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Palting 996 C4S

Removal of rear side panel

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OK, guys. This is the continuing saga of making my C4S more track worthy.

I got the power seats out. Thanks for the DIY, CarreraMike. Am in the process of installing the tequipment roll bar, and am trying to remove the rear side panel, the one under the rear quarter glass with the speaker in it, to access the trim that needs to be cut. Got my fingers under the panel and gave several good tugs. No go. Feels pretty tight. Can't find any screws or clips. I even removed the speaker, then the door sill, looking for clips. Did a seach with the title of this thread as the search, and I came up with everything that had side, panel and/or removal in the thread, but not the one I need.

Maybe I'm just too wimpy and need to tug more forcefully, or need to tug a certain way, or need a trick I don't know about.

Any advice, input, insight is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Edited by Palting 996 C4S

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There is a screw behind the belt on top of the trim in the reinforcement area, all the rest are clips, you have to pull on top of the trim and lift a little so that the bottom fixation pin can come out.

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Thanks for the info, RFM. Found out I need to take the coat hanger and upper seat belt trim out to access the screws to the B pillar trim to remove it, to in turn access the screws for the side panel, then access the lower trim so it can be cut. Looks like I'll be busy for a while.

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It is not necessary to remove the B pillar trim completely, you can hang the trim a side. Don't forget to remove the rear seat back latch with an Allen key. Look out for the belt upper trim, you have to remove him complete and in one piece, do it with a small screwdriver from the back he is clicit over the back plate.

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Thanks again, RFM. I'm working slowly, admiring each piece and how it all was put together as I take it out. The Porsche attention to detail is outstanding!

I have the Bose sound system. Not sure I have to take that subwoofer shelf out, but it seems to be in the way of pulling the side panel straight out. Might as well take the subwoofer shelf out, too. More to admire!

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