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Fender Well Trim Kit from DDM - My Experience

Good day fellow SKY owners. I am back with another chapter of my experience installing an after market part for my 2008 SKY. I took advantage of the 12 days of Christmas special from DDM Works and ordered the Fender Well Trim Kit. Total cost shipped to California was $26.30.

The kit was as I expected. The foam rubber feels sturdy and the gripping portion feels very tight and sturdy for the fender. The instruction sheet included in the package is very simple but offers no suggestion as to whether the foam rubber is installed facing up or down! The photograph on the sheet was difficult to see the proper way to install the product. I did one side with the rubber down and the other with rubber up to see which way was best. I chose to have the rubber facing up! This way does create a nice seal from road debris and dust from entering the engine area. With the rubber facing down I felt the rubber was exposed to the road and would crack or spilt after a few 1000 miles of road travel.

It took about 20 minutes from start to finish to install the product. You will need a pair of tin snips to cut the excess to get a custom fit. Overall very nice add-on.

Till next time Drive Topless!
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Good to know. Ordered a pair myself, but will have to wait for some nicer weather up here in CT. Garage too crowded and she needs a good bath too.
Also got the backbone. Def need better weather to install that.
And per earlier thread about lifting... anyone have any issues installing backbone? Will I have to drop the exhaust? Plan on driving the front end up on the Rhinos and lifting the back end up, one side at a time, to put up on braces.
I did see somewhere, where someone lifted the entire back end by jacking the differential box... is that okay/safe to do it that way?
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I ordered a set also and installed mine...but it is my belief that the engineers left that space open for good cause...it is my belief it is for hot air to escape in the summer...just a hypothesis.
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It does reduce the amount of dirt and dust under the hood

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I had the backbone installed a couple of months ago. I went to the local oil change shop that has a drive over pit. They did it in short order and took the removed part for payment. Yes, they did drop the exhaust but it was no big deal.

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Did they say why they wanted the stock part?
Im blanking on how that can have any value.
But hey, thats an awesome deal for you.

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I had the backbone installed a couple of months ago. I went to the local oil change shop that has a drive over pit. They did it in short order and took the removed part for payment. Yes, they did drop the exhaust but it was no big deal.
thanks for the suggestion, gm.
that's what I'm wondering... is it better to install it with the wheels on the ground, or am I over thinking it (probably)? I guess if the bolts line up, it's good to go.
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Nothing to do with air flow. Rad does the cooling.
There is more then needed to cool the engine.
By adding the DDMWORKS mod does keep
the bay cleaner.
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I ordered a set also and installed mine...but it is my belief that the engineers left that space open for good cause...
it is my belief it is for hot air to escape in the summer...just a hypothesis.
While it may allow airflow, the engineers "left that space open"
because economics dictated
that there was no particular need to close it
on this production car.
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While it may allow airflow, the engineers "left that space open"
because economics dictated
that there was no particular need to close it
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Econonics? Does anyone believe that continuing the arch of the wheel well or leaving it designed as it is...would be financially different? It was designed that way for a practical reason...
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Econonics? Does anyone believe that continuing the arch of the wheel well or leaving it designed as it is...would be financially different? It was designed that way for a practical reason...
Actually some cars (early Solstice builds, maybe) had factory rubber strips over the arches. They stopped that (and the parts are no longer available), I assume because of cost.

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Good to know. Ordered a pair myself, but will have to wait for some nicer weather up here in CT. Garage too crowded and she needs a good bath too.
Also got the backbone. Def need better weather to install that.
And per earlier thread about lifting... anyone have any issues installing backbone? Will I have to drop the exhaust? Plan on driving the front end up on the Rhinos and lifting the back end up, one side at a time, to put up on braces.
I did see somewhere, where someone lifted the entire back end by jacking the differential box... is that okay/safe to do it that way?
See my post on installing the backbone. Yes you will have to drop the exhaust only two bolts. Very easy to do. I lifted the back end only using Rhino ramps no problem. Oil shop with drive over pit would save u a lot of time!
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Did they say why they wanted the stock part?
Im blanking on how that can have any value.
But hey, thats an awesome deal for you.
I didn't ask them why they wanted it. I told them I didn't want it and they then said they wouldn't charge me. I was happy.

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I didn't ask them why they wanted it. I told them I didn't want it and they then said they wouldn't charge me. I was happy.
Maybe they collect scrap steel
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Did any of you have a problem installing the fender well trim? I received mine today and tried to install one. I would get about 4" on and then it would start coming off at the beginning. I tried several times and then gave up. It seems that once the V part opens wide enough to slip on, it doesn't tighten down to keep it on.

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