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Jake: Jake here for AmericanMuscle.com. And today I'mtaking a look at the ZL 1 Style Gloss Black Side Skirts for 2016 and newer Camaros. If you're looking for an easy way to update the look of your Camaro, or if you really like the look of the ZL 1 but you just don't need all the stuff that package comes with, these are gonna be just the ticket for you. One thing I would like to note before we dive in here, is that these skirts are not a direct replacement for the stock ZL 1 side skirts, but rather they are direct bolt-on for non-ZL 1 Camaros where the owner is shooting for that type of look.Now with that said, these are gonna be a really great option for you if you wanna spruce up the look of your SS or your RS, and give it a bit more visual flair. These add a tasteful yet aggressive look to any Camaro. And they also add a bit to the aerodynamics by reducing some of the air pressure down the side of the car and redirecting it underneath. Now, I'm not saying it's gonna add a ton of down-force, you know, out on a track, but a little extra help cutting through the air is never a bad thing.Now, as far as construction is concerned, these are made of polypropylene or plastic. So, while they'll stand up to some abuse, they also have a little bit of give to 'em, and that's important given their location on the car. Having this little bit of flex is really helpful in the event of a bump or some road rash, or even just the occasional leg brushing up against it. That means they are less likely to get damaged and being a bit on the softer side means that they're not gonna immediately shatter should something get kicked up off the road or from your tires.And the gloss black finish also adds a really nice pop to your car. And as we know, black matches with everything. So, these are gonna look right at home on any paint color. They also give you that aggressive ZL 1 look without breaking the bank. If you're not sure how these are gonna look on your car, go ahead and look at some of the customer photos that we have up on our site as well.Now, speaking of pricing, these are gonna run you just under $450. They fall kind of in the middle of the category as far as pricing goes too. They are a bit higher quality than some of the other options, but they aren't gonna be quite as pricey as say, a carbon fiber set up. And given that they are finished right out of the box and can be bolted right onto your car, I think they present a pretty good value for your money.Now, if you think that these look pretty easy to install, well, you'd be right. Coming in at a one out of three on our difficulty scale, these are a bolt on part. There's no trimming or anything required, and everything you need to get them on comes right in the box with them. They come with two rolls of double-sided tape, as well as a bag of screws to get them set up right on your car. Budget about an hour of your time to get these all buttoned up, and all you're gonna need are some common hand tools to complete the install. But for more details on how to get this set up on your Camaro, let's throw it over to one of our American Muscle customers and they'll show you step by step.Male Speaker: All right, let's talk about the tools that you're gonna need to do the installation. First thing you're gonna need is a drill and screw gun. You're gonna need a Phillips screw bit. You're gonna need a 3/16th-inch drill bit. You're going to need a microfiber cloth and alcohol to clean the bottom of the car off really good so that the double-sided tape sticks well. You're gonna need a pair of scissors to cut the double-sided tape to length. A work light so you can see what you're doing under the car. And because we're gonna be jacking the car up so that we can work easily into the car, you're gonna need pair of jack stands for safety and a jack to jack the car up. All right.Now, some things that we're gonna do a little bit differently than what's in the installation manual. We're gonna be using some clamps that are gonna help us to hold the side skirts on the car as we're looking to drill the holes. I'm gonna be changing from the screws that come with the kit to a set of stainless-steel rivets in order to make sure that they don't rust and they last really well and they hold up well into the car. So, you'll need a rivet gun that fits those rivets. Again, these are 3/16th-inch rivets, and then I got a little bit additional 3M double-sided sticky tape, just to make sure that I had enough to hold the side skirts on the car well.All right, let's talk about what comes in the kit. So, first off you obviously have the ZL 1 style side skirts that go on the car. You have a set of screws that are used to attach the side skirts underneath the car after you drill holes. You have two rolls of double-sided tape that'll be used on the very edge of the side skirts to hold them to the car. Then you have the installation manual. The first thing we're gonna do is jack the car up and get it on jack stands for safety.All right. We're gonna go ahead and jack up the front of the car. Okay, now we have the car up on jack stands so we're gonna get ready to start installing the side skirt. Make sure you refer to your owner's manual for the proper lift points and jack points for your car so that you don't damage the car. All right. Now, we're gonna clamp the side skirt on the bottom of the car, this helps if you have two people to make sure you're holding up and lining it correctly. You're gonna wanna make sure that you align the front and the back at the very edges, which we'll show here a minute to make sure it's where you want it centered in the car correctly. And then you take your clamps, we're gonna make sure it's held up really good. And we're gonna clamp it just right here near one of the holes to a little piece of metal that's under the car.That's nice and tight. This is the front of the car. All right. And we're gonna clamp it near the back of the car again in the same general area, near the pinch well. Okay. All right. So now, we're gonna drill the holes in the very bottom of the car now that we've got the skirt clamped to the car. There's several holes that run down the length of the skirt. The first one here we're gonna do is near the front tire. The next one's gonna be here, next one here, and then so on as we move down the skirt. And notice I have my safety glasses on as well. You're not going in very far, you're just getting through the plastic, so.All right. Now what we're gonna do is we're gonna go ahead and put the double-sided tape on the side skirt. And what we're gonna be doing is I chose to put the double-sided tape on the upper edge that goes up the side of the car, just to make sure that it sucked it against the car when we pushed it in there and then attached to the side of the car.So, we're gonna go ahead. Push this on. Remember, this isn't something that's going to be seen, but this is something that's going to hold the side skirt to the car along with any screws or red tape that you put in it. You just wanna try to get it as straight as you can. If it's not perfect, don't worry about it. You just don't want any kinks in it, you don't want any air bubbles in it. So, just take your time.All right. What I'm gonna do now is I'm just gonna go along the edge and make sure that the double-sided tape that we put out in the rocker panel is actually nice and pressed down and smooth, and that there's no major bubbles or anything that's holding it up or ripples that are keeping it that wouldn't mount against the car nice. And then the next thing I'm gonna do is I'm gonna actually peel a little bit of the red tape, the backer off, and just pull it enough that I can get it over the edge. The reason for that being, you'll see a little bit later in the video, when we put this against the car and we're ready to actually take the tape off, we'll be able to grab this thread, pull it a little bit at a time, and then push it against the car so it sticks really well.Okay, I made a decision because I wanted to make sure that this was attached really well to the side of the car, to go ahead and put another line of the double-sided sticky tape, closer to the top edge as well. I stayed about a quarter to a half an inch from the very top. Really what I wanna make sure is that this doesn't flap, it doesn't get caught in the wind when I'm on the freeway, and so I don't have any problem with it pulling away from the car and it sticks against the car really well. All right. So, the most important thing here is you wanna make sure that the bottom of the car on the rocker panel is actually as clean as it can possibly be. Couple reasons, one, you wanna get as much dirt as you can out of there.But secondly, you wanna make sure that it's very clean so that the double-sided sticky tape has a really good surface to adhere to. So, what we're gonna be doing is we're gonna be using the alcohol and our lint-free rag, and we're going to go ahead and rub down the rocker panel of the car really well, trying to get any dirt, any grease, any road tar or anything that's on it off of it as best as you can. It's very important for this part to be as clean as possible to make sure you have a good meeting service.All right, now we've got it clamped back onto the car. What we're gonna do now is we're gonna go ahead and pull both of the edges of the sticky tape slowly as we move down the side of the car, pushing it against the car as we go. That will make sure that it has a really good attachment point to the car, and it'll make sure that everything's aligned the way I want before I actually do the attaching to the bottom floor. And I'm just pulling up on the double-sided sticky tape backer.All right. So, the next step is, we're going to attach the actual side skirt to the underside of the car. Now, the kit came with screws that you can use here at each of the holes and screw those in. As I mentioned earlier, I chose to use stainless steel pop rivets. So, what I'm gonna do instead of the screws is I'm gonna insert these into each of the holes and then attach the pop rivets to the bottom of the car, which should hold really, really well. I shouldn't have any problems with them coming off the car, and because they're stainless steel, they should hold up well. All right. We've already put our first rivet in, we're just gonna continue to go down the car and put rivets in each of the holes and make sure that they attach really well and hold the side skirt to the car really, really tight.All right. Now that we've got all of the pop rivets, or if instead you used the screws, you have all of your screws in all the holes, we're gonna go ahead and take the clamps off now. And everything should be on the car very tight, and you shouldn't have any problems with it coming off. You can do homework, just check to make sure that everything's pushed against the car really nice. And that side's on, and the passenger side of the car is gonna go on the exact same way. So, no differences, make sure you clean that side of the car really well and use the same instructions.Jake: So, that's gonna do it for our review and install of the ZL 1 Style Gloss Black Side Skirts for 2016 and newer Camaros. Thanks so much for joining us. And remember, for all things Camaro, be sure to keep it right here at AmericanMuscle.com.
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