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Old 10-02-2009, 10:45 AM   #1
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Ground effects install, who has done it themselves?

Has anyone installed their own ground effects on their camaro? My set just came in and I was looking for some advice on the "how to" install. The kit is away getting painted right now, but I would like some knowledge before attempting to do it.

Anyone have any advice?
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:22 AM   #2
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If you have the Installation Instruction and have a buddy that can help you, I would highly recommend doing it yourself so you know it is done right. You void the warranty by painting the GFX anyway. But if dealer installs it, any installation issues would be covered by the dealer and you can keep going back til they do it right.
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:36 AM   #3
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I prefer to work on my car myself so I know it is done right. I have patience and time, so that is no problem. Just wondering if someone has any DIY advice that the instructions don't explain.
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Old 10-02-2009, 12:11 PM   #4
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You have to remove the front fascia. I would let the dealer do it. If you break something you're effed.
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Old 10-02-2009, 12:27 PM   #5
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I was told, by the dealer who installed them, the warranty is on the finish since it's painted. They made me sign a waiver stating anything that happens to the paint was not their responsibility and not covered by warranty. I was told it was a 5-6 hour job and they charged me $500 - said GM pays the dealers $420 to install each GFX set.
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Old 10-02-2009, 01:41 PM   #6
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I appreciate the advice on bringing it to the dealer, but I plan to do it myself to save $500. Really, how hard can it be?? I dont really want to trust the dealer with my car and installing the GFX, especially since I heard of a few that have come off while driving. I have tackled hard jobs before and not scared to do it, just looking for some advice if someone HAS installed them.
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I appreciate the advice on bringing it to the dealer, but I plan to do it myself to save $500. Really, how hard can it be?? I dont really want to trust the dealer with my car and installing the GFX, especially since I heard of a few that have come off while driving. I have tackled hard jobs before and not scared to do it, just looking for some advice if someone HAS installed them.
Trust me, you would be doing a better job doing it yourself since there will be no time and hourly $$ issue involved and you can install everything per the instructions to the letter.

I read the installation instructions, specifically the front piece installation to understand why there has been too many dealer failures and I bet in my assumption, similar to others', that some dealers bypassed the important and LAST step that require removal of the front fascia to install the front rivets from behind the front piece. Based on the illustrations, removal of the front fascia doesn't look like a difficult task at all.

Before you tackle this job, be sure to check with your dealer regarding the recent memo concerning the proper wipe down solution to use on the areas on which the tape will be applied. The top corners of the rear piece on mine, just behind the rear tires, started to pull away. Dealer fixed it recently with guidance from the memo on what to use, etc. The problem is, that particular area, the top edge has a natural tendency to pull away and there isn't enough flat surface on the back to mate with the surface of the bumper. So, while the 3m tape on there is 3/4" wide, only a small part of it is actually in contact.

Be sure to let the 3m tape cure for 24 hours.

Good luck and I hope you find this helpful.
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Old 10-02-2009, 03:58 PM   #8
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I had the dealer install mine it was the first one they did and there were no issues what so ever. The front facia was a little off from the factory and the dealer was able to adjust it perfect. I know the bodyman that did the work and he knows I'm a perfectionist.

If money isn't an issue I recommend letting the dealer install it along with the liability that goes along with it. If they screw it up they fix it if you screw it up you just lost $$$. JMO
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Old 10-02-2009, 10:18 PM   #9
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Do it yourself. Take your time and understand all the steps prior to getting started. I wish I would have done mine. My install with the dealership was a complete nightmare. It took them nine days and they messed up big time. I have a complaint against them with the BBB. That service department is staffed by a bunch of idiots.
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Old 10-03-2009, 11:24 PM   #10
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My Dealer is installing my 2nd front spoiler,because they are retarded and didn't do it right the first time. Get this the 2nd spoiler was installed and it pulled away before I could pick it up. It's still there 1 week and counting.
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