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Well, I've had my LBR/Gray Z51, 7 Speed Manual, MSRC Coupe for 10 days now. I did my first mod today. Being short, 5'6", the clutch pedal was too far away when the seat was adjusted to my liking. I added the Bandra Perfromance Engineering EZ-Clutch Pedal Extension. It raises the pedal 40mm. Simple installation, and made an instant improvement. Had the dealer install the GM wider rear splash guards and the ACS Extended front Splash Guards I brought with me, prior to driving home.

Parts on hand, awaiting installation:

Grill Bar Overlay
Powerstop Extreme pads
Borla X-pipe
Complete glen e method detail kit, Griot's polisher and Blackfire products (Thanks Glen!) Hopefully I'll have time for the paint correction this week.
Urethane jacking pucks in orange (harder to forget to remove, lol)
I have a buddy from my drag racing days who owns a performance shop, he's busy for the next week, but after that I'll have some lift time to install the pads and x-pipe

Parts on order:

DCS suspension controller for the MSRC
Weathertech mats



Future plans:

Sound Deadening
Catch Can
Side Skirts
Clear Bra, at least the bumper, mirrors and rocker panels. Undecided on brand, Xpel, Suntek or 3M
Tint
The biggie: 28' X 30' detached two car garage with an additional 28' X 10' parking pad. Variance Hearing at City Hall the evening of May 1st. I'm using scissor trusses for one bay, and conventional trusses with the bottom chord in 2" X 6". Walls will be 9'. With the scissor trusses there should be plenty of room for a lift. The 2" X 6" trusses over the other bay will allow for plywood decking, providing extra storage space. Slab will be 5" or 6" of 5000 psi concrete with thicker areas where a lift will go.

My local Corvette specialist in Powell, Ohio offered me a screaming deal. Bridgestone UHP AS tires, mounted on Z51 Chrome rims, with sensors and balanced. His cousin put 500 miles on them, then moved south. I got them for a steal of a deal. I'll put them on in the fall. Also bought a lightly used GM OE Outdoor cover from another forum user for $100.
 

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Added a few small things.

CF tape over the front bumper chrome strip, and a CF painted poverty splitter:

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Added the Borla X-pipe, (no pics)

While she was on the lift did the rear brake pads, ran out of time for the fronts:



Did the glen e method with the Griot's DA and Meguiar's 205 polish, followed up with the Blackfire products. I'm very impressed, thanks Glen!


 

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Looking good, excellent choice on the pads, quite happy with my change-out.
 

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Tom, your C7 masterpiece looks awesome, cool list of mods to keep you busy when your not wheeling around OH.

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Subscribed to watch the build progress. Hope your variance goes well for the garage. Looking to do a similar garage build in the near future so please show progress on it as well, unless you have plans to show it in another thread or on an "ultimate garage" forum or the like...
 
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No big changes to the car lately (it's been busy, lol). I did have the variance meeting with the city for square footage (700 sq ft to 820 sq ft), overall height (13' to 17'), wall height (8' to 9') and set-back from the property line. After a 21 day waiting period for appeals, we can get started. I did order some new stuff, and LBR paint for some underhood mods... stay tuned.
 

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Just a quick update. If you didn't see my post on the vandalism issue, the car is in the shop. Some knucklehead(s) bashed in the left headlight/fender/bumper cover/wheel tub with a log (I believe). The car should be back from the body shop mid-late next week. The bill is over $5,500. Fortunately it's covered under comprehensive with a $500 deductible. The Liberty Mutual adjuster originally coded it comprehensive, then the guy that looked at the car insisted it was collision. After a few rounds with Liberty Mutual it was finalized as vandalism, covered under comprehensive. Collision would have been a $1000 deductible and could have raised my rates. I sent an email:

"Julie,

Good morning,

As you can see by the below email, Mark has not changed his opinion on the collision/vandalism issue. I have some points for you to consider before making a final decision:

1. The Grove City Police Officer determined the cause to be vandalism; Report # XXXXX. He is also a trained accident investigator, who very importantly is unbiased and has no vested interest in the determination; this is key. He also was able to see the vehicle as it was in situ, prior to being cleaned by the body shop.

2. There was no OnStar event recorded. If a collision occurred, there should have been an event logged.

3. If a collision occurred the force of the lateral/horizontal forces should have triggered the car alarm, which is set automatically. That did not happen.

4. The high resolution photos I've sent clearly show mud and small bits of dried grass on the bumper cover just below the headlight. Personally I find it difficult to imagine mud and dried grass debris transfer would be caused by a collision. The use of a log (of which a number were located in my yard from tree removal in preparation for a garage build ) seems much more likely to transfer mud and grass than another vehicle.

5. There was no paint transfer from another vehicle, as noted by the police officer.

All these factors indicate a different interpretation than Mark's.

I had an at fault accident two years ago. I'm paying a surcharge and my rates have increased. I never complained, as it was my fault. I now have a new (model year left-over) 2016 Corvette, which was vandalized in front of my home. I face paying a minimum of a $500 deductible, and Liberty Mutual is attempting to make that $1,000, plus the possibility of further raising my rates over a very questionable judgement call. Although it has no bearing on the claim, there is the issue of diminished value. I've worked all my life for this dream car, and the dream has turned into a nightmare. I definitely feel victimized, and hope your determination will not add to this.

Thank you for your consideration,

Tom Zelanin."



She agreed it was vandalism and cut a check to the body shop. Some additional damage was found on the driver's windshield pillar, we're waiting for an additional check. Oh, almost forgot... a few days after Julie agreed to vandalism as the cause, I went to see the car at the body shop. The tech that did the tear-down said there were bits of tree bark that fell out when the bumper cover was removed... go figure. I never bothered to tell Julie, but when the body shop told me what a jerk the inspector was, I decided I'll let her know after the fix is complete. I'm not too fond of being called a liar.

Meanwhile I found some vinyl body color center cap appliques. I messed up one of the eight sections, a new one is coming soon:




I posted this pic in the vanity plate thread also. The rear plate is with the car at the body shop. This is the front plate installed on the factory aero plate:

 

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Very well written letter TomZe! Glad for your outcome. :eek:nthego:
 
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TomZe, you're the victim in this situation and the insurance company turns you into the criminal, that is unsat! Continue to march with your mods and the garage project.

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TomZe, awesome write up. Question, what is this: DCS suspension controller for the MSRC

You mentioned this in your upcoming list. I have msrc but not sure what you are referencing.
 
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TomZe, awesome write up. Question, what is this: DCS suspension controller for the MSRC

You mentioned this in your upcoming list. I have msrc but not sure what you are referencing.
The MSRC is controlled by a standalone computer module behind the LF tire. The stock controller sends a variable voltage to the "fluid" in the shocks. The DSC controller does the same thing, but in an improved manner. The DSC controller is "smart" enough to sense changes in driving inputs and make some predictive changes on the fly. There is a "plush tour" mode that softens the tour mode, while increasing handling. The guys who track their cars are dropping seconds on road courses with this mod alone. It's not cheap at $1200. Think of it like an aftermarket engine computer, only for your suspension. There are two extensive threads on Corvette Forums that explain it in great detail.

You can install it, I've read, by removing the wheel well liner. I've installed the DSC controller while the car is in the shop with the fender off. Obviously I haven't driven it yet. I'll give a review of the controller after I've driven it a bit.
 

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Don't recall mentioning! In fact don't think I will mess with it.

It's a device that changes the GM MRC logic! Some like it, I'll stick with GM, at least for now.
 

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Wow, Tom, that looks beyond fantastic!
 
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The body shop called Friday, the car is ready! :peaceful: It it was entered in the body shop's car show Saturday and took "Best Exotic".. I found some paint flaws, but they said they would be corrected Monday or Tuesday. :sour: They found a bunch of flaws and repainted everything! I picked it up yesterday. It's perfect! :triumphant:

Sooooo... I've been busy.

The DSC MSRC controller was installed while it was in the shop. I haven't pushed it yet, but the "Plush Tour" mode is amazing... it feels like the wife's AWD Cadillac CTS, but handles better.

Installed the factory Aeroplate



Put on the center caps. These are vinyl overlays from eBay. They come in all factory colors. The overlays are in two pieces that fit above and below the flag logo. They're a bit tricky. There's several coats of clear on them now.



Found some engine dress-up black wrinkle paint metal covers, again on eBay. I painted some of the the factory fluid caps Long Beach Red. They all will get painted. Installed a flat Mobil 1 cap, eBay again.




Heat shrink fix for the seat belt retainers (wife and I are both short)



Removed the "CORVETTE" lettering from the rear bumper cover




C7 Carbon fiberglass Carbon Flash Z06 style side skirts.




Next Mods:

The vandalism nightmare started the morning I began doing the interior strip-out for the FatMat install. It still needs to be done. I ordered a wire-tuck kit for the engine bay, and some stainless A/C bezels that match the ones on the passenger side. . I love the "smoothie" plenum and coil pack covers, but balk at the price. I ordered plenty of LBR and CF paint. That'll be a near future project.

The best thing I'm gonna do is drive this biotch!
 

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10 cent heatshrink seat belt retainer mod

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Rattletrap Extreme sound deadening in the cargo area. OK, I'm OCD. This took about 14 hours of work. All the electronics were removed from the cargo floor. The storage area was removed. I didn't do around the battery thinking the conductive film might be a bad idea there.

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Thanks for sharing the detailed photos TomZe! You did an impressive and comprehensive job :cool:
 
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