Some fifth-generation Camaro owners may have jumped the gun and pulled the trigger on a Camaro SS before the ZL1 was released and as such, are regretting not waiting it out until the most powerful version of the pony car hit the market. Luckily for them, whether they wish they had a ZL1 or just prefer the way the front clip looks, there is still hope. You can install a ZL1 front bumper on a standard Camaro V6 or SS, but it’s not as easy as you might think, as GM High Tech Performance explains.
The ZL1 bumper does not line up with the body lines on the hood of the standard Camaro, meaning you must purchase a ZL1 hood along with the bumper. This can prove to be rather costly, as the carbon insert for the hood alone costs $4,500. There is a solution though, in GM High Tech’s scenario, they purchased a ZL1 hood from a parts supplier for $800 and a fiberglass aftermarket replica hood insert for $550. Additional hardware for the job will run another $1,200, so this isn’t a cheap modification by any means.
Once you have all the parts and hardware for the job, the most challenging part is sanding and color-matching the bumper and changing out a couple of wiring harnesses for the headlights and fog lights. After that, the hood and bumper install relatively easily, granted you know what you’re doing. Read GM High Tech Performance’s full rundown of the job here.