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Author Topic: Thanks for the add - 2008 Solstice GXP in California  (Read 974 times)

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Offline greatgab

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Thanks for the add - 2008 Solstice GXP in California
« on: December 19, 2018, 02:04:39 PM »
I bought my 2008 Solstice GXP two months ago for 10k with 11k miles. It had spent too much time in a barn in Michigan and needed tires (bought a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S), a battery and some repairs to fix rodent damage (which cleared the CEL problem and made the car smogable). After jumping through hoops with the California DMV (they don't like out-of-state cars), I have added - DDM brace bundle - DDM CAI and charge tubes - Werks IC - Solo hi-flow cat and Mach Shorty exhaust - DDM short shifter - LED blubs inside and out. I am waiting on a Trifecta base/custom switchable tune that will be controlled by the traction button (custom tune in competition mode). I look forward to reading and referencing the posts on this forum.

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Re: Thanks for the add - 2008 Solstice GXP in California
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2018, 02:54:09 PM »
Welcome to the forum, it sounds as if you have caught the Solstice/Sky fever.  Enjoy the forum.

There isn't a lot of traffic here, but everyone here knows their stuff pretty well.

Thanks for joining.

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Re: Thanks for the add - 2008 Solstice GXP in California
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2018, 06:56:13 PM »
Welcome, it sounds like you are well on your way to make that car your own.
2006 Cool named BIXABEL (BISH-AH-BEL) Mayan for "Good Roads"

DDM
StageIII intercooled Supercharger, Wisco ceramic coated pistons, Carrillo rods, superTech valves and Springs
Ported and polished head
Exedy Stage II Clutch
big brake kit, slotted/drilled Rotors w/Porterfield pads & blue juice
Backbone, Probeam, Cross Strut Brace
Underhood, trunk, & door Lights
ZOK suspension

JPM
Center console, door inserts, & dash
Seat bolster & lumbar support

Focuztech Tri-Y Header & hi-flow cat
Solo Performance SQR-2
Norm's Rear facia
Heated Seats
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Re: Thanks for the add - 2008 Solstice GXP in California
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2018, 07:27:25 PM »
a lot of people have had trouble with out-of-state cars in California.  :banghead:
can you share what you had to go through to get the car registered there ?

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Re: Thanks for the add - 2008 Solstice GXP in California
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2018, 07:34:56 PM »
Welcome to the forum and I'm sure you will enjoy the car. Hoops? What kind of hoops?
Just trying to do my part...

Mods: Lose the chicklets, VentureShield, Dual horns, AfterShock spoiler, Weathershield cover, Lil Chromies, Red calipers with black Solstice stickers, Opel GT antenna and Solo GXP-RCD exhaust with a Solo hi-flow cat!

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Re: Thanks for the add - 2008 Solstice GXP in California
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2018, 11:18:41 PM »
It took some time to repair the damage caused by rodents, during the car's many long winters spent in a barn in Michigan, so that the car could pass an out-of-state smog check. The day after my Solstice was sold back in 2008, it was involved in a 'minor' front-end accident according to Carfax. That accident required the replacement of the door and painting of the door jamb (not so minor - beware of 'clean' a Carfax). The all important Federal Certification Label was not reapplied and I assume that it was lost. California DMV balked at doing the out-of-state inspection because of that - I then had to take the car to the California Highway Patrol to do a VIN check inspection, which it passed. On the return trip to the DMV, there was another hold-up involving the title from back east - it was not filled out correctly. Yet another month passed, I took the new title back to the DMV only to be fined for not registering the car within 20 days. I gladly paid it in exchange for the registration process to finally end! With the smog check and visual inspection behind me and with all the Holiday sales - the Modding was started in earnest! The hardware has been installed... just waiting on my Trifecta tune to turn loose this little red devil!

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Re: Thanks for the add - 2008 Solstice GXP in California
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2018, 10:11:30 AM »
Someone's got the mod bug   :tool: 

I think you're going to like it a lot, let us know how it goes!

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Re: Thanks for the add - 2008 Solstice GXP in California
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2018, 12:09:29 PM »
Wasn't the Kappa platform road legal in all 50 states?  There wasn't a California version like they used to do back in the 70-80s.  The door placards get replaced all the time by body shops you can actually go back to a GM dealer and order one.
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Re: Thanks for the add - 2008 Solstice GXP in California
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2018, 03:21:17 PM »
Someone's got the mod bug   :tool: 

I think you're going to like it a lot, let us know how it goes!

Trifecta tune just went in... now waiting for the rain to let up here in Sacramento to go for a test drive. I definitely will be watching the boost gauge on the DIC!

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Re: Thanks for the add - 2008 Solstice GXP in California
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2018, 03:29:12 PM »
Wasn't the Kappa platform road legal in all 50 states?  There wasn't a California version like they used to do back in the 70-80s.  The door placards get replaced all the time by body shops you can actually go back to a GM dealer and order one.

All Kappas were Federal compliant (RPO code FE9)... but there was a California version (YF5) and a Northeast version (NE1). As for the label... I would need a picture of the original or a damaged label to order a new one - part of some chop shop deterrent program. 

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Re: Thanks for the add - 2008 Solstice GXP in California
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2018, 06:53:42 PM »
If everything is working right, you are not going to have time to look  :)  until after 3rd gear
2006 Cool named BIXABEL (BISH-AH-BEL) Mayan for "Good Roads"

DDM
StageIII intercooled Supercharger, Wisco ceramic coated pistons, Carrillo rods, superTech valves and Springs
Ported and polished head
Exedy Stage II Clutch
big brake kit, slotted/drilled Rotors w/Porterfield pads & blue juice
Backbone, Probeam, Cross Strut Brace
Underhood, trunk, & door Lights
ZOK suspension

JPM
Center console, door inserts, & dash
Seat bolster & lumbar support

Focuztech Tri-Y Header & hi-flow cat
Solo Performance SQR-2
Norm's Rear facia
Heated Seats
Black Cat inserts

 

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