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    That was me.

    Had to buy shower caps 6 for $1 from the dollar store, to "improve" our brand new $100,000 Chevy.
    There is something wrong with that......

    But it works.

    Water also pours over the front lift reservoir and car wiring. And it does it to YOUR car also.
    If water gets inside, big problem.
    Mine now has the same bag treatment to prevent that.

    GM (head office tech staff) said that there is no problem, and no fix coming for existing car owners with this issue.

    I disagree.
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    • Originally posted by Bucketoy View Post
      From what I have unofficially heard, and for obvious reasons mentioned in this thread, I'd be surprised if GM did NOT address this issue ASAP. Don't think they'll do a recall on it though. In the meantime, I want to take care of it sooner rather than later. I am of the opinion (like others here) that I would rather keep water out of the shock towers all together, as opposed to draining water that may accumulate (weep holes). To me, those shock tower covers are a great idea. Problem is for me, living up here in Canada, by the time they get to me, I'm in for it well over $100. . Maybe I'll buy them one day but for now, this is how I made them. My car is in hibernation now for the winter. I am also retired with lots of puttering time on my hands so I got to thinking about how I could fabricate these. First, I made cardboard templates of the top of each shock tower. Then traced those templates to 1/4' plywood and cut them out with a jigsaw to make some sturdy molds. I have the mag ride wires on my shock towers so I cut a few inches off one of my old wooden hockey stick shafts and added them to the top of the mold. The idea was to mold some plastic over the mold with a heat gun (I use the heat gun to change blades in my hockey stick shafts ... we play a lot of hockey up here in Canada). Now if my wife ever asks were the black plastic garbage can went in our office... you know nothing . In a nutshell, I did a rough cut of plastic big enough to cover each mold, heat the plastic up one spot at a time while molding the shape with my hands (gloves). "C" clamps worked great when you get the plastic where you want it on the mold before moving on to another area. Once I got everything where I wanted it, I just trimmed the edges with tin snips. Make sure you mold a lip around the edges to keep water out. Also, before installing covers, make sure you get all of the water out of the shock towers. Compressed air works great here! I sprayed a little Rust Check in each cavity before installing my covers as well. A couple of holes for zip ties works great (use the washer bolt to affix the drivers side cover, same idea as the ones you buy). It really didn't take that long to do. Not as pretty as the ones you buy but they are hidden behind the cowl. They fit snug and wrap around the top of the tower to keep water out!

      Give it a try.


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      Very creative and clever. I applaud your ingenuity. For those who don't have a dearly beloved office wastebasket, I Googled "moldable plastic sheets" and got lots of alternatives including dozens on Amazon alone. Usually ABS that can be thermoformed. --Bob
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      • Originally posted by carbuff View Post


        Water also pours over the front lift reservoir and car wiring. And it does it to YOUR car also.
        If water gets inside, big problem.
        Mine now has the same bag treatment to prevent that.
        Did you just cover the shock towers, or did you do something to protect the other components (wiring, lift pump, etc.) that you mentioned? If the latter, what did you do?
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        • “It is difficult to sleeve the wiring, and I have not figured how to approach that. And then there are connectors. The only way I can think of how to do that is fusible (silicone-type) tape designed for this purpose. The main problem with that, is that unless done perfectly, it can actually hold in moisture and prevent it from evaporating.”

          Is there a plug or connector for the wires? If so make a small hole in the shower cap and pass the connector through. Then tape real well.
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          • Our car has only had one bath from the detailer and when we checked the strut towers, both sides were completely full of water. Towers emptied and covers being installed this weekend.
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            • Originally posted by smurvet View Post
              Our car has only had one bath from the detailer and when we checked the strut towers, both sides were completely full of water. Towers emptied and covers being installed this weekend.
              Don't forget, the cars also go through a complete water bath at Bowling Green to make sure there are no leaks! I wouldn't be surprised if they all leave the factory with the shock towers full of water.
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              • I would appreciate any advice as to how to remove the plastic panels without causing either damage or breaking the clips. I reviewed the information the manual but when I tried pulling up on the outer edge closest to the frunk they pop up a bit but the area of the cover closest to the frunk hinge is lodged tight and I am afraid to pull up too hard and break one of the clips.

                Not a very good design to allow easy access.

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                • Originally posted by 2020Colorado View Post

                  Don't forget, the cars also go through a complete water bath at Bowling Green to make sure there are no leaks! I wouldn't be surprised if they all leave the factory with the shock towers full of water.
                  I bet you are right, I've seen the video of the cars getting drowned with high pressure water showers! How could they not come with shock towers full of water??
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                  • Originally posted by GAG View Post
                    I would appreciate any advice as to how to remove the plastic panels without causing either damage or breaking the clips. I reviewed the information the manual but when I tried pulling up on the outer edge closest to the frunk they pop up a bit but the area of the cover closest to the frunk hinge is lodged tight and I am afraid to pull up too hard and break one of the clips.

                    Not a very good design to allow easy access.
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                    • Originally posted by Frenzy36 View Post

                      Video Thanks to Caroline in the Fast Lane
                      Thanks for posting this. I watched this video earlier but she must have had the clips released prior to her pulling these off. Mine does not want to pop off like this. Maybe I just need to use more force or a plastic trim removal tool?

                      Anyone that has done this themselves would appreciate your comments. Do not want to break a clip and then wait for a new part replacement that may not be readily available.

                      I would really like to check my front shock towers and get the water out of them for winter storage.
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                      • Originally posted by GAG View Post

                        Maybe I just need to use more force or a plastic trim removal tool?

                        Anyone that has done this themselves would appreciate your comments.
                        If you are going to take off any panels that have the clips, I recommend you invest in a "Pry Tool Set" before you break any of them. I bought a set before the car was delivered and would not have been able to install my splash shields if I hadn't had them. They also can be used to remove the panel you need to get off to access the battery. This isn't the set I bought, but just look on Amazon for them.
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                        • I think I like the shower cap idea. Cheap and and works. You don't need anything else cause its completely out of sight once the panels are put back in.
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                          • Caroline does really good Corvette videos. Re her caution about removing the battery access side and main panels potentially causing plastic tab breakage, heating before hand will reduce the chance of the plastic breaking. For those with a garage, perhaps heating it up a little during cold weather. As to the other valid comment about perhaps she had already removed the panels before because they are so hard to remove the first time, that so noted to me last February during the C8 countrywide dealership mobile presentation tour by their Corvette Specialist. I watched him remove those panels with literally a finger flick. When I asked him about that, he said that that was because this was literally his last stop on his eight month tour and that probably the 250th time he had removed them. He acknowledged it was a bearcat the first few times, so Caroline’s caution is well noted.
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                            • I pulled my Frunk Panels off today for the first time. If you wiggle the side panels and pull them toward the frunk first then wiggle the large panel over the battery while pulling upwards they come off really easy.

                              I put the Aluminum AC Tape over the shock towers and the wire connections and took about 15 minutes for both sides. (Cost about $5 bucks)
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                              I also ran the battery tender wires directly to the battery and under the battery panel out the side driver side just below the windshield next to the wiper so I don't have to open the Frunk to plug it in.
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                              • Allegedly this is to be corrected. Can someone with a 2021 check their new car please.

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