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  1. 4 points
    Having seen Ringer250's car at Castle Hedingham I decided that I wanted to fit the GTS rear diffuser to my car. So a few weeks ago these turned up I had read that it is easier to do this job by removing the bumper and I have to say that I think doing it this way saved a lot of struggling with the clips etc. Started off by removing the five small screws on the leading edge of the spoiler and removing the cover This revealed two nuts that secure the rest of the spoiler to the mechanism I then removed the tail lights by unscrewing the single bolt in the boot and pulling the lamp out. I used a tip that I found on another forum which was to use a cable tie in a loop around the rear of the lamp to pull it cleanly out of its mounting. Next it was just a case of removing the 2 screws on each side behind the lamps, the two from below the spoiler, two from the wheel well on each side, two from behind the bumper near the exhaust exit and two more each side underneath the diffuser. The bumper then could be pulled free on each side After disconnecting the multi plug for the PDC etc. I was able to remove the complete bumper and diffuser revealing the inner workings of the rear of the car which I think are a work of art in themselves. I then unclipped the PDC sensors & the various fixings that secure the diffuser to the rest of the bumper This is the rear part of the old diffuser that clips back in place to secure the new parts. And this is the bumper with the diffuser completely removed. I was a little surprised at the amount of gravel rash on the bottom corner of the bumper after 12000 miles but I don't suppose you can expect to make an omelette without .................................etc. Reassembly was basically the reverse of above and this is a shot of the completed assembly before I fitted it back to the car. The exhaust tailpipe was showing signs that I had not polished it in 12k miles so with a little elbow grease I made it acceptable. I would like to perhaps get this re-chromed in the future but as its welded in place, this will require grinding it off and welding back on. And this is the finished job back on the car. I reckon that the whole job took about three hours including photos and coffee - so not too bad.
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