Build Thread (Copied from Camaro5.com demise)
I am starting this thread to track my progression through my envisioned mods. I purchased my 2013 2SS w/RS package on May 25th, 2013 in Seattle, WA.
I have always been an admirer of the Camaro look and feel, but my interest began to intensify with the 2010-2012 models. When I first saw a 2013 model, I knew I was hooked. I have always been into "blacked-out", so the original intention was to buy the stock 2SS 1LE, but in the end I did not think the performance suspension options (and related cost) were justified in my day-to-day driving. As such, I eliminated the 1LE option, which regrettably also eliminated the nice Black 10-spoke forged aluminum wheels that I liked so much in the original build-out I spec'd. That put me into after-market for the wheels. Back when I was excited about the earlier models, the 2011 Synergy Green model was showcased - I remember at that time thinking, let's reverse that! I want a blacked-out version with Synergy-Green accents. So then began the process of procuring the desired options package and waiting for availability. I traded in a 2005 Durango SLT that I bought used in 2001.
Full-disclosure: I fully consider this an early form of second-childhood. I recently sold my business and came into some moderate disposable income and decided to treat myself with something I was literally consumed with acquiring - obviously not functionally ideal from a family perspective, but the wife was supportive and the kids (two teenage girls, 14 and 16 at time of writing this post) were just happy to see me happy. Best quote of the day when I first brought the car home, from my oldest daughter, upon seeing the car in the driveway for the first time: "Dad, it is a little awk(ward) saying this, but that is the sexiest thing I have ever seen."
I am not necessarily intending to trick out this great beast to achieve anything close to one-of-a-kind - I have spent countless hours reading and refining what I think I would like to take this car and looking forward to the journey. I consider myself somewhere in the middle, technically. I have rebuilt engines in my distant past, and have no fear of cracking open the inner-workings and even risking the occasional circuit board mods - we will see how it goes. Been fun reading the DIY threads, especially the dash LED mods...
Always looking for input on mods!
Garage has the full recap of all mods
, but here is a recent copy/paste:
06/08/2013 - Fog Light Plasma Bulbs Upgrade (P13W) with DRL Harness
2010 2011 2012 2013 Camaro RS P13W LED Bulbs
06/12/2013 - Front/Rear Chevy Bowties/logo - Synergy Green
2010-2013 Camaro Pre-Painted Bowties 2011
06/12/2013 - Exterior Camaro Nameplates - Green
2010-2013 Camaro Fender Name Plate Emblem Lettering -Painted
06/23/2013 - Gen5 "SS" Caliper Covers - Synergy Green
MGP® - Chevy Camaro 2012-2013 Caliper Covers with Engraved Camaro/SS Gen 5 Logo
06/18/2013 - 25% Window Tint
Midnight Window Tinting - Seattle Window Tinting Company | Professional Window Tinting Shop Bellevue | Window Tint Films | 3M Clear Bra Paint Protection
06/23/2013 - Plasti-dip the OEM rims (trying this before I buy new custom wheels)
07/01/2013 - Hood Spears
HOO ACCENT STRIPE
07/04/2013 - NightOwl Halo + Grill Light + DRL Harness
NightOwl RGB Halo Kit | NightOwl LED Systems
05/28/2013 - F8 Fuse Pull for Dual-mode exhaust.
DIY/How-to: How/What fuse to pull for NPP (Dual mode exhaust) - Camaro5 Chevy Camaro Forum / Camaro ZL1, SS and V6 Forums - Camaro5.com
06/12/2013 - CAI Cold Air Intake - Short Ram (Part # 501-1099-10B)
2010 - 2013 6.2L Chevrolet Camaro Intake System (Black Powder Coated) - 2013 - 6.2L - Camaro - Chevrolet - Cold Air Intakes - Store
06/08/2013 - Skip-Shift Eliminator
2010 Camaro Skip Shift Eliminator Harness manual LS3 2011,Skip-Shift Eliminator, 2010-12 Camaro/2009 GXP/1994-02 Camaro/Firebird/1997-12 Corvette/2004-06 GTO/2009-11 Dodge Challenger Manual 6-Speed
06/24/2013 - Octane Fuel Correction
07/16/2013 - VMAX Ported Throttle Body
VMAX CNC Spiral Ported Throttle Body
09/13/2013 - AGP Twin Turbo Kit
09/13/2013 - Livernois Motorsports L92 Stage 2C Cam + Springs + Pushrods
09/13/2013 - AEM Tru-boost Electronic Boost Controller
09/13/2013 - AEM Wideband O2 Air/Fuel gauge
09/13/2013 - A Pillar Dual Gauge Pod by Auto Meter