Many C7 Corvette Stingray owners are like me, they have a heck of a time getting our of their Corvette without kicking, or at least scraping the lower portion of the door sill and leaving an ugly mark. This has been a problem even before the first C7 Corvette Stingray rolled off the line in Bowling Green. I know many C5 and C6 owners that complain about the same thing. Sure, it’s okay if you can open your door 100% of the way, but if you are in a tight spot, perhaps a parking place or your garage, you have to pry the door open slowly and have barely enough room to squeeze out of the car. No matter how hard you try, you get your right foot dragging across the door sill…..well, until now you have to clean it every single time. The automotive aftermarket has come up with a CLEAR door sill protector package that simply velcros into place. The clear door sills are designed to quickly and easily install and can be removed in moments.
2014 C7 Corvette Stingray Clear Door Sill Kick Plates
You can barely even notice them, and will be thankful you have them installed. Here is another view.
Corvette Stingray Clear Door Sills
We found a few reputable online websites that offer these door sills, at a very reasonable price. It looks like the going rate is around $79.95 for the set of two. RPI Designs has them as well as Southern Car Parts. This is perhaps the best modification you can make to your Corvette.
Many C7 Corvette Stingray owners will, at one time, roll up to the gas pump and not be able to open their fuel door. I was on “E” and had to pull in to the local Sheetz to get gas before work. Well I get to the pump, hit the fuel door button, get out of my Stingray and to my surprise the fuel door is not open. I think “no problem”, I climb back into the car and hit the button again….still nothing. Now I get a little upset and start to pry the fuel door with my fingers, trying to get it open. After 3-4 minutes of not being able to open the fuel door and feeling like a moron, I casually get back into my Stingray and drive off…..praying I make it to work. After the 15 minute drive I roll into my parking spot at work, running on fumes. Before I start my day, I sit down at the computer and read up on this. Apparently I am not alone, this is a common problem/issue.
So here is the trick, or how to put gas in your Stingray….Take your key fob and from outside the car, lock the doors, then unlock the doors. Now hit your fuel door. It’ll pop open. GM put a locking fuel door in our Stingrays and you need to be smarter than the fuel door, which apparently I am not. I hope this little tip will save a few Stingray owners the same trouble that I had to go through to fill up my Corvette.
Exciting news for C7 Corvette owners. Lloyd Mats has just released new floor mats for the 2014 and 2015 Corvette Stingray. Lloyd Mats offers these new floor mats with the C7R logo, Corvette Racing logo and also the Jake Skull logo.
C7 Corvette C7R Floor Mats
2014 2015 C7 Corvette Stingray Lloyd Floor Mats are the very best floor mats you can buy for your Corvette. Lloyd Mats has been manufacturing floor mats since the 1970’s and is the leader in the automotive industry. The Ultimat is a heavy duty mat, much heavier than the factory GM mats. The C7 Corvette Ultimat also comes with a lifetime warranty.
C7 Corvette Stingray C7R Floor Mats
Perhaps you are a Corvette Racing fan like us. If you are, and you own a C7 Corvette Stingray, then Lloyd Mats has the perfect option for you…the “CORVETTE RACING” floor mats. These floor mats come in Jet Black and feature the racing script shown below.
C7 Corvette Stingray Corvette Racing Floor Mats
We found a few Corvette parts houses on the internet that offer these floor mats. You can pick them up at RPI Designs or Southern Car Parts.
Many in Europe are very exciting that Chevrolet will start to offer the C7 Corvette Z06 in many European countries this year. Chevrolet debuted the C7 Corvette Z06 at the Geneva Auto Show last week. If you are a C7 Corvette Z06 fan reading this in Europe, you are probably very excited – the only downfall – you’ll be paying about 25% more than what it costs a buyer in the USA. The C7 Z06 will start right around $106,000.00 in European countries.
C7 Z06 Corvette at Geneva
We imagine that it might take a few months to be driving the streets of Paris or Rome before you’ll see a similar bright yellow Z06 passing by you!
Listen up….If you can’t afford $100,000 or more for the C7 Corvette Z06, but you still want to put one in your garage, then enter the raffle from the National Corvette Museum.
NCM C7 Corvette Z06 Raffle
Enter to win this C7 Corvette Stingray from the National Corvette Museum. Not only will you win this Z06, but you will also get Corvette Museum Delivery – a must for every Corvette enthusiast, a VIP tour of the Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, a program decal and also a plaque to hang on your wall.
The Museum is raffling off 1,000 at a cost of $300 each. Give it a shot, you never know, you have a 1 in 1,000 chance of winning this Z06!!
Most Stingray owners will either love the sound of their new C7 Corvette, or they will really not care for it and want to change it out right away. C7 owners are fortunate enough to have Billy Boat on their site, yes, that Billy Boat, the retired Indy Car driver. the Billy Boat that started the Indy 500 on the pole in 1998….ok, we made our point. So Billy Boat is certainly qualified to research and build exhaust systems for your Stingray. From what we can see, Billy Boat Performance exhaust offers three different “levels” of exhausts for your Stingray. The PRT, the Bullet and the Fusion. These three systems offer different levels of noise and growl. The PRT is very much like the factory systems, only louder, with a deeper tone. The PRT system will offer the driver no drone or resonance in the cockpit. The Fusion is a bit louder and the Bullet is the all out, blow our neighbors windows out loud, system built by Billy Boat.
C7 Corvette Stingray Billy Boat Exhaust
In addition to the three “levels” of exhaust systems, B&B offers three different exhaust tips that can be mated up with any of the systems. The SPEEDWAY tips, show above, offer a very unique look to the Stingray. The double wall oval quad tips and the double wall quad round tips.
C7 Corvette Z06 Billet Boat Fusion Exhaust System
We found a variety of vendors offering these exhaust systems out on the web. The best prices we could find was Southern Car Parts and also RPI Designs. These vendors seem to have a great selection of Billy Boat systems and the best prices we could find.
With a Billy Boat Exhaust system for your C7 Corvette Stingray, you simply cannot go wrong!
Most all Corvette owners I know have a few of the same problems while cleaning their pride and joy. The most common is the thought of cleaning those chrome wheels. Let’s face it, cleaning those wheels is just a pain in the neck. It seems like you can spend over a hour polishing them, after you get them clean from all the brake dust….not to mention bending over in that awkward position and then ending up at the chiropractor in a week. Ok, it might not be that bad, but it’s still a pain. We are fans of the Daytona Speed Master Wheel Brush, better known as the Corvette Wheel Brush.
The Speed Master Wheel Brush is the most advanced wheel detailing brush today! Built for quick, effective cleaning of all wheels, the Speed Master Wheel Brush has a state-of-the-art design that cleans any wheel surface and any wheel design – without scratching! Brake dust beware! There’s nowhere to hide from the Speed Master Wheel Brush.
Daytona Wheel Brush in Action on a Corvette
The braking systems in many vehicles generate a lot of brake dust. Coincidentally, these vehicles often have the expensive alloy wheels with intricate spoke designs. These wheels look unbelievable when they’re clean, but how are you going to keep them clean?
The Speed Master Wheel Brush. This advanced wheel brush has everything you want in a quality detail brush and much more. The staff and I at Palm Beach Motoring studied all the various brushes on the market and compared their pros and cons. Ultimately I took our wish list for the perfect wheel brush to Dean Henderson at EZ Detail Brush, Inc. Dean had already created the ultimate motorcycle detailing brush with the EZ Detail Brush. With a few modifications, I knew we could create the ultimate auto detail brush.
Dean manufactured the Speed Master Wheel Brush to my exact specifications, right down to the hot rod red bristles. In addition, the Speed Master Wheel Brush has a thicker, reinforced stem. It maintains its flexibility but the new stem is more rugged for frequent use on auto wheels. The bristles are slightly feathered on the ends to gently clean delicate wheel finishes, such as coated or plated wheels, without scratching.
Here are the benefits of the Speed Master Wheel Brush:
Soft, nonabrasive 2 inch bristles. Whether the wheels are aluminum or clear coated, they can be scratched by the wrong brush. The Speed Master Wheel Brush features nylon Nylex bristles that are both flexible and durable. The end of each bristle is feathered to provide an extra gentle touch on delicate wheel finishes. Use the Speed Master Wheel Brush on highly polished aluminum, chrome, stainless, clear coated, and painted wheels with confidence.
Daytona Corvette Stingray Wheel Brush
Patented memory bristles regain their shape. Detail brushes can lose their shape and their functionality over time because they’re pressed into the grooves and crevices of your car. The Speed Master Wheel Brush has special memory bristles that regain their shape after every use. Simply rinse the brush in hot water and hang it upside down to dry. The bristles will settle back into their original shape, just like new. Memory bristles allow the Speed Master Wheel Brush to remain effective when other brushes fall short.
Chemical resistant.The Speed Master Wheel Brush’s synthetic bristles can withstand all wheel cleaners and degreasers, even powerful aluminum wheel cleaners. Whereas natural bristles can eventually become dry and brittle, the bristles on the Speed Master Wheel Brush stay smooth, soft, and flexible.
Fits all wheel designs.The Speed Master Wheel Brush may look like a big brush, but it fits in the smallest spaces. Clean between wire spokes and even between the brake caliper and the wheel! The flexible bristles easily fold against the stem to a ½ inch thickness. When you’re finished cleaning the wheels, rinse the Speed Master Wheel Brush in hot water and hang to dry to restore the brush’s original shape.
Reinforced, flexible stem. Many of today’s wheel designs give you full visibility through the wheel. Brake dust literally has nowhere to hide! The Speed Master Wheel Brush is the solution. The upgraded, vinyl-coated wire stem flexes to reach all the way through the wheel to clean the edge on the other side! The 13 inch stem is of a heavier gauge wire to give it flexibility and stability. The vinyl coating protects the wheel from scratching. In fact, if you pull the bristles apart, you can see that the wire is completely covered for the entire length of the brush.
Safe bonded tip. The tip of the Speed Master Wheel Brush is coated in vinyl to protect the wheel from contact. No part of the internal wire stem is visible so there’s no chance of it scratching the wheel as long as the bonded tip stays in tact.
Knuckle guard protects your hands. A rubber guard above the handle helps protect your hands from cleaners or scrapes, because we know you really get into your work. An ergonomic handle makes cleaning comfortable.
We found a couple of vendors that carry this Daytona Wheel Brush, both Southern Car Parts
and RPI Designs
. Price is reasonable, less than $28.00. The way we look at it, that $28.00 will save you time for years to come and is well worth it.
Are you Stingray fans ready for the next episode of Top Gear? We just learned that Top Gear will be featuring the C7 Corvette Stingray in an episode coming up very soon. The last time that Top Gear featured a Corvette was way back in 2010 with the C6 Corvette ZR1….show the Corvette some love!! We hear the C7 Corvette will be running around with a Porsche Cayman and possibly a Ferrari.
C7 Corvette Stingray
Remember the C7 Corvette Stingray does 0-60 in 3.8 seconds, tops out over 190mph, makes 455HP, and gets over 23MGP…this should be a very interesting episode of Top Gear.
I was driving behind a new C7 Corvette Stingray on Friday afternoon and noticed that it sat really close to the ground (don’t they all?). But this Stingray was lower than most. Lucky for me, the driver was on his way to the mall and I followed him in….I worked up the courage to ask him if all C7’s are that low to the ground. He was very friendly and told me that he actually installed a set of “lowering bolts”. He explained that vendors in the aftermarket make these little bolts shown below and they will actually allow the owner to lower his Corvette up to 2.5″.
C7 Corvette Stingray Lowering Bolts
Of course I didn’t think to take pictures…I know, any blogger worth his weight would have done so. But I did find some bolts on the internet along with pictures. RPI has them and so does Southern Car Parts. I did find a few pictures on the RPI site and posted them below. So you guys tell me. Do you like the look? Or do you like the stock “normal height” better? I kind of like the look of the lowered Stingray.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention. The C7 Lowering Bolts package will set you back a nice dinner, or about $45.00. Not too bad if you ask any of us over here.
The National Corvette Museum is holding a special raffle for a brand new 2015 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray. We all know that the National Corvette Museum had a rough time with the giant sink hole….we won’t go into that. If you are a Corvette fan, then you have to support the NCM. These tickets are selling for just $10. Can you imagine buying a brand new Corvette for just $10? You might just get lucky…
The NCM normally charges $100 per ticket, but this is a special raffle and you could win for 1/10th the cost of a normal NCM raffle. This $60,000 C7 Corvette is bright red, or known by Corvette fans as Torch Red. What better color to own a Corvette?
C7 Corvette Raffle from the National Corvette Museum
Here is a link to the NCM raffle: http://www.corvettemuseum.org/raffle/index.shtml