ACS Buyer's guide for the C7 Corvette Stingray 2014 and up (Part 1a)

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ACS Buyer's guide for the C7 Corvette Stingray 2014 and up (Part 1a)

The world of aftermarket modification is an exciting one with tons of options, but it can be overwhelming to any Corvette owner. Buying the perfect Corvette is already complicated with several models from the Stingray, Grand Sport, & Z06 and of course the various packages within. Let's not forget the different Aero levels available! We split the ACS Buyer's Guide into three parts: one for each C7 model. 

ACS Buyers guide for the C7 Corvette Z06 2015 and up (Coming Soon)

Stingray (2014 & up)

If you own a C7 Corvette Stingray, then you are in luck! You have the complete ACS Composite product line at your disposal to modify your Stingray. The combinations are endless, and ACS is here to facilitate the appearance and performance you are wanting to achieve.

Play with our Stingray Configurator to see all the parts on the C7.

Protection Is Key

But, before we look at aesthetics, let's look at protecting your C7 Corvette. This should be your primary goal before taking your C7 out. If you have driven any amount of distance in your Vette, then you will have likely heard the rattling noise of road debris hitting the side paneling, as well as the underneath of the car. Due to the massive performance tires that are unbelievably sticky, debris such as rocks, pebbles, and other potentially damaging dirt is shot up and back towards the rear of the vehicle. This is damaging to the paint of the car, as well as the underneath components. Take a look at this Stingray without rockers and splash guards:

stingray stone chips

To fix this issue, we designed splash guards that are 30% larger than those offered by GM. Coupled with a set of our Side Rockers you will not have to worry about rocks damaging the underside and lower paneling of your Stingray. We wrote an extensive blog about our Enhanced Splash Guards, if you would like to learn even more about the product.

Click here to be taken to the ACS Splash Guard Blog Post.

ACS Splash Guard Vs GM Splash Guard

Notice how the ACS Splash Guard covers the front leading edge of the rocker which was previously exposed and chipped due to rocks and road debris.

Dressed To Impress

The Z06 Appearance

Our most popular option for any C7 Stingray are the Z06 options that convert your Stingray into the Z06 inspired Corvette. Below are a list of the ACS products that you will need to create this version of the Stingray:

The Z06 ACS Composite Options:

  • Z06 Splitter Stage 3 Deflectors (z07) and No Undertray. Select Primer finish if you intend to color match the splitter or Carbon Flash Metallic black if you want to match the trim pieces on your car. See image at the bottom of this blog for all the Carbon Flash Metallic black pieces found on the Stingray.
  • Zero7 Side Rockers: Mimics the Stage/Aero 2 & 3 Side Skirts offered by GM. The main difference is that the ACS Zero7 has enhanced underpaneling for added protection from road debris that threatens the undercarriage of the Stingray. Select Primer finish if you intend to color match the rockers or Carbon Flash Metallic black if you want to match the trim pieces on your car.
  • Stage 3 Rear Spoiler: Mimics the Stage/Aero 3 wickers offered by GM. The highest available wickers--Provides the greatest down-force. Includes a  replacement spoiler and wickers. Will require the rear facia to be removed for installation. Scroll to the bottom if want to retain the Z51 spoiler and not remove the rear spoiler.
  • Z06 Grill: Available with camera needed for 15 ann up Stingray's. Plug and play installation. Replaces the current Stingray grill for the Z06 version.
  • Z06 Rear Brake Scoop: A component that adds to the lower rocker panel, which mimics the brake scoop found on the z06. Offered in functional (adds to rear brake cooling) or non-functional (purely aesthetics).

This GIF illustrates the before and after of what the ACS products will do for your stock Stingray!

Before and After of ACS Products on a Stock Stingray

These 5 items will give the complete Z06 look that ACS Composite offers for your C7 Stingray
 

 

If you would like to learn more about each of the listed products, then check our their respective pages:

Z06 Splitter for C7 Stingray (45-4-037)

Zero7 Side Rockers for C7 Stingray (45-4-015)

Stage 3 Rear Wicker Spoiler for C7 Stingray (45-4-127)

Z06 Front Grill for C7 Stingray Bumper (45-4-135)

Z06 Rear Brake Scoops for C7 Stingray (45-4-123)

The ACS Composite Alternatives

Be bold and stand out from the other C7 Stingrays on the market. Perhaps you are the type of person that doesn't want their Stingray to look like a Z06. Maybe you want a little flare that separates you from the rest of the group. Below are the various components that are unique to ACS Composite. All designed and manufactured in-house, this product line will surely differentiate your Stingray from the next.

The ACS Five1 Series 

 

Five1 Front Lip Spoiler 45-4-031

The perfect splitter for those faced with steep inclines and driveways that are worried about scrapping their front nose. This splitter is ideal as it does not lower the ride height of the C7 Stingray.

 
Stingray with ACS Composite Five1 Splitter

Five1 Front Bumper Grill 45-4-017

ACS' solution to the larger holes found in the OEM grille. Larger means greater potential for debris to damage the exposed radiator. With narrower slots the Five1 Grill is an excellent choice for those seeking to further protect their C7, as well as offering a menacing front end. LED lights are a popular upgrade for a hovering front lighting theme.

Stingray with ACS Five1 Front Bumper Grille

Five1 Rear Quarter Intake Port 45-4-011

Our quarter ports are a great way to differentiate yourself from the competition.

**Only available for C7 Coupes**

Offers enhanced 

functional cooling for those with a Z51 Stingray.

Stingray with Five1 Upper Rear Quarter Port

 

If you would like to learn more about each of the listed products, then check our their respective pages:

Five1 Front Lip Spoiler (45-4-031)

Five1 Front Bumper Grill (45-4-017)

Five1 Upper Rear Quarter Intake Port (45-4-011)

Utterly Unique

Below are two of our favorite products that truly adds a distinguished and unique look to any C7 Stingray. They are our ACS Zero1 Side Skirts (45-4-001) and our ACS Dual Rear Diffuser Fin System (45-4-096). Let's take a look at both these items below:

ACS Zero1 Side Skirts (45-4-001)

Designed in-house at ACS Composite, and fitted perfectly using GM data, the Zero1s are an elegant option that provides the Stingray with unique, subtle lines that do not overwhelm the existing bold curves of the car.

ACS Dual Fin Rear Diffuser System (45-4-096)

Manufactured in ABS injection, these diffuser fins will augment your C7's rear into a aerodynamical machine! Those driving behind you will think you are piloting a fighter jet.

 
ACS Composite Zero1 Side Rockers Skirts for C7 Stingray 45-4-001
ACS Composite Rear Diffuser Fin System on C7

  

Z51 ZF1 Exclusive Items

If you own a Z51 Stingray or have the ZF1 appearance package, you will not be able to install our Stage 3 Wicker system on the Z51 Spoiler. Therefore, you have three (3) options available for your spoiler:

1) Remove the Z51 Spoiler and install our Stage 3 Wicker System (45-4-127)

[See Z06 Section]

2) Five1 Non-Bolt On Wicker Spoiler 45-4-061

  
ACS Composite Five1 Non-Bolt on Wicker System for C7 Stingray Z51

 

3) Five1 Bolt-On Wicker Spoiler 45-4-117

ACS Composite Five1 Bolt-On Wicker System for C7 Stingray Z51

 

What is the difference between the two Five1 spoilers? 45-4-117 (Bolt-on) has bolts on the rear of the wickers while the 45-4-061 (Non-bolt) does not show the bolts.

What is Carbon Flash Black Metallic Paint? Better known as CFZ, carbon flash black is the C7 trim color. Every C7 comes from the factory with the front fascia grill, rear tail lamp bezels and rear diffuser panel painted in CFZ. Most also have the hood insert, fender insert and rear quarter scoops on coupes in carbon flash black. Same trim color is also found on optionally equipped cars with mirror covers and rear spoiler also painted to match. Naturally, this is the preferred Aero finish. 

Carbon Flash Metallic Black trim pieces found on the C7 Stingray

And, with that, we complete part 1 of the ACS Composite Buyer's guide to modding your C7 Stingray! Part 2 of the C7 Stingray guide will focus on our more advanced product modifications such as our carbon fiber hoods, and the widebody conversion kits.  Coming Soon

If you still have questions, then do not hesitate to get in contact with us. You can send us an e-mail using our contact page found here or use our live chat service to speak with one of our product specialists!

Now that you have seen all our products why not check out our Stingray Configurator to see all these parts on your car! 

Play with our Stingray Configurator to see all the parts on the C7.

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