Often we see questions on how to either refresh tired/dead RS systems, or convert non RS vehicles to the RS option. This thread will try to answer some of your questions and help you evaluate the systems available at this point in time - Spring 2017 - and the costs in materials and time required.
For existing RS systems the threads we keep seeing here at Team Camaro group into two camps. The first being updating 67 Electric RS systems with modern units, and the second how to eliminate the 68/69 OEM Vacuum systems particularly after horsepower upgrades under the hood reduce vacuum output. Often these threads are asking which is the better system? It is hard to pinpoint that answer since there are many variables.
For conversions, some systems are sold as a complete kit, including bell-cranks, buckets and fenders and grills, others just the headlight system. So shop all the parts necessary for total price. You might find using discount codes for various suppliers you actually save money on an all -in-one kit.
Look over the installation guides and videos and see if the install fits you comfort zone, skill set level and your available free time. Your time has a cost, a value, don't discount it. Many who do will have a project scattered all over their garage because they failed to evaluate their time and labor net worth enough in the project equation.
There are now many kits and replacement motors out there for 1967 Camaros. You can also still boneyard it for other headlight motors from other product lines and makes over the years to retrofit. Always include the value of your time to hunt, pick, and retrofit or Frankenstein these onto your vehicle. And the long-term satisfaction and performance of these DIY systems should be considered.
If you are updating failing/failed 67 you have two solid options. Select the motor replacement options, using the existing relay and limit switch systems from the factory, or select a set of replacement motors with new electronics to control them. Retro-Electric home, Camaro, RS, Hideaway Headlight, Corvette headlights
owned by one of our members Mark makes a set of replacement motors MSR $330.00.
He also manufactures a system to update/convert 67's that includes electronics for MSR price of $620.00. He also has kits for 68/69. Here are links to the instructions so you can see what is involved to evaluate your skill set and time in the project planning equation.
1967 - Replacement motors: Retro-Electro instructions, PN-001
1967 - full system install: Retro-Electro instructions, PN-002
1968 & 1969 Camaro RS offerings:
Mark also offers systems for 1968 & 1969 Camaros. He also sells "RS conversion Grill Kits" Contact him direct for details and pricing. [email protected]
or direct message him with a PM here at TC by clicking here:Marktat
1968 - full system install: Retro-Electro instructions, PN-003
1969 - full system install: Retro-Electro instructions, PN-004
The Detroit Speed Engineering kit Detroit Speed, Inc. - 1967-1969 F-Body Electrical - RS Headlight Door Kit
is also popular and widely available at Camaro parts retailers and websites and from DSE direct. The system is reliable and affordable. They at this point in time only make systems for 1968/1969 Camaros, replacing existing vacuum canister systems, or for converted non RS vehicles once converted.
1968 installation guide: http://www.detroitspeed.com/images/i...ight%20Kit.pdf
1969 installation guide: http://www.detroitspeed.com/images/i...ight%20Kit.pdf
For those comparing DSE to RE for you 68 or 69 project here ares some install videos.
Retro-Electric MSR $620.00
DSE MSR $475.00 (There isn't a single one and done installation video so here are three that take you through the process, and one final result.)
Hope this thread helps you through the forest of RS systems to a successful restoration and refresh of your RS, or new conversion for your Camaro.