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Installed aero kit side skirts


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I decided it was time to take care of some issues my 996 had so I had both the PSE mufflers replaced (one was slighltly broken) and I installed the aero kit side skirts. The end result is visually great even without front and rear bumpers (the car is black) but I did mess up the installation a bit and I thought I should give a tip or two to anyone trying this DIY project.

The side skirt install is an easy project but one must be ABSOLUTELY sure the skirt fits perfectly BEFORE removing the adhesive tape. To make sure you have placed the side skirt correctly, I suggest you have the door open so you can see exactly what the correct height is. I didn't know this, so after I had the first one installed I realised it was placed too high up and the door barely clears when opened.

So, even though my mistake is not visible from the outside it really bothers me knowing it is not right. I was thinking of heating the glue (hairdryer?) and trying to push the skirt down for about 4mm that needs to move. Do you think this will work or will I be wasting my time?

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I decided it was time to take care of some issues my 996 had so I had both the PSE mufflers replaced (one was slighltly broken) and I installed the aero kit side skirts. The end result is visually great even without front and rear bumpers (the car is black) but I did mess up the installation a bit and I thought I should give a tip or two to anyone trying this DIY project.

The side skirt install is an easy project but one must be ABSOLUTELY sure the skirt fits perfectly BEFORE removing the adhesive tape. To make sure you have placed the side skirt correctly, I suggest you have the door open so you can see exactly what the correct height is. I didn't know this, so after I had the first one installed I realised it was placed too high up and the door barely clears when opened.

So, even though my mistake is not visible from the outside it really bothers me knowing it is not right. I was thinking of heating the glue (hairdryer?) and trying to push the skirt down for about 4mm that needs to move. Do you think this will work or will I be wasting my time?

Thanks for the tip, as I'm after fitting a set myself. Where did you get yours from?

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I decided it was time to take care of some issues my 996 had so I had both the PSE mufflers replaced (one was slighltly broken) and I installed the aero kit side skirts. The end result is visually great even without front and rear bumpers (the car is black) but I did mess up the installation a bit and I thought I should give a tip or two to anyone trying this DIY project.

The side skirt install is an easy project but one must be ABSOLUTELY sure the skirt fits perfectly BEFORE removing the adhesive tape. To make sure you have placed the side skirt correctly, I suggest you have the door open so you can see exactly what the correct height is. I didn't know this, so after I had the first one installed I realised it was placed too high up and the door barely clears when opened.

So, even though my mistake is not visible from the outside it really bothers me knowing it is not right. I was thinking of heating the glue (hairdryer?) and trying to push the skirt down for about 4mm that needs to move. Do you think this will work or will I be wasting my time?

I think you are stuck. You may be able to heat the adhesive and pull it off, but I don't think it is going to be able to slide 4mm.

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You may have to take it off again & restart. I did not use the tape, I used what we call in the uk Siko flex which is a silicon gun applied type of adhesive that sticks like sh-- to a blanket. This allows you to adjust the fit as the adhesive takes a few hours to cure.

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I got my kit from carnewal.com (excellent service btw!). Here are some pictures of the installed aero kit side skirts:

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I tried to take a picture with the door open to show you the mistake I made but it is impossible to see with my phone camera.

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I got my kit from carnewal.com (excellent service btw!). Here are some pictures of the installed aero kit side skirts:

post-10858-1173078468_thumb.jpg

post-10858-1173078483_thumb.jpg

I tried to take a picture with the door open to show you the mistake I made but it is impossible to see with my phone camera.

I suggest using mental therapy to be ok with it the way it is.

You will only risk making a bigger mess trying to fix something that is unnoticeable on a black car.

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