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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:
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
Floor jack and jack stands
Socket and wrench set
Drill (if necessary)
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.
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.
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.
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.