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    I dig that companies are selling 3D printed parts for crazy form stuff like this. Those will help, especially for track days. I did a much more butchered fix on a freind's FRC autocross car ages ago, those printed parts are 100x cleaner.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MommysLittleMonster View Post
    I dig that companies are selling 3D printed parts for crazy form stuff like this. Those will help, especially for track days. I did a much more butchered fix on a freind's FRC autocross car ages ago, those printed parts are 100x cleaner.
    I am kind of surprised more things arent out for these cars as how popular and cheap they are becoming. I mean you can buy any kinda chrome panel or trim piece or badge for these cuz of the old demographic that used to own them. Performance parts are good but not at the same time its weird.


    While this exhaust sounds very good, I cant stand the single tips. I know its just visual, but I **** when I see them. Not sure its worth spending for a new exhaust tho. I have been keeping an eye out for used systems, just shipping can be rather expensive on these due to one set of pipes.

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    Those fender vents are sweet and functional.

    I ***** the little plastic inserts, pulled mine and told myself it helped cool the engine bay a bit more. But the look of the vents with depth was much nicer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by white out View Post
    Those fender vents are sweet and functional.

    I ***** the little plastic inserts, pulled mine and told myself it helped cool the engine bay a bit more. But the look of the vents with depth was much nicer.
    I know a lot of track guys were very excited to try running them, so I figure why not jump in and try myself.


    Todays list of parts was to install my AMT Motorsport engine mounts, and also the diff mount. I was going to push getting them for a while, but I was lucky enough to win the diff mount on another forum, which saved me a good bit. I called Mark up when I heard I won and got a set of the engine mounts that I was eyeing up anyway. Easier to save on shipping and get them both. Diff mount was easy. I only took a pic of the stock one and then the new mount and installed. Kinda sucks you never see it. Install basically was loosen all the stock bolts, and jack up the trans. Fish out the mount from its hole, and replace.

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    Then onto the motor mounts. I didnt take many pictures cuz this really turned into a chore. I had to lower the subframe, loosen the stock mounts on the block, pull the stock mounts, then put in the new ones. It took a few hours but its finally finished. The mounts are a thing of beauty, and designed well. Curious to see the difference in the car with both installed. There is still rubber inside, but much more solid all around. Hard to see installed, but its in there.

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    A pic back outside since. Its crazy how low the roof really is on this thing.

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    I knew you had this but I missed the thread somehow! Always loved C5s and looks like you are progressing quick.
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    Yes, yes and more yes!
    The 3D printed inserts are wild, that's something I wish more companies were doing, taking the 3D printing shit more serious.

    Legit to see the motor mounts all sorted, does it feel a hell of a lot stiffer in the car?
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    Had a decent friday/weekend working on the car. My roll bar showed up friday around lunch, so I worked on getting it un packaged and put together for a test fit. Pulled the front seats with my helper

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    Put the bar together, then threw it on the carpet and into the car to see how it fit.

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    Threw the seat in to check measurements.

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    After measuring, I am right on the line of passing tech for where my seat lands. A few other things I dont like as well, so the bar is either getting sold, or returning to kirk racing. Kind of sucks to be back to square one with the cage dilemma but I am trying to make a smart decision for this year. Main thing is do I really need to keep going to race hill climbs, or should I just do autocross and track events till I make sure I really like the car. I will order a harness bar so I can still run the seat if I go that direction.

    So after all the headache with the roll bar (called a few friends) I ended up installing some other parts. First was the harmonic balancer since the stock one was a little wobble. I ordered a summit pulley, arp bolt, and install tools. I can say I am very happy I ordered the correct tools. It really wasnt too bad. You have to pull the steering rack which was the worst part, but it only took me a few hours.

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    Since the upper control arms had to be come off to lower the subframe down a little, I decided to install the AMT motorsport upper control arm stud kit. It replaces the stock bolts and makes using shims for alignment a lot easier. Took no time to swap around. I had ample time to let the loctite set. I still need to install the lower camber locking plates, but I want to schedule an alignment first so I know how long I have to get them in vs driving it.

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    While the front end was apart, I also figured it was time to install the tow hook. Install went kind of well, but I need to fix 2 nutcerts to really make it secure on the backside. It was in a tight spot and I should have pulled it to re-tap the certs before I tried to bolt it on. One doesnt really line up and the other pushed into the frame with the bolt stuck. Thats for another day tho. I also cut and installed the z06 style fog screens. I think it really cleans up the front end and makes it look sportier. I took out the vararam intake since there was fitment issues no matter which side I ran the tow hook. I ordered an SLP filter and threw it in.

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    Not much new to update on. I did get the camber lock plates installed which really was not bad at all. Getting the stock rear eccentric bolts out was more of a pain than anything. I set them to the max "street" setup, so we will see when I can get an alignment at what it landed me at. I can always bump them to the "track" position if I want more camber. Only pic I took of that. I did a halfass diy alignment to try and get it close, since my front toe was out about 1" which was crazy. The rear is also kinda adjusted so hopefully monday I can find a shop.

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    I sold the rollbar, hopefully it makes it to the new owner safe. I had a few guys locally bail of course, so I had to ship it out to Cali which was not fun, or cheap. I did make a decision on what I am going to install however after talking to a few friends for real advice. Here is a teaser of the cage, I took from the vendors facebook.

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    Probably overkill, but everytime I mention running a Hill Climb, you really get a different answer from guys who just run on track. I could have just went with a rear only, but figure why not just go all out and do it right the first time. I did ask about adding the front section in after the rear install, and while it might be possible, this vendor told me its next to impossible with how their kit fits. They wont even try it in their own shop. Hopefully it ships out sometime next week so I can strip down the car and start getting to work.
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    That new cage is something else! Is it bolt in or weld in?

    Either way, solid progress. Looking forward to seeing this rip around!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SebastienPeek View Post
    That new cage is something else! Is it bolt in or weld in?

    Either way, solid progress. Looking forward to seeing this rip around!
    Its a lot of cutting, and full weld in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hinrichs View Post
    Its a lot of cutting, and full weld in.
    Ahah a lot of cutting! I'm so pumped for you
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    Jungle gym showed up, hopefully I can start the prep and install next week

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    Spent a few hours over the weekend stripping out the interior to get ready for the cage install. Thought this sticker on the seatbelt was rather funny.

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    Small pile of parts. I will need to install most of it back in to stay in a street class outside of the seats. I do have some exceptions for things that physically can not go back in due to bars from the cage. From what I can tell I should be able to make it look half decent.

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    I still have a little bit of carper in the rear, but Its not really near where the bars land. Also taking dash out was surprisingly easy. The cuts are also very minimal to get it back inside the car

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    Good progress, would love to see the cage installed soon and trim fitted back
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    Dude you're quite serious about this it seems

    Looks awesome, I always had a sweetspot for the C5 Corvette and always love myself a good track-oriented Build! <3

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    So after a lot of cutting, and I mean ALOT, I finally was able to get the cage fit, and all tacked in. The worst part was massaging the windshield frame since this cage fits so tight everywhere for driver fitment. I will get some horror shots if I still can. I have one spot to cut yet but that is for final welding. Here is the full cage fit in the car.

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    The top does fit on the car as well. Here is before most tubes were added, but you can not see the upper roof bars which makes me happy. I think the "best cage on the east coast builder" has them lower.

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    Last picture I decided to throw in my seat mainly to make sure the extra small rear support fit with my seat. Large/tall drivers do not fit with that extra bar in the car. Good thing for me I have tons of clearance everywhere. I had issues with that in my E36 where no matter where I put the seat, when I tilted my head to the left, I hit the cage. Sure I run padding but its very thin and minimal and it was still too close. It honestly made the car annoying to drive and you felt almost claustrophobic while racing. Right now the corvette feels roomy as can be. I would have loved to put NASCAR style bars in the car, but loosing my windows was not worth it for me. The car seems to be just as easy to get into as before, but there are 2 bars yet to be installed which I will test today.

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    Nice!
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    Spent a few days welding. It really wasnt all too bad, but I did make one mistake which would have made final welding easier but oh well. If I ever install another one of these I sure know some tricks. The worst part was cutting the rear wheel tubs to get to the main hoop plate. I waited to do this till the end which was dumb, but I was really trying to not cut this part. Nice little window that I closed back up on both sides.

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    Threw on some eastwood extreme chassis black, wish I prepped it better.

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    Still working on fitment, but the trunk/hatch is looking decent now that I got the speaker covers back on.

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    Need to make a decision for a passenger seat as well. I am really torn in what to do. My fake OCD says it needs to match close with a WRC-R bucket, but thats not exactly cheap for it to not get used. Either way the stock seat sits very high and now has no seatbelt.

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    Good work on that cage, I like how it blends in with the car. I'm sure you can't wait to drive it
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    I still have cage padding to add but the interior is "finished" for now. Someday I will get the dash fitment better, but honestly the side you can see that sticks out has been bad since day 1. Most of the mounting tabs were broken when I pulled it out of the car. I still would like to flock it or something just to see how it turns out. I also threw in the fire extinguisher mount which works fine for now and will pass tech. I will be ordering another onboard system like I had in my E36.

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    Just 2 pics of the driver seat and cage. I have padding coming on Friday to replace some very thick stuff that I bought in error. I should have known better and went to my local shop but whatever. I also was able to get the driver lower dash back in which really made it look finished. I will order a passenger seat next week if I dont end up using my friends Kirkey for this year.

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    I felt really bad doing this, but I wanted some kind of door panel back in the car. I planned to sell them to recoup some money.....but really didnt think anyone would need the grey color my interior actually is. The passenger side I was able to keep a lot of the panel and window switch which worked out well. I still have some minor trimming to perfect the fitment but its very close. Driver side panel fits very different so a lot more got chopped away. In the end with the doors shut it looks very good to me. I did attach the window switch controls and everything works as it should, just harder to get to it.

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    I drove the car finally yesterday, I will take it out again today and maybe stop for some pics along the way. The alignment is much better but still needs to be checked.
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    Cage/Seat/Steering wheel look great. . . so does the passenger door. Driver needs some ingenuity, but shouldn't be too bad to make it all good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by white out View Post
    Cage/Seat/Steering wheel look great. . . so does the passenger door. Driver needs some ingenuity, but shouldn't be too bad to make it all good.
    I do plan to do something better this coming winter. I wanted to keep as much of the door card as I could on the driver side, but it was much thicker compared to the passenger side due to the air vent. I plan to make some kind of ABS panel I think, but for now it will work.

    I added some padding to the cage and ran out quick. Makes me really wonder how many feet of piping I installed, since 9 ft doesnt even fully cover the driver side lol. I do have more on order so hopefully that shows up fast. This makes me feel better on the street plus it doubles as an arm rest.

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    More street car stuff. I never liked the way the sub box fit that came with the car. It sounded good but looked dumb. I had this kicker hideaway sitting in the garage for a few years now so I figured why not use it. I was going to put it in the wifes car, but I can use the old sub for that. Got it installed in the rear cubby and it fits perfect under the cover. I will probably pull it out eventually, but I like decent-ish sound when driving it around.

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    I have been on the fence trying to decide on a passenger seat. After lots and lots of marketplace hunting, I ended up finding exactly what I wanted. Gently used OMP WRC-R. The seat is basically new and gently used. I paid half of what a new seat would be, which was my plan since it really will not have that many passengers. The WRC is basically the same as my seat, just without the head portion. Now to decide on a mount and belt.

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    Threw on some vinyl for internet cred, and also the class numbers for the upcoming race.

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    Ran out to NJ to grab my seat Tuesday night. Have not been out near Englishtown Raceway in a long time. Took the truck which was kinda dumb, but the seat fit in the back.

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    It did come with a half decent mount that fits a C6. I threw the seat in for a test fit to see where it would land since it wasnt adjustable at all, and if I could make the mount work. Last picture of the stock passenger seat installed.

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    If I would have thought ahead and ordered seat bolt extenders I probably could have used the mount. I went hunting in the garage and grabbed a set of Sparco side mounts that I had saved from the MK1 Gti I bought. I want to swap them for omp mounts just for a little more adjustment eventually. Decided to just make my own floor mount which came out half decent. I should have made it a little higher up, but it works fine for what I need.

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    Decided to relocate my fire extinguisher down onto the seat mount to give the passenger more knee room. This is temporary until I get another fire system on order and installed. I still need to order a harness for the passenger side, but the carpet is back in and seat is bolted down.

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    Test fit the car into my friends enclosed last night. I will pull it out and get it washed, then loaded back up for the race at Summit Point this weekend. I will try and get pics and videos when my friend drives so I have a more exciting post for next week.

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