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    Default How to remove the rear apron?

    Hi all
    Im looking to remove the rear apron (black plastic trim) on my LS so that I can colour code it to my car, but am having trouble removing it. I have removed the screws on each side of the car unders the wheel trim and undone the 2 big plastic clips at the rear of the bumper and now all I can see is hundreds of little clips holding the thing on that just wont unclip!

    Any tips?? Im scared that I might break something, by using to much force.


    Any how,so far I have removed the skirts,rubbed them dowm and primed them up ready for painting tomorrow. Depending on the weather tomorrow, I may just spray the rear apron on the car (but would preffer to remove it)

    Cheers

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    Actually there is only one big "clip" in the middle....undo that an the rest of the "fins" will come out easy

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    Only 1 big clip in the middle? Ive just unclipped 2 in the middle (big square shaped clips), mabey a different bumper?

    Its another horrible day today, so I need to get this little ****** off and into the garage for spraying.

    I will give it another try but these little fins dont want to give.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bizerk View Post
    Only 1 big clip in the middle? Ive just unclipped 2 in the middle (big square shaped clips), mabey a different bumper?

    Its another horrible day today, so I need to get this little ****** off and into the garage for spraying.

    I will give it another try but these little fins dont want to give.
    If and when you get this done m8..post some pics up(its the law apparantly) and i have been considering doing this to mine...like to see how it looks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macdad View Post
    If and when you get this done m8..post some pics up(its the law apparantly) and i have been considering doing this to mine...like to see how it looks.
    LOL will do, just need to get the damn thing off first.

    Will be off out to spray the sills in about 10mins then will give the rear apron another bash.

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    It's held on by lots of small clips actually, but they don't break so just undo the bolts and use a flat head screw driver to make the small "hatch" loosen from the back bumper as the hatches are stuck into the rear bumper.

    When you've got a couple of them to release (easy to do, will only take a minute or two) then you can twist and bend the rear apron and rest of the hatches will loosen.

    Here you can see what it looks like




    And when you've done it'll look something like this



    I colour coded the rear apron, sills, front lip and 4x mudguards

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    Cheers for that m8!!

    I managed to remove the first 2 clips with a screwdriver and like you said, the rest came of with a little pull.

    Sills are painted and the rear apron is primed,just having a little break from the fumes lol

    I see you have painted the front lip too. Do you have to keep touching it up, as I would have thought it would keep cracking and chipping due to it being rubber??

    I may even consider doing it on mine until I get a proper front lower spoiler.

    Car looks great BTW!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Figgz View Post
    It's held on by lots of small clips actually, but they don't break so just undo the bolts and use a flat head screw driver to make the small "hatch" loosen from the back bumper as the hatches are stuck into the rear bumper.

    When you've got a couple of them to release (easy to do, will only take a minute or two) then you can twist and bend the rear apron and rest of the hatches will loosen.

    Here you can see what it looks like




    And when you've done it'll look something like this



    I colour coded the rear apron, sills, front lip and 4x mudguards

    nice looking veccy you have their m8

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    Quote Originally Posted by bizerk View Post
    Only 1 big clip in the middle? Ive just unclipped 2 in the middle (big square shaped clips), mabey a different bumper?

    Its another horrible day today, so I need to get this little ****** off and into the garage for spraying.

    I will give it another try but these little fins dont want to give.
    Ah! my bad! sorry, yeap you are totally correct...2 big clips sorry
    Now I remeber

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