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Old 06-16-2011, 04:21 PM   #1
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DIY : Rear Diffuser Removal

Here is a clear illustration of how to remove the rear diffuser from the Camaro bumper. The whole bumper itself does not have to be removed in order to do this.

I have taken my diffuser off several times. It's great for painting your stock exhaust cans black, or if your installing a new exhaust, I took my diffuser off to put on my new axle-back exhaust. It gives you a lot more room to work with. Some people have even painted their diffusers.

Tools:
7mm socket
Large flat head, or tire changing tool
Patience!

Lets get started...

1. On each side of the diffuse is 2, 7mm bolts holding it to the bumper. Looking underneath each side you will see this bolt. Remove the bolt, and then pull the diffuser and pop out the first tab.


2. Laying on your back, and crawling underneath the car, you will find 4 more 7mm bolts holding the diffuse onto the plastic bracket that is show in the picture. The 4 red dots represent the locations. Remove these bolts.


3. Now that all the bolts are removed, its time to start pulling off the diffuser. In this picture take a look at the dots. This is where all the tabs are. Starting at each side work your way towards the middle. The red dots are the easiest to pull out, and the blue dots get a little harder.


4. After having the first tab removed on each side, grab the diffuser and slowly start popping the tabs out. The first few are pretty easy, but may require a bit of tugging. Just be careful and take your time.


5. As your start working your way to the middle, start working your fingers behind the diffuser and popping out more tabs. This is where it starts to get a little harder.


6. Here comes the tough part. Since you do not want to break the tabs in the middle by just pulling as hard as you can, use the diagram above to get an idea of where the tabs are. Using a large flathead, or in my case a large bicycle tire changing tool, you can slip behind the diffuser and push down on the tabs to release them, and then pull out. Also use a shammy or towel behind the tool so you do not damage the bumper.



7. Now that all the tabs have been pulled out, your diffuser will come right off. As stated, just be patient with the tabs, you do not want to bend or snap them. To put the diffuser back on, just snap it back in, and screw back in the 6, 7mm bolts. Here is a close up look at the tabs, and the screws.




Also a quick tip for removing the exhaust hangers... Using a spray bottle, mix Dawn, or any kind of dish detergent with degreaser, and water, spray on the hangers, and they will easily slide off with your hand.


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Old 06-16-2011, 04:44 PM   #2
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Thanks for the write up. I need to take my diffuser off to locate a squeak going on back there and I do not want do have to deal with a dealership.
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:19 PM   #3
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Old 06-17-2011, 09:26 PM   #4
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Excellent write up!
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Old 06-21-2011, 04:38 PM   #5
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Great info! This will be handy in the near future.
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:00 AM   #6
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Great info! This will be handy in the near future.
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Excellent write up!
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Glad I could help
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Old 07-09-2011, 05:43 PM   #7
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Old 07-24-2011, 05:56 PM   #8
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Any idea how tp get those black pastic thongs off?
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Old 07-24-2011, 06:38 PM   #9
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Any idea how tp get those black pastic thongs off?
? do you mean the parts on the diffuser?
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:09 PM   #10
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thank you! planning to get an aftermarket diffuser for a new exhaust set up i have. youre the man.
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:52 PM   #11
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Thanks, Mine will be off soon to get painted. Nice write up.
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Old 08-15-2011, 09:29 AM   #12
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FANTASTIC write-up...........THANK-YOU.
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Old 09-29-2011, 10:29 PM   #13
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Old 09-30-2011, 07:45 AM   #14
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So is it possible to paint this plastic diffuser same as body.. CGM in my case? thanks ryd.
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Old 09-30-2011, 09:33 AM   #15
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So is it possible to paint this plastic diffuser same as body.. CGM in my case? thanks ryd.

absolutley. Already been done by others.
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Old 10-28-2011, 02:43 PM   #16
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We are in the middle of trying to remove this and the tabs just wont budge. Got the first ones on the side off but the others aren't moving.

any ideas?
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Old 10-28-2011, 04:40 PM   #17
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Prob not. I managed to rip about half the tabs off, but found out JB Weld has a new JB Quick. It sets up nice and holds the tabs on with no issues. You'd never be able to tell they were JB Welded back into place.
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Old 10-29-2011, 01:05 PM   #18
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We are in the middle of trying to remove this and the tabs just wont budge. Got the first ones on the side off but the others aren't moving.

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Just patience, I have taken mine off 2 times, with no problems.

Don't force anything, and if you look in the pictures, find something similar to the tool that I used to get down behind the tabs to release them.
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Here is a clear illustration of how to remove the rear diffuser from the Camaro bumper. The whole bumper itself does not have to be removed in order to do this.

I have taken my diffuser off several times. It's great for painting your stock exhaust cans black, or if your installing a new exhaust, I took my diffuser off to put on my new axle-back exhaust. It gives you a lot more room to work with. Some people have even painted their diffusers.
Great write up and directions. !
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:15 AM   #20
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Thanks for the write up.

I'm looking at changing my V6 diffuser to a SS diffuser.
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Old 03-30-2012, 02:58 PM   #21
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We are in the middle of trying to remove this and the tabs just wont budge. Got the first ones on the side off but the others aren't moving.

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Ditto! I pried, pulled, grunted, and sweat but nothing. Mine will not come off, tried both sides. 2011!
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Old 04-02-2012, 09:23 PM   #22
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This is why I love this forum. I had to take my diffuser off to change my exhaust. This info was what I needed. The tabs were stubborn but a few shots of WD-40 and
the whole thing just popped off. Thanks aus10bmx.
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Old 08-31-2012, 06:57 AM   #23
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Thanks for the great write up. Will be getting my SS tips put on soon and this will come in very handy.
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Old 11-11-2012, 02:17 PM   #24
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This is why I love this forum. I had to take my diffuser off to change my exhaust. This info was what I needed. The tabs were stubborn but a few shots of WD-40 and
the whole thing just popped off. Thanks aus10bmx.
X2 on the wd-40, very handy in cold weather.


Thanks for the thread, very helpful!
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Thanks Aus10BMX!! good info and good pics!
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