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Old 01-05-2010, 11:31 AM   #1
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Ground Effects Question...

So I got the Ground Effects option and the dealership put them on Thursday. I have been noticing, however, that there are gaps close to the wheel wells on the front spoiler. The rest of it looks kinda strange, like parts of the ground effects are overlaping the original front piece and parts are under it. I know I need to take pictures, and I ment to this morning but forgot. I will try to get some posted tonight, but wanted to see if anyone could help. Thanks!
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:40 AM   #2
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The front goes onto the stock bumper, so there's overlap, I think.
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Old 01-05-2010, 11:45 AM   #3
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Yeah, its real hard to explain. Just looks strange. If it is messed up though, its the same on both sides. I will have to get some pictures up...
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Old 01-05-2010, 12:00 PM   #4
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Not messed up, thats just the way they fit.
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Yea I see what you mean on mine too. Unless you install yourself and use lots of double-side tape and extra mounting holes or hover over the installers at the body shop it probably wont be completely-pletely flush with the stock bumper.
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Old 01-05-2010, 06:03 PM   #6
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I have installed 4 myself and none have ever fit tight in all spots. But pics would be helpful to tell if it's just a bad install.
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Old 01-06-2010, 10:36 AM   #8
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Finally got a few of the front, I guess its called an Air Dam... As I said, just kinda looks off. Thanks for the help!
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mine does the same thing in the front... theres nothing you can do about that.

But the sides are way too loose. It will only get worse with time. I have had mine installed twice.
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Old 01-06-2010, 11:56 AM   #10
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GFX falls off

Your pictures do not look right. My front GFX came loose on the Turnpike doing 80 mph and draged for miles before someone went buy me and slowed down to tell me that I had a problem up front. All the rivets and metal pins were torn out from the wind resistance. I also noticed some small air gaps between the bumper and the GFX. When all was said and done, the dealer had put the GFX on wrong and did not follow the 6 page directions properly. Thats right 6 papes just for the front GFX. They apparently tried some short cuts and the car has only 1500 miles on it. So after the dealer reserched where the problem came from they replaced it under warranty. It looks much better and tighter fit this time. I think that you should take it to the dealer and have them replace it. There is no fixing the problem once installed, it has to be replaced due to the way the GFX has to installed to the front end. Good Luck
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The money these GFX cost's, the dealer should make sure their installed correctly even if it calls for more tape or mounting holes.
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Old 01-06-2010, 12:08 PM   #12
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The money these GFX cost's, the dealer should make sure their installed correctly even if it calls for more tape or mounting holes.
You would think... But my Dealer out-sourced it. The worst part is the Dealership is 70 miles away. Guess I need to call my salesman and see what he can do.
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Old 01-06-2010, 05:21 PM   #13
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Mine did the same thing, on the sides by the wheel wells. I removed the sides and added more 3m tape, then clamped it using a small c-clamp. Let it set up overnight, and everytime you don't drive it..Did this for about a week
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Yea, the front tip is never flush and is going to have a small gap. In the picture it doesn't look like they might have installed the rivets. Normally you can tell were the rivets are because it pulls that part of the GFX tight against the fascia and gives the gap a kinda wavy appearance, but it could just be the pic. The sides should have some tape there. It look likes you might have had the older style installed that didn't have any tape on the sides. There's a bulletin about adding tape to the edges of the older design.
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Old 01-07-2010, 09:36 AM   #15
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That gap at the nose is proof that it was installed wrong. You are to start attaching the nose at that middle point and move out towards the ends, not start at the ends and move to the middle. That is why there are those 1/8th inch gaps. No where for the excess GFX to got but out. That is where the wind resistance forces the GFX down and they come loose. I would not wait until the GFX falls off, it will easier deel with dealer before it causes more damage as in my case.
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:07 AM   #16
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That gap at the nose is proof that it was installed wrong. You are to start attaching the nose at that middle point and move out towards the ends, not start at the ends and move to the middle. That is why there are those 1/8th inch gaps. No where for the excess GFX to got but out. That is where the wind resistance forces the GFX down and they come loose. I would not wait until the GFX falls off, it will easier deel with dealer before it causes more damage as in my case.
Now did you have to use the Dealership you bought it at? A friend brought up a good point. It may be warranty work due to it being a option when I ordered the car. However it is a Dealer Installed option. I have a Chevy dealership not even 5 miles from my house, but I bought the car 70 miles away. Just wondering if I can call the closer dealer and have them fix it...?
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I ordered my car from one dealership, then picked it up at another dealership because they are Auto Nation Dealers which is the largest in the country. The dealer that put the GFX on where I picked it up, put the GFX on wrong. So I went to the dealer that I ordered the car from and they replaced the front GFX with factory warranty after deciding weather to or not to charge the original dealership for the wrong installation. Local GM rep had to make the decission weather it was going to be covered by warranty or the original dealer would have to pay for the work since it was there falt. You should not have a problem. It is covered by warrrany, but if the nose falls off and drags like mine did, they will try to blame you by saying that you hit something. So I would get it fixed. If your dealer has a problem with that then try the dealer close to you. If nothing is rectified the ask them for the GM regional reps phone number and go over there head. It's there falt that they cannot follow directions properly on how to install parts. Good Luck and keep me posted on the situation.
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:48 AM   #18
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Well, I called the closer Dealership and they said they could fix it, but it wouldn't be under warranty since they didn't install it. I called the Dealership where I bought it from and he informed me that it was out-sourced. He is in the process of calling the company to see what they would do to fix the situation. Is that something that is normally done, out-sourcing work to a non-Chevrolet affiliated shop?
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That out-source company should have some type of insurance to be in business. The dealer is still responsable for any work done on a new vehicle. There out-sorce company should be fired after they fix your GFX.
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to install correctly the front facia and rear section has to be removed to secure the gfx properly and there are 2 brackets on the front and 2 brackets on the back that need to be attached . some of the mechanics or cutting corners or being lazy and not installing them correctly.here's the instructions.
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Metalman: I have the same gaps where the kit meets the wheel well and thats it. I would get that redone, that looks like a bad install bud =/
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Old 01-12-2010, 07:33 AM   #22
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Well, my dealer is really working with me to get this situation taken care of. Wednesday we will set everything up so the company can look at the ground effects. I did see first hand though that the install is messed up. I saw this Camaro in the Best Buy parking lot and there are very small gaps at the wheel well and no gap in the front...
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The sad thing is that most dealerships don't even have qualified people to install the ground effects kits. I helped my dealership with the first 2 to show the guys how to install correctly. The front is hard to get on there 100% correct.
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installed mine myself . . . I also have the gab in the very tip. . there wasn't anything we could do to get rid of it.
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I also had the same gaps in the same places. The factory GFX just do not fit properly on the front (no problems with the rear and side skirts). I also used 3M and clamped it tight overnight and that seemed to do the trick.
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