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Old 10-14-2013, 02:43 AM   #1
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ZL1 front seems to be a growing trend...

And I am definitely part of it. Got mine put on almost a month ago. I absolutely love it and think it makes the car look amazing.

But I've seen especially in the last 6 months people doing this. Anyone know why so suddenly it seems like everyone is doing it?

Maybe its because the 2010-2013 cars are so new so people aren't so willing to mess with how good stock looks. But maybe now since we have the 2014 out with a new looking front people are more comfortable experimenting and adding on since it's not the "newest look" anymore if you know what I mean. Thats one theory I have.

Truth is for me, I would have never done it on my own. The reason I did was because I got a dent in my front fender and as a 2010 car it was prone to a few scratches over time. Instead of shelling out the money to just get the same exact thing, I figured I'd use it as an excuse to upgrade. And man it just changes the whole car, it gets more attention that it did before also, especially with the ABM color.

But I sure have seen a ton of camaros with zl1 fronts on the forums and also out on the streets. I'm all for it! Just wanted to know what made everyone switch.

So if you got it done, how recently was it and what made you decide to do it?
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:20 AM   #2
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I won't be one to do the ZL1 conversion. I will be in the Z28 crowd. I have patience.
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:26 AM   #3
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I just want the ZL1 grill. I was planning to get the Heritage grill but so many folks have it now that it ic not as unique and the ZL1 grill is a lot cheaper too. I think it looks good.
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:32 AM   #4
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i think my car looks great with just a zl1 grille, i really prefer the looks of an 1LE over the ZL1 at times honestly so i might just get a splitter, and zl1 rockers and call it a day lol

Ignore black spec on bumper, somethings wrong with my GS4's camera
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:51 AM   #5
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I guess to each there own. I prefer the ZL1 front rather than stock. Looks more aggressive IMO. As for the grills not a huge huge difference between the ZL1 and Heritage. I often need to do a double take to see the difference.
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:54 AM   #6
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:56 AM   #7
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Zl1 just looks more aggressive than the stock photo above. ZL1 grill or not.

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Old 10-14-2013, 03:12 PM   #8
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:00 AM   #9
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That's a good question. I'm in the process of ordering the parts. In my case, after 3 years of owning the car I was looking for a more drastic cosmetic modification, plus the fact that I cracked my bumper helped. But also I wanted a challenging project - everything from getting the right parts, to figuring out how they go together. I'm even making my own wiring harness with separate switches, which has been a fun excuse to relearn high school physics on how electricity works.
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Old 10-15-2013, 08:35 AM   #10
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ZL1 bumper adds some aggression to the appearance over stock. But there are not many options for nice quality aftermarket bumpers for the 5th gens out there. It's also a lot easier to modify the stock with things like a heritage grill, ZL1 grill or one of those custom grills, ACS T2 or T3 ports & a splitter of some sort. I like the ZL1 front but I don't think I'm going to do it personally. I'm just going stock w/ SLP style splitter.
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Old 10-15-2013, 02:52 PM   #11
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ZL1 bumper adds some aggression to the appearance over stock. But there are not many options for nice quality aftermarket bumpers for the 5th gens out there. It's also a lot easier to modify the stock with things like a heritage grill, ZL1 grill or one of those custom grills, ACS T2 or T3 ports & a splitter of some sort. I like the ZL1 front but I don't think I'm going to do it personally. I'm just going stock w/ SLP style splitter.
I took my front bumper off when i put my zl1 grille on my car, never coming off again i don't think my arms could take it again, they were sliced up for days lol.

my plan is splitter and zl1 rockers, i think that will look aggressive enough for me.Do you think i should do splitter and rockers at the same time? instead of getting just splitter first?

i don't want people seeing my car and going omg a ZL1 then realize oh its just an ss ... people already see my car and think its bad ass
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:21 PM   #12
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I took my front bumper off when i put my zl1 grille on my car, never coming off again i don't think my arms could take it again, they were sliced up for days lol.

my plan is splitter and zl1 rockers, i think that will look aggressive enough for me.Do you think i should do splitter and rockers at the same time? instead of getting just splitter first?

i don't want people seeing my car and going omg a ZL1 then realize oh its just an ss ... people already see my car and think its bad ass

Going out on a limb here, but think about 1% of the population going to know your car is not a true ZL1. While sitting at a stop light, I doubt the mom in the mini van next to you will state, Hey Frank (turning to her husband) look at that guy in the Camaro next to us trying to be a ZL1 poser.
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Old 10-15-2013, 03:26 PM   #13
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Prior to doing my ZL1 front I did a splitter without the ZL1 sides. However, I would attempt to decide which one your really want first.
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Old 10-16-2013, 07:47 PM   #14
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Come down to FL Ben I haven't seen a single other soul with a ZL1 on the road with me. I actually see more 14's than 10-13s actually.
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Old 10-16-2013, 08:57 PM   #15
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Exactly why I will never change mine. Too many people doing it. I like mine just the way it is with the phantom grill.
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Old 10-16-2013, 09:38 PM   #16
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Exactly why I will never change mine. Too many people doing it. I like mine just the way it is with the phantom grill.
I laugh when forum members state everyone is doing it. Everyone meaning the 5% of camaro owners that actually are members of this forum and know about doing a zl1 conversion. I venture to say most camaro owners on the road today have no idea such a mod is even an available option.

Plus the everyone thay you are referring to hardly live in the same town much less the same state. Given those statistics everyone just got down to about .05 percent. I would say pretty safe mod to do and be a stand alone in your area.

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Old 10-16-2013, 10:17 PM   #17
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I think it might have to do with cost, I have spoken to a few people that claimed that it was really expensive to do a zl1 front conversion when it first came out, now it's not as expensive. Plus if you need to order a new front bumper, you might as well get the nicest styled one. For me, I like my v6 bumper but I would love a zl1 bumper. I'm as they ditched the mail slot on the zl1s and on the 14's. Especially since it's not functional.
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:58 PM   #18
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Both posts above me are also pretty much solid answers and my thoughts exactly. Price was definitely a large factor in the wait.
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Old 10-17-2013, 02:46 AM   #19
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Back to the Grille discussion, I was just realizing this tonight.

There is the Heritage Grille option and the billet option.
Then all the nasty chrome flame or spider web ebay ones.

Other than those I haven't seen any other alternatives. Does anyone have a pic of just no grille in the car? Like what mustang did with the GT500's. Just took the whole thing out and it looks pretty cool.

Anyone tried that on here and took pics?
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:01 AM   #20
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And I noticed another thread with a company who made their own zl1 front bumper...and it has the Mailslot as well. But it seems functional.
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Old 10-17-2013, 01:49 PM   #21
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Back to the Grille discussion, I was just realizing this tonight.

There is the Heritage Grille option and the billet option.
Then all the nasty chrome flame or spider web ebay ones.

Other than those I haven't seen any other alternatives. Does anyone have a pic of just no grille in the car? Like what mustang did with the GT500's. Just took the whole thing out and it looks pretty cool.

Anyone tried that on here and took pics?

i think this would be impossible on our cars , idk if you've taken yours off or not, but when i swapped mine out for the ZL1 grille, once you take the grill out the whole bumper wants to cave in on its self. i think the grille keeps the whole bumper structurally in place.
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Old 10-17-2013, 02:12 PM   #22
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I love the ZL1 front end. It looks awesome as long as you don't put ZL1 badges on it and try to pass your non-ZL1 as a ZL1

But eh! That's my .02

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Old 10-17-2013, 03:23 PM   #23
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I love the ZL1 front end. It looks awesome as long as you don't put ZL1 badges on it and try to pass your non-ZL1 as a ZL1

But eh! That's my .02

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Agreed. I want to see a zl1 bumper with a heritage grill.
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Old 10-17-2013, 05:34 PM   #24
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Agreed. I want to see a zl1 bumper with a heritage grill.
Well then look couple of posts up mine has the heritage grill on there
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