Advice on removal of bodykit

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Advice on removal of bodykit

Post by JOH » Fri Aug 28, 2015 11:59 am

Does anyone have any advice on safely removing the MK2 body kit that covers the sills? Have a small amount of welding to get done but the garage seem to think that body kit around the sill will need to come off in order to do so.

From what I've heard they're held in place with strong adhesive and are likely to end up knackered if removed.

Any advice before I let the garage butcher it?



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Re: Advice on removal of bodykit

Post by steve bain » Fri Aug 28, 2015 4:23 pm

the cill ones are just fixed on with screws under the little plastic circles and underneath. depending on the location of the welding an arch may need to come off too. It depends upon what was used to stick them on really. Some you can just pull, others need cutting. just be careful and you will be fine


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Re: Advice on removal of bodykit

Post by james butler » Fri Sep 18, 2015 11:14 pm

i used welding wire like cheese cutter wire to get between body kit and panels to get through the glue bonding it on.
my cars being repainted so it didn't really matter if i took some of the paint off, but to be fair most of it came off no issue.


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Re: Advice on removal of bodykit

Post by marcus » Tue Sep 22, 2015 5:16 pm

Never thought of that (welding wire that is, I did think of a cheese wire but thought it a bit of a punt since I don't have one and would have to buy).

How easily does it go through, being neither rough nor sharp?


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Re: Advice on removal of bodykit

Post by mark1gls » Wed Sep 23, 2015 12:38 pm

When I took the kit of a 84 Mk2 Storm it just fell off but it was a hot sunny day and the black sticky glue was easy to get off so a little heat might help? Have you tried to take it off yet as you may be as lucky as me and just have to undo all the screws?


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Re: Advice on removal of bodykit

Post by james butler » Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:38 pm

marcus wrote:Never thought of that (welding wire that is, I did think of a cheese wire but thought it a bit of a punt since I don't have one and would have to buy).

How easily does it go through, being neither rough nor sharp?
a lot easier than just wrenching it off.
i tried strimmer wire first as its made of plastic but because ive got rusty arches the sharp edges kept cutting the wire so i used 0.6 mm welding wire instead.
just make sure you wrap the ends of the wire round a handle first or you fingers will be coming off before the body kit glue does!
heat does help if you have the patience.


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