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Old 09-26-2012, 11:29 AM   #1
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Post ZL1 Front Splash Guard - Canard

ZL1 Canard Project ( AKA Splash Guard )

Items & Tools needed

18” x 12” Dura Flex splash guard set ( purchased from Pep Boys )
Black Sharpie
Tin Snips
Torx Bit / Driver ( forgot the size )
Four Small Office Binder Clips
Drill & Bit
Electrical Tape
Slip Clips
Belt Sander & 80 Grit Belt


I wanted to try my best to come up with a decent looking solution to protect the side of my new ZL1, other than wrapping the entire car in film . . .

On the back wheel well of the ZL1 GM designed a canard that does provide protection from flying rocks, so I used that part as the basis of my design.

There is not much “material” to the factory rear canards, so buying a set of those and modifying to fit did not appear to be an option, so . . .

I purchased a set of 18” x 12” Dura Flex Splash Guards. (Pic 1) Ideally I would like the material to be a little thicker so as to create the rounded edge like the factory canard, but this will suffice for now.





Using a section of corrugated cardboard I created a rough template by tracing the rear facing canard on the back wheel well. With the piece of card board I adjusted the shape and height of the shield to fit my liking and the curvature of the front fender. The bottom of the template aligns with the bottom of the factory rocker. (Sorry no Pic)

I then traced the final card board template onto the clear package face of the splash guards, using the clear material I was able to trace the thin line of the inside fender lip and locate the two factory torx bits. (Sorry no Pic)

I used the small office binder clips to temporarily hold the template on the car as I worked.

To “test” the appearance, I used black duct tape on the clear template to see how it looked. Bumble Bee is watching my progress . . the two factory torx screws that I removed are laying on the counter. (Pic 2)




Trace your final template onto each of the splash shields and mark the two screw holes needed. Note if your splash shields have one textured face make sure to cut a right and left canard. (Pic 3 & 4)






Carefully cut out each shield with the tin snips, (Pic 5 & 6)






Rough shape of new canard (Pic 7)





For drilling and finishing the edges I clipped the right and left splash shield together with the small binder clips (Pic 8)





Drill the two holes for the factory screws, I used my drill press but a hand held unit will be just fine. (Pic 9)





Sand the rough edges of the shields smooth. I started with my little “Mouse” sander and that was too slow so I used an 80 grit belt sander and that worked great. (Pic 10) Sand splashes until desired shape and finish of edges is complete.





Here is the end result of the cut and sanded canards (Pic 11)





To install, turn the wheel all the way to the left or right (depending on which side you mount first). Here you can see the holes where the factory torx bits are removed. The small tab of electrical tape marks the height of the shield. Although really hard to see in the pic, I lined the fender lip with a strip of electrical tape to protect the paint from any possible chafing from the installed shield. (Pic 12)





Mount the bottom of the shield to the car with the two original torx bits, and use two slip clips to secure the remaining section of splash shield to the fender. These clips were laying around in my spare bits tins from an old set of splash guards, I assume you can buy something from the auto parts store. (Pic 13)





Finished mounting. The clips I have are pretty big, I want to find something a little smaller, but if not, I will paint the clips black later (Pic 14)





Drivers side finished (Pic 15 & 16)






Repeat the mounting process on the passenger side (Pic 17)





Mounted view passenger side (Pic 18)


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Old 09-26-2012, 11:39 AM   #2
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Nice work, but that will fit all gen5 Camaro's.
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Old 09-26-2012, 12:32 PM   #3
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Nice work, but that will fit all gen5 Camaro's.

It should. . . nothing else is really different between the models.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:26 PM   #4
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nice work...... I work in schaumburg how much installed?
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:00 PM   #5
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Great work Andy I think I need a set of those
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:49 PM   #6
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It should. . . nothing else is really different between the models.
I think ofer was stating that it will. Good job though it looks good.

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Old 10-05-2012, 05:17 PM   #7
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This is awesome! Was just about to pull the trigger on some factory molded quarter flares but I think I wanna try this out now in the front, with the stock ZL1's in the rear! Cheaper and looks wayyy better.
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Old 10-13-2012, 07:58 PM   #8
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Thank you so much for the idea!!! Here's how mine turned out

The materials cost less than the 18pack of beer I bought.
I got the flaps from Autozone, but O'Reily and Advance also have them.
Use the transparent package casing to trace on the wheel well where you want to make the cuts and mark the screw placement with a sharpie.
The clips are actually black but the camera flash made them look somewhat white/unpainted. I used 2 different sized clips. Bottom clips are #6 Wide Speed Nut (bigger), top clips are 10x11/32 U-Type (smaller). I got the clips at Lowes, and they are not an exact perfect fit but they get the job done. I used my belt saw to cut out the flaps and my drill press for the screw holes and smoothed out the inside rough edge with 150 grit sand paper. The outside of the flaps have the factory finish since I only cut on the inside of the flap. I didn't want them to sick out further or look larger than the rear flaps so they are just a little more narrow. Disregard the date stamp on the pics, I need to update my camera clock .
By the way, this was VERY EASY to do, you don't have to be an Engineer, but it helps !















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Old 10-13-2012, 08:58 PM   #9
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Hi,,

I am not able to remove the screws that are shown in this pic. What tool did you use to unscrew them??
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:17 PM   #10
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Torque Bits. Maybe a #7
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Old 10-13-2012, 09:29 PM   #11
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I used a Torx T-20

It's a Torx fastener. I used size T-20 with a 1/4" drive ratchet. No extension.

Do not overtighten because these fasteners go into the factory plastic ground effects!

You do not want to strip the plastic threads!!!
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Old 10-13-2012, 10:58 PM   #12
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I did mine today as well. Turned out fantastic and I couldn't be happier! Thanks for saving my gills and the little bit of sanity I have left!
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Old 10-14-2012, 12:08 AM   #13
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It's a Torx fastener. I used size T-20 with a 1/4" drive ratchet. No extension.

Do not overtighten because these fasteners go into the factory plastic ground effects!

You do not want to strip the plastic threads!!!
I'll see if i can get these in autozone tomorrow

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Old 10-14-2012, 12:24 AM   #14
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Advance Autoparts has the flaps for 2 bucks less than Autozone. ~$7.99 vs. $9.99. I should of went to Advance first
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:52 AM   #15
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Looks good. I will be making some also. Takes a little time and effort but will be worth it.

THR I see a bottle of Zaino. I love that stuff!
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:02 AM   #16
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Nice job OP. I made a set almost exactly how you did it earlier this year. Well worth the effort to protect the sides, especially with the wider wheels up front. I have an SS with 10" wide wheels all around and the ZL1 front and rear splash guards. To complement them and give extra protection I used the rears as a pattern.

I bought these for the material. They are 24 inches long by 12 wide.

http://www.suspensionconnection.com/...con/cre24.html

One other thing I did to protect the paint was to used 3M tape on the lip of the fender, much the same as GM did on the ZL1 splash guards. You still need to use fastners but iit does help hold the guard in place and keeps grit from getting in between the guard and the paint.

I also made mine slightly longer on the bottom to keep debris off the rockers. Seems to work well because I don't get the grime and grit as much on the sides when tracking like I used to. (keeps the track marbles off the car now)

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Old 10-15-2012, 12:55 AM   #17
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A ton of thanks for this DIY.

Able to install mine today as front splash guards...


Mine is a 2LT. So i dont have the rear splash guards.. You guys think i need the rear ones too.. I tried to follow this DIY and install the rear ones. But it seems like the rear wheel wells are different from the front wells..

pls let me know if there is a diy for installing rear canards ( for non- ZL1's)
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Old 10-17-2012, 06:16 PM   #18
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Great write-up dude! I go to school at SIUC for automotive, and our new building has a white rock parking lot... get white dust and pieces up on the panels behind the wheels.. but I don't like the GM splash guards.. I'll be making these soon! Thanks, Jeremy
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:47 PM   #19
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Got mine installed on my new 2013 ZL1 convertible. These should of came from the factory! Thanks for the idea to save my lower rocker!
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Old 11-01-2012, 03:40 AM   #20
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Wonder how this would look with a 1LE splitter if a fella didnt wanna or could afford a ZL1 kit
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Old 11-15-2012, 09:49 PM   #21
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Following this tread. here's mine
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Old 11-19-2012, 04:28 PM   #22
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they work, just not a big fan of "mud flaps" on a muscle car.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:17 PM   #23
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they work, just not a big fan of "mud flaps" on a muscle car.
Good thing its a pony car.
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:07 PM   #24
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thanks op, did mine today, will install once the zl1 front bumper is painted and zl1 wheel wells go in.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:48 PM   #25
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ZL1 front Mud flaps

Hope everyone with a ZL1 can see this thread and make their own at a cheap price! Here are mine I installed as per your example first thing, really, really easy and look fantastic!!
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