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Old 27 Dec 2016, 11:49 am
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Default Removing the roof "spoiler" rails...

Anyone done this? Was it easy or a pig? And whats under them? I assume there's holes in the roof with captive nuts that will be easy enough to fill in..??

Any clues? I want mine gone
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Old 27 Dec 2016, 05:13 pm
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I have taken a few off in the junkyard. If it is the flat lip style that touches the whole top of the hatch there is two screws easily accessible from opening the hatch, one on each end. Then you have a strip of foam tape all around the outer edge, I recommend a box cutter or some small sharp object to get it pried up, then slowly can carefully cut it off, Then go back over and scrape the rest off. There is also a center hole for the lip spoiler that helps to locate it, but there is no bolt. Takes a few minutes and standing on the bumper got me the height i needed to work it, Just take your time and don't rip it off, or you'll damage the spoiler and possible the paint. It will be a slightly different paint color due to fading not reaching it.

The wing style has two bolts on each side holding it down, I don't think it has adhesive. In the junkyard a big heavy pull broke it free once the bolts were out.

If you just so happen to be pulling off a red wing style spoiler and the bolts are in good shape, let me know I'd be interested in buying it off you.
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Old 27 Dec 2016, 07:13 pm
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Default Re: Removing the roof "spoiler" rails...

I have thought about removing the racks and leaving the tracks....
I think there ugly and useless...
The spoiler I like it ..
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Old 28 Dec 2016, 12:48 am
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I have thought about removing the racks and leaving the tracks....
I think there ugly and useless...
The spoiler I like it ..

I took the spoiler off, just a load of useless weight as far as I could see and I dont like the look - now I'm just left with the tracks and want to lose those as well.
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Old 28 Dec 2016, 12:54 am
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I have taken a few off in the junkyard. If it is the flat lip style that touches the whole top of the hatch there is two screws easily accessible from opening the hatch, one on each end. Then you have a strip of foam tape all around the outer edge, I recommend a box cutter or some small sharp object to get it pried up, then slowly can carefully cut it off, Then go back over and scrape the rest off. There is also a center hole for the lip spoiler that helps to locate it, but there is no bolt. Takes a few minutes and standing on the bumper got me the height i needed to work it, Just take your time and don't rip it off, or you'll damage the spoiler and possible the paint. It will be a slightly different paint color due to fading not reaching it.

The wing style has two bolts on each side holding it down, I don't think it has adhesive. In the junkyard a big heavy pull broke it free once the bolts were out.

If you just so happen to be pulling off a red wing style spoiler and the bolts are in good shape, let me know I'd be interested in buying it off you.
Mine is the "original" roof-rack-cum-spoiler system - I took the "roof rack spoilers" off - now I want to get rid of the rails as I plan to respray - unless it's going to end up a mess I'll regret.
Captive nuts I can either cap or fill in (I'd like to think I could cap them or use modified coach bolts to give a smooth finish I could remove if I changed my mind or wanted to use the roof rack system occasionally - although I cant think why I would want to.
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