Something like this makes removing the screws with tight clearances a breeze.If I can get the right compact ratchet tool I’ll try it again. What’s the one pictured above?
On my 2017 I used my MAN CARD and asked my dealer to take it off at an oil change. He had no issues doing it for free.With all the tutorials and videos available, plus the dozens of members here that can talk you through it, we hereby FORBID you to go and pay the dealer to take it off. Doing so revokes your MAN CARD. Just be forewarned....we know where you live and will be driving by to check. >
On my 2017 I used my MAN CARD and asked my dealer to take it off at an oil change. He had no issues doing it for free.
On my 2018 once again I used my MAN CARD. This time I had my son trim about three inches off of it. Cost? A couple of beers.
Sometimes, the use of a MAN CARD involes brains instead of braun.
By the tow hooks tight area. I got the tool in place and used a small 1/4 open end wrench to turn the hex bolt.
Most salespeople don't understand doing things to your vehicle. They're just selling widgets.I got 9 of the screws out and no amount of maneuvering would let me get the hard to reach ones so I ended up reattaching it. I’ll either have to get me a flat socket or just bite the bullet and pay the dealership to remove it.
I saw my salesman today when picking up my plates and he asked me how I was liking the truck. I mentioned removing the air dam and he sounded surprised as to why I would want to remove it.
Thank you sir! Mod #2 on the new to me truck and haven't spent a dime. I used most of your tips to make it happen. Hoping I won't need a trip to the eye doctor tomorrow ? slight mishap grinding off a couple screws when a piece shot under my safety glasses. Quite a few interesting body angles needed for this project ?? When you said the air dam was resting on your neck I thought you were jokingHi guys, I finally got around to the dam removal.
I hope this how-to will help anyone wanting to DIY it.
I will say it now, there are others who have done it differently, I know.
This tutorial is done from an outside to inside removal process for simplicity and clarity of instruction purposes.
Overall its a simple process not requiring many tools and can be done on the ground. I’m a scrawny 5-7 170 pounder that can creep underneath and at times I had the dam across my neck. If you’re much bigger than I, I would suggest lifting the front. I did not have to remove the wheels but based on your tools and hands, you may find it gives you more room to move around in. Consider doing this job during your next rotation.
All these pictures are taken of the left side area only. The right side is identical.
The tools I used are:
T-15 Torx (TM) bit
Small ratchet driver for bit
T-15 Torx (TM) socket 3/8
10mm socket 3/8
7mm socket 1/4
2” extension 3/8
finger or thumb drive 3/8
stubby ratchet driver 3/8
7” ratchet 3/8
screwdriver, flat blade
You should ask for a discount since you don't need that air dam ?My son backed into my truck with his truck a while back - so I got a 2nd hand nearly new grill from a salvage yard. Having it put on next Monday so I am having them do airdam delete while they have the front clip off. NO WAY I could do this myself lol! I am "mechanically declined" as my wife calls it LOL!
Great write up though!