Saturday 21 January 2012

Skyline Carbon Fibre spoiler blade and end caps

I had not explicitly started out thinking this was an item I needed. However as with most things I do to the old girl one thing leads to another! Originally I was just thinking that maybe it would be nice to stick a NISMO Carbon B pillar on. It was at this point I stayed stuck for a while looking to find one! One did appear on an auction site although I didn't have much luck with a very half hearted bidding attempt. As I thought I would be chucking money away and not be impressed by what I received, especially it being an old tatty second hand part. So I decided to bite the bullet and order from Japan. I have yet to receive these yet, although I have purchased from the seller before and look forwards to receiving my items soon'ish. So will not dwell on what I don't have at the moment, suffice to say that when I ordered these my thoughts turned to the End Caps on the GT-R Spoiler. They also need to be carbon 'for balance' (well any excuse). These were a little easier to obtain and due to the seller receiving a shipment from China the very day I was on the hunt I managed to get them at a reduction in price! Whilst on the phone to the seller I also asked 'if you have had a delivery, are you doing carbon blades for the GT-R spoiler cheaper as well?' .... So in seconds I went from no carbon, to much carbon!

Carbon GT-R Blade
 I got these from Knight Racer here in the UK. I would always recommend calling Albert at Knight Racer about any parts you need to check stock and to 'do a deal' as I found him quite flexible. Delivery time was great with me receiving parts next day and on this occasion they had 'free delivery' in the UK.

The parts are of a pretty good quality and fit. Getting the existing spoiler blade was not fun as these are fitted with a Torx headed bolt.
Stupid Bolts!
Naturally I didn't have the right bit to fit these (ironically next day I saw some!) so with my trusty Dremel I cut a small slot in the head and whacked the bolt round with a hammer. Brute force and ignorance always wins the day!
The carbon blade itself doesn't have the same fittings as that of the original and is only held in place by two M6 bolts and washers.
For the Carbon End Caps you have to do some more work to get them to fit and make up the clips that slot in the opposite end to the bolt holes. Oh, you also have to drill out the bolt holes as well!
I did toy with the idea of being quite artistic but after hunting around the garage I simply straightened a couple of fuel hose clips, chopped them up and bent them to shape.

Home made clips
I then used a hot glue gun to glue them into place, although am sure an Epoxy or similar would do. Make the clips nice and tight to the face as you want them to help pull the back of the end cap in. A floppy loose fit will look ugly and be useless!

Nervously I drilled a couple of holes, amazingly I got them in the right place first go. Clipped on the caps, tightened the screws and job done.

GT-R End Caps (No Logo)

Because one picture is never enough!

Alas as you can see from the photo's, reflections on a back car make it difficult to get a good shot, especially without getting my own reflection in the picture as well!

I did see a fellow blogger had also fitted end caps and made clips... Alas my stupid computer crashed and you think I can find that page again. If I stumble back across it I will be sure to post it here.

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