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    removing standard side skirts

    As the title suggests. Im wanting to take off my standard side skirts so i can treat them with some back to black etc etc. Going to do the side bits, i think you just need to push them forward so they unclip off.

    Any suggestions will be most aprricated
    Had a Astra SRI 2.0i 1999, now have a 1994 VW Golf GL 1.8, £460 bargin!

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    Side skirts (see the How To as well)
    Quote Originally Posted by Ffoeg View Post
    Before you start you will need to replace all the clips as they are gonna be destroyed in the removal - they only cost pennies anyway and are freely available at a dealer.
    you need..
    2 small plastic rivets (rear wheel arch)
    14 big rivets (underside)
    10 mounting clips

    Rear wheel arch - with a small screwdriver, push the centre pin of the plastic rivet inwards so it comes out the back. Pull off the plastic end cap.

    Underneath - there are seven similar plastic rivets - push all the centre pins upwards into the bodywork.

    open the doors - starting at the back, feel under the car and grab the inside edge of the sill and pull sharply downwards and outwards. This should be accompanied by the sound of plastic breaking.

    Work your way towards the front of the car, where there is another clip like those that hold door cards on - retrieve this.

    Fit new clips making sure the arrow points to the front of the car.

    bumpstrips
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    Ok eyes down.

    Front doors (all Mk4's)

    1, Firstly open the door slightly, just on the latch will do fine.
    2, Get a short piece of wood, (something like a 2x2) and place it on the vertical front edge of the rub strip, almost parallel to the door skin but at a very slight angle.
    3, With the heel of you free hand, give the end of the wood a sharp slap - imagine your getting the last bit of ketchup out of a bottle, that's how hard.
    4, Your aiming to move the strip backwards along the door about 1½cm, so it may take two slaps.
    5, Put the wood down and starting at one end, carefully waggle the door strip off the door, taking care around the centre clip - this is the one that is screwed on from the inside, all the rest fit into keyhole slots.

    Coupes
    Undo the screw on the rear inside edge of the door and then just slide the strips backwards

    Rear doors (Mk4)
    Employ the same process as above but the strips need to slide towards the front of the car (open the front door when you do this).

    Rear ¼Panel (£3dr)
    Exactly the same as the front doors - the clips are different and the strip has to go back a wee bit further.

    Inspect all the clips to make sure that they are all intact before refitting and replace as necessary. If you've bust the centre clip, then it's a door cards off time, my hamfisted friends.

    Refitting - doors
    Slide the strips into the keyhole slots and align in the correct position (ensure all clips are in their respective holes) and the give the centre clip a good whack with the hand to lock it down.

    Refitting ¼Panel
    Just push it back onto the clips.

    Job done.

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    ahhh that sounds like an awful lot of effort just for a spring clean...or winter clean lol, il just leave them on and cake them in cleaner for a bit.

    If i decide to paint them, which im considering doing. this will be of great help. I swear i saw a picture guide on here showing how its done. hmm
    Had a Astra SRI 2.0i 1999, now have a 1994 VW Golf GL 1.8, £460 bargin!

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