Should I “De-chickletize” My 2010 Camaro SS?

UPDATE! I did end up “de-chickletizing” my car! Details here!

Now that spring is just around the corner, I am preparing for more things to my 2010 Camaro SS, as I have promised in my previous entries.  So, let’s start with something simple…

First of all, if you don’t know what a GM “chicklet” is, see the following image:

Example of a GM Chicklet

Example of a GM Mark of Excellence "Chicklet"

GM started putting these on all of their vehicles starting with the 2006 models.   GM called it a “move to link General Motors and its vehicle brands more closely”.  However, a decision was made in August of 2009 to stop installing the badges on GM vehicles so they could  focus more on core brands  and less of a focus on the GM brand image itself.

The badge drew a lot of praise and criticism…it seemed that people either liked it or hated it.  Some touted it with pride and referred to what it is officially called, the GM “Mark of Excellence”.  Others had it removed from their cars before they drove them off the dealer lot.

Originally, I myself liked the badge for the most part.  I left it on my 2007 Trailblazer SS as I thought it added a bit of character.  However,  I thought about removing the chicklet from my Camaro ever since the day I got it.  As indicated by my SmoothLocks, small details can make a huge difference and anyone who knows me well also knows that I like to keep my Camaros clean and uncluttered in appearance.  In the case of my 2010 Camaro, the GM chicklet just seemed out of place for me personally.

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Reader E-mail About My 2010 Camaro SS Project

One of the cool parts about documenting a car build online is that you get some nice feedback and questions from people who read about it. Here are a few that I have received recently and my answers to them.

Do you have a question or comment about what I have done to my 2010 Camaro SS so far?  Feel free to drop me a line or just enter your question or comment at the bottom of any entry on this web site!

Okay, on to the reader e-mails…

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SEMA 2009 Film Features my 2010 Camaro SS!

In case you missed it when it was originally released, it definitely needs to be seen! From director and film producer Casey J. Porter comes his SEMA 2009 film. At 45 seconds in, you will see a brief interview with me regarding my 2010 Camaro SS project. The rest of the video is damn good as well!

Info on my 2010 Camaro L99 Tune from Vector Motorsports

I have been getting a lot of questions about the tune that is on my 2010 L99 Camaro.

Some background:
I have worked with Vector Motorsports for quite a few years now. They have done work for me in the past and I used their tune on my 2007 Trailblazer SS. I have always been very happy with the results.

I started working with Vector Motorsports again last summer on the 2010 Camaro L99 tune. Mine was the car that was used by them to develop that particular tune.

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More Audio of my 2010 Camaro Borla Exhaust System

In my previous entries I posted some videos showing my car getting loaded to go to SEMA and then another one of it being unloaded.  In the video, you can hear the exhaust in parts.  This drew many requests for me to get more audio of what a full Borla exhaust system sounds on a 2010 Camaro SS.

Your wish is my command.