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** MK2 Leon - BTCC/Aero side skirt fitting guide **

Discussion in 'Mk2 Leon Guides (1P) 2006-2012' started by Donnyboy, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. Donnyboy

    Donnyboy The Candy Man

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    Tools needed.

    Star screwdriver ( the one in the boot tool kit is good )
    Drill with small bit for pilot holes
    Torx set
    Sanding block
    Cloths
    The kit that comes with the side skirts
    Large bed/dust sheet

    Start by jacking the rear of the car and removing the rear wheel. I jacked on the spring seat so that the jack was out the way of the side of the car. You can also turn the front wheel to give access to the screws for the front of the skirt.

    Once the wheel is removed you can fit the extra rubber piece to the inside of the rear arch. You remove the original screw, slide the new piece into place and screw it on using the old screw and a new screw along with a clip from the kit.

    You can see the new black piece in place here.
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    You can now fit the clips onto the side skirts. These are used to clip onto the seam under the car. Don’t fit them too tight so that you can move and adjust them under the car.

    Clips in place on skirt.

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    How they fit under the car
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    Once this is done you can fit the skirts without the adhesive so that you can get all the holes and screws in place before the final fit. You have to drill 2 pilot holes for the front 2 screws as they screw into the arch liner. You also drill 2 holes for the rears and use the thin silver clips for the rear of the screw.

    Screws in place.

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    I only have 1 of the 2 screws here but did use both for final fit.
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    Skirts on car before final fit with adhesive.

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    Now that you are happy with the fit and have all the screw holes done you can add the adhesive. First you have to use the supplied can of thinners and wipe/clean the area on the sill that the skirt with attach to. You must also lightly sand the area where the adhesive goes on the skirt, then take the small bottle of primer and paint it along the line that the adhesive will be applied.

    Once this is done you can apply the adhesive to the skirts. It doesn’t come out the tube very fast but if you take your time you can get a nice even line. Its also easier to use the metal winder from the kit to squeeze the tube.

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    Now its time to fit. (the hard part)

    The best way we found was to hold the skirt up and screw in the rear screws first while making sure there is no contact with the car. Next you want to fit the 2 front screws. Again making sure there is no contact. The best way to do this is for the person holding the skirt to put their thumbs between the skirt and the sill. This leaves the other person free to fit the screws. Once they are done you can line up the clips under the car and get them inplace.

    Once all this is done, remove the thumbs from the gap and press the skirts onto the car. Attached to the car using masking tape so as to pull the skirt toward the car to get a good bond. Its easier to do this with the doors open.

    Put the tape along the whole skirt as varied spaces.

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    You can clean off any adhesive using the thinners supplied, but its not easy to get off if you get a lot on the sill/skirt so take your time when fitting.

    Now you tighten the clips under the car, trying not to move the skirts too much while doing it.

    Finally, fit the jacking point covers.. These are matched to each side. Not sure if they're marked, but if they don't look right like the first one I fitted..then try the other one.

    Leave the masking tape on for 24hrs to allow the adhesive to bond well. Ideally you should leave the car indoors if the weathers bad as moisture won’t help the bonding.

    I'd say it should take at most a few hours start to finish.
     
    #1 Donnyboy, Mar 16, 2008
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  2. techno

    techno Active Member

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    What a brillinat guide you have done and great pics. will be using it when i do mine. :whistle:
     
  3. Haddock

    Haddock Burning Oil @ 140

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    Ditto...

    Cheers for taking the time...

    Chris
     
  4. Donnyboy

    Donnyboy The Candy Man

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    No problem.:)

    Alot of people seem to ask about fitting them so thought it might help them if they decide to go the DIY route.

    I got the skirts for £170 and paid 30 bottles of miller to get them painted. It saved me a fortune on the dealer supply and fit prices. Some places wanted £250 just to paint and fit.



    Happy to answer any questions people may have.
     
    #4 Donnyboy, Mar 16, 2008
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  5. H8T WP

    H8T WP Guest

    jeees ! well done mate, i wish you were closer you could help fit mine :(
     
  6. Donnyboy

    Donnyboy The Candy Man

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    If I was near you I'd help no problem. [B)]
     
  7. habboub

    habboub CupraR2

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    how much the cost the side skirts for the Cupra
     
  8. Donnyboy

    Donnyboy The Candy Man

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    They cost £170 plus vat from dealers. Some give you 10% off for being a member on here and Arnold Clark do a card that gets you 10% of parts and servicing.
     
  9. habboub

    habboub CupraR2

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    thx for the reply the price as u told me 170 is it for two skirts or single plus if i want to ship them to UAE to united arab emirated how much the cost and for the uk shipping how much the cost
    thanks alot
     
  10. Donnyboy

    Donnyboy The Candy Man

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    The £170 is for 2 skirts and the fitting kit.

    You would need to check shipping price with the person/dealer you order from. Try Seremotors on here. He might be able to help.
     
  11. mds1256

    mds1256 Facelift Leon Cupra

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    where do you get the card for arnold clark?
     
  12. Donnyboy

    Donnyboy The Candy Man

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    I got it off one of the sales guys. Just ask them for one.
     
  13. bizzaboy

    bizzaboy Guest

    Great Review, nicely written and the pictures are perfect (illustrate each step very well) :)

    These Aero Skirts are something I want on my FR, but not sure if I have the confidence to complete the job as well as you have done here!

    Great work. ;)
     
  14. Donnyboy

    Donnyboy The Candy Man

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    Thanks. :D

    If you take your time its easy enough. You don't need alot of tools and it will save you on fitting costs.
     
  15. Can somebody tell me what's the part number of the extra rubber piece?

    You can see the new black piece in place here.
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    WfG Mike
     
  16. Craig D

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    I pick up my new cupra R soon and thats my only gripe that it had no sort of side skirt on it.....would these side skirts fit?

    Cheers Craig.
     
  17. Donnyboy

    Donnyboy The Candy Man

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    Yeah, they will fit no problem. You gonna DIY?
     
  18. Craig D

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    If i do decide to get them i think i'll get someone to paint and fit them matey.
     
  19. Donnyboy

    Donnyboy The Candy Man

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    Any bodyshop should be able to do it. They come with instructions and all the stuff needed.
     
  20. c4tman

    c4tman Guest

    great guide nice and clear will be trying it this summer :)
     

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