Exterior 1st Gen Need help removing oem rear wing from an R53

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  1. Sideways

    Sideways New Member

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    As the title states...I need some tips on how to un-instal a rear wing from an R53. The nuts are off that hold the wing in place, although with the glue they used I am surprised they needed them at all...I guess to center the wing...
    anyways, I have tried prying with a plastic wedge, and have tried wacking each stide with my palm/fist but to no avail. Am wondering if there are any tricks to this that anyone knows. Otherwise my JCW cf wing will remain as a wall decoration in my MINI room...

    Thanks in advance.

    Adam
     
  2. jiminni

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    #2 jiminni, Jul 19, 2011
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    You need to get some fishing line and cut the two-side tape holding it on. I got some line called, "Spider Braid", or "Spider wire"? awesome stuff! Cuts it like butter : The link shows the box. I got I think, 60lb test, it is the size of 15lb test in regular line, that's why it so nice.

    http://lh5.googleusercontent.com/public/KspxbGWda_tOlw6VdAQzoSrrjXmySGh4RAYZjj01lFcmeJfAJMN9CMjzuWiyy9zK5atnJioxmqgz0lunkGA7kte8so8cjmRqcyZmylpd8hospoiG1eWaivNkhpG-KOPOf95oAHnIBRx3ETxFk2MUV1WyM5tm173oO1dcz7F1_FM
     
  3. Nathan

    Nathan Founder

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    Hair dryer and either dental floss or fishing line.

    Warm the area under the wing where it meets the body and then use the line or floss to saw at it. Much patience is needed. Don't forget there is a stud in there you have to work around too.

    Once one side is complete it helps to have someone push up GENTLY on the lose side while sawing away on the other side. To much force and you get a unique dent in the roof. I showoff mine with pride.
     
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    thanks gents...will give it a shot and post the results.
     
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    goaljnky New Member

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    Put your two feet on your rear window, grab on to the wing and PULL!!!! :devil:

    I keed, I keed!!! Git yer foots of dat window!
     
  6. AliceCooper

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    Park in the direct sun for couple hours and do the spider wire trick should work great for you.
     
  7. SNEEEZY - Erika

    SNEEEZY - Erika M/A Wrenchin' Babe!
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    91% Rubbing Alcohol works GREAT for removing most adhesives, especially double-sided tape.

    Saturate the area by pouring LIBERAL amounts of the rubbing alcohol onto the roof while parked on a slight incline so the liquid seeps down under the wing.
     
  8. SNEEEZY - Erika

    SNEEEZY - Erika M/A Wrenchin' Babe!
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    The rubbing alcohol WILL remove any wax, but that's a non-issue since you are already planning on cleaning and waxing before installing the JCW wing, right? Right?!

    :D
     

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