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Another Side Skirts Removal Thread

 
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I have the smaller sills that are body color and I like them; particularly since my car has the optional body colored front facia and splitters. I understand that not everyone likes them and I'd echo the suggestion to wrap them in black if making them less obtrusive is your goal. Taking them off completely looks like a gigantic PITA and you'd also lose the protection that they provide. I would take my car in to have those wrapped; wouldn't cost much.

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Originally Posted by rbsj View Post
Thanks, this does seem like a good option. However, this would appear to fall into the DIY artistic category, which I am not good at. So the question I have is "to black wrap portions of your car are you guys DIY, taking your car to a detailer, taking your car to a body shop, or other?"
Doing the wrap yourself is not an option for the average shade tree mechanic (or any mechanic for that matter). Take it to a wrap specialist. We have some on this forum that can do it themselves, but you can count them on one hand that has several fingers missing.
 
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Based on this image, it remains unclear to me why the dealership can't simply remove piece #8. They claim that there will be visible holes apparent to onlookers, but the diagram would seem to suggest otherwise.
OK, I've talked to a wrap shop about doing my white sills in gloss black and they want the sills taken off the car (understandably). So, my question is how do these sills come off the car? The diagram quoted here is not overly informative and in addition that black vertical piece that is visable in ajax28's photo (located about 8-inches in front of the rear wheel wells, and BTW what the heck is this anyway?) appears to be riveted into the car and tethering piece 8 to piece 1. Any help in getting things off is appreciated.
 
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OK, I've talked to a wrap shop about doing my white sills in gloss black and they want the sills taken off the car (understandably). So, my question is how do these sills come off the car? The diagram quoted here is not overly informative and in addition that black vertical piece that is visable in ajax28's photo (located about 8-inches in front of the rear wheel wells, and BTW what the heck is this anyway?) appears to be riveted into the car and tethering piece 8 to piece 1. Any help in getting things off is appreciated.
I just checked mine and yes that little "black vertical piece" is riveted on, three rivets on each. Like you I'm not sure what purpose it serves, it looks like a mini mud flap to me but if so why put it in that spot?
Part #4 sure looks like a rivet to me and maybe parts 5 and 9 as well, if so it could get a bit messy putting it all back together again.
 
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Gloss black wrap is probably the best way to go. That's what I'm going to do. I'm planning on doing the front wings, too. The side skirts make the car look really bloated, and it's even worse on the R. I also bump my legs on them all the time. It would be better to remove them, but it would be too much work IMO.
 
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Originally Posted by OzXFR View Post
I just checked mine and yes that little "black vertical piece" is riveted on, three rivets on each. Like you I'm not sure what purpose it serves, it looks like a mini mud flap to me but if so why put it in that spot?
Part #4 sure looks like a rivet to me and maybe parts 5 and 9 as well, if so it could get a bit messy putting it all back together again.
Yeah, so what's the deal on this riveted mini-mud flap (purpose?) and how do I get access to the 15 bolts holding the sill in place from the picture that ajax28 posted earlier in this thread?
 
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Old 03-26-2019, 08:41 AM
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Upon further review of the parts diagram and the photo supplied by ajax28, it appears to me that the side skirt part #8 is screwed into the bottom of the side sill #1 (this can be observed by looking under the car) and that the 15 holes on the ajax28 photo are drilled from the inside of the car through the side sill #1 to allow the side skirt #8 to be bolted to the side sill and cinched up good and tight. I guess Jaguar figured it would take 15 bolts to accomplish that mission!

Can anyone on this forum confirm that?
 
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I had removed my sills according to the repair manual (pictures attached), but i had to drill out the inner rivet from the mentioned mud protector, the 2 rivets attached to the sills can stay in place. First step not in the pictures was to remove the Jaguar emblem with a hairdryer from the entry which is glued on.
 

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Thank you for this ajax28, this is very helpful and pretty much what I surmised. It is also timely as I have access to a lift today to install my short shifter so will inspect more at that time, but my current inclination is to see if the they can install the wrap with the sill skirts in-place.

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I had removed my sills according to the repair manual (pictures attached), but i had to drill out the inner rivet from the mentioned mud protector, the 2 rivets attached to the sills can stay in place. First step not in the pictures was to remove the Jaguar emblem with a hairdryer from the entry which is glued on.
 
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PDF attached with a bit more detail.
 
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Thank you Jaggyx, this pretty much tells the whole story. Less daunting than I thought, But I'm sure I would need or want to replace the plastic connectors after getting them out. Can I order these from Jaguar?

BTW, where do you guys find these detailed instructions like this?

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PDF attached with a bit more detail.
 
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Most of what I've seen is available in the F-type V6 Repair Manual, graciously shared by OzXFR. The PDF is a bit of a mess, since it's a gazillion different sections stuck together, and it's very, very repetitive. But if you can view it on a PC and turn on bookmarks, it's a very manageable 500MB document...
https://www.dropbox.com/s/t2hfjv7bas...anual.pdf?dl=0

I've collected a bunch of F-type documents, mostly off this forum, into my Dropbox. Feel free to copy whatever you want...
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wgv3e86yc...glFoM3xOa?dl=0
 
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Thank you for this ajax28, this is very helpful and pretty much what I surmised. It is also timely as I have access to a lift today to install my short shifter so will inspect more at that time, but my current inclination is to see if the they can install the wrap with the sill skirts in-place.
A good wrap specialist should be able to do a good job with the sills in place.
 
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Thank you Jaggyx, this pretty much tells the whole story. Less daunting than I thought, But I'm sure I would need or want to replace the plastic connectors after getting them out. Can I order these from Jaguar?

BTW, where do you guys find these detailed instructions like this?
I bought the whole manual online for $10.99 on ebay and it comes into nicely broken down PDFs in a desktop folder. The seller will just send you a dropbox link where you can download from and voila.
 
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All I can say is thanks for the last several replies. The amount of time saved is remarkable.

Thanks again,
 
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interesting thread - is there a satin version? today i was looking to find if the side skirts come in the satin finish, but don't see any. my v6 base did not come with these side skirts and i found it amusing that folks who have them actually want to remove them. my side sills are a little beat up from road debris. But, unfortunately it looks like this part only comes in gloss black or primed for paint. i was hoping a satin version exists, since i think the other two options will not match my satin front bumber trim pieces and satin rear lower bumper.
 
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I like them a lot after installing them. I don't believe a satin version was ever offered.
 
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interesting thread - is there a satin version? today i was looking to find if the side skirts come in the satin finish, but don't see any. my v6 base did not come with these side skirts and i found it amusing that folks who have them actually want to remove them. my side sills are a little beat up from road debris. But, unfortunately it looks like this part only comes in gloss black or primed for paint. i was hoping a satin version exists, since i think the other two options will not match my satin front bumber trim pieces and satin rear lower bumper.
Simple enough to have them wrapped in satin black. That's what I did to all my gloss black bits.
 
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Also, for anyone attempting this in the future -- a few things to keep in mind.

1) To remove the tread plates, you absolutely need a blow torch. A heat gun disperses the heat too widely, and you'll end up burning things. With a blow torch, it takes time and effort not to bend the parts, but it can totally be done.
2) Reinstalling the weather stripping with the clips is damn near impossible. Keep whatever clips to click in place (mostly on the vertical side of the door) and ditch the rest in favor for 3M molding tape. Super strong and will make any removal and re installation in the future much easier.
3) The bolts that hold the sills in place -- go with M6, and about 12mm long, no longer.
4) Prior to installing, I'd definitely recommend paint protection film. This is obviously a very high impact area.
 

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