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Old 03-13-2012, 07:35 PM   #1
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SVT Spoiler Install, questions

Need some help and suggestions on this. This is going on my '07 hatchback, so I'm not sure what has changed with regards to how this was mounted on older focus's.

So parts I figured I would need for this were just the spoiler and double side tape, easy enough. Install sounded (in my head mind you) pretty straight forward; drill some holes, add tape and mount by tightening a set of nuts. Well hit a curve after I got my template lined up and then the interior panels off the inside of the hatch.

Painted SVT Spoiler:


Template taped and lined up:




But here is where I hit my major snag and where I'm not exactly sure how to proceed. I would be drilling into a hollow space between the exterior body and then the inside panel:



Behind this blue taped area is where the holes I drill will show up; how would I tighten the bolts on the outside of the spoiler?


Can I safely cut an access point here with out worrying about the structural intergrety of my hatch (i.e. I go to close my hatch and things eventually bend/break/warp?)

Here is what the inside of my hatch looks like and where I would need cut holes:


Incase you aren't familiar with the spoiler, this is what the back side of it looks like:



Looks like that on both sides; the outside is nut thats tightened to the body is on the far right and then a guide pin on the inside for stability. The out side nut is what is causing the issues, I will have to cut the hatch on the inside to be able to tighten it.


So what do you suggest is the best course of action here? Can I cut into my hatch metal to get to that nut with out worrying about any issues; as its close to the pivot of how the hatch is held onto the car? Ive heard only using double sided tape = your spoiler falling off, so thats not an option.

Can some one with this installed take a picture of the inside of their hatch to show me how its attached on theirs?


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Old 03-13-2012, 07:41 PM   #2
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you will be fine cutting into the back of the hatch, i did it.
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you will be fine cutting into the back of the hatch, i did it.
Any chance of snapping a picture for me? I'd like to see how big of a cut you made. Also, thanks I thought I should be able to but wanted to check first before potentially maiming my car. Also, what did you use for the cut? I'm going to make a trip to the local Harbor Freight for something to do it with tomorrow, I have some a 20% coupons laying around.
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i just drilled a hole in line with the hole coming from the spoiler then wallowed out the hole big enough to stick my fingers in and wrench the bolt on
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i just drilled a hole in line with the hole coming from the spoiler then wallowed out the hole big enough to stick my fingers in and wrench the bolt on
That was my initial idea but figured I ask here for advice first
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yup it'll work, good luck to you!
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What size nuts fit onto the 2 bolts and where do you get the double sided tape? Autozone? Do you have to have the tape? What purpose does it serve if you have the bolts? No issues with the bolt rusting or anything? Thanks.
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I'm sorry I dont remember what size the bolts were. The double sided tape can be bought at most general hardware stores (home depot to wal mart) and probably your autostores would sell it too (probably cheaper elsewhere.) The tape is needed to help firmly attach the spoiler and keep it from rattling. It's sort of a thin foam that will help hold the spoiler tightly in place once you bolt down the spoiler. Otherwise, its just going to be plastic (whatever the spoiler is made out of) directly to metal of the body, that will rub and rattle.

Ford used the same type of stuff when they installed them on SVT's. You shouldnt have any issues with rust, they wont be easily exposed to the elements.
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Great. It will be going on this weekend. Thanks.
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What size nuts fit onto the 2 bolts and where do you get the double sided tape? Autozone? Do you have to have the tape? What purpose does it serve if you have the bolts? No issues with the bolt rusting or anything? Thanks.
1/4'' 28 is the size of the thread of the nut. Just so everyone knows who finds this thread in the future!

Thanks jshbaseball and rambleon84 for posting that advice, thats what I am about to do as well.
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