GM High Tech: ’12 Chevy Camaro SS – Seibon Carbon Components Install
Carbon fiber is practically the new fiberglass and the super strong, sleek weave is no longer reserved for purist race machines. From trunks to hoods and doors to fenders, practically anything can be swapped for a carbon fiber version. With that being said, the time has come to park the fifth-gen’s hood, deck lid, and factory fenders on our 2012 SS Camaro build, as we upgrade to some stronger-than-stock Seibon Carbon components.
Like any mod-minded enthusiast would, we anxiously tracked our shipment, and frantically opened the three boxes up as soon as the truck arrived. Needless to say, we were pleased with what we uncovered.
For starters, the Seibon hood looks fantastic. The weave is nearly perfect, and thankfully, our new hood survived the shipping process without any devastating dings. Matching the new Camaro hood is a Seibon deck lid. The ST-style trunk ships without badges, and has a slightly more aggressive looking spoiler lip on it than stock. Sitting on either side of the hood will be a Seibon carbon fiber fender, retaining the factory fit and flare, but adding that distinctive carbon styling, along with a few less pounds. Follow along as we install these sexy carbon fiber components on our fifth-gen project car, and maybe you will get the itch to set up your own ride with a new piece of molded perfection from Seibon!
With all of our new Seibon parts unboxed and unwrapped, Greg Lovell of AntiVenom kicks off the install by removing the plastic pushpins that hold up the trunk lid liner.
With those annoying pushpins removed, Greg lifts the liner from the trunk lid, allowing him to access the bolts connecting the latching device in place, as well as the safety release handle. Once removed, all of the stock hardware and components will be reinstalled on the new lid.
Greg carefully removes the entire trunk lid from the hinges, and heads over to the scale. The stock trunk lid weighs in at 21.5-pounds, which is not terribly heavy to be honest.
Literally holding the new (and lighter) Seibon trunk with one hand, Greg aligns the 11.5-pound carbon fiber lid to the factory hinges. The 10-pound difference sounds like a small difference, but consider the starting weight.
With the other bolts tightened, Greg tightens down the last hinge bolt. The new carbon fiber lid fits perfectly, using the stock hardware. Outcomes are not always this easy when swapping in aftermarket parts.
Transferring the factory lid latch to the new carbon trunk is a breeze, thanks to the pre-drilled allotted holes, allowing for a seamless swap.
Check out that new carbon! The trunk shut perfectly the first time, and the gaps are evenly spaced all the way around. With the new rear addition to our ’12 SS complete, it’s time to move around to the hood!
With a record-breaking removal time, Greg lifts the stock 25-pound fifth-gen hood above his head, placing it off to the side before grabbing the sleek Seibon piece.
Greg loosely attaches the stock hinge bolts to the 22-pound Seibon hood to get the gaps aligned, before cranking down. The rigidity and styling make up for the small decrease in weight. However, every pound counts.
Greg completes the final step in another seamless Seibon install, before shutting the new carbon hood. Just like the carbon fiber trunk lid install, the hood attached quite easily.
Moving on, the Seibon fender swap requires the removal of the fifth-gen’s front fascia, allowing access to the necessary fender bolts.
Removing a fifth-gen fender also requires the removal of the inner-fender liner, allowing access to the hardware connecting the fender to the rest of the Camaro.
After sliding part of the rocker panel down, Greg loosens the lower fender bolts, before moving up to the ones reached from inside the driver side door.
Just a few fasteners later, Greg was able to remove the stock Camaro fender weighing in at 10-pounds. The Seibon carbon fender weighs nearly half at 6-pounds. Greg aligns the lighter fender up with the front headlight, before attaching the factory hardware.
With the headlight-side hardware tightened, Greg slides down to the bottom of the fender to attach two more bolts.
The only thing left to do before moving on to the other fender is to tighten up one last bolt that is accessed from inside the door.
Here’s a good look at the Seibon Carbon hood and one of the fenders, installed on our 2012 Camaro SS project car.
Check out the full installation and more images here: http://www.gmhightechperformance.com/tech/paint_body/1401_2012_chevrolet_camaro_ss_carbon_fiber_components_installation/#ixzz2uMcKfcIj
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