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I have a Pre-MyLink 2012 Volt, and I’ve had it for some years now. I want to spruce it up, but before I go ahead and do that I want some advice from more knowlegeable volt owners.

1. Upgrading the backup camera.

I have seen many posts about this, however it seems most of them are for people that just didn’t have a camera to begin with. I have a camera on mine, but I am wondering how to go about upgrading the camera to a more high definition one - and knowing which kinds to buy. I would most likely take the car somewhere to have it installed.. I’m more concerned about choosing the right one that will actually fit and integrate with the existing system.

2. Wheels

Just out of curiosity because I haven’t seen this brought up, since the newer volts come with 17 inch rims, does that mean that they could be used on the 2012 volt as well? I kind of like the look of the new volt rims, more so with the black pocket detail.

3. Visibility

This isn’t really a modification, I’m just wondering if anyone has had issues finding an ideal adjusted seating position on the drivers seat? I know the way the volt is designed in such a way that it’s hard to see the front of the hood. I try and adjust the seat to be a little higher to see as much in front of me as I can, but then the viability upward is worse. Meaning I can’t see traffic lights, for example, if I’m stopped right at the line on the road (unless I shrug my shoulders down to look at it). I don’t know, maybe it’s just something I’ve never gotten used to? Haha. I rely on the front parking sensors a lot.

4. Air dam

I purchased the shortened version of the air dam because mine is pretty scraped and ripped from the years of abuse. I’m wondering if other people have installed it themselves, and if so, was it easy? Or should I bring it to a dealer? Or better yet, would any mechanic be ok to do this kind of thing? I just don’t want to pay more than I have to.
 

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Was all covered in years past but some threads may be lost
and it may be time to revisit some of these.

Air dam -- I would just fix/glue/staple the old one - I never saw the need to get a shorter one.

I did make my seat go almost as high as one fist from my head to the roof.

Original camera - still on my to do project list
 

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4. Air dam

I purchased the shortened version of the air dam because mine is pretty scraped and ripped from the years of abuse. I’m wondering if other people have installed it themselves, and if so, was it easy? Or should I bring it to a dealer? Or better yet, would any mechanic be ok to do this kind of thing? I just don’t want to pay more than I have to.
I just replaced the air dam on my 2014 with the shorter one, unscrew a bunch of screws, replace, put a bunch of screws back in. Took me about 15 minutes laying on my back in the driveway. It made a difference too, I rarely drag, or the dragging is minimal in places the old air dam scraped a lot.
 

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Air dam -- I would just fix/glue/staple the old one - I never saw the need to get a shorter one.
If his old one is all torn up, I think it's pretty obvious that HE has seen the need for a shorter one, as have many others who regularly scrape theirs when entering or exiting a steep driveway or some place they have to go regularly

It's not hard to change - Run the front end up on a pair of ramps and make the change

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1- There are threads for that too. I think getting the wiring to match up is tricky.
2- No, they don't fit.
3- That's just the way it is. I have never seen the hood from inside my car regardless of contortions. Rely on the parking sensors.
4- Easy, just a bunch of screws, but there is minimal clearance to work under there. Lifting the car helps. A mechanic would probably charge an hours labor for that, so it would be fairly costly. An option is to have no air dam at all.
 

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1 - Install a 9" Android based rear view mirror, they come with HD rear view cameras, and just leave the factory one alone.
2 - Wheels, std pattern is 5x115, very common in the US, but Im in Aus, and not so common, but I have purchased several sets of after market 18"s and they look awesome, didnt really loose any range either, maybe a couple of K's (a mile)
3 - Yes car has crap visibility, just get used it ;)
4 - Install lowered suspension, rip air dam off and throw in the trash, does bugger all and has not effected my range

This my car with a set of wheels from a 2016 Cruze, I believe it was the 1.6ltr Turbo model

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