The 2010 and newer Chevrolet Camaro has become a game changer in terms of what Chevrolet is capable of producing. Returned to the Chevrolet lineup by popular demand, and no doubt spurred on by the popularity of the 2005 and newer Ford Mustang, the Chevrolet Camaro has become the performance icon that it was originally meant to be, returned now to its muscle car roots as opposed to the sports car styling that the Camaro undertook throughout the 1990s.
To build horsepower in the 2010 or new Chevrolet Camaro, there are a couple of roads which you can take. You might opt for the traditional exhaust/intake upgrade to pin twenty or thirty extra horses to the car, or you could go all-out and strap a blower to the manifold of the car, boosting your SS Camaro to 500 horses or better. For a less expensive upgrade, however, a Sportsman nitrous oxide system is the way to go.
Relatively cheap when compared with other horsepower adders, nitrous oxide systems can be conveniently shut down when not in use. They are intended for use at the track, but have the benefit for racing of creating enormous levels of horsepower, particularly in vehicles already outfitted with other performance equipment. Read on to learn how to install a nitrous oxide system in your 2010 or newer Chevrolet Camaro.
Install the bottle and bottle mounting hardware
To install the bottle and its mounting hardware, first open up the rear hatch or trunk of your Camaro. Choose a relatively inconspicuous place to mount the bottle rather than right in the middle of everything where you won’t be able to use the trunk any more. You’ll route the nitrous lines through the floor of the car and then toward the front from underneath the car, so you’re going to have to do some drilling.
Pull up the carpet and drill a 1/4″ hole near where the bottle is to be mounted. Spray the hole with a little shot of spray paint to prevent rust, then install the rubber grommit included with the nitrous kit and slide the longer nitrous hose through. Next, replace the carpet and cut a small hole where the hole you drilled is located and pull the nitrous hose through here. Bolt the bottle mounting bracket to the floor, then strap the bottle in place. Leave attaching the hose for last.
Route the nitrous hose along the bottom of the car, securing it to the under body of the car with the fittings supplied with the nitrous kit. When you reach the engine compartment, route the hose up toward the brake master cylinder.
Install the nitrous control unit onto the firewall of the car, then secure the nitrous hose to the fitting on the control unit.
Install the nitrous on/off switch inside the car. You can mount it anywhere you wish, but the best place is generally near the gear shifter so that you can route the switch wire leads through the firewall more easily. With the switch mounted and in place, attach the switch wire leads and then route the wires through the firewall. There are a number of rubber gaskets here, so just push the wires through one of them, then pull them through from the other side.
Attach the black wire to a frame ground, then the red wire to the nitrous control unit. Take the wire which leads from the nitrous control unit and install it into the engine compartment fuse box under the fuse which reads “ignition.” This allows the control unit to be on when the car is, but off when the car is off.
Install the nitrous injector into the designated point on the car’s intake manifold next. Depending on the kit you purchased, this may involve removing the throttle body of the car and installing an injector plate between the throttle body and the intake manifold. Other injection systems require drilling and tapping into the air intake or the intake manifold itself. Carefully follow the included kit instructions for proper installation of the kit at this point.
With the injector in place, route the line from the nitrous control unit to the injector. Finally, install the hose onto the bottle and double check all of your fittings before firing up the car for the first time.