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I have a 2017 midnight edition, I had the hit a dog a big dog , it had ripped off my air dam . does everyone wind up taking them off . I live in NYC and think that if we have snow this year I will wind uo ripping it off again. also any recommendations for a skid plate?
if so is there a smaller trim I can put on ?
P.S it was a terrible thing I felt so bad but there was nothing I could do , I didnt even get a chance to brake.
 

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I have seen a few guys cut a inch off of them in the past I personally have never tried and I don't believe that there's anything in the aftermarket for the air dam if there is I have never seen it. As far as the skid plates I think I remember seeing someone on here using ZR2 plates under their Z71 maybe something for you to look into hope this helps. Also if you're in the market for another air dam I have taken mine off and don't plan on putting it back if you need it I'm sure we could work something out I'm not sure what it would cost to ship it.

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I have seen a few guys cut a inch off of them in the past I personally have never tried and I don't believe that there's anything in the aftermarket for the air dam if there is I have never seen it. As far as the skid plates I think I remember seeing someone on here using ZR2 plates under their Z71 maybe something for you to look into hope this helps. Also if you're in the market for another air dam I have taken mine off and don't plan on putting it back if you need it I'm sure we could work something out I'm not sure what it would cost to ship it.

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Cool thank you , I have ordered 1 from the dealer cost me 80 bucks. I am not sure If i am going to put it back on also . trying to get used to the look.
 

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Cool thank you , I have ordered 1 from the dealer cost me 80 bucks. I am not sure If i am going to put it back on also . trying to get used to the look.
If you decide to put it back on I probably wouldn't spend any money on skid plates that's just my personal opinion. The truck definitely looks different without it on there and you will see a minor mile per gallon decrease however when it snows I don't think it's going to hold up very well if you're in an area that doesn't get scraped well. This is just my 0.02 best of luck and hate to hear about the misfortune.

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Personal opinion...
Leave it off there is absolutely no reason for the low hanging POS on a truck.
 
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I have a 2017 midnight edition, I had the hit a dog a big dog , it had ripped off my air dam . does everyone wind up taking them off . I live in NYC and think that if we have snow this year I will wind uo ripping it off again. also any recommendations for a skid plate?
if so is there a smaller trim I can put on ?
P.S it was a terrible thing I felt so bad but there was nothing I could do , I didnt even get a chance to brake.
I removed mine. I've towed nearly 7300 pounds, run hard on hills, and have flogged my truck since removing the air dam. No issues whatsoever.
 

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Since you bought another one, I would trim it as the result looks nicer than no air dam, IMO. I took mine off, but if I had to do it again, I would do what this guy did. I like this post as he did a nice job, and you can see the side by side removed vs. trimmed comparo:

http://coloradofans.com/forums/3663482-post112.html
 

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Since you bought another one, I would trim it as the result looks nicer than no air dam, IMO. I took mine off, but if I had to do it again, I would do what this guy did. I like this post as he did a nice job, and you can see the side by side removed vs. trimmed comparo:

http://coloradofans.com/forums/3663482-post112.html
The stubby one looks best for sure. Looks like it's missing a little something when completely off but still far better than on. Too bad some enterprising company doesn't make one.
 

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I trimmed the air dam on my 2016 Z71 right after I bought it. Left about three inches in the middle tapered out to a little less than two on the sides. That left enough to cover some of the underneath stuff from view, but did not hang down like it originally did. My view is that you might as well cut some off. If you live in a heavy snow area you are going to remove it some day when you are driving, anyway. [ May still have pieces attached that you can drag around as you drive ] That thing hung way down........
 

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I started with removing it to reverse the screws, didn't like it without it, didn't like it with it back on, the trimmed version just looked right. All personal preference.
I drove through 2 winters of snow banks without any damage, so I'm happy. Saw one Canyon with his original dam hanging partially off, guess he didn't judge the snow bank correctly.
 

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What is used to do the trimming?
Other than the edges, it's not that thick. You can cut it with tinsnips or a cutoff wheel.... Sand or dremel tool the edge to smooth it to look factory... Mark or tape the line you want, then cut. Prior Planning Pays....!!!!!
 
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I used a dermal with a cutting wheel and slicked 2.5"'s off mine. Like the look a lot better. I just marked it up with a marker, used my thumb to keep straight and then some sand paper to clean up the edge.




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I removed my air dam when mine was like two days old. I've towed and hauled a bit with mine with no issues. Also, I'm still getting 24 mpg hwy consistently driving back and forth to Atlanta driving 75-80 mph. 80 as much as possible, traffic permitting. 2017 GMC All Terrain 3.6l V6 4wd 4 door, otherwise stock.
 

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I used to be a mechanic (heavy airliners/MRO) but that does look like a PITA. (as usual)
Seriously GM, this is just another excellent example of what not to do.
I will probably be ordering a 2018 and this POS needs to come off my new truck when I get it.
I can tell right away that I will not be happy attempting to accomplish this, I only wish there was an easier solution.
I'm not getting any younger and my mechanic skills are not what they used to be, I avoid anything technical or complicated if possible.
This is an ergo challenge more than anything and I am not very ergonomic.
Thanks,
 

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I used to be a mechanic (heavy airliners/MRO) but that does look like a PITA. (as usual)
Seriously GM, this is just another excellent example of what not to do.
I will probably be ordering a 2018 and this POS needs to come off my new truck when I get it.
I can tell right away that I will not be happy attempting to accomplish this, I only wish there was an easier solution.
I'm not getting any younger and my mechanic skills are not what they used to be, I avoid anything technical or complicated if possible.
This is an ergo challenge more than anything and I am not very ergonomic.
Thanks,
If you watch my video posted above, it's really not that difficult.
 

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I used to be a mechanic (heavy airliners/MRO) but that does look like a PITA. (as usual)
Seriously GM, this is just another excellent example of what not to do.
I will probably be ordering a 2018 and this POS needs to come off my new truck when I get it.
I can tell right away that I will not be happy attempting to accomplish this, I only wish there was an easier solution.
I'm not getting any younger and my mechanic skills are not what they used to be, I avoid anything technical or complicated if possible.
This is an ergo challenge more than anything and I am not very ergonomic.
Thanks,
Several people have had the dealer remove it before delivery. Might be an option if removing it is problematic for you.
 
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