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Old 07-24-2005, 10:34 AM   #1
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Steps to replace center air dam?

Unfortunately I hit a ground hog (dumb azz animal bolted in font of me) & it put a 3"-4" tear in the corner of the center air dam. The piece was easy to get - 1 day order & $39. When I got underneath & unbolted the original it wouldn't budge it appears to be installed under the front facia & is likely more than a unbolt & bolt.

Anyone have any experience with this replacement or can offer some insights on steps to install. Thanks
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Not exactly sure....

Which part are you replacing?





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Old 07-24-2005, 03:01 PM   #3
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Thanks D, - on the 1st schematic you attached it looks like part# 7, but not certain because on the actual center air dam the ends extend beyond the flexible rubber. I'm planning on stopping by the Chevy dealer tomorrow to see what they say.
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Old 07-24-2005, 03:07 PM   #4
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I presume the groundhog paid dearly for his mistake? Damaging a vette is serious.
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Old 07-24-2005, 08:44 PM   #5
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Backed up & ran him over again just to make sure it wasn't a threat to any other Vettes.
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Old 07-26-2005, 08:47 AM   #6
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hombre, can you share with us what you had to do to replace the lower air dam?
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Old 07-26-2005, 07:29 PM   #7
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All squared away. New center air dam is in place. Took about 1/2 hour. Pretty easy to replace (once you know how).

For those interested here's the deal:


1. Jack up the front end - ramp height is workable but the higher the better.

2. Remove left & right side pieces of the air dam (7mm socket).

3. Remove the 7 or 8 screws (they're obvious when you look at it) from the bottom of the front facia (7mm socket).

4. Looking from the front of the car remove the 3 screws from the center air dam (there are still 2 more corner screws holding it on though) 10mm socket.

5. pull the facia down (it's very pliable) use an extension & remove each corner screw from the center air dam, these are facing up (7mm socket).

6. First remove the passenger side of the air dam by pulling towards the front & then downward.

7. Now slide the air dam towards the passenger side of the car about 2" - 3" ( this is the tricky part because the drivers side is still attached you need to work it a little).

8. Now it should come right off.

Reverse order for installation.

Installation Note: When you put the new piece on start by placing the drivers side of the air dam to the right (passenger side) of it's actual location (2"-3"). There's a piece of shroud or something that prevent you from just putting the part in place and it needs to be worked some. Then the passengers side will snap into place easily.
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Old 07-27-2005, 06:14 AM   #8
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Thank you, hombre. I appreciate you sharing your lessons learned. Can't do it without lifting the vehicle?
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Old 07-27-2005, 07:12 AM   #9
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The front does have to be raised because you have to at least get some working room. By lifting the front wheels about 6" off the ground should be enough - that's whay I did.
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