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No Drill License Plate Bracket Installation from EliminatorBracket.com

Not having a front license is by far the best look you can have on your Camaro, but after a while I started to look for a front license plate solution that would make it easy to attach and remove depending on the mood I’m in.

Having read lots of reviews about the JacFab bracket, the JacFab seemed like the best option, it had the most reviews and at first the other just didn’t look as nice in my opinion.

Due to the Ground Effects kit on my Camaro, the JacFab bracket would need to be custom made and this seemed like too big a risk with the shipping costs to and from the USA should it go wrong. Naturally, I went with my second best option, the “Eliminator Bracket”.

At first I wasn’t too impressed by the website or the lack of detail in the installation guide, but don’t let this put you off, the build quality of the bracket is very good indeed.

More information at www.eliminatorbracket.com. Here’s some photo’s from my installation of the EliminatorBracket:

My bracket came already fixed together on the GM OEM front license plate housing (the same one you would normally drill into your bumper). photo 1

The orange nylon wire, is simply a tool that you can use to position the nuts into the rear of the grille without accidentally dropping them behind them grille.

photo 2The small metal bar is permanently fixed to the grille, this allows you to easily attach and detach the front license plate in seconds.

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Once the nut is in the correct position, pull hard on the nylon wire to remove it from the nut thread.

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Use your fingers to hold the nut in position from behind the nut and align it with the screw holes on the eliminator bracket as required.

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Put the screws into the bracket ready for fitment.

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Fix the bracket to the nuts using the screws provided. Don’t over tighten as this will trash the thread on the nuts.

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This is what the grille will permanently look like when the OEM housing in not attached. It’s hardly noticeable when the OEM housing is removed from the car :-)

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With the other half of the EliminatorBracket already connected to the back of the OEM housing, the bracket simply clicks into place. Adjust the screws shown in the photo above to achieve the tightness that you desire when the bracket is clicked into place. The bracket already comes with rubber hoses on the rear of the OEM housing to stop the bracket from scratching the paintwork.

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Due to the new washers and screws on the front of the OEM housing, I was unable to get a level surface for the license plate to sit on. This was a bit of a let down in my opinion as using counter-sunk screw heads would have resolved the issue. However, by using single sided sticky pads, I was able to raise the surface of the bracket slightly so that the plate sits flat on top of the screws and pads.

In the above photo I also used a Tennessee license plate to mark the drill holes onto my Texas show plate.

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Once the holes were drilled into the correct correct position on the show plate, the license plates screws hold the plate securely to the OEM housing.

The screws I used are special license plate screws that come with a security key, this would normally stop thieves from taking the plate but since the whole bracket is detachable it only acts as a deterrent in this scenario.

UK Fuel Equivalents for 5th Generation Camaro SS V8’s (Petrol not Gasoline)

Hi folks,

I wanted to create a thread where we can share our views on fuel equivalents in the UK. It’s been a bit confusing for me with different fuel types at different petrol stations.

Please note that the information I gathered is specifically for V8’s (LS3 and L99); so someone with a V6 might want to add additional comments about their experiences for fuel on V6’s.

Before getting my car, I was doing some research on the difference between gasoline in the US and petrol in the UK. Most people were saying it’s exactly the same, it’s just a different word, tomato, tom-ay-toe. Personally I didn’t believe that fuel would be exactly the same, I did some digging, and it’s not.

All information I’ve seen so far points towards the V8’s being designed to run on US 93 (Premium) octane gasoline. The GM manual states that that 93 octane gasoline should be used as lower grade fuels can cause engine knocking. I hired a 2014 V8 SS whilst I was in Florida last year and they told me at the counter to only use “Super Premium Unleaded” where available. In most states the maximum you can get is 93, so this is what I went with.

This got me thinking so I took some photos of the fuel pumps so I could gather as much info as possible. (See photos).
You can just make out at the bottom, it says “(R+M)/2 Method”.

So the million dollar question is “93”, “93 what?” – How is it rated or measured differently?

According to WikiPedia the “(R+M)/2 Method” means that the octane rating is measured in “AKI” also known as “(R+M)/2″. Therefore the AKI rating would translate to a different RON rating for the purpose of converting to a UK fuel.

According to Wiki page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octane_…28R.2BM.29.2F2
the US (Regular) 87-AKI equates to UK 92-RON, US (Mid-grade) 89-AKI equates to less than UK 95-RON, and the US (Super Premium) 93-AKI equates to UK-97 RON. There’s also a table which shows an equivalent RON value of 97 RON for fuel outside of the USA and Canada.

This could mean that UK Shell V-Power 99-RON and UK Tesco Momentum 99-RON is way too high for our cars, but I’m no expert, I’m just repeating what I’ve read. It’s clearly not measured like for like as most people think.

I intend to keep this car for a long time so I wanted to make sure I was choosing the correct fuel for my LS3 engine. The petrol stations near me only do (Regular) 95 RON or (Super) 99 RON.

I did recently come across a Sainsburys Petrol station selling 97-ROM Super Unleaded so that’s what I’m going to stick to from now on. There’s a BP not too far from me that does 97-RON but BP are generally more expensive. Not all BP’s are the same though, I guess some are franchised and some are not.

For you V8 guys using 95 RON, it’s still going to equate to 90-91 AKI; which is still much better than the US mid-grade gasoline. Hope this information helps and please correct me if I’ve missed anything.

How UK residents can hire a 2SS V8 Coupe in the USA

Dear all,

For anyone wishing to rent a new 2015 model Camaro 2SS V8 whilst in the USA I thought this information might be useful for you to do the same as me.

My trip to Florida with Thomson Airways meant that I would arrive at Sanford International Airport which is about 40 minutes drive to International Drive, Orlando. I previously used Budget Rent A Car when I visited Texas in 2013 and I can say that I also had a painless experience with them this time round.

The most frustrating thing when it comes to any car hire company in the USA; is that you can not normally choose the exact manufacturer or model of car until you arrive at the destination and it all depends what car is available on that day. Last year, I simply got lucky when I landed in DFW, Texas as they had a Camaro 1SS V8 Coupe but that was a complete fluke. This time round I wanted to guarantee that I had the Camaro when I landed in Sanford.

At time of writing this, there is no option on the Budget.com website to choose a ‘full size car’ as a UK resident. So what I had to do was use a UK company called Affordable Car Hire and pre-pay to hire a ‘full size car’ specifically requesting that Budget at Sanford airport supply the car to me.

The pre-paid ‘full size car’ voucher only qualifies you for a car similar to a Dodge Charger, Chevy Impala, Ford Fusion or Nissan Altima and the cost for this was £290 GBP for two weeks hire.

Once affordable car hire have sent you the pre-paid voucher with the “GB***” code, give the Sanford Budget office a call directly on 001-407-585-4427 and ask to speak to Maygen. She was very understanding of my situation and tried her absolute hardest to ensure that a V8 Camaro Coupe was available on the day of my arrival. When I arrived she was able to give me the choice between two V8’s and allowed me to inspect both Camaro’s first. Both were nearly new and only had 2000 miles on the clock.

In order to upgrade from the ‘full size car’ to the 2015 V8 2SS Camaro Coupe you’ll need to pay an additional $40 per day for hire but this also includes the full insurance with all of the extras. The one I hired even had the Siruis XM and On-Star subscription which gives you that special Knight Rider experience whilst you’re stranded on the interstate!

All of the Camaro’s I’ve seen at Budget have been automatic, all have the remote start kit, heads-up display, but they don’t usually have the RS package and don’t come with the in-built Sat Nav; so be sure to take your own Sat Nav and load the US maps before you go. Toll roads are also included with the hire or maybe I just haven’t been charged yet. Don’t pre-pay your fuel on arrival, just fill it up with gas before you hand it back.

At just over 50p per litre of gas, be sure to drive up to Daytona Beach and pay $5 to drive it down the beach, it was such a head turner, even over there! I made the mistake of stopping in dry sand to take pictures of the car near the sea, all the weight is on the front of the car and with only sand underneath all 426 horses.. it’s excellent at digging holes until the chassis hits the floor! Just get some of the locals to push you out again, you’ll be fine :-)

The only problem is when you get back, you will end up wanting to import one even more than you did before. Keep smiling and saving the pennies!