Monthly Archives: October 2015
One thing I wanted to do to our new Camaro was install the same splitter available on the ZL1. After looking at numerous aftermarket splitters, I decided to go with a stock GM supplied splitter. (part #22997426) I also wanted it painted matte black to match the rear fascia. Unfortunately, I couldn’t order it in matte black, but I could order in gloss black. So I ordered the gloss black splitter and 3 days later, it was delivered. Installing this isn’t for the faint hearted. The splitter is a functional accessory that changes the aerodynamics of your vehicle. It’s not a cheap, snap-on piece of plastic. The mounting hardware is precise and if you don’t install it correctly, you can easily screw up your front clip. The splitter has 42 mounts that hold it in place and if you don’t install the mounting hardware correctly, it simply will not fit correctly. A very costly mistake. The first evening, I spent many hours sanding the gloss black splitter with 800 grit sandpaper, prepping the surface for the matte black paint and cleaning it thoroughly before painting it. This was the easy part. By the next morning, the paint was dry and turned out perfectly. Next came the hard part. Installing the mounting hardware was very nerve wracking. I was about to drill 25 holes into the front clip of a brand new car. Needless to say, I measured more than 1 time. More like 30 times. Once I was satisfied I had the mounting hardware where it needed to be, I started drilling. A couple of hours later, the mouting hardware was secure and it was time to fit the splitter. It fit perfectly and I was relieved. So, if this is something you’d consider doing to save yourself about 300 dollars, I say go for it. Just be patient. Measure more than once, twice or even three times. I’m very pleased with the end result.
We’ve had a very busy summer at Kentucky Hot Wheels. We started with a few car shows towards the end of spring and early summer. The ’68 Beetle always gets a lot of attention and she still plugs along like she just came off the showroom floor. We really enjoy driving her around. Early summer we spent in Washington DC and then Virginia Beach. In late August, we decided to sell our 2012 Turbo Beetle, not because we didn’t like it, it was just time for something new. Enter a 2015 Hot Wheels Camaro. So far, we’re extremely pleased with the Camaro. Not a lot of mods planned for it other than a front splitter which has already been ordered and will hopefully be here this week. A trip to Cincinnati last week landed one of the new Star Wars Hot Wheels sets. This one we picked up had CP3O and R2D2. Love it! We’ll be gearing up for the 2015 Hot Wheels Drive over the next couple of weeks. We’re hoping to be able to donate thousands of Hot Wheels for Toys for Tots. Please help us get the word out!