Your Ride: 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS
RJ Stieger walked into the dealership looking for an old beat up Jeep Wrangler and walked out with an inferno orange metallic 2010 Camaro SS...pretty awesome. Stieger said, “When you put an old Wrangler next to a 2010 Camaro SS, the choice becomes pretty clear.” Long story short, there were some problems with the braking system and Chevrolet bought Stieger’s 2010 and upgraded him to a 2011 Camaro SS. Even better. BoldRide: Does your Camaro have a name? Stieger: Yes, her name is Kaylee. In the months between ordering and delivery I spent a lot of time daydreaming about Kaylee and what her name should be. I refused to pick a name until I saw her, because what if I picked Susan or something? Does Kaylee look anything like a Susan? I don't think so. The name Kaylee started to grow on me, but where did that name come from? Well, I'm going to date myself here, but Kaylee's name comes from a character in the show Firefly. The character Kaylee’s full name was Kaywinnit Lee Frye, so that’s where Kaylee comes from. I can't really explain why the name Kaylee spoke to me, but it did. When I saw Kaylee for the first time I knew it was the name for her, and she’s been amazing ever since.
What do you love about it?
That's a tough question; I don't think there is "one" thing that I love about her. It's more like I love everything about her. But if I had to pick one, it’s her rear quarter panels, they’re easily one of my favorite features.
What was most challenging about the modification process?
I do as much of the work I can by myself, though suspension and bushings I yield and take her to Back Street Performance. The hardest thing I've had to do was when I put my headlights in the oven – part of installing Advanced Automotive Concepts halo kit. Here I was taking a brand new headlight that sells for $900 and putting it in the oven. Obviously nothing went wrong, but at the time I had every possible worst-case scenario in mind.
What have you done to make it a bolder ride?
There are cosmetic, lighting, performance and suspension modifications; it’s safe to say she’s had a lot of work done. Here’s my mod list...
Cosmetic Mods - I have a "IM NSFW" personalized license plate, 35% ceramic tint all around, 50% ceramic tint on the entire windshield, blue dyed stitching, headlight armor 20% taillight tint, ACE Customs leather E-Brake, black fender badging, RPI stealth mud flaps, Lloyd's floor mats, Sullivan Racing black pedalset, gloss black 20" OEM wheels - winter set, plastic dipped 20" OEM wheels - summer set, Cobalt blue painted calipers, gloss black A/C vent trim, FatMat trunk kit, XM antenna relocation, Gorilla locking lug nuts, underhood bowtie, black T-Rex bumper grille, heritage grille, gloss black strut covers by CFD, Sparks Restorations SS emblem, GM GFX - rear diffuser, GM GFX side skirts, gloss black GFX exhaust bezels, white overlays for the auxiliary gauges, cup holder delete bezel by Phantom, Defenderworx Locking black fuel door, polished evap line, black chrome - by 6liter, steering wheel bezel, Speedo/tach bezel, 4 gauge pack, rear bowtie, cup holder bezel.
Lighting Mods - Fieldgoal00's wireless DRL harness, glove box light, rear dome light, Advanced Automotive Customs, P13W plasma bulbs, 22" RGB scanner light, ABL interior LED conversion kit, ABL front & rear footwell lighting, (5) chip license plate LEDs, ghosted LED concept side markers, high power LED reverse lights, chromed turn signal bulbs, 2SSRS, dash ABL, concept afterburner tail lights, RGB halos; using OEM halo ring.
Performance Mods - Bassani 1 7/8" LT headers, Bassani 2.5" high flow cats, Bassani Power-X Crossover, Bassani 2.5" catback exhaust, Black CAI intake, ADM race scoop, Apex W/W relocation, RX oil catch can, RX oil breather, Hurst short throw shifter (OEM), Hardwired Valentine One - 24 saves, Separate clutch fluid reservoir, JRE custom tune, VMax ported throttle body, "Strong" GM MAF sensor Info, 2012 heater hose relocation.
Suspension Mods - Pedders rear cradle bushings, Pedders radius rod bushings, BMR rear differential bushings, BMR steering rack mount bushing, Pedders XA Coilovers.
Carbon Fiber - Engine cover, radiator shroud, tail light bezels, trunk lid drain covers, DRL bezels, RPI side vent inserts, Showstoppers Premium Underhood Package, Showstoppers front splitter, CarID real carbon fiber overhead console kit, Anvil Auto's carbon fiber notched spoiler.
Favorite place you'd die to drive it?
The Nurburgring, also known as The Ring. It's the freaking Nurburgring, it has every possible turn and straightaway a guy could ask for!
What's an inside fact about the Camaro that only an owner would know about?
All of the Camaro's nuts and bolts are metric. The car is built in Canada, Oshawa to be exact.
Tell us a funny story about Kaylee.
I have an "IM NSFW" personalized license plate. I was leaving a concert and people walking by yelled, "what's NSFW?" I'm still surprised more people don't know what NSFW is, though I might spend too much time on the computer. NSFW, means Not Safe For Work. Not so much a "ha ha" funny story, but I get a chuckle out of it every time someone asks.
Price (base when new): $35,000
Estimated Price (now with modifications): $50,000
Engine: 6.2L LS3
Horsepower: 489 at the crank
Torque: 491 at the crank
Car Type: Sports Car
Overall length (in/mm): 190.4 / 4836
Wheelbase (in/mm): 112.3 / 2852
Height (in/mm): 54.2 / 1377
Width (in/mm): 75.5 / 1918
Curb weight (lb/kg): 3860 / 1755
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