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post #1 of 19 Old 12-13-2013, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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Dumb questions from new Camaro owner

Hey guys,

So about a month and a half ago i purchased a 2012 Camaro V6 LFX - 1LT with RS Package. I am not a super-mechanical guy when it comes to cars. I was always able to do the basics myself like oil changes, change brake pads, replace a bad caliper, rotor, distributor cap, spark plug. Basic stuff but nothing that i would call "deep".

This car (and forum) have me wishing i had the technical prowess to add every upgrade possible! I LOVE this car!!!!

With that being said, I do not have an endless amount of money - or the skills of an expert mechanic. My first mod that i am planning to do myself is add a CAI. I will probably go with either a Roto-Fab, CAI Brand, or BBK.

After that, I am a little lost as to which direction to go. I need this car to pass basic NY Inspection. The dealership said it will still pass with a CAI as NY does not do a visual inspection and a CAI is not a problem.

But where do i go next for my "bang for the buck"? And what Mods are easy enough for me to do myself vs having to pay a mechanic to install. Which mods require the car to be re-tuned?

I am interested in eventually getting the following after reading threads on this forum:

1) Spiral ported throttle body (is it difficult to install and do i need to get the car re-tuned?)
2) New exhaust (do i need to get the car re-tuned?)
3) Catch Can
4) Electric Exhaust Cut-Outs
5) New rims (wheels)

What am I missing? Where do i begin? Any advice? Any good mechanic books on tearing apart my Camaro?

Any suggestions are appreciated.

Thanks guys...


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TB is only 4 bolts and a plug, super easy. No retune is required for it.

Actually no retune is required for any mod that you have listed, unless you mess with the cats when you do the exhaust.

Exhaust systems are usually best left to the pros, they have the experience welding and aligning. Just try to find a nice local shop.


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I would do either exhaust or the TB next

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I'd say don't get the catch can. Save that money for something else. And given your experience I would not doubt that you can do the work yourself. Try asking the other V6 guys here. There are lots of other mods you can do like intake manifold stuff. But if you're trying to avoid ever having to tune it then stick with the TB, cai, and exhaust. Anything more than that and you might have to tune it.

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I tend to agree with Chapel ... I am kind of in the same boat as you mechanically, but, kind of, sort of, am willing to try some stuff. I did a catch can (easy on the install scale), but, as I was doing my research didn't really get the entire story; not sure if I would still do one now or not. That said, I thought (please correct me if I am wrong) a catch can served more of a function on a V6 than it does on a V8 and, if I had a V6, I wouldn't feel as bad about going with one. For my V8, its on now, it did catch some oil after about 1500 mile (about a tablespoon and a half), so I am not going to take it off. Of course, there is the crowd that believes a catch can is totally useless, regardless. I have my CAI cold air induction and VMax ported throttle body sitting in boxes on my dining room floor. I think I am going to get a Vararam Power Wedge to go with them, so I'm on hold for the installation, but it is coming. I'm very confident that is within our installation experience. My understanding is that I should not need a tune for this combination. Virginia is pretty strict on emissions also, but I was told that, since I am not in one of the metro areas, I don't have to get an emissions test, so I can get a little more liberal. That said, I'm not ready to toss a perfectly good exhaust and will very likely be waiting a little bit to replace it and will do more research on a set up with long tube headers and high flow cats; still need to confirm the state police don't care, but I think I am good. Personally, I think the headers and exhaust will be enough for me, so I'm not even considering cut-outs. I have upgrade rims from the dealer, so I am pretty happy with them, but I think there will be a day when I add a set of cold weather tires to my collection and I'll shop for rims and tires then, not high on my list now though.

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If you want cosmetic mods I would go with AAC smoked marker lights painted the color of your Camaro...

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I would strongly disagree on the catchcan, as long as it is one that traps and stops all, or nearly all the oil like the new Elite E2, Apex, Rx (most others will let nearly as much oil past as they catch) so read this thread if you have any doubt:

https://www.moderncamaro.com/forum/ge...i-engines.html

Guapo, your very close....if you want to make the short drive I'll help you take off your IM so you can take pictures to show how bad this issue is ( I don;t see a can in your sig so assuming you have none) and can post here to show.

TB is a no brainer for the cost, and CAI as well. Appearance I would agree for the price the AAC marker's look awesome.
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So what does short drive mean to me? If your in Tampa or more than an hour away then too far

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Ok soaking in all of the input from you guys.... keep it coming!
Thinking i will begin with the following:
1) CAI - i'm torn on which one to get. Several posts say to not get a chrome/metal CAI because it heats up. But i am really liking the look of the BBK CAI. Also some like ColdAirInductions brand are covered, others such as the BBK, K&N etc are not and use the car hood. And advantage/disadvantages to no cover?
2) Throttle Body (which one should i buy?)
3) Catch can. It can't hurt -can it?
4) New rims


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Here's 2 how-to threads that I made on putting the ColdAirInductions CAI on my LFX and how to install the VMAX ported TB.

https://www.moderncamaro.com/forum/do...s-cai-lfx.html

https://www.moderncamaro.com/forum/do...fx-engine.html

I highly recommend both products.

When you have a CAI without a cover, when you are in traffic, or moving slowly, the hot air from the engine gets to the filter and it raises the intake air temperature (IAT) to be much higher than the ambient temperature (the temp outside the car). Hotter IATs mean less air (because of density) and less air means less power.


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