Carbon fiber is practically the new fiberglass, and the super strong, yet sleek, weave is no longer reserved for purist race machines. Prices are slowly beginning to drop for the average consumer, as access to aftermarket carbon parts is steadily increasing. From trunks to hoods and doors to fenders, practically anything can be swapped for a carbon fiber version, for the right price of course. 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.
Shedding some extra weight is generally the goal of any carbon fiber product, and the structural integrity combined with aggressive styling cues is enough to justify the price in most cases. 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 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. The fenders ship without badges as well, but considering our project car will eventually be wrapped, the raw weave will have to suffice for the time being. 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!
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Next, the trunk release safety handle is removed. Should you ever become stuck in a trunk, quickly pull the glow-in-the-dark handle, jump out, and run away with your arms flailing as depicted in the diagram on the handle.
4. The trunk locking latch mechanism is unbolted, only leaving a few bolts before the entire trunk lid can be removed.
5. With the other bolts removed, Greg loosens the final one while holding up the rest of the trunk with his free hand.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10 All of the factory hardware and components have been transferred over to the Seibon Carbon lid. The underside of the trunk looks like it came from the factory and feels light, yet strong to the touch.
11. 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!
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.
15. Take a look at the new Seibon hood! While there was a slight decrease (3-pounds) in weight, the carbon fiber weave is a style upgrade for sure.
16. Moving on, the Seibon fender swap requires the removal of the fifth-gen’s front fascia, allowing access to the necessary fender bolts.
17. 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.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. With the headlight-side hardware tightened, Greg slides down to the bottom of the fender to attach two more bolts.
21. 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. Greg was kind enough to move the wrench for a second to show you the bolt just above it.
22. Since showing two fender installs would be redundant, and thanks to some photo magic, the passenger side fender install is also complete! Greg reaches around the inner-fender liner to make sure everything is tight before stepping back to look at the final carbon fiber product!
23. Here’s a good look at the Seibon Carbon hood and one of the fenders, installed on our 2012 Camaro SS project car. We are going to enjoy the distinct raw-carbon look for the time being, knowing that our fifth-gen will be wrapped down the road.