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Old 09-28-2013, 08:07 PM   #1
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REMOVING SPOILER

has any one removed there spoiler, what is involved and how big are the holes left. did you plug them or leave them. if I leave the holes will they rust or will water get in my trunk
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has any one removed there spoiler, what is involved and how big are the holes left. did you plug them or leave them. if I leave the holes will they rust or will water get in my trunk
For 01-04 there are 4 10mm bolts , and you need a deep 10mm socket

4 holes

And yes & yes

I usually run wingless every other month , and still wash my car, I could really careless if what gets in trunk, mines gutted anyways
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I drive a 2000 but I assume its almost the same... is the water minimal... 10 mm is pretty small... I could just lay a towel in the trunk haha. more worried about rust I guess
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I have mine removed (2000 as well), and its the same process as an 01'-04'. I went to home depot and bought some black plastic inserts and used those to plug up the holes. Been that way for over 5 years and never had an issue of water in the trunk. The holes line up over the drain channel anyways.You could also try the plastic auto trim push pins. They might work as well. If the holes too big, Maybe use a piece of plastic on the underside to hold the pin on.
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so your saying even if I didn't plug the holes the water will drain out anyways and not make it to the trunk... also what size plugs did you buy
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so your saying even if I didn't plug the holes the water will drain out anyways and not make it to the trunk... also what size plugs did you buy
Yeah. If you open your trunk, look and the bolts on the inside of the trunk lid. They should be lined up outside the rubber weather strip on the trunk. And I wish I could remember which size I used (a looooong time ago, and i cant even remember what i had for lunch today......) , but as long as the top is bigger than the holes your covering it will be fine. You can try doing that plastic trick I stated if it won't stay on by its own. I'd take some pictures for you, but I'm out of town this weekend.
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thanks for the reply man, I went and took a look and yah I see that its not even over the trunk where the holes are. so I removed the spoiler... wish I would have removed it a long time ago, cars lines look so much cleaner that spoiler was making the car look I don't know long and pointy... I have 3 holes on each side of mine... 2 for the bolts and I assume the other is a drain.. doesn't look tobad with the holes. eventually ill get them taken care of but for now I may just leave it as is
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thanks for the reply man, I went and took a look and yah I see that its not even over the trunk where the holes are. so I removed the spoiler... wish I would have removed it a long time ago, cars lines look so much cleaner that spoiler was making the car look I don't know long and pointy... I have 3 holes on each side of mine... 2 for the bolts and I assume the other is a drain.. doesn't look tobad with the holes. eventually ill get them taken care of but for now I may just leave it as is
No problem! IIRC two of the holes are relatively close together and if you use a big enough plug you can cover both with one. Cause I only have two on either side (4 total). But definitely cleaner without!
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for anyone who is reading this thread and thinking of removing your spoiler I will post a couple pics, a before an after and a pic of the holes left
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Lowes, Home Depot , etc. sell plastic plugs for them holes , the sizes are 5/16 and 3/8 , get those plugs and some touch up paint to paint them and you won't have to worry about water or looks
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Can I add a question to this and ask IF its the same for the 5th generation? (05-09?)
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Hmmmm, I've yet to take one off of an S197, but I would assume its pretty close. Holes are probably in different locations, but you could still use the plastic plugs to cover the holes. Only one way to find out!
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Lowes, Home Depot , etc. sell plastic plugs for them holes , the sizes are 5/16 and 3/8 , get those plugs and some touch up paint to paint them and you won't have to worry about water or looks
Rm360 is correct. 5/16 for the back 2 holes and 3/8 for the front 2. I went to Lowes and they had some black ones to match my car so I got those, only cost $2
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Lowes, Home Depot , etc. sell plastic plugs for them holes , the sizes are 5/16 and 3/8 , get those plugs and some touch up paint to paint them and you won't have to worry about water or looks


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Mine were just temporary while I repainted the spoiler, but put a dab of silicone on em, and you can even sand them down so they are flatter and then paint them.
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I would plug the holes no matter how much water "didn't" get in there. Do you dry your jambs after every wash?
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I wanted to do that too mustangman, but my pajnt is fading a little on my trunk and I think if I took the wing off it would look horrible and very noticeable.

Would this wingless look look cheesy/ricer on my color car?



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I wanted to do that too mustangman, but my pajnt is fading a little on my trunk and I think if I took the wing off it would look horrible and very noticeable.

Would this wingless look look cheesy/ricer on my color car?



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If your car is DSG or mineral gray like your avatar then that C.F. trunk would look good,IMO.
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no I think that looks good.... and as for the faded opaint... is till would take the spoiler off.. mine didn't come off and leave perfect paint ... as you can see in
Peterzinyou 's picture of the red trunk it will leave an outline and maybe some chips where the bolts go but it makes your car look completely different and nicer... esp if you don't have your car lowered will take away from that pointy look
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no I think that looks good.... and as for the faded opaint... is till would take the spoiler off.. mine didn't come off and leave perfect paint ... as you can see in
Peterzinyou 's picture of the red trunk it will leave an outline and maybe some chips where the bolts go but it makes your car look completely different and nicer... esp if you don't have your car lowered will take away from that pointy look
Took alot of rubbing compound, elbow grease and a clay bar, got 99% of it out. I put the wing back on however. I do like the look of the Mustang wingless and lowered a bit.
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no I think that looks good.... and as for the faded opaint... is till would take the spoiler off.. mine didn't come off and leave perfect paint ... as you can see in
Peterzinyou 's picture of the red trunk it will leave an outline and maybe some chips where the bolts go but it makes your car look completely different and nicer... esp if you don't have your car lowered will take away from that pointy look
Yeah I'm afraid that's what is going to happen if I remove the wing.

Ill take a pic today n u guys should give ur opinion if I go wingless

My car is the one in my avatar, dark shadow grey, so I thought It might look good in carbon fiber
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