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    Seems someone is forgetting to use the mounting screws for this front corners aero piece
    Not sure who is responsible to mount these, BGP or a dealer ?

    Reported on at least 2 C8s and each side has 3 mounts points and the screws were not installed in either so the pieces are just partly mounted and loose

    Look on underside and see if each has 3 mounting screws and without the screws the pieces are bouncing around marring the paint

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    Those would have been done by BGA.
    Every time I see those cooling coils exposed it makes me cringe. Just one small rock hitting those at highway speed and time for a flatbed.
    To me this is one of the biggest design faults of the vehicle.
    Last edited by Frenzy36; 03-30-2020, 12:28 PM.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Frenzy36 View Post
      Those would have been done by BGA.
      Every time I see those cooling coils exposed it makes me cringe. Just one small rock hitting those at highway speed and time for a flatbed.
      To me this is one of the biggest design faults of the vehicle.
      I tracked down the video this was shown at

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      • #4
        The 'thread starter' showed a picture and it was the 'body colored' trim piece rather than the standard 'black'. I wonder if it's just an issue with the body colored optional trim? My HTC will have body colored trim so I'll be on the lookout. Thanks.....
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        • #5
          Not good......
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Teamzr1 View Post
            Reported on at least 2 C8s and each side has 3 mounts points and the screws were not installed in either so the pieces are just partly mounted and loose.
            Amusingly enough, if mine is delivered that way it could be a plus!

            I was thinking of removing my standard carbon black ones and having them painted body color. This would save me the trouble of finding and removing the screws. Anyway, thanks for the notification, much appreciated.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Teamzr1 View Post
              Seems someone is forgetting to use the mounting screws for this front corners aero piece
              Not sure who is responsible to mount these, BGP or a dealer ?

              Reported on at least 2 C8s and each side has 3 mounts points and the screws were not installed in either so the pieces are just partly mounted and loose

              Look on underside and see if each has 3 mounting screws and without the screws the pieces are bouncing around marring the paint

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              Mine are tight and properly installed.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Frenzy36 View Post
                Those would have been done by BGA.
                Every time I see those cooling coils exposed it makes me cringe. Just one small rock hitting those at highway speed and time for a flatbed.
                To me this is one of the biggest design faults of the vehicle.
                According to GM, it's not really an issue. At one of the GM presentations at Carlisle, an audience member asked about it. The answer was that GM has a test where they fire projectiles at the radiators at a speed much higher than you'd ever encounter on the road, the C8 passed without issue. The problem just going to be cosmetic.

                Oh, and the heat exchangers you see are for the A/C. The actual radiators are mounted behind those, so worst case you'd lose air conditioning, not coolant.
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                • #9
                  It is a little more important than just being a cosmetic issue.
                  Even grasshoppers fold the fins over.
                  Most road debris will not puncture the cores or tubes but will fold the fins.
                  This causes a great reduction in flow, decreasing the heat transfer in the AC condenser core and will have an even worse effect for the coolant radiator directly behind the AC core.
                  In my experience, I have always noticed coolant overheating before reduced AC cooling because of the blocked airflow through the condenser.

                  One of my very first, and most important mods will be to get a screen in front of all these heat exchangers.
                  They are very time consuming to clean and repair bent fins.

                  Frenzy36, you hit the nail on the head.
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                  • #10
                    Because we have one thread with 2 conversations.
                    1..... I checked our car with Carbon Flash moldings and all the screws are in place.

                    2......Months ago there was a C8 Corvette that had major impact damage near Yosemite National Park a lot of pictures were posted. If I remember correctly both front radiators looked damaged but no coolant leaks were visible I think they are tough and as stated above almost bullet proof
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by corvette1953 View Post
                      Because we have one thread with 2 conversations.
                      1..... I checked our car with Carbon Flash moldings and all the screws are in place.

                      2......Months ago there was a C8 Corvette that had major impact damage near Yosemite National Park a lot of pictures were posted. If I remember correctly both front radiators looked damaged but no coolant leaks were visible I think they are tough and as stated above almost bullet proof
                      Hardly bulletproof - extremely thin aluminum, You may wish to leave yours exposed, but I wouldn't want to be in the middle of the mountains in Colorado and have one punctured or anywhere else for that matter. It wouldn't be covered by your warranty. I'll gladly pay Richrat for a inexpensive piece of insurance that will last the life of the vehicle.

                      Richrat a member of our forum will be making these covers to protect the fins and most importantly those thin cores. I will put in a aluminum screen till he has those produced for our C8's.
                      Here is the link - https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...patent-pending
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                      • #12
                        Someone needs to go into more detail if they feel the testing GM did and stated the cores are safe is not valid ?

                        As mentioned in the C8s seen damaged that even a head on crash so hard damage was from fascia to A pillar and even
                        left corner ripped off there was no leaks to either the A/C condenser bent up or the radiator behind it

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                        One question is how is some thin small piece in front going to stop anything that is coming at speed and the forward motion of the car
                        and that added piece is not going to reduce airflow to the coolers ?
                        It is not like the core is totally open as there is some plastic shapes in front that would limit the chance something getting to the core

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Frenzy36 View Post

                          Hardly bulletproof - extremely thin aluminum, You may wish to leave yours exposed, but I wouldn't want to be in the middle of the mountains in Colorado and have one punctured or anywhere else for that matter. It wouldn't be covered by your warranty. I'll gladly pay Richrat for a inexpensive piece of insurance that will last the life of the vehicle.

                          Richrat a member of our forum will be making these covers to protect the fins and most importantly those thin cores. I will put in a aluminum screen till he has those produced for our C8's.
                          Here is the link - https://www.midenginecorvetteforum.c...patent-pending
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                          I think he showed two different patterns for the grid work when he first talked about it on the other thread. I think it would be a worthwhile addition if they weren't extremely costly, and didn't block too much air flow. I wonder how easy it would be to remove these pieces to gain access to the existing grill work? I may use your idea for a temporary fix until the grills are tested and available.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Teamzr1 View Post
                            Someone needs to go into more detail if they feel the testing GM did and stated the cores are safe is not valid ?

                            As mentioned in the C8s seen damaged that even a head on crash so hard damage was from fascia to A pillar and even
                            left corner ripped off there was no leaks to either the A/C condenser bent up or the radiator behind it

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                            One question is how is some thin small piece in front going to stop anything that is coming at speed and the forward motion of the car
                            and that added piece is not going to reduce airflow to the coolers ?
                            It is not like the core is totally open as there is some plastic shapes in front that would limit the chance something getting to the core

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                            I share your concerns about reducing air flow through those vents. But the spaces do look large enough to me that something traveling fast enough to crack a windshield could harm the coolers. Frenzy36's comment about bending the fins is well taken, while low to the ground, I would expect even fine particles along the road could eventually "wear" down or clog the fins. Can't block them completely, but maybe some additional guards would help. Might be one of those things we owners will have to flush with a hard stream of water now and then to keep them flowing well, especially with the radiators right behind. ( I have to get a car first to be worried about it ) I've kinda lost hope about that being this year.
                            Last edited by Jetdriver; 03-30-2020, 06:19 PM.

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                            • #15
                              One thought is a Corvette AERO design to better fuel mileage cause the oncoming air to flow upwards and above the hood and also move the air to the sides

                              Common to see rock chipping on the hood but not the nose of fascia so I am not sure what objects would be hitting the inlets for coolers ?

                              Many Vehicles today have large amount of free airspace for cooling and do not have a issue harming radiators, etc
                              So my main concern is limiting that airflow over space possibly of an object hitting cooling parts

                              Here we see lot of the cooling parts and little complaints of objects hitting them

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