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Hey gang. When we ordered our car, it had the GT package (spoiler and hood scoop) but no side scoops. The Dealership ordered the side scoops, painted them and installed them. They were too low, causing the inside of the scoop to not follow the body contours. This kept the 3M tape from adhering properly, so dirt, soap scum and gravel was getting into the scoops. The Dealership did offer to fix it but it was up to me to make an appointment with the Body Shop and take the time off work. Basically at their convenience. :coffee They should have installed it correctly the first time! I wasn't giving them a second chance. Here's my journey...

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Fishing Line.
Cleaner (I just used Windex and some paper towel).
Goof Off (or similar).
J-cloth.
Wooden or Plastic Scraper.


I washed the car. Then I carefully "sawed" through the 3M tape (foam section) and off they came. because they weren't stuck on properly, this part only took 2-3 minutes. Then I gently cleaned the sand and scum off the triangle area, so that I wouldn't scratch anything during the next step. Now I had to get the remaining 3M tape off. I tried to roll the tape with my thumb - this was going to take FOREVER, so I used a new wooden paint stir stick. This worked well for rolling the foam layer off the tape backing. Take your time and it works well. Next step - Goof Off. Using a clean rag (J-cloth) soaked in Goof Off, saturate the 3M tape and let it sit for a minute. It will eat the adhesive and foam. Now gently rub and work the area until it's all gone. I had several Goof Off then Windex steps just to clear the area.

Voila! Here's some photo's. Later I will explain and show you the photo's of the prep and re-installation.
 

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The day after I did this, I took the car into a Detailing Shop for washing, clay bar, sealant, wax and 2-stage polish. :bigthumbsup
 

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I personally like the look with them off. I currently have the hood scoop and 1/4 louvers, and love the look of it. Get so many compliments :gringreen
 

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Here's the next day after detailing. They even steam-cleaned the engine bay and tossed in shampooing the front carpets for free. They even detailed my rubber floor mats. Very happy car now! :bounce2:
 

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Next part of the journey. Installation. You have to clean and prep the scoops similar to getting the crap off the side of the car, with one exception. I used a razor blade scraper to slice the tape off. Lay it flat and ever so carefully run it up the tape and slice the foam from the backing.

Materials:
Buy some 3M tape from NAPA.
Get a roll of masking tape.
Denatured alcohol.


  1. Install 3M tape to all underside edges. Use scissors and razor blade to trim.
  2. Let the car sit in the sun for a while. I also kept the scoops inside the car to cook.
  3. Clean the area with denatured alcohol.
  4. Tape down the crease and under the curve to mark the boundary.
  5. Dry fit the part for height and make sure it "nestles" in the contours of the body. The bottom tip of the scoop is closer to the door than the top of the scoop is.
  6. Tape horizontally about 1/4 inch below the upper crease to mark the upper boundary.
  7. Peel back only the corners of the tape and leave them out where you can grab them and pull them later.
  8. Carefully align the edges of the scoop to the edges of the tape and press to adhere the corners.
  9. If you are happy with the placement, slowly peel down the red backing of the tape and when it's all off, press the scoops firmly to the body.
  10. Make sure that there are NO gaps between the tape and the body. Go inch by inch and press very firmly.
  11. Wipe your fingerprints off the car and you're done.
  12. Give the scoops a day or two before you wash it.
 

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This weeks adventure will be a new OEM windshield. I won't be the one doing that repair. :yelwacko:
 

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you did a nice job, well done. what happened to your windshield?
 

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Nicely done. Thanks! Looks like the place you took your car for the detailing did a very nice job. Under the hood looks great. Brand-new if you ask me.

This weeks adventure will be a new OEM windshield. I won't be the one doing that repair. :yelwacko:
I'm sure you got a reason, but why a new windshield?
 

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you did a nice job, well done. what happened to your windshield?
Thanks! As for the glass: I made it all winter without any troubles, then one day on Deerfoot Trail (the main highway N to S through Calgary) BANG ! A rock ??? flew out from under the wheels of a garbage truck and hit my windshield under the passenger wiper. It immediately cracked in a fan shape. At first I thought the window just broke on its own but when I stopped and looked, I saw the chip from the impact. Interesting enough is the shape the cracks took, was exactly the section of glass that the defroster doesn't get.
 

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You can see the cracks in this picture.
 

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What lb fishing line did you use? I am trying to remove my spoiler right now and my 8lb fishing line keeps breaking on me.

Its 90 degrees so I thought it would have been easy... I even tried wrapping the file from my gerber multi tool in a towel and slowly prying, it snapped the file.
 

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Thanks! As for the glass: I made it all winter without any troubles, then one day on Deerfoot Trail (the main highway N to S through Calgary) BANG ! A rock ??? flew out from under the wheels of a garbage truck and hit my windshield under the passenger wiper. It immediately cracked in a fan shape. At first I thought the window just broke on its own but when I stopped and looked, I saw the chip from the impact. Interesting enough is the shape the cracks took, was exactly the section of glass that the defroster doesn't get.
Ugh.. that sucks, man.
I actually wanna rip down the Deerfoot. I'm in Winnipeg, but have been to Calgary a bunch of times. Planning on a trip there later this summer and can't wait to rip up those awesome streets!
 

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I used a plastic taping knife with great success. Once I figured out the trick, took about 20 minutes to remove my 2nd quarter louver.
 

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What lb fishing line did you use? I am trying to remove my spoiler right now and my 8lb fishing line keeps breaking on me.

Its 90 degrees so I thought it would have been easy... I even tried wrapping the file from my gerber multi tool in a towel and slowly prying, it snapped the file.
It was 30 pound, more like twine than fish line.
 

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i know this is an old thread but i just took my side scoops off over the weekend and followed this guide without a hitch. took awhile for me as i used 8-lb. fishing line and it kept snapping but otherwise, no problems. thanks for the how-to! :thumbup:
 
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