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Spoiler guide - MGF 9 years 1 month ago #59732

Lots of owners like to fit spoilers to their pride and joy (and sometimes they put one on their cars too). :lol:

If you plan to fit one yourself, you should know that it involves drilling holes in your boot lid. There's no going back once you've started. Don't bother getting underway unless you're confident of doing a good job yourself. Alternatively you could get yourself a 'man that can' or three...



'Rich in Vancouver'.


Kevin 'Dunga'.

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Graham from 'Body Magic'.

Here's a couple of pictorial guides of MGF spoilers being erected - (Pics and info courtesy of 'Rich in Vancouver').

Aftermarket Trophy Spoiler as received. Gelcoat quality was very good just requiring a final sanding, however one stud was at an angle and this
had to be allowed for during installation. There was also a small void in one leg which had to be filled before finishing. This spoiler was sourced from Moto-Build Racing.


Center line established on boot lid. Measure out from this point to locate holes.
Note: Lines near boot edge indicate rear edge of stanchions.



Drill locations added by measure. Notations indicate hole adjustments following spoiler test fit before drilling.


Drilling pilot holes according to notations marked on tape. Using a small bit allows you to move the holes a bit if they are out.


Drill full size holes after another trial placement of spoiler.


View from inside of boot lid.
Note: that the forward hole goes neatly through a reinforcement in the boot frame.



Test Fit.
Note: I made gaskets to go between the stanchions and the body out of rubber sheet.
Inside I used large fender washers with rubber washers underneath to spread the load of the nuts.



Finished installation with carbon-fibre look vinyl applied.


A superb finished look, in the pics above, by Rich. Great job!

Here's Softly~Softly Jans' spoiler being erected now. The preparation and paintwork was done by 'Graham from Body Magic' and Kevin, 'Dunga' on the forum, mounted it on the boot lid.

The new spoiler.

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The old look.


'Graham' hard at it doing some wet and dry sanding and painting to achieve a beautiful finish.










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The new look is superb.

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You may as well get a new bumper done while you're at it.

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'The job's a good un.'

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Well, I hope this guide helps you out in making a decision on spoilers and a big warm thanks to those that helped to make it. :broon:
If you've already got a nice spoiler on your car then please feel free and add some pics here to show us. Cheers.. Leigh. :)
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Re: Spoiler guide - MGF 9 years 1 month ago #59735

Nice one Leigh.
I suggest, however, that you don't let those guys do any sign writing!

Yours,
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David
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Re: Spoiler guide - MGF 9 years 1 month ago #59746

Top write up Leigh..

I can't find the spoiler I want.. Plus looking for something unique..

So I'm planning to build a bootlid that is lightly based on the ferrari 458..wish me luck lol
Diesel Destroyer.. 'The bringer of dreams'

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Re: Spoiler guide - MGF 9 years 1 month ago #59752

Well, I've seen some of your work first hand. You don't need it.. but good luck anyway. :broon:

Don't forget the pics before your car becomes too light and floats away in the breeze. :lol:

"Something unique" you say. :)

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Re: Spoiler guide - MGF 9 years 1 month ago #59773

I am going to get mine fitted when I get back, it needs spraying so i will get it sparyed and fitted by a place near me that comes recommended. Can't wait now. Just one question, does it make it difficult keeping the boot up with the extra weight?

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Re: Spoiler guide - MGF 9 years 1 month ago #59778

Oh the list! the list of stuff to do gets longer by the day!

1) Fix engine
2)Front splitter
3)Plasma dials
4)Side vent modifications
5)Custom alarm/remote start
6)Switch "fettle"/push button start
6)Rear spoiler?

And more....

The spoilers look good it just the drilling into the bootlid that scares me... If I could get hold of a spare bootlid fI could swap over as and when then I'd probably have one in a shot.

That mini one looks interesting, does anyone know how the lad fettling the electronic Audi TT spoiler got on?

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Re: Spoiler guide - MGF 9 years 1 month ago #59787

My bootlid stays up with no problem, but if you let it go when closing it does slam.

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Re: Spoiler guide - MGF 9 years 1 month ago #59792

On the whole boot thing staying up... I plan to fit Astra Mk3 gas struts to my boot lid
Diesel Destroyer.. 'The bringer of dreams'

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Re: Spoiler guide - MGF 9 years 1 month ago #59824

I am going to get mine fitted when I get back, it needs spraying so i will get it sparyed and fitted by a place near me that comes recommended. Can't wait now. Just one question, does it make it difficult keeping the boot up with the extra weight?


I believe different spoilers weigh differently - mine is pretty heavy and made my boot lid really heavy and the slightest breeze causes the lid to drop and slam (and it really hurts if your head is in the way! :lol: )

I plan on fitting some gas struts at some point to act as dampers.

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Re: Spoiler guide - MGF 9 years 1 month ago #59836

Just a couple of things to be aware of.

Before you start any painting offer up the supports to the the spoiler body.

The one I received and was warned about by Tracy (pendle lass), did not fit well and needs sanding down to get a good fit.

If you don't do this preparation you will end up with a gap



The whole spoiler and supports will need rubbing down prior to painting as they are not a smooth finish.

After drilling holes in the boot



You need to paint the bare metal to prevent it rusting before fitting the spoiler.
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Re: Spoiler guide - MGF 9 years 1 month ago #59858

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Ahem it was rubbed down, sanded down you name it, blame Kev :sofa:

Anyway she still looks stunning :P

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Re: Spoiler guide - MGF 9 years 1 month ago #59868

I'm sure it was prepared for painting, what I mean is that the actual supports themselves need sanding, to shape them, to fit the underside of the spoiler.

OK here is a photo I've just taken

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