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post #61 of 75 (permalink) Old 05-13-2019, 01:39 PM
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So quick question as a newbie - will the Chevy dealer remove the air dam or no?

They should. I enquired at my local GM and they will do it and the quote is 2 hours labor as they WILL REMOVE THE FRONT BUMPER to remove the air dam. They don't do the shtye that us DIY'ers do with the ratchet tool and bruised fingers.



However, they will ALSO point out what the OP bought up (my dealer also said the exact thing). That the dealership will remove it but won't recommend removing it on a permanent basis due to air flow and engine cooling.


You are playing with fine line here, IMO. I'm thinking of removing mine but leaving the screws in so if I'm taking it back to the dealer for any warranty work, etc. I'll put the air dam on.



The last thing I want is GM holding me responsible for any engine cooling failure (which is far stretched) by removing the air dam.
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People that end up putting level kits ..do they still remove it ?
I didn't, I've never hit it off road either with 2 1/2 lift/level. I don't get into gnarly stuff off road but still.

I'm pretty sure most remove it because they don't like the look of it, not because it hits.

I did cut mine in front of the wheels a little but that was purely for looks.

I don't think it hangs down any more than lots of stuff under the truck, like the trans and transfer case.

Some will probably say approach angle but I haven't had it hit with that either.

I have seen pics of them that were just shortened up a little, looked pretty good, I don't like the look of it being completely gone personally.
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I've had my Colorado for about two months, and I can't even count the number of parking blocks my air dam has gotten scraped on in parking lots. I trimmed mine, but did not remove it because it seems to also provide a certain amount of structural rigidity to the bottom of the bumper.

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I'm thinking of removing mine but leaving the screws in so if I'm taking it back to the dealer for any warranty work, etc. I'll put the air dam on.
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Make your life easier........ if you truly do intend to possibly put it back on, take the clips out and turn them upside down.

Had they done this on the factory floor, it wouldnt take you 5 minutes to remove the air dam. But they way they currently sit in there, you have to bust your knuckles to get them off.



If you dont know what Im talking about, this is the part you want to spin upside down. Theres a dozen or so you have to do this to.


Id have counted them up for you but, I dont have the front bumper anymore.
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Does anyone have any good pics of the truck with the air dam removed? I'm curious as to whether the front still has a "finished" look to it. I have no imagination ��
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Does anyone have any good pics of the truck with the air dam removed? I'm curious as to whether the front still has a "finished" look to it. I have no imagination ��











Well,.....you asked.
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Well,.....you asked.
And he snuck another shameless pic of his truck in. Well done... lol
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Does anyone have any good pics of the truck with the air dam removed? I'm curious as to whether the front still has a "finished" look to it. I have no imagination ��
There are threads all about this, should be some pics left up.

I think it leaves it with a unfinished look.
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Does anyone have any good pics of the truck with the air dam removed? I'm curious as to whether the front still has a "finished" look to it. I have no imagination ��
I think it looks great without it personally. I have no regrets taking mine off. There's plenty of pictures on the forums, especially in the What did you do to your Colorado/Canyon today? thread.
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It should also be mentioned that there are pictures of trucks where the dam was shortened. I thought they were in this thread, but apparently not.
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It should also be mentioned that there are pictures of trucks where the dam was shortened. I thought they were in this thread, but apparently not.
Post 63 above. I included before/after pics of my trimmed airdam.
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When I purchased the truck I asked the dealer if they could remove it but the service department was booked. I got the opinion that dealers will remove it but the mechanics don't really want to mess with it. I've seen and heard about them giving the excuse of "well it may overheat" when really I think it's just time consuming to take off. I researched it and decided I not want a service department to do it for fear of them rushing and breaking pieces or taking the entire bumper off, etc.

Despite hating the look, I kept it on until I hit my first parking barrier. I searched this forum and found many threads and tons of pics on either cutting or removing the air dam. I watched a few Youtube videos which go step by step on all the screws and the wheel well liners. I purchased a $7 mini ratcheting tool on Amazon (Harbor Freight has it as well) which made it easy.

My advice is to take the time to remove it. As others have said, once it's off you can flip the clips/screws and put it back on in 10 minutes or less. Or you can use a dremel/tin snips and trim it and put it back on. I've kept mine off and been to another service department a few times. They've never said a word about the dam. Gas mileage did not lesson either.

I've found now that it's removed it sets it apart from all the other trucks on the road with them on. I've had people tell me it looks ten times better (more sporty and more like a truck) and less "cheap" (SUV/Tacoma like) without it on.
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Here's my professional opinion on this....




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