2008 GT/CS Scoop Insert Removal: Please Help Clarify for me.
I recently bought myself a '08 GT/CS and I couldn't be happier. I've wanted one for pretty much my entire life. Well, now that I have it I've begun playing with it. One thing that really gets me are the cheap inserts in the hood and side scoops.
Before you ask, I've done a number of searches on this site and others that touch on the topic but none that directly answer my question. I would like to remove the inserts, drill/cut out the honeycomb pattern to give the appearance of a non-plugged scoop, spray them a flat black, then place them back in the scoop. While I understand the hood scoop has four bolts, 6 or so tabs and a mile of 3M tape; I've read that the side scoop inserts simply 'pop out'.
This is simply not the case on my ride. The side inserts are 3M'd to the body and any attempts to etch the tape flexes the scoop enclosure a bit too much for my taste. I work on my own bikes (H-D FHLRC, ACE 750) but neither of them have the degree of plastic and tape that the car has.
What I'm saying is that I'm about as ignorant as the day is long. Could someone please help me through the process, even if it's ridiculously easy, so I can be sure I'm doing this correctly. I've read a number of posts that warn against this and as many that say they did it several seasons ago without issue. I've decided I'd like to chance it but I'd like to know exactly what I'm doing before I start.
If you know of a site with pics or a decent post that walks you through it I'd be grateful. If you can answer directly, all the better! So far those inserts are my only complaint and I'd REALLY like to take care of them before too long. So... Thanks in advance!