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post 10th December 2018 13:17
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Great work! I wander why they stopped fitting them - probably cost saving I suppose. Incidentally, I'm on the Brera forum quite a lot and the under-tray has been blamed for subframe corrosion by a few on there. That one however has sponge soundproofing in some areas which soaks up salty water whereas this doesn't look like it has. Having said that, I'm definitely in the "keep it on" camp as under-trays in general must help with airflow and dirt deflection. If my 145 wasn't a dry day car I'd be tempted with one myself.
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post 10th December 2018 13:38
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thanks Vroom-

this one does have the foam-inserts to hold the water as it happens.

I'm not really a fit-and-forget kinda guy; this'll do the winter (got to do 300 miles up the A9 tomorrow) and then I'll whip it off again about March for an inspection and hose down.

I'm also planning on grinding back & painting up the subframe as much as I can do in situ (which I know will be fairly reduced in impact; without removing it completely- but better than nothing) /replacing the subframe; but in the meantime; this will keep back the worst of it.


I spend more time worrying about the underside of my car; than the bits you can see!

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post 18th December 2018 11:20
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those rear-tray fixings arrived from France (Jeremy)

For 16, they don't look they'll come back off very easily! They have a screw-thread type interference arrangement where you are supposed to wind them in and out like a bolt.

Hopefully that cross-head recess is tougher than it looks...



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post 26th December 2018 22:03
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Looks great. I would love one on mine but it wouldn't last long with lowered suspension. There is the muvva of all speed bumps at Loughborough Uni sports ground. It takes me a good minute to snake over that b*****d rant.gif


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post 27th December 2018 07:23
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ha-

You've got to reverse over those things, Ganz..!
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post 7th January 2019 14:28
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QUOTE(dante giacosa @ 18th December 2018 11:20) *
those rear-tray fixings arrived from France (Jeremy)

For 16, they don't look they'll come back off very easily! They have a screw-thread type interference arrangement where you are supposed to wind them in and out like a bolt.

Hopefully that cross-head recess is tougher than it looks...


I bought the rest of those - just in case I get round to fitting a new undertray!

Here is a pic of the fixing point on the inner wheel arch inspection panel (this is the off-side).

As it happens, there isn't a fixing or a screw on this side - although there are both on the near-side panel. However, you can see the recess (and holes) where the screw for the under tray should fit...

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that's very interesting to me- thanks for that

I've still never swapped those things out- I'd better do it tonight- otherwise I won't be doing it...


I must say; I admire the way your ABS line piggybacks the brake-flexible there; it's perfect.


Is that a tape-joint on the ABS line?!
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Is that a tape-joint on the ABS line?!


It's just for reinforcement - the cable was presumably rubbing against the wheel at some point.
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well,

I got those two fixings into position last night, for the rear-undertray fixings.

I must say; they didn't exactly 'snap' into position.

In fact, following the diagram from ePer; placing the 'collet' into the box-section above the under tray; and then threading the 'plug' through the 'tray to mate with it; didn't really work.

It seems the combination of both parts; fully mated; just produces enough width to bite the hole in the box section. Placing the under tray between the two parts prevents the plug from widening the collet enough to bite the hole.
Anyway- I fitted both parts together, once the collet was pushed up from underneath the tray, and its holding. I used a hex-socket Phillips bit turned by hand (no handle) to apply just enough torque to tighten the thing up. I'll see in a week if they are still there!






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