FBM550V - Installation Instructions

The NoviStretch™ FBM550V mask is easily secured using snap fasteners integrated into the design. This requires snap-head screws, supplied in the hardware kit, be installed on the car as described below. The initial installation should require approximately 15 minutes to complete. After setup the mask can be easily installed and removed in just under one minute.

The FBM550V is designed for installation on all 1997-2004 5th Generation Corvettes.

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Installing your new
NoviStretch™ Front Bumper Mask

Step #1

Clean the bumper and surfaces under the car and the fender wells thoroughly (tar and grease remover is recommended).

Step #2

Turn the front wheels to gain easier access to the fender liner mounting screws that you will be replacing.

Step #3

Locate the mounting screws at the edge of the bumper inside the fender liner and remove them. Replace each one as you go with the supplied snap-head screw studs. Repeat this step on the other side of the car.

Step #4

Begin the installation by fastening the snaps on one end of the mask to the screws just installed on the edge of the bumper.

Step #5

Stretch the mask across the front of the bumper and attach to the other side of the car. Note: the tension in the mask is normal and important to the overall performance of the product.

Step #6

Pull the bottom edge of the mask down under the bumper, noting the position of the snaps on the bottom edge of the mask. Replace the screws on the bottom of the bumper that best align with the snaps on the mask with a snap head screw stud. Fasten the snaps on bottom of the mask to the screws just installed on the bottom of the bumper.

Step #7

Locate and slightly loosen the screw holding the corner of the air dam on each side of the car allowing the bottom edge of the mask to go between the bumper and the air dam. Note: Do not install mask over the air-dam.

Step #8

Open the hood and holding the top of the mask pull it up to the hood opening and secure the open strap on the mask on each corner of the mask over the tab along the body frame.

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Tools Required

Short handle Philips screwdriver; socket wrench; 7mm socket

Surface Prep and Care Instructions

NoviStretch® covers are constructed from synthetic stretch fabric that will not chaff or damage the painted surface and have been designed to perform in all weather & road conditions.

It is important that the painted surface be clean prior to installation of the cover. Over time and with use, dirt or dust, may work its way between the cover and the painted surface. Regular cleaning of both the cover & surface is essential to provide proper protection. Severe weather conditions or travel on off-road surfaces increase the recommended frequency for inspection and cleaning.

It is expected to see some cosmetic damage (small holes, thinning, fading or discoloration) to the mask over time & miles as it does its job. However, proper care will maximize product life.”

  • The mask can be cleaned by rinsing in water to remove any dirt or debris then squeezing the water out and let air-dry. Wash (by hand) only as necessary. Use a concentrated soap solution on areas of the mask that may be particularly dirty.
  • Always ensure areas covered by the mask are clean and free of sand and grit before installing the mask.
  • For the best life do not leave the mask on the car while parked in the sun for extended periods.
  • Avoid obstacles and low clearance areas in the roadway that may come in contact with the bottom of the car causing the mask to snag and the material to tear.

Special Installation Instructions

Front License Plate Installation – A front license plate may be installed over the mask without causing harm to the mask. The small holes made by the mounting screws will not cause the fabric to “run”. Thumbscrews may be used to make the removal of the license plate more convenient.