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removing side intercooler air intake for dent fix...

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guys, i saw an earlier post regarding the same topic, but my issue is just slightly different so hoping someone can help.

I have a really small dent right in front of the passenger side intake on my 01 TT. It was from trying to load something in the car, it touched right there and made a small dent - frustrating that the metal is so flimsy right there, but whatever...i was an idiot too.

it seriously looks like you could just push it back out or that a PDR guy could fix it easily.

What im wondering is first - how hard is it to get that vent insert out? i know they make aftermarket CF inserts, so i assume that isnt that tough? can anyone point me to a link?

Second, how feasible is it to be able to push the little indentation out?


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Remove air inlet 1. Lift up air inlet 1 at the front edge evenly using an assembly wedge, disengage and pull forwards out of the air duct.

Remove retaining clips 3. Unscrew sheetmetal screws 2 and pull off retaining clips 3. If necessary, the tabs on the clips must be bent upwards using a screwdriver beforehand. The retaining clips must be replaced for installation.

Pull off seal 4. Pull off seal 4. Pull off spring clips 5.


Push on seal 4. Check seal 4 and spring clips 5 , replace if necessary. Attach spring clips 5 to the air inlet. Push seal 4 onto the air inlet.

Install retaining clips 3. Put new retaining clips 3 onto the tabs of the side section and align evenly in the lug bores. Screw in sheetmetal screws 2.

Install air inlet 1. Check lugs (arrows) on the air inlet 1 for damage, replace air inlet if necessary. Insert air inlet 1 in the air duct and engage evenly into the retaining clips.

Check air inlet system on the side section and check the gap dimension. The air inlet system or the gap dimension can be corrected by undoing and shifting the spring clips.

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When you pop it out, can you access the metal on the inside of that little strip there right towards the door handle?

...kinda between those two little arrows from the exploded part of the diagram in the bottom image, lower circle on the left - image 3...or where the wedge is placed in image 1 on the upper image.

kinda looks like it would just be the metal lip right there, but not sure...anybody that has taken them out?

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