Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour
February 24, 2013
From stock OEM blah to American Muscle WOW in under an hour!
My spoiler arrived in perfect condition.
Packaging and condition of box upon arrival A+
Condition of spoiler A+
Instructions A (last step talks about installing the grille? Typo?)
Paint match A++
The hardest part about this install is removing the factory spoiler, if so equipped. The factory must have used Superman's personal superglue as it did not want to budge. But after some gentle prying and using a razor blade to carefully cut the factory tape as carefully as possible, it finally started to move enough to get at the rest of the tape and cut it. It is best to have someone hold one end of the spoiler while carefully lifting as you trim the factory tape. Cleaning the residue off is another trick. After fighting using alcohol pads, straight rubbing alcohol and rags, I finally just resorted to using my fingers and palms to apply pressure and frictional heat to "roll" the factory tape off the trunk lid. That actually worked perfectly. A heat gun or hair dryer might have sped up the process.
One bit of advice, use caution when removing the 10mm nuts from the OEM spoiler studs. If your trunk is fully open and they fall out of your socket when unscrewing, they will disappear into the trunk frame. Thankfully I recognized this as a potential problem and prevented it by capturing the nut with my fingers. Also, use caution on the two inner most holes as those two have very sharp edges. Cuts avoided as well.
Installation was a breeze. Just make sure you apply firm pressure to the tape areas a few times during the day to help it form a perfect seal. And lastly, before you install it, now is the time to use a soft cloth and remove all the wax residue in spots that will be impossible to get to once it is installed. I have a 2011 GT in Sterling Grey Metallic and the paint matched perfectly. Excellent job AM crew.
Thanks American Muscle. You definitely have my continued business.