How to Spoil Yourself
Installation Notes On a Very Cool Carbon Fiber Rear End Spoiler
on body modifications when tastefully done can dramatically alter the
look and feel of your car. The C6 Corvette lends itself to the
plethora of body mods that are available. The current trend centers
around the blacked out look. This look originated in the inner cities
street racer culture. Mean and aggressive is the order of business for
todays domestic and foreign sports cars. Taking the blacked out look
one step further is the carbon fiber rage. Carbon is light weight,
strong and very pleasing to the eyes of the street racer crowd. The
best part about carbon pieces is that they don't have to be painted,
installation is "out of the box".
It seems in the world of
carbon fiber bigger is better. We recently installed a carbon fiber
spoiler on our C6 Z06 test car. We wanted something different so
we ordered a ZR1 extended design from C7 Carbon Creations. The
extended design is about two inches wider than a standard ZR1
spoiler. Production problems had these units on hold for almost
six months. It was worth the wait as the unit that was finally supplied
to us was flawless.
The unit is made from what looks like
very high quality carbon fiber. There were no discernible flaws
in the finish. The carbon pattern was very tight and well laid out
across the unit.
first order of business was to remove the existing GM racing spoiler
that had been previously installed. To access the mounting bolts both
rear tail light lenses must be removed. There is a single screw on the
top of each lens housing, use a no. 15 torx head socket to remove it.
inside the rear cavity through the tail light openings and feel for the
mounting bolts that secure the existing spoiler. A 10 mm socket will do
the trick , hold onto the nuts while unscrewing them or they will be
lost in the black hole of cars the rear end.
After removing the four mounting studs lift the stock spoiler and disconnect the electrical weather pack.
Go to your work bench and remove the lens assembly from the original spoiler and pop it into the recess on the new spoiler.
the two end bolts into the bottom of the new spoiler, screw them in
about a quarter of as inch. Dab a little white paint on the bolt
heads. Install the stock center studs from your existing spoiler
into the two center holes of the new spoiler. They will line up
perfectly with the two factory rear mounting holes on the mounting
some blue painters tape over the spoiler mounting area. Test fit the
new spoiler and remove it. There will be two whit spots on the tape
that mark the new hole locations. This is where it gets interesting.
You have to drill two 1/4" holes into your cars rear spoiler mounting
surface. Clench your teeth and pray to the Gods of speed for courage.
If all went well the new holes will match up with the two new bolt
holes on the spoiler. Remove the tape and remove the two painted bolts
from your new spoiler.
the weather pack into the spoiler light assembly. Install the new
spoiler using the two center studs as a guide. If the drilling was on
target you can reach into the underside of the rear end and screw the
two end bolts into into the new spoiler. The two factory studs can now
be secured with the 10mm nuts that you hopefully didn't drop into the
rear cavity of the car. Tighten everything up and enjoy the look of
your new "Speed Racer" inspired toy.
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