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Just a warning to all you who like to snug up to the curb on nose in parking... there is a very flimsy and fragile air dam in the front of my '04 SSR and I did not even realize it, but at some time, I got too close to the curb and knocked it off. Then I do know that I got way too close to the curb... could tell by the hard metalic clunk... but there is a high impact plastic bracket that runs from left to right under the radiator and the dealer says it holds the radiator in place... or at least is supposed to provide support for it. That little ole clunk broke the bracket and it is $400 to replace it. So either back in, or make sure you don't smack any curbs... I didn't think I had hit anything that hard, but it only took that one smack. You would think that something as important as a bracket that holds the radiator in place should be metal. I'm sure it would not add much to either the cost or the weight of the beast. Anyway, after waiting 2 days to get the part shipped in, got it fixed. I'm a much more gentle parker from now on!!
 

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Just a warning to all you who like to snug up to the curb on nose in parking... there is a very flimsy and fragile air dam in the front of my '04 SSR and I did not even realize it, but at some time, I got too close to the curb and knocked it off. Then I do know that I got way too close to the curb... could tell by the hard metalic clunk... but there is a high impact plastic bracket that runs from left to right under the radiator and the dealer says it holds the radiator in place... or at least is supposed to provide support for it. That little ole clunk broke the bracket and it is $400 to replace it. So either back in, or make sure you don't smack any curbs... I didn't think I had hit anything that hard, but it only took that one smack. You would think that something as important as a bracket that holds the radiator in place should be metal. I'm sure it would not add much to either the cost or the weight of the beast. Anyway, after waiting 2 days to get the part shipped in, got it fixed. I'm a much more gentle parker from now on!!

Must be that you Texans have "BIGGER" curbs, yes? :jester
 

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Us Texans have BIGGER everythings.............
 

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Daven said:
Just a warning to all you who like to snug up to the curb on nose in parking... there is a very flimsy and fragile air dam in the front of my '04 SSR and I did not even realize it, but at some time, I got too close to the curb and knocked it off. Then I do know that I got way too close to the curb... could tell by the hard metalic clunk... but there is a high impact plastic bracket that runs from left to right under the radiator and the dealer says it holds the radiator in place... or at least is supposed to provide support for it. That little ole clunk broke the bracket and it is $400 to replace it. So either back in, or make sure you don't smack any curbs... I didn't think I had hit anything that hard, but it only took that one smack. You would think that something as important as a bracket that holds the radiator in place should be metal. I'm sure it would not add much to either the cost or the weight of the beast. Anyway, after waiting 2 days to get the part shipped in, got it fixed. I'm a much more gentle parker from now on!!

When I was going to work one day last week after lunch the guard at the front gate stopped me to tell me something was dragging under my truck. It turned out to be that same plastic air dam hanging on by one corner with four of the five plastic fasteners gone. I used some cotter pins to put it back on temporarily until I get some real bolts to fix it. I don't like those cheap plastic fasteners and prefer to replace them with something a little more sturdy.
 

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Lost mine months ago. ( I blame my hubby for hitting the parking curb too:) )

replacing it with the diamond cut metal and real screws not plastic fasteners! :thumbs
 

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When I was going to work one day last week after lunch the guard at the front gate stopped me to tell me something was dragging under my truck. It turned out to be that same plastic air dam hanging on by one corner with four of the five plastic fasteners gone. I used some cotter pins to put it back on temporarily until I get some real bolts to fix it. I don't like those cheap plastic fasteners and prefer to replace them with something a little more sturdy.
Those are not cheap! Plastic yes but not cheap. Go to the dealer and ask what they cost if you don't believe me.
 

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We have an auto-body-shop supplier here in the NW that has all these different fastners. You can buy them in a 10-pack or larger amounts.

None of their prices have even come close to the dealer, yet.

It may be better that the dam come off then realign your front end.

The Vette dam is screaming at me all the time (lowered) but I haven't had to replace it yet in 25K.

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Whoops! Better check mine out, the curb at the grocery store keeps jumping out at me...hope everything is still there!
 
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