How to Install Z/28 Brake Cooling Ducts on a Fifth-Generation Camaro

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Installing Z/28 brake cooling ducts is a relatively low-cost way to improve braking performance for fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaros. Chevrolet Performance offers this complete bolt-on system for the 2014 or 2015 Camaro SS and any fifth-generation Camaro that has been converted to the 2014 front fascia.

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The cooling ducts draw fast moving air from the front bumper and channel it over the brake assemblies to maintain optimal temperatures during intense racing conditions.
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Things You'll Need

  • Floor jack
  • Jack stands
  • Hydraulic Lift (optional)
  • Lug wrench
  • Hand tools
  • Paint pen
  • Sheers
  • 6mm drill bit
  • Power drill
  • Assistant
Step 1

Elevate the Camaro with jack stands or a hydraulic lift.

This installation is much easier with a hydraulic lift.
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Step 2

Remove the front wheels and unfasten the front wheelhouse liners.

Each liner is held in place with 12 screws and 5 push-in retainers.
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Step 3

Slide the wheelhouse liner out of the wheel well.

Store the liner in a safe place along with its corresponding screws and retainers.
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Step 4

Unfasten the front bumper assembly by removing six upper support push-in retainers, two support bracket screws, six outer bracket nuts, two fascia bolts, two lower bolts, two lower screws and six lower retainers.

Unfastening the front bumper only takes a few minutes.
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Step 5

Disconnect the single main electrical connector in the front fascia and pull the bumper away from the Camaro with the help of another person.

The bumper comes off as one unit while the headlights stay with the car.
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Step 6

Remove the radiator air side baffles and deflector, along with the ambient air temperature sensor.

The radiator air inlet duct sits below the front crash structure.
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Step 7

Disconnect the single electrical connector from the top of the ambient air temperature sensor and unclip the sensor from the right hand side air baffle.

This clip holds the ambient air temperature sensor in place.
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Step 8

Remove the radiator air inlet duct by releasing four retainers.

The four retainers will be reused.
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Step 1

Move the radiator air inlet duct to a clean and clear work space. Measure 9 inches from the end of the inlet duct.

Measure twice, cut once.
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Step 2

Mark a vertical line across the surface of the duct using a marker or paint pen. This vertical line will also extend down the lip of the duct to the corner of the lip.

Use a straight edge as a guide.
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Step 3

Continue drawing the line straight back from the trim line to the mid-point of the rear edge.

The complete line should run from the corner of the front base all the way to the mid-point of the rear edge, vertically.
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Step 4

Trim the section of the air inlet duct with a pair of sharp sheers. Repeat steps 1 - 4 for the other side of the inlet duct.

The ends of the remaining section will be visible through the front grill when reinstalled so work with care.
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Step 1

Begin by install the U/Spring nut onto the grill tabs.

The brake duct brackets bolt directly to the front fascia lower grill tabs.
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Step 2

Mount the brake duct bracket in place.

Perfect fit.
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Step 3

With the bracket bolted to the lower grill, use the brake duct cooling bracket as a template to mark the location of the two lower bolt holes.

Make sure the bracket is bolted firmly to the grill.
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Step 4

Using a 6mm (1/4-inch) bit, drill two holes (one per side, 4 total) through the front fascia and then install the two bolts through the provided U/Spring nuts to complete the bracket installation.

Hold the bracket firmly while drilling.
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Step 5

Slide the brake cooling duct into place and mount using the supplied pushpins. Repeat on the other side.

Fitment is guaranteed.
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Step 1

First, reinstall the modified radiator air inlet duct, the air inlet retainer, the side baffles, the ambient air temperature sensor, and finally, the front fascia. The fascia slides back in place, even with the new brake duct brackets installed, and the factory fasteners can be used to secure everything.

Tighten each bolt as required by the factory service manual.
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Step 2

Check the fitment and routing of the brake cooling ducts.

The one-piece design prevents collapse or flex under heavy stress situations.
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Step 3

Reinstall the front wheelhouse liners.

The Z/28 brake ducts will mate to the factory brake duct opening in the liners.
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Step 4

Install a pair of wheelhouse liner plates with the supplied screws from the kit. After the plates are in place, take a moment to double check that everything is tight and fits exactly where it should.

Cooling duct mounting is complete.
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Step 5

Reinstall the front wheels and lower the Camaro back onto the ground. This completes the Z/28 front brake cooling duct installation.

Ready for the race track.
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