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Even though the bottom area of your vehicle isn't all that visible to the naked eye, that doesn't mean that you should leave it in disarray. One way of keeping that area looking presentable is by covering the structural details found at the front and rear end of your vehicle. And the best way to do that is by installing a valance in both areas. The valance works on covering the structural details found underneath your vehicle. Since it can be placed at the front and rear of your ride, not only does it keep these parts from being seen, it's able to keep them protected as well. By being at the front line, this component absorbs the impact dealt by road debris. As a result, the quality of the parts found underneath is kept from being ruined. Now to help this device withstand being hit on a regular basis, it's constructed from high-quality materials which are coated with an aluminum or chrome finish. On top of that, the device is designed to match the specifications of most vehicle makes and models. This allows them to fit perfectly in place making installation quick and hassle-free to do. Remember, even if people can't see the parts found in your vehicle's undercarriage, that doesn't mean they should be left exposed. To prevent them from incurring major damage, keep them covered using a valance. By doing this, you'll have peace-of-mind knowing that they won't cause problems for you on the road.

Valance Articles

  • Replacement and Street Scene Valance Battle 22 February 2013

    When buying a valance or any exterior accessory, your options shouldn't only be limited to those that look good on your ride. There are other factors beyond the extra style points it gives that should also be accounted for. Replacement and Street Scene both offer high-quality options that definitely have enough to lure your cash. To help you separate the two, we reviewed a valance from each brand on our Chevy Tahoe and noted how well it performed based on four factors: price, compatibility, toughness, and looks. Here are our findings:


    Price

    The front valance we bought from Replacement cost us around $40. The most expensive we found was at $130. One Street Scene valance on the other hand was priced at around $200 up to $270. It's clear which among the two is more economically sound.

    WINNER: Replacement


    Compatibility

    Installing the new valance on our Tahoe's front bumper was a breeze. The same screw and bolt holes the stock ones have were also found on Replacement's and Street Scene's. Both came with a coating of primer so all that was left to do was spray it with a color we liked, and it blended well with the rest of our Chevy.

    WINNER: Replacement and Street Scene


    Looks

    As an OE part, Replacement's valance looks exactly like the stock piece. There wasn't any difference found. Street Scene's however uses a fancy design that gave the Tahoe a customized look. We liked the uniqueness this valance gave our Chevy.

    WINNER: Street Scene


    Toughness

    Replacement's plastic was no match for Street Scene's urethane. As the Tahoe was used, the valance had its share of minor bumps and scratches. Both stayed relatively strong and still looked good on the car. However, upon closer inspection, we saw that the one from Street Scene was more intact despite the abuse it took.

    WINNER: Street Scene


    The verdict

    At the end of the day, our money goes to Street Scene. It was quite challenging to separate the valances from each brand. It seemed only fitting that the tougher and prettier piece came out as the victor. However, if you're only looking for a reliable OE part that looks and feels the same as the stock, then you'll hit the jackpot with Replacement.

  • Installing a Valance: Steps to Remember 22 February 2013

    There isn't a significant performance boost when a car's equipped with a valance. However, installing one for the front or rear bumper cover is an easy way to customize a car's exterior. Other than changing your ride's looks, it may also be necessary to know how to do this job in case there's a need to replace faded, scratched, or dented ones. Read this overview guide to get an idea on how to go about the process. This usually takes around one to two hours.


    Required skill level: Novice

    Needed tools and materials

      Floor jack and jack stands

      Socket and wrench set

      Screwdriver set

      Drill (if necessary)

      Dry rags

      New valance


    Setting up the vehicle

    The steps for installing a valance depend on the car's make, model, and on which side will it be installed. As a general rule, start by removing any wires, harnesses, brackets, and accessories running around the bumper cover. These include the lights assemblies, license plates, and other devices that are in the way. Once these are off, raise the car with a floor jack and secure it with jack stands. Remove the wheels on whatever side will be worked on.


    Removing the bumper and valance

    Work with handheld tools such as screwdrivers, sockets, and wrenches to remove the car's old valance and bumper. Search around the inner surfaces for all screws bolts and push pins that hold the assemblies in place. Keep the removed hardware in a safe container. Some may still be used for the new valance.


    Preparing the bumper

    Grab the new valance and line it up against the bumper cover. Compare the number and placement of drill holes between the two parts. Some custom valances require more screw holes than the stock available. If this is the case, there should be some spots on the cover that need holes but don't have them yet. Drill new ones on the bumper based on the comparison. Wipe everything with a dry rag for a clean finish.


    Installing the new valance and placing everything back

    Get the new valance and secure it in place with all the hardware removed and any more provided by the kit. Remember to use all screws and bolts necessary. Attach the bumper back to the car. Return all accessories removed from the beginning. Install the wheels and lower the car to finish the job.