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Third-Gen Camaro Parts Guide

Expanded coverage from the Third-Gen Camaro Parts Guide inside the August 2018 Goodguys Gazette.

Next gen muscle is officially here to stay and making its way to the top of the food chain already are third-Gen Camaros and Firebirds. These once maligned, Melaise-era muscle cars have been reborn thanks to some brilliant builders and manufacturers.

Our goal with this Buyer’s Guide is to not only help you source parts but to also introduce you to new possibilities not previously on your radar. Whether you’re a hot rodder looking for something different or maybe starting a project with a millennial, third gen F-body’s offer a blank canvas.

You know the story of the 70s and 80s performance scene. During the gas crunch performance cars across the board got neutered. Cars and trucks were not being built with the impressive horsepower numbers that we take for granted today, nor were they known for tearing up any road courses from the factory. However, that didn’t mean the OEMs were just going through the motions – they were at least trying to keep pony cars exciting. It was just a different time.

If you were 80s guys like us, you were growing weary of the iconic Detroit big three muscle car battles which lasted up until 1973. You heard about these beasts ad nauseum from dad and grandpa and the prices of those cars were already in the six-figures for original survivors or restorations. We were left with 305TPI engines, performance-choking catalytic converters and the like but it’s what we had! We made due to best we could

In 1982, right about the time Rush released their hit LP “Exit Stage Left” and David Hasslehoff saddled up in the Knight Rider, GM rolled out the all new Camaro/Firebird platform as the third generation of the F-car, and with its angular new styling came a list of firsts that we take for granted today. If you’re gonna build or hop up a third gen car, we highly recommend these upgrades and parts!

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GTA Wheels

Hawks Motorsports is making every effort in reproducing factory style reproduction parts and these 17 x 9 GTA Trans Am wheels are just the beginning of what Hawks Motorsports has up their sleeves. They give your third generation F-Body a modified muscle look while keeping a factory appearance. These wheels are offered in 17” x 9” with a 5 x 4-3/4” bolt pattern. The GTA Trans Am wheel features a painted mesh center in your choice of gold or black. Included are the two front wheel spacers which are needed for proper fitment. Roll On A Set Today!

 

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Rear Coilover Kit

Viking is pleased to offer their made-in- the-U.S.A. bolt-in rear coil-over systems for third gen Camaros. All coilover systems feature Viking’s double adjustable shocks and high travel springs, together with a bolt-in mounting bracket kit and hardware. Viking shocks are lightweight aluminum with a sleek clear anodized finish, and feature 19 positions of independent compression and rebound adjustments for a total of 361 valving combinations! Shocks are rebuildable and revalveable, dyno tested, serialized and available with standard or race valving. Coilover Your Camaro!

 

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Headers

Kooks Headers and Exhaust makes LS-swapping your Third-Gen even easier, with LS-Engine Swap Headers and Y-pipe. Get modern fuel injection and performance from an LS platform and back it with handcrafted, stainless-steel headers from Kooks. Designed to fit 1982-’92 Camaro’s and Firebird’s with LS swaps, these mid-length headers measure 1 7/8-inch with 3-inch collectors. Headers may be combined with the Kooks Headers and Exhaust three-inch Y-pipe ($720.63 MSRP). Header kits include necessary gaskets and hardware. All Kooks Headers and Exhaust kits are hand-built in America. Exhaust Your Wallet!
 


 
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Door Jamb Vents

Eddie Motorsports offers cool replacement parts for even the most inconspicuous items on your car. Such is the case with their billet aluminum door jamb vents. Precision CNC-machined from a solid chunk of high quality 6061T6 billet aluminum, the vents incorporate aluminum mesh and are a direct replacement for the plastic vents in your third gen Camaro. These bitchin’ vents are available in a raw machined or bright polished finish or in one of their many Fusioncoat or anodize colors. Vent Your 3rd Gen!

 

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Differential Cover

Trans-Dapt Performance Products offers a complete Chrome differential cover kit that fits 1982-92 Chevy Camaros with an 8.5” ring gear (Trans-Dapt Part #9037). This classic-style chrome cover design matches the factory differential cover shape and includes a set of finished hex bolts with matching gasket. No modification is required for this quick, easy installation, and the result is a dramatically cleaner rear end. Cover Your Rear!

 

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Hood Louvers

OER® reproduction hood louver ornaments will definitely spice up 1985-90 Camaro Z28 and 1987 IROC models. Manufactured from injection molded quality materials for an authentic appearance and fit, these louvers mount onto the recessed areas of the optional Z28 hood. Includes factory correct satin black finish, foam rubber insulating seals and mounting hardware. Sold in pairs. Louver Your IROC!

 

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Tubular K-Member

BMR Tubular K-Members are designed to provide a lightweight alternative to the heavy and bulky factory K-member. Manufactured from 1-1/2-inch x 0.120 wall DOM steel tubing and 3/16-inch laser cut CNC-formed steel plate, BMR’s K-members give you a lightweight, extremely strong K-member. Every BMR K-member is 100-percent bolt-in and requires no modifications for fitment. The K-members are built with a provision for either factory or manual steering racks. Shave a Few Pounds!

 

3rd gen camaro parts guide, fuel curve

Bolt-On Notch Kit

Here’s a high grade front bumper cover for your ’82, ’83, and ’84 Camaro Z28 Models. Manufactured using OE quality urethane, the bumper features all correct mounting points and front grill openings to accommodate Z28 foglamps. Replace your saggy, or damaged original front bumper cover, or use this cover to convert a standard Camaro into a Z28 with some minor mounting modifications. Upgrade Your Nose!

 

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L.E.D. Taillights

Enhance your safety and style with DIGI-TAILS Digital Taillights for your third Gen Camaro. Each kit features 378 (198 red, 180 amber) high intensity, sequentially illuminating, LEDs. It works great with your stock lens and housing and increases visibility more than 100%. Also, consider buying DIGI-TAILS 1156 LED Reverse bulbs with your kit if you want to see more when backing up at night. Light Up Your Camaro!

 

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Cylinder Heads

Dart’s new PRO1 LS 12° 285cc CNC Aluminum rectangle port cylinder head for GM LS7 Compatible small block V8 engines takes performance to the next level. This full CNC ported cylinder head offers higher performance and more versatility than factory designs. The 12° based high performance cylinder head has better airflow, more efficient combustion chambers and more user friendly features than production LS castings. Get a Head!

 

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Seat Brackets

The Corbeau Chevy Camaro seat brackets are manufactured to be a direct bolt in to the 1982-1992 Chevrolet Camaros. Direct bolt in means your bracket will bolt to the existing bolt holes in your floor board with little to no modifications. Corbeau Chevrolet seat brackets are powder coated in a black wrinkle finish and come standard with single locking sliders. Double locking sliders (optional) have a bar that connects the two locking sliders and you pull up on this bar to slide your seat forward and back. Bolt a set Down!

 

3rd gen camaro parts guide, fuel curve

Front Sway Bar

Reduce vehicle body roll and increase the traction and gripping power of your tires with a set of ST Anti-Sway Bars for your 82-92 third Gen Camaro or Firebird. Precision engineered to provide the best performance possible, our cold formed solid steel 1 3/8″ 35mm front anti swaybar is powder coated for durability and comes complete with polyurethane bushings and all hardware needed for easy installation. Say bye to Sway!

 

3rd gen camaro parts guide, fuel curve

Differential

This direct replacement rear differential housing from Chris Alston’s Chassisworks fits your 82-92 3rd Gen Camaro or Firebird. Thick hats, 1/2″ pinion offset, late big Ford style seal ends combined with a mild steel housing and bracketry bolts in with stock lower control arms an most aftermarket torque arms. Upgrade Your Rear!

 

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Seats

The TMI Pro-Chicane Universal SPORT-VXR High Back Seat is available for 1975-1982 3rd Gen Camaros and Friebird’s and come in black vinyl & suede with your choice of contrast stitching and grommets. Grommets will be made to match contrast stitching selected. Frames are wrapped with a heavy bolstered, high-density foam. No re-upholstering required, no hunting down old frames! Custom colors are available as an option. Sit in a Set!

 

3rd gen camaro parts guide, fuel curve

Trans Crossmember

This crossmember is designed as part of a fully-engineered LS swap mounting system for 1984-92 GM F-body vehicles. It has been CAD designed to provide an optimized balance of weight, stiffness and strength. This crossmember also provides direct installation capability for 4th-gen F-body/GTO T56 and aftermarket Tremec T56 Magnum transmissions. Installation of a 4L60-4L70, 4L80/4L85 and TH400. Mount Your Trans!
 

Want more? Click HERE to see additional products from the Back To The 80’s Third-Gen GM F-Body Parts Guide inside the Goodguys Gazette.

Senior Editor, Digital Media

With three decades of automotive journalism under his belt, John Drummond serves as Senior Editor – Digital Media for Fuel Curve and Goodguys Rod & Custom Association where he has worked since 1990. Drummond got his start in motorsports reporting by making a fake press pass to gain starting line access. The ruse worked and he began covering auto races as far back as 1986 in Northern California, eventually getting his stories published worldwide. He has owned and driven everything from a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere to a ridiculously modded Subaru WRX as well as a string of Mercedes AMG’s, most of which had the warranties voided the day after leaving the dealership.

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