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Corvette Today Podcast With Kai Spande BGA Manager

On this episode of CORVETTE TODAY, you get to meet the Corvette Plant Manager for the Bowling Green Assembly Plant, Kai Spande!
Your host, Steve Garrett, introduces you to Kai as he traces his career with GM. Kai talks about how the Bowling Green Assembly Plant transitioned from the front engine, C7 Corvette, to the mid-engine C8 Corvette. You'll get insights on the plant expansion and how they made that all happen...giving the new C8 Corvette a true state-of-the-art build facility. Kai also tells you about the Corvettes he has owned and the funny story of how he loved Corvettes, but never thought he'd get to work for it during his tenure at GM. Get to personally know Corvette Plant Manager, Kai Spande, on this episode of CORVETTE TODAY!

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  • Originally posted by ByteBiz View Post
    Which covers do most members order? The covers at 'angry off road' look the same as the ones at the 'radiator grill store'. Are they the same? Are there others to consider? I notice that the 'angry off road' site is not secure - where are folks ordering from?
    The AOR covers are (or were, I haven't checked lately) available on ebay. Radiator Grill store says their covers are from AOR.
    Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust

    Current C7: SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black overDaytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

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    • Originally posted by My1stVette View Post
      So those super-duper high-pressure water tests during quality acceptance at BGA didn't catch this?
      I believe GM knows about this issue and has said it is acceptable. To me, this would mean, they believe it will never be a safety issue, and the corrosion caused will be considered normal wear and tear well after their warranty has expired. Think I'll just cover them up.
      Torch Red, 2LT, Z51, Q8T, AH2, TU7, FE4, J6N, Deposit July 23, 2019 - 2000 Jan. 20 - 3000 Feb.1 - TPW: July 27, 2020.

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      • For ~$60 bucks, the AOR covers are great insurance. I plan on keeping the car for at least a few years and would hate to see rusty bolts on the strut towers. Whether they're needed or not per GM doesn't really affect me. My piece of mind for $60 is worth it having the covers on.

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        • Originally posted by pksjc View Post
          For ~$60 bucks, the AOR covers are great insurance. I plan on keeping the car for at least a few years and would hate to see rusty bolts on the strut towers. Whether they're needed or not per GM doesn't really affect me. My piece of mind for $60 is worth it having the covers on.
          Yeah. GM cares about what will be an issue when they have to pay for it i.e. 3 years (maybe a bit more if additional warranty is purchased).

          If you plan on keeping this Vette, that assessment from GM should have no value to you. I’ll keep the C8 for decades!
          Placed order for 3LT, Rapid Blue, two-tone blue interior & splash guards. ETA Late 2021

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          • Originally posted by 16falcon View Post

            I read that after I cursed a lot trying to get my passenger side installed. Next time I have it apart, I will loosen that nut and see if I can’t get it to fit better. I left it at a slight angle since I didn’t have room to get it to lay flat. Thanks for the tip, that should help a lot of people.
            Quoting myself, but I did loosen the nut on the AC line the other day and was able to get the cover to lay flat. Thanks Guitarman for the tip.

            Originally posted by meyerweb View Post
            Just to check, I pulled the covers off my '21 this afternoon to check, and everything seemed dry. Buttoned it back up, and after I've had the opportunity to drive it in a monsoon I'll check again, but hopefully the revised drainage on the 2021s has resolved the issue.
            My 2021 was dry on the passenger side but drivers side had a lot of water. I think the GM solution was only good for the passenger side. I went ahead and installed the covers on both sides.

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            • [QUOTE=16falcon;n279228]

              Quoting myself, but I did loosen the nut on the AC line the other day and was able to get the cover to lay flat. Thanks Guitarman for the tip.



              Glad it worked out for you 16falcon. After trying for about 30 minutes to get the passenger cover to fit, I emailed AOR and he got right back to me with the suggestion about loosening the AC line bracket nut.

              For $60, my opinion is to cover it and forget it.

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              • Originally posted by meyerweb View Post
                Just to check, I pulled the covers off my '21 this afternoon to check, and everything seemed dry. Buttoned it back up, and after I've had the opportunity to drive it in a monsoon I'll check again, but hopefully the revised drainage on the 2021s has resolved the issue.
                Had my car ceramic coated this week, which of course entailed a thorough wash. Pulled the frunk covers off today to install the AOR covers, and my shock mounts were still dry. I sprayed the inside of the mounts with WD-40 (WD stands for Water Displacement), then put the covers on. Should be good to go now.
                Delivered 5/29!: Scarlet Fever 2021 2LT HTC, Red Mist Metallic Tintcoat, two-tone Natural w/ suede inserts, Mag Ride, Performance Exhaust

                Current C7: SunKissed, 2015 2LT, 7MT, Black overDaytona Sunrise Orange Metallic, Stingray convertible

                Proud member of the Old Dominion Corvette Club: https://www.olddominioncorvetteclub.org/

                Never grow up - It's a trap.

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