Interior/Exterior Removal of Side Scuttels

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Old 07-17-2011, 07:31 AM
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Removal of Side Scuttels

Anyone attempt this yet? I ask as I am looking at wrapping them and needed to know how to remove them safely......any ideas?
 
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Old 07-17-2011, 03:01 PM
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Open hood...Then using some kind of prying tool or your hand you have to pull up on the trim piece above the scuttle. Its a little hard to get to come up but it can be done, using the prying tool helps alot. Now remove the light by pressing the white tabs, if you get one out, the lower tab the top will follow. Now disconnect the light and set that to the side. Look down in the compartment you should see several white nylon fastners. These are tricky using your trim tool or what ever you have to pry with, gently pry the top from the outside. You will here some cracking but its the fastners coming loose. Repeat until you have them all out. Theres one at the very bottom along with a long piece of plastic that's attached to the scuttle. To get at that piece and free the scuttle you have to pull back the cars trim a little. After you do that wrap on. Hoped that helped a little. The trim tools I purchased from Harbor Freight, if your going to do alot of work on your car these are a must. It prevents alot of maring
 
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Old 07-17-2011, 03:26 PM
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White fastners from the front view looking into hood.
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Last two white fastners and the grey rod attached to the scuttle.
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You have to pull back the trim a little to get the scuttle out.
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Hope these help sorry about the iphone pics.

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Trim tool is a must.
 
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These are awesome, if a bit intimidating looking! Thanks a ton, I am actually having the wrap done, and the guy was asking me about removing the scuttle. This will help agreat deal! Thanks again..
 
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Thanks Less2 as i got them off for my guys to wrap them,,,,good tips and great pics, knew right where to apply pressure...it was a bit scary hearing all the cracking sounds but all is good!
 
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Glad it worked out and the cracking noise is a little alarming. That's why I gave you a heads up. What color you wrapping them in? Please post pics when he's done.
 
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THANK YOU less2, helpful members like you are why i'm on this forum.
 
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Glad it worked out....there's nothing more satisfying than doing it yourself.
 
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Great pics! Good write up! Thanks!
 
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These instructions worked great! It took just a few mins to get each one off. By the way, a plastic bicycle tire changing tool worked perfectly for prying.

My scuttles are now drying after their first coat of plastidip...
 
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Open hood...Then using some kind of prying tool or your hand you have to pull up on the trim piece above the scuttle. Its a little hard to get to come up but it can be done, using the prying tool helps alot. Now remove the light by pressing the white tabs, if you get one out, the lower tab the top will follow. Now disconnect the light and set that to the side. Look down in the compartment you should see several white nylon fastners. These are tricky using your trim tool or what ever you have to pry with, gently pry the top from the outside. You will here some cracking but its the fastners coming loose. Repeat until you have them all out. Theres one at the very bottom along with a long piece of plastic that's attached to the scuttle. To get at that piece and free the scuttle you have to pull back the cars trim a little. After you do that wrap on. Hoped that helped a little. The trim tools I purchased from Harbor Freight, if your going to do alot of work on your car these are a must. It prevents alot of maring
Old thread I know but when you say "white fasteners" are you not supposed to remove the blue ones too?

I see 6 blue fasteners that must be squeezed to release plus at least 1 white fastener. I can't for the life of me see how you can get all those to release without them popping back in to place as you work on each one.

EDIT: all it took was for me to write that frustrated post to turn around and figure it out. Lol!
 

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LOL........Glad it worked out.
 
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any updated pics you can post of the final plastidipped scuttles?
 
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Thanks for the write up! Second one was much easier once I realized how much effort I needed to release the panel. One problem I have is that 2 of the clips on my '14 CM slid off the trim panel instead of pulling off the frame, so now I need to find a trim tool to remove and replace them. FML.
 
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Sorry to revive an old thread, but I cannot get the bottom pieces out for the life of me, It's stuck behind the trim pretty far it seems and I feel like I am going to break the wheel trim off from the car trying to pry it.

Any suggestions?
 
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There is a plastic pin that holds them in place at the bottom in place. You'll need to grntly pry away the black trim.
 
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I tired pulling the trim back but they seems fairly anchored in by two more of the connectors like the white ones in the pictures here. I'm afraid to break any fasteners that hold the wheel well trim on :(
 
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This did it for me. Got in there and it popped right off after days of worrying what to do.

http://m.harborfreight.com/5-piece-a...not%20provided
 
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Great write up!!! Made it so easy. I know most people tend to black out their MINIs. I like a little additional (plastic, yes) chrome. Next is brake ducts. Just don’t know yet if I want the ones with the LED DRLs or without.
 

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great write up on removal- Im actually planning on some color work as well on my scuttles. this helps a lot
 
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Going to move this to the Mod area. Trying to do a little cleaning up here in the Countryman subforum until somebody volunteers to help out.
 
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this helped get the first parts going; I went super lazy and instead of putting stress on plastic parts I just took a razor knife to the clips- At $0.67 from outmotoring I figured who cares. Ive had the clip holders on the part brake way too many times, or once getting it back in after struggling and the clip going in and out of the mount hole a dozen times (which is what was happening yesterday) the part ends up rattling because the clip lost its rgidity.

so, plasti-dipping the parts today,
thanks for showing the steps, its super easy to do
 
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Thanks! Worked for me!

Hey guys thank you for this thread! I see very few side scuttles done for some reason. Doing mine as well! Going for red on my countryman. Wanted to try wrap but man is it a pain haha 😅
 
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