do you think the compression has something to do with that? Also explain to me how the head gasket increases compression. I might consider doing something like that!
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Old 06-04-2019, 08:46 AM   #27
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Old 06-04-2019, 11:41 AM   #28
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Seems high for an auto, do you think the compression has something to do with that? Also explain to me how the head gasket increases compression. I might consider doing something like that!
Because with a thinner head gasket, you'll have a tighter quench area and more timing. You just have to make sure you have the PTV clearance.

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For sure. You're at 11.5:1 CR aren't you Fordkiller?
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