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Matt, excellent looking engine and engine bay. I like what you did to the cover and the custom engine cover emblems. Was it difficult to iron on the C7 logo?

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Matt, excellent looking engine and engine bay. I like what you did to the cover and the custom engine cover emblems. Was it difficult to iron on the C7 logo?

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Not difficult at all. Hardest part was lining it up on the rear shade. Once it was lined up you use a iron on its hottest temp. No steam. Use a old t shirt to cover the logo and then use pressure while holding the iron on the logo area under the T-shirt. Keep moving the iron around after holding 20 second at a time. Let it cool. All done!

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Did you paint your engine bay covers white yourself and if so did you do a step by step of the process you used? BTW, I love the stock look of the LT4 and wondering how much something like that would cost and you can PM me if you don't want to post. Include forum member parts purchased, additional parts you had to buy and the labor cost / out the door as I have been considering but would like to know what to plan for.... Have replicated many of your mods on my Arctic White Z51..... Replication is the biggest form of flattery.... LOL

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Did you paint your engine bay covers white yourself and if so did you do a step by step of the process you used? BTW, I love the stock look of the LT4 and wondering how much something like that would cost and you can PM me if you don't want to post. Include forum member parts purchased, additional parts you had to buy and the labor cost / out the door as I have been considering but would like to know what to plan for.... Have replicated many of your mods on my Arctic White Z51..... Replication is the biggest form of flattery.... LOL

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Hello Kyle!

i did paint most of my engine covers myself. The process is the same as I documented earlier in this thread. I did not paint my fluid caps or my new supercharger cover.

Here is is a link to the details on my supercharger install. I bought the used supercharger and all other necessary main parts from a forum member for 2600.00. The remaining parts (including LT4 fuel pump and injectors 1500.00) and labor brought the total to approx 8k.

http://www.stingrayforums.com/forum...arger-installed-my-2015-z51-stingray.html#top

Thanks for the kind words. I am glad my posts could help!

More mods coming up...I will be painting my calipers white....fun project for sure!

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Let the winter mods commence!

Needed to get the car on jack stands and thoroughly researched this...Process went well...I am still using two jacks (one on either side for additional safety support)

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Here are the mods planned for the next couple weeks: (updated)

1. Paint the Calipers White and add black "Corvette" lettering
2. Paint the rotor hats black (did not do...going to order new rotors with black hats next year)
3. Add Stage two undertray for stage two splitter (tried to do, but would not work with RPI Stage 2 splitter
4. install arctic white engine cowl
5. Clean, polish and ceramic coat all wheels
6. Clean polish and ceramic coat the car (just received my new flex polisher!)
7. Clean and coat all tires
8. install black painted supercharger cover bolts.
9. Install new Kalahari trim piece above steering wheel
10. Replace carbotech 1521 brake pads with Powerstop Z26 pads (will wait on these until new rotors installed)
11. Install new Carbon flash painted splash guards.
12. Install new ACS rear fascia extensions

Time to get busy! I will photo document all of these upgrades...Stay tuned

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As the winter modding season comes to an end, I have completed most of the things I wanted to do this past weekend, plus a few others...

Here is a rundown of what I did!

Project #1: Paint the Black OEM Calipers white.

This was my big project. I looked into having them removed, powder coated, reinstalled, and then having the brakes bled....it was a 1500.00 cost....so...I decided to go the less expensive way and see how it would turn out. I figured that I could always have them powder coated if I did not like the way they turned out.

I bought the G2 Caliper Paint kit. It was around 50.00 on Amazon...There are a bunch of videos on YouTube on how to apply the paint and prep the calipers....The most important thing to remember is that the Calipers need to be super clean! Depending on how dirty your calipers are it mat take some time to get them clean. The kit does come with a can of Brake cleaner to help with that process...I washed my calipers with soapy Dawn water and then sprayed them down with the brake cleaner. I would also recommend that you buy a set of fine artist brushes from Amazon (8.99) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XJV7VM9/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The brush that comes with the kit really sucks!

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It is important to scuff up the existing calipers if they are painted so the new paint will adhere better. I used 180 grit sandpaper. I then masked off any areas of the rotor, pads, and caliper that I did not want paint to get on.

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Once you mix the catalyst into the epoxy paint you will have about four hours to get the job done. It took me all four hours to apply six coats of paint to each caliper. This will allow about 15-20 min between coats...the paint is self leveling so much of the brush marks will disappear...You have to be careful to watch out for drips and runs...
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I let the paint dry overnight and then I applied the "Corvette" decals. I ordered the decals from Tower Decals.

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I think they really turned out great!!

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Project #2: Install ACS Rear Fascia Extentions.

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I received an email from ACS about these new items and I ordered them 5 minutes after getting the email! I think they are very subtle, but carry the line of the splitter and sideskirts to the rear of the car. They were very easy to install..

Here's a before picture....

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And the install was very straight forward....Two existing screws and two additional rivets.

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Two 1/2" deep holes needed to be drilled....I used some masking tape on the drill bit to measure the 1/2"

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Then the rivets were installed.

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Final result tuned out great!

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Project #3: Add gloss black bolts to supercharger cover!
The details are important so I painted the cover bolts gloss black!

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Project #5: Install new Painted splash guards....

Very Subtle, but I like the look.

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After:

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More projects in the next post since I can only attach 25 photos per post!!

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Your mods always look terrific!. Thanks for being so talented and sharing your great mods with the rest of us!


I have used G2 caliper paint on two vehicles and it is one terrific product. I love that you can get it any color that you have an OEM paint code for.
 

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Winter Mods Continued!

Project #6: Install new Arctic White Cowl.

I always have wanted to do this ever since I saw Jeremy Welborn (jagamajajaran) do it on his Velocity yellow vette! I followed his install video and it was super simple! Thanks Jeremy!

First step was to remove the old cowl....that involved first removing the windshield wipers and the trim pieces on either side of the car...

Side trim pieces removed

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Nut covers on wipers removed

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Remove 4 push pins on the cowl

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Disconnect the windshield washer fluid tubes

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Remove cowl...(Note you will need to remove the tube from under the cowl and re attach on the new cowl.)

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Install the new cowl!

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and then the wipers!

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Project #7: Install new kalahari upper trim molding batwing and grab handle! (A.K.A Kalahari 2.5!)

A few years ago I saw a few threads that were called Kalahari 2.5...where some people had a 2LT Kalahari interior and wanted a few more accents of Kalahari trim, built not the full blown 3LT look....

I decided to add the Kalahari batwing and grab handle....The swap out only took 10 minutes!!

Before:

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Using a small trim tool, the cover piece for the grab handle is removed to expose two screws holding the batwing in place..

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Once the screws are out, the trim piece just pops out and the new pieces pop in! Simple!

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Project #8: Install Carbon flash Spear!

Another very simple project....Spear vinyl was bought from Vettestripes.com. Once again a very subtle change, but I like it!

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Project #9: Upgraded engine components!

Went back down to my favorite shop! Weapon X Motorsports!

Changes made:

1. Upgraded Brian Tooley Valve springs
2. New upgraded spark plugs
3. new updated tune
4. New supercharger expansion tank!

The upgrades smoothed out the power delivery and the car is more responsive along with a more linear power curve! Very happy with the results!

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Once the upgrades were made it was time for the dyno!!



More updates continued on the next post....Yes....there is more!! :wink-new:

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Matt, outstanding workmanship and attention to detail. Your C7 Masterpiece looks excellent with the mods you've completed so far, not over the top! How many miles were on your plugs?

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Matt, outstanding workmanship and attention to detail. Your C7 Masterpiece looks excellent with the mods you've completed so far, not over the top! How many miles were on your plugs?

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Thanks Rick! I only had about 8000 miles on those plugs as they were new when I had the blower installed last year....when the tech pulled the plugs he saw that it might make sense to go one step colder and go with a non protruding tip....I am no expert so I really don't know what that means, but I trust the Weapon X guys!

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Here are a couple outside shots!

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Nicely done Matt! It’s amazing how much impact the white calipers have on the overall look. That applies to any car but especially yours since they are white.
 

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Project #1


Last week I spend over 15 hours detailing my car for the upcoming season....Here is the rundown of what I did and the products I used. I have listed links to these products...(I list the links only to help others who might be interested in using the products)

1. Full wash with Nanoskin Mitt to remove any dirt and contaminants on the clear coat. http://a.co/1T1IqCl

2. Spray down the clear coat with Sonax Iron Fallout Cleaner http://a.co/iyzCKKw

3. Full paint correction with my new Flex polisher, (http://a.co/8AjwPTb) Sonax Perfect finish polish (http://a.co/3ScEpZJ) and 8 Lake Country Hybrid Force Orange pads. (https://www.autogeek.net/lc-5-hyb-combo.html)

4. Full Ceramic coating with Gyeon Syncro Coating kit. (http://a.co/j1l1mwL)



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I researched The Gyeon Syncro kit and saw very favorable ratings for quality and ease of application, so I gave it a go...

The kit has a two stage application process. I applied two coats of the hard ceramic coating Mohs, within 1 hour of each other. Then I waited 4 hours to apply the top coat called Skin! This product is as advertised! Amazingly easy to apply and the gloss is AMAZING! Here is a video review that I watched which made me buy the product.

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5. The next day I topped off the coating with Polish Angel Cosmic Spritz which added a great layer of protection on the coating and even more gloss!

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The weather finally turned nice this past weekend and I was able to get the car out and attend a few car shows....I took some pictures...It is hard to make white really pop...but I think I achieved great results..

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Project #2

I have been looking for months for a dashcam for the car, but I wanted one that would also provide security at the same time. It also needed to have 4G/LTE so I could monitor it at any time....I could not find one.....until the Owlcam came along!

This camera is a made for Corvette owners! :smile:

http://www.owlcam.com

It is pretty expensive at 349.99, but it comes with the first year of LTE for free.

It was extremely easy to install...It comes with multiple sizes of "Wedge Arm mounts" which wedge between the dash and the windshield and then it it stabilized by a suction cup. A very ingenious concept and it works great!

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Power is delivered to the camera via the OBD2 port...It has a special sensor in the connector that ensures that the camera will not drain your battery....Another great idea!

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The small wire is run between the windshield and the dash and Owlcam provides a "tuck" tool to help wedge the wire. I then ran the wire down the A pillar, tucking the wire as I ran it. Install only took about 10 min!

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Here is a sample video I took over the weekend as someone cut across lanes in front of me....

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So far the camera is working great! The live motion alerts are very cool!

That's it for now...As always there is more modding to come!

-M

 

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Updated car show poster for this year!! So glad winter is over!

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