C8 Corvette Front Grille Screen Guards Accessory Now Available32
The C8 Corvette offers impressive mid-engine performance ready to be unleashed at a moment’s notice, and to keep everything running nice and cool, the exterior design incorporates large front air intakes. Of course, the size and location of these intakes means that vital cooling components could be damaged by road debris, so to mitigate the risk, Chevy is offering these new front grille screen guard accessories.
Available from Chevrolet Accessories and provided by Scrape Armor, the protective screens fit into the air intakes located in the front bumper of the C8 Corvette Stingray. The mesh grille incorporates a honeycomb design that works well with the rest of the front-end styling of the C8 Corvette, and neatly fit behind the standard intake insert. Finished in black, the screen is subtle, but should be effective at stopping any road debris kicked up ahead of the sports car as it travels down the road.
According to GM, the C8 Corvette Front Grille Screen Guards accessory was created using CAD data and 3D-formed to perfectly match the front intakes of the sports car. The mesh allows air to pass through, while still protecting the cooling elements underneath. There’s also a quick-release fastener that allows the mesh to be quickly removed for cleaning or for track use. The grille has a black powder coated aluminum finish.
The accessory package is offered with two protective screens, one for the driver’s side intake, and another for the passenger’s side intake. The kit also includes the hardware required for installation, tools, and instructions.
Pricing for the kit is set at $399.95, per the Chevy Accessories website. Dealer installation is listed as another $225.
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As a reminder, the C8 Corvette is motivated by the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2 gasoline engine, which is rated at 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Under the skin is the GM Y2 platform, while production takes place exclusively at the GM Bowling Green plant in Kentucky.
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Glad they say it wont void warranty now. Tadge said before that it would before.
When I drove my 22 from the dealer to home about 4 miles I did not drive it until I installed grille guards a 4-piece set to protect mine even the owner of my dealer did not know about them his personal Vette with 3,200 miles already had damage from stones so he learned from me and had them installed. I see the GM ones are only 2 pieces missing the center guards can still let in rocks. GM’s price is through the roof buying them after market and installing them yourself is the way to go and a must-have item. I think they must have noticed a cooling problem with damage folding over the fins and not letting air flow through. I laughed when GM first said damaged fins won’t effect cooling but guards could. I did not need to do an airflow test just old-time mechanics come in since.
Where did you find the after market guards?
If you’d had read thru this you’d find
RADIATOR GRILL STORE & CUSTOM GRILL GUARDS
What a joke, another reason Barra should be ashamed of herself, why not just make the grill right from the factory properly and no inserts would be needed. BTW there’s 4 openings , what about the other two. I ordered the mesh myself from AMAZON, used zip ties and for $30 you can do it yourself. As I started , what a joke GM!!
Gary, I agree. Seems like GM poo-pooed the screens, then they jumped on board with their own screens at a ridiculous price! The idea of greed is alive and well at GM.
Did the mesh you ordered from Amazon come pre cut for the C8 or did you need to fit it?
Found it, precut to size and seller provides a link to install video.
Has GM added any front strut covers on 2022-23 models with mag ride? My 2021 had a pool of water in them when I removed the plastic around the battery.
CZ Zapper, GM (Generous Motors) will ad front strut covers at an additional price as soon as a rationale can be uncovered as to why they weren’t on the cars initially. The grill screens flip flop by GM is a sore point and makes me wonder who is in charge of the Corvette division.
Well with the upcoming $300,00.00 caddy and $600.00 + grill screen guards that should be standard equipment, GM is really showing us some money greed on their part in my opinion. Glad at that I installed my 22 C8 with grill guards for $100 and the lifting pads for $25 the day I got it home! Tomg
Months ago I bought a roll of the material, coated for corrosion resistance, used patterns and made a set. Maybe $75 USD. I get the feeling third parties like Scrape Armor take advantage of C8 owners. These are not Ferraris, these are everyman/everywoman everyday cars for average people. Once in a while I find things with a price that matches the cost of materials, manufacturing, and design engineering, bot often, but sometimes.
For now, my $75 grill guards do the job.
The same goes with the front and rear splash guards I installed them as soon as I got my car home along with the grill guards If the tires stick out past the body sides that is a design flaw done by styling. The band-aid to a poor design is a plastic add-on splash guard that should be installed at the factory included in the price of the car, not a GM accessory add-on.
thats why the Z 06 was delayed, no screen protector!
Tomg : Where do you buy 75-100$ grill guards and what are the lifting pads for and also where?
lifting pads available at your favorite online seller bay-ma-zone… the pads can be bolt on metal like mine, or rubber to use and take off. good luck !
Well FINALLY, Chevy got it right. I installed grille screens on my ’21 C8 in the first 500 miles. Some time later, I had to take the car to the dealer for a totally unrelated problem with the front lift. They told me the grille screens were causing the problem and wouldn’t go any further. They finally worked and resolved the front lift issue. The grille screens were never removed. These should have been and still should be standard equipment.
And so now you are witnessing the difference between a “Great Car Company” and a “Mediocre Car Company”….GM has always been one to report “a day late and a dollar short”, it’s how they do business. Obviously “Grill Guards” for the C8 should have been made standard, especially on the Z-51 cars, but leave it to good old “Generous Motors” to not always sweat the details as they claim they always do. I’d find it hard to believe that with all of the many miles that the Corvette Team put on their prototypes and “Test Mules” both here and in Germany while flying around “The Ring” at wild and crazy speeds that they didn’t experience problems with small rocks and other crap hitting those openings and damaging the cooling ability of the new C8. Truth is, they knew about this, but there is always a “dollar conscience meeting” made before any vehicle hits the dealers showrooms, and it’s in this final meeting of “The Powers That Be” that certain consideration is given to certain items that can be held off and implemented at a later date, depending upon it’s necessity to the overall drivability and reliability of the vehicle. Someone made a conscience decision to avoid adding this much needed item to the vehicle before actual deliveries were happening, and sadly we now see, years later GM making this item available (at a really ridiculous price) for your C8 when in reality, it should have been installed on the assembly line.
Tsk, Tsk, Tsk….come on Tadge, you are “The Man” when it comes to all things Corvette, somebody in your organization must have brought this consideration up at some point and for some reason, wasn’t taken seriously by you and perhaps someone who knew about this possible concern and yet, didn’t act upon it. And so, here go again…the fun never stops!
GM is certainly ripping people off on something that should have been installed at the factory.
I ordered mine from Custom Car Grills about $100 3/202,1also available on Amazon.
Intake grill guards from Radiator Grill Store $80 4/2021.
These seem to be pretty good quality for about 1/3 the cost from another aftermarket company.
I’ve seen knockoff imported front radiator grille screen guards on eBay. However, the hexagon was not symmetrical. The hexagon was elongated and didn’t match the hexagons above the engine.
I read, this. Got out a piece of rhombic mesh 13 inches by 40 inches , aluminum alloy that is coated and black.
Cut it into 4 pieces and installed it in my C8 grill , took about 2 hours total. I purchased this piece for this exact job, but let it lay
around and got lazy. it was way easy, dropped the Z51 splitter, then only had to remove the side lower panels, not the middle.
I wanted the honeycomb mesh, it would match the rear grills, but they charged much more so I opted for rhombic.
looks nice. and now it is done. materials $16 USD.
GM please add the price $399 ( Front radiator ) to the MSRP price or make it standard
That above items are must have for the car $100K