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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-07-2009, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Rear bumper valance

So I was waiting around for the paint to dry.... Literally, check out my project thread. I figured might as well get some other stuff off the car to get ready for paint while I am at it. I went for the rear bumper valance. This is extremely easy but for those not so inclined here it is.... haha

Difficulty: 2
Pain in the arse: 7

Equipment:
Flat Head Screwdriver
Needle Nose
Small Ratchet
1/4 inch socket
phillips socket insert



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Start by pulling out the plastic body rivets as shown, I took the liberty of doing all but one for the pic. Start by sliding the flat head screwdriver into the slots and the just twist to get the knob to pull out a little bit, just enought to get the needle nose on it.



You probably don't need to do this but I did it so I could get more room to work the terribly placed phillips head screws out that are shown in the next pic.

Then set your ratchet up and go at the screws that hold the valance to the bumper cover. This was the PIA part for me. I just couldn't see taking off the whole bumper cover just to get to these screws.



After getting the screws out you should be able to give it a controlled but forceful pull while knealing behind the car and it should pop out, otherwise there are little tabs that can be puched out from underneath. (GM and there fancy equipment)

I intend on using a nut and bolt combo to reattach the valance instead of the screws since the whole ratchet/socket combo is such a PIA!

To get rid of the little metal female parts....


Use your flat head to pull the inner retaining pin up and then it just slides right off and your ready for the paint process!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-08-2009, 03:06 AM
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What did you do with the rear valance? Are you painting it? If so, what color and where are the after pics.

Nice write up. Not sure how many members here have an SS/NA or Sport model though so not to many people will be doing this.

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It is in the paint stages right now. I put a primer coat on and a base coat of white. I have to start the sanding process and repainting. I am using 500degree high heat engine enamel since its next to the exhaust.
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Ill be interested to see how this white out project goes!
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good idea with the hgh temp paint



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Thanks haha. I just want my rides to look clean, when they have all sorts of colors it looks too busy to me.
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There's a guy on a local forum (MNSC) that you should get in contact with...he moved out to Ohio I think now...but he has a white Rabbit...he went all out with the thing...since it's a base model it had the cheap black look like our cars have and he replaced or painted everything and the car looks amazing...it's also C-notched and sits nice and low on Audi wheels.

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huh, sounds awesome. I have something up my sleeve for doing the rearvalance, first I am going to paint it and see how that looks then I got something of an idea hahaha. Today I went home and sanded the first coat down.
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