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Getting ready to remove/replace the 3-piece front spoiler on my GS. Can one guy do this job or not? The C5ís are a cinch to replace but the C4ís are different. Any good tips out there if only one guy attempts this task?
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Getting ready to remove/replace the 3-piece front spoiler on my GS. Can one guy do this job or not? The C5ís are a cinch to replace but the C4ís are different. Any good tips out there if only one guy attempts this task?
Replaced the air dam on my 92 a while back. Not too bad, took about half hour. Trick was getting the holes lined up for the bolts. An imported Chinese knock off did'nt fit perfectly but I finally got it on. It's already scratched up again lol!
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I've replaced the 3 piece unit on my 95 twice now. No issues at all.
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It will be easier if you put the car up on ramps. I just took off my fiberglass one (cracked it when I misjudged pulling in at an angle) and put the factory one back on. It is pretty quick, especially on ramps.
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I've replaced the 3 piece unit on my 95 twice now. No issues at all.
Okay thanks to all.... I was curious if only one guy is doing it? How did you get the nuts on the bolts from up above? Donít you have to push the bolts up through the bottom, then install the nuts from down inside the hood? Of course the center piece you can do from the bottom side since the screws are right there in front of you. But the the 2 sides Iím thinking arenít like that, instead, the bolts go up through and inside the front hood area.....
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Okay thanks to all.... I was curious if only one guy is doing it? How did you get the nuts on the bolts from up above? Donít you have to push the bolts up through the bottom, then install the nuts from down inside the hood? Of course the center piece you can do from the bottom side since the screws are right there in front of you. But the the 2 sides Iím thinking arenít like that, instead, the bolts go up through and inside the front hood area.....
IIRC, all the fasteners for the C4 front spoiler can be accessed without opening the hood.
Also, this would be a great opportunity to add a screen to the intake area to keep out leaves and other debris from collecting in the condenser-radiator area.... one of the main issues affecting our cooling systems.
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IIRC, all the fasteners for the C4 front spoiler can be accessed without opening the hood.
Also, this would be a great opportunity to add a screen to the intake area to keep out leaves and other debris from collecting in the condenser-radiator area.... one of the main issues affecting our cooling systems.
Wow I never knew that. Hmmmm unsure why I was thinking the two side pieces of the spoiler one had to access inside the hood for the install. Iíll go check that out in the morning. Replacing those spoilers are the only items remaining for me to do. Then GS #855 will be ready for the all Corvette show June 9th at Roscoe Village in Coshocton, Ohio for judging..,,

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Well ......... the cover looks just lovely. Show us the car !!!!!
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Originally Posted by DGXR View Post
IIRC, all the fasteners for the C4 front spoiler can be accessed without opening the hood.
Also, this would be a great opportunity to add a screen to the intake area to keep out leaves and other debris from collecting in the condenser-radiator area.... one of the main issues affecting our cooling systems.
What vendor on this Forum offers the screen you mentioned? Great idea if one drives their C4 a lot....!!
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What vendor on this Forum offers the screen you mentioned? Great idea if one drives their C4 a lot....!!
I'm not aware of any pre-made screens that can simply be bought and installed, but they may be out there. Most I have seen are fabricated by the owner... some take a little work, some take a lot, depending on your desired level of fit & finish. Mine is simple and a bit crude -- I used galvanized steel hardware cloth 1/4" and cut to fit the intake area, I used 2 layers for a bit more stiffness but it won't stop a flying 2x4: hardware cloth
Some people get fancy and use this type of perforated plate material: perforated sheet
Do some searches and you will see what people have done to cover or screen this air intake area.
This is a great modification, as long as airflow is not significantly impeded. These cars really need something like this instead of just an open gaping hole to swallow everything.
Here are some pictures of my setup, it works great:



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Looks fine. Who crawls under there to look anyway
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Those pictures are my car, not the OP's. I wanted to show the wire mesh which keeps debris out of the radiator/condenser area.
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Looks fine. Who crawls under there to look anyway
Th owner should check every now and then to insure your radiator isnít clogged full of debris. Just an FYI...👍
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good idea and with a bit of black spray paint,,,,,,,,,
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Originally Posted by DGXR View Post
IIRC, all the fasteners for the C4 front spoiler can be accessed without opening the hood.
Also, this would be a great opportunity to add a screen to the intake area to keep out leaves and other debris from collecting in the condenser-radiator area.... one of the main issues affecting our cooling systems.
Went out to the garage to check it out what you said here.... my GS Must be different than yours...lol. No way one canít avoid opening the hood to access the nut on the bolts that are on the sides of the spoilers. Iíd love to read exactly how you did that..... just askiní....
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Went out to the garage to check it out what you said here.... my GS Must be different than yours...lol. No way one canít avoid opening the hood to access the nut on the bolts that are on the sides of the spoilers. Iíd love to read exactly how you did that..... just askiní....
Ya you're right, glad I said IIRC because apparently I don't recall correctly. The center section can be undone from the bottom, but the nuts for the side sections are contained inside the engine bay and require an open hood. Sorry for the bum steer.
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No problem.... another poster pmíd me said the nuts are stationary on the L/R spoilers. Supposedly the nuts remain fixed so until I check that out Iíll with hold my opinions...👍

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^ If that is true about the fixed nuts, then it seems all 3 sections can be removed/installed without opening the hood. Interested to hear your experience when done with your work.
I haven't messed with anything but the center section and that was just to install the wire mesh... also several times I have used a lighter to melt/adjust the center blade to direct more air upward My pieces are factory originals, I think.
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