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Old 01-07-2010, 11:19 AM   #1
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DIY FACTORY GROUND EFFECTS INSTRUCTIONS

here's the factory GFX instruction's
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Old 07-12-2010, 10:55 PM   #2
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OEM GM SS Front Cladding (GFX) requires front rivets

Thanks for posting the GM instructions for GFX mounting.

I now see when the dealer installed my 2010 "Camaro SS Front Cladding" they failed to install the four rivets shown on sheet 12 of 50.

I was driving my two-day old 2010 SS/RS today and the very tip of the front spoiler dropped from the car. It was only being held by the two wheel well bolts and the eight push-pins. I noticed the double-sided tape across the front had not adhered properly.

I thought the SS Front Cladding (GFX) was a little heavy to just be held in place with double-stick tape, so these instructions solved the mystery. Four pop rivets are missing.

Per the GM instructions, it seems only the SS front cladding requires rivets. The rivets are difficult to install, the entire front fascia needs to be removed in order to install the rivets.

I hope my experience helps someone else.
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:14 PM   #3
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Looks good, but word of warning for anyone who may be using this... The torques are listed in inLbs not FtLbs [pound force inches, not pound force feet]. These are very low values, if you try to apply it as Lbf Ft / FtLbs you will most likely damage material and/or snap fasteners. It is literally a factor of 12 different between the two. If available and capable it is always recommended to reference the Nm (Newton Meter) Values Given.
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Old 08-17-2010, 07:59 PM   #4
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I wish my dealer would have taken the time to read that... mine went to the dealer 4 times before they even tried to fix thier sorry installation. The front and rear peices were literally falling off. They finally took a crack at it, and it is better now.... but the fit still isn't what is expected to be a factory fit.

and for $2200, you should expect better...

if you can find an aftermarket kit that you like, get it instead.

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Old 08-17-2010, 08:03 PM   #5
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Old 08-17-2010, 11:00 PM   #6
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Due to my front spoiler coming off after 200 miles I have done quite a bit of investigating with the help of Camaro5. Take note that the original "SS Factory Front Spoiler" in the August 17 DIY has been replaced by a SS Service Spoiler and you can find the pdf in one of the posts located here: http://www.camaro5.com/forums/showthread.php?t=78097&page=2

The major distinction is, the original GM factory SS Front Spoiler uses four rivets to secure the front lip whereas this new GM Service Front Spoiler uses two plastic brackets secured by 13 rivets. You need to remove the front fascia to install the original factory SS front spoiler and you do not remove the front fascia to install the SS Service Factory Spoiler.
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Old 08-18-2010, 12:19 PM   #7
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Thanks for the post. Now I just need to order the parts!
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Old 08-18-2010, 06:00 PM   #8
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I uploaded photos to show the new revised SS Front Spoiler installation process on my 2SS/RS. Just follow the GM instructions included in the kit. Tape the plastic brackets to the front fascia, drill holes and secure using aluminum pop-rivets in the kit. Be very careful to align the tip of the passenger side bracket to the very tip of the fascia nose to insure the spoiler will align properly. Remove the tape and snap off the alignment tabs per the instructions. After this, the front spoiler snaps into the plastic brackets. IMO this is a very secure mounting system. Thanks GM!
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Old 10-14-2010, 03:50 PM   #9
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Old 10-14-2010, 06:23 PM   #10
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No, just the GM rear GFX with the stock SS exhaust tips.
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Old 10-27-2010, 07:37 AM   #11
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Why is the abbreviation for Graphics being used for Ground Effects?

Graphics = GFX
http://www.all-acronyms.com/GRF/Graphics/1117353
See the Also.

http://www.abbreviations.com/GFX

Some where someone decided it stood for Ground Effects and it is misused on many sites.
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Old 11-01-2010, 11:19 AM   #12
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As 10_SS mentions above, the service front lip is revised and more bullet proof. I just did the install this weekend. The install is a bit nervous if you do not perform this sort of work. The lip is also cumbersome to get over those brackets. Take some time and massage the back side of the lip engagement edge outwards so that its not wavy and tucked under. That will save a bunch of muscling and digging around with a screw driver cautiously

Here is a pic of the backside of the bumper cover showing all the rivets down low

I opted to install the lip with the cover on the car, then take the cover off to do the Heritage brille
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Old 12-10-2010, 03:25 AM   #13
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am i reading this correctly that the GFX is an irreversible install? it appears that if you take it off, you are going to have holes in at least the fascia, if not other places?
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:04 AM   #14
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am i reading this correctly that the GFX is an irreversible install? it appears that if you take it off, you are going to have holes in at least the fascia, if not other places?
Thats true. There will be holes left in it.
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Old 01-07-2011, 10:20 PM   #15
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I also had the great experiance of the front air dam falling down on me as i was driving down the highway... needless to say by the time I stopped both corners had been melted off!! The dealer didnt instal the rivets.. just 2 way tape and the wheel well bolts.. So now I am looking to buy another front spoiler does anyone have any idea where to find one at a reasonable price? GM wants $1100 just for the front.
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Old 01-07-2011, 10:54 PM   #16
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Oh yes, I remember the day mine did the same thing. And yes, my dealer did not install the rivets! Call PatrickT, he will help you obtain a spoiler at a reasonable price.
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Old 01-08-2011, 06:43 PM   #17
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here is how mine looks now....
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Old 01-10-2011, 11:45 AM   #18
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I am sorry to see the damage, derek81. Instead of you paying out of your pocket for the dealer error, I suggest you print out the instructions that show the front rivet installation and take that to the dealer and ask the dealer to provide a new front spoiler free of charge. After all, they caused the problem by taking a shortcut when they installed the front ground effects.
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Old 01-10-2011, 12:32 PM   #19
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hardware install kit

Anyone have the hardware install kit (rivets/brackets)? The dealer does't sell just the kit.
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:11 PM   #20
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I needed parts from the ground effects hardware kit so I composed a letter explaining it is ridiculous to buy the entire ground effects kit because the hardware is not sold separately. These folks sent the hardware kit to my dealer, free of charge. I just had to pick it up at the dealership. Give it a try!

GM Camaro Product Manager
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Detroit, MI 48232-5170

Also, if you only need the plastic rivets, the Marson brand, MAR48149 and MAR48150 are extremely close to the OEM plastic rivets. Both are 6.3mm but MAR48150 has a greater grip range. I bought two packs for less than $18 (including shipping) on Amazon.com

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Old 01-11-2011, 01:02 PM   #21
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Tks

I'll try.

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Old 04-27-2011, 04:58 PM   #22
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I'll try.
Any success getting the installation hardware?
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Old 05-03-2011, 01:47 PM   #23
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Does anyone know if the Wheel Well Brackets for the Rear Diffuser has a part# written on it? I am talking to the GM Product Managers office and it would help if I had a part# for it.
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Old 05-03-2011, 02:48 PM   #24
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Old 05-30-2011, 06:51 AM   #25
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Is there a kit for the LT cars OEM?
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