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Old 02-04-2011, 12:44 AM   #26
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Bump becuase the Camaro5 community needs to know how well built a 5th Gen Camaro is.
I can personally attest to that. When I hit a pole with the right front going around 25 mph, the air bag deployed, I thought I'd broke my kneecap from how hard it hit the dash, but the shoulder belt had me pinned - no whiplash. Like it was holding me in it's big cuddly arms. And that lovely large crumple zone in the front kept the suspension damage to a minimum, although I did end up having to replace the steering rack.

I can't say I was glad to see my car mashed, but I was glad I wasn't driving anything else (and glad the other guy was liable). What isn't there to love about this car? I DO love mine more than ever, for how well it protected me, and for how, after a lot of sheet metal repair, welds and paint, it's almost back to it's old self. Now THAT'S a real muscle car.
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:29 AM   #27
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I can personally attest to that. When I hit a pole with the right front going around 25 mph, the air bag deployed, I thought I'd broke my kneecap from how hard it hit the dash, but the shoulder belt had me pinned - no whiplash. Like it was holding me in it's big cuddly arms. And that lovely large crumple zone in the front kept the suspension damage to a minimum, although I did end up having to replace the steering rack.

I can't say I was glad to see my car mashed, but I was glad I wasn't driving anything else (and glad the other guy was liable). What isn't there to love about this car? I DO love mine more than ever, for how well it protected me, and for how, after a lot of sheet metal repair, welds and paint, it's almost back to it's old self. Now THAT'S a real muscle car.


When people complain about the weight of the Camaro they do need to take into consideration the benefits of the additional structure. The videos and your personal experience speak volumes. The structure also makes the 5th Gen respond incredibly well to suspension modifications. Now we can have the same robust structure in a Vert and ZL1.

Thank you Chevrolet!
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Old 07-08-2011, 11:42 AM   #28
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Strut Tower Bars are once again a hot topic on Camaro5 as GM added them to the Vert and will have one on the ZL1. GM added the strut tower bar to the Vert because they cut out the roof and needed to add reinforcement in several areas. Adding the bar to the ZL1 is part sizzle and part we already have it so why not use it.

No one has been able to document an improvement in handling with a strut tower bar. We know that we pull 1.4 gs in turns on street tires with peaks of over 1.4 gs on all OE arms and without a strut tower bar. If you like the look, add a strut tower bar. If you think you need one, take another look at the crash and track videos in this thread.
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Old 02-15-2012, 02:47 PM   #29
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:35 PM   #30
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Pete - have you even seen or noticed any actual numerical data for the stiffness for ZETA II? I'm curious.

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