Removing the Lip Spoiler on a 1990 R8

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Removing the Lip Spoiler on a 1990 R8

#1 Post by Topcat Tomcat » Wed Jun 22, 2022 11:25 am

Morning all. Has anyone done this recently? I’ve removed five nuts and managed to break a plastic clip, before gently trying to lift it, but nothing moved.

I thought I would try a small piece of wood resting on the bolt inside the tailgate and attempt to gently tap them out.

Any better ideas gratefully received before I break it!
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Re: Removing the Lip Spoiler on a 1990 R8

#2 Post by JEASPEKE » Thu Jun 23, 2022 12:08 pm

Sounds similar to my GTI spoiler, which had five studs coming into the boot area behind the trim,all 10 mm nuts, once they were off I had to tease the spoiler off with a plastic trim tool. Took a bit of force levering it up at one end first
And I used a little bit of white spirit as it seems like adhesive pads had been used. Or if not adhesive then they had become sticky over time.

Good luck.

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Re: Removing the Lip Spoiler on a 1990 R8

#3 Post by carfixmobile » Thu Jun 23, 2022 12:41 pm

I just happen to have a 1990 216Gsi (R8) hatch lip spoiler on my bench, this is what I can see.

There are 5 threaded studs. M6

What appears to be a location point for a plastic clip at each end of the spoiler (mine are missing/broken off).

And possibly another location for a plastic clip between threaded studs 2 and 3 (counting from the driver's side). Again mine appears to have disappeared/broken off?

There was also possibly a bead of sealant along the top edge.

Hope this helps. :)

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Re: Removing the Lip Spoiler on a 1990 R8

#4 Post by Topcat Tomcat » Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:28 pm

Thanks chaps, I’m going in!
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1990 216 GSi Auto 5 Door
1995 214 iS 3 Door
1998 VVC Coupe - Tahiti Blue/Red Piccadilly & Leather
2001 1.8 Connie 45 4 Door - Wedgewood Blue
2004 75 CDTi Connie - Firefrost

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Re: Removing the Lip Spoiler on a 1990 R8

#5 Post by Topcat Tomcat » Fri Jun 24, 2022 10:47 am

Well, it’s still stuck to the car!

I noticed another plastic clip right at the end on the nearside which I’ve managed to destroy. It appears to be too brittle to save.

Although there was some movement, it still won’t let go. Perhaps I’m being too timid if cash I wreck it?!
Topcat Tomcat (aka Conductorwomble)

1990 216 GSi Auto 5 Door
1995 214 iS 3 Door
1998 VVC Coupe - Tahiti Blue/Red Piccadilly & Leather
2001 1.8 Connie 45 4 Door - Wedgewood Blue
2004 75 CDTi Connie - Firefrost

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Re: Removing the Lip Spoiler on a 1990 R8

#6 Post by crepello » Fri Jun 24, 2022 11:05 am

Topcat Tomcat wrote:
Fri Jun 24, 2022 10:47 am
I noticed another plastic clip right at the end on the nearside which I’ve managed to destroy.
Perhaps save the bits to reconstruct as a pattern for some enterprising individual to 3D print?

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Re: Removing the Lip Spoiler on a 1990 R8

#7 Post by Topcat Tomcat » Fri Jun 24, 2022 1:01 pm

Will do...........if I can remember........and I can remove it! 😚
Topcat Tomcat (aka Conductorwomble)

1990 216 GSi Auto 5 Door
1995 214 iS 3 Door
1998 VVC Coupe - Tahiti Blue/Red Piccadilly & Leather
2001 1.8 Connie 45 4 Door - Wedgewood Blue
2004 75 CDTi Connie - Firefrost

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