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i'm pretty excited, so i figured i'd share. i installed the '10 gt500 hood vent along with the matte super stripe a couple weeks ago and just finished-up the rocker stripes. i got both sets from baltimore street mods (high quality 3m stuff)...

 

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sorry about the crappy cell phone pics. i'll take some better ones tomorrow.

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Your first post was clear; I was too excited to read it correctly. Still looks awsome! Good show!

 

I have a GT500 splitter and was planning to do the same, just haven't gotten around to it. How did you attach yours?

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thanks, guys!

 

that is the stock gt500 splitter. the modification/installation process was fairly easy. here's some info that I'd sent to some people on other forums...

 

I'm sure you've seen the directions on how to modify the gt500 splitter to fit the standard gt bumper... well, this is very similar, except that I removed the entire raised 'grid' along the backside of the splitter, including the center section that gt uses; didn't need it because I'd made my own piece to fill in the center gap (gives a much cleaner look than the gt installs that I've seen).

 

i removed the front plastic cover from underneath the bumper and stored it away. i suppose it could be reinstalled, but I didn't bother. to make the center piece, I just measured the opening in the bumper, cut a piece of plywood, trimmed to fit, and applied an adhesive backed flat stock foam rubber trim to the front edge of the plywood. I also used 3m double-sided tape better adhesion of the foam rubber. Once that was completed, I drilled 4 holes and used (I think) 1/4" bolts, along with wide circumference washers (washers over and under) and vinyl lock-nuts to secure them.

 

once the center was installed, I lined up the splitter and used the same method to secure it to the underside of the bumper; about 8 bolts total and that thing is on there for good. the sides are secured the same way as the gt writeup suggests.

 

this is the best i could do for pics, as didn't take any during the installation...

 

i only used one screw at the top for each side. that seemed to be all that was needed, so i left it at that. all of the original wheel well/bumper screws remain in place and i drilled holes for these...

 

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here you can see how the foam rubber creates a nice seal as it's sandwiched between the splitter and the bottom of the bumper...

 

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btw, when you install the center piece, make sure you offset it about 1/2" - 3/4" behind the leading edge of the bumper. when i first installed it, I mounted it right along the leading edge of the bumper and it didn't look right, so i moved it back a bit and achieved a much cleaner look.

 

some under-body shots (driver side, pass side and a bit of the center)...

 

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as you can see, it looks quite rough from underneath, but it's not a show car and it sits so low that there's not too many people, besides myself, that are ever gonna see under there, so it's all good afaic. I'm sure that there are a number of other materials that can be used, as opposed to plywood, that will provide a cleaner look.

 

hope this helps!

 

Paul

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thanks, kahmann. yeah, lately i've been thinking that i might've strayed too far from the original look, but then again, a lotta people are changing their hoods and wheels, so I really just went a different route on the stripes and grill... i can live with that. :)

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thanks, guys!

 

greaser, you are correct, i have all of the original parts and can put her back to stock within a couple days. i figure if i ever do sell (which will probably be never), i'll likely offer it up as-is with all of the original parts included and if that doesn't pan out, i'll return her to stock and sell the the additional parts separately. for now, i'm just havin a great time!

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Very nice look! I like the whole package you you put together. One question though with the piece underneath being wood, aren't you affraid of it warping from water exposure?

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Very nice look! I like the whole package you you put together. One question though with the piece underneath being wood, aren't you affraid of it warping from water exposure?

 

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Some Black paint and multi coats of a high quality Urethane would fix that issue.

Doc

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thank you both!

 

no, the wood warping/rotting was never a concern, as it takes me about 5 minutes to pull the splitter. that said, i have been keeping an eye on it and what i've noticed is that is stays pretty dry under there, even on the rainiest days.

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Very nice looking ride and I agree with Ken, you did venture off the SGT path a bit but a very upscale mod installation and final look! Just an FYI, I never saw your car before Roger @ SA picked out the new wheels to he was going to install when my car was being GT/SC'd down @ Shelby American Las Vegas, they were the same wheels! I love the look and am happy that they were done there as I wanted to have everything on my car bought and installed at SA for pedigree purposes. Anal yes, but if/when I sell it some poeple just love that every mod was done at the factory. Again nice nice car! :)

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thanks, kahmann. yeah, lately i've been thinking that i might've strayed too far from the original look, but then again, a lotta people are changing their hoods and wheels, so I really just went a different route on the stripes and grill... i can live with that. :)

 

Same thing I done bro.. I have different hood and rims and louvers and carbon and Supercharger.. But I like it so I figure thats what matters..

 

 

 

I love the look of your car man and if you like it thats all that matters..

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Damn...I've been knocking around the idea of putting on semi - flat or flat stripes. Now I'm convinced. Great looking car! Thanks...now to beg the wife for the credit card for the stripes.

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