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Old 01-27-2013, 05:51 AM   #21 (permalink)
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why were you trying to remove the wing??? can you just put sealant around the bolt from the underside to stop water from sipping through?
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:52 PM   #22 (permalink)
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There's actually a lotus part for this. When i changed my wing out I had the same problem it's a gasket which seals off the bolts. It seals off the gap between the wing struts to the hatch.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:43 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Oh nice! I was just gonna go to the hardware store and get a couple of neoprene or rubber washers to seal those bolts up. I wonder if that will do the job that this Lotus part does? Also, do you know if those seals are only for the two rear bolts? The two front bolts on the wing struts leak, too. Is the #8 part the seal for the front bolts?
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:45 PM   #24 (permalink)
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why were you trying to remove the wing??? can you just put sealant around the bolt from the underside to stop water from sipping through?
Yes, but that would not have stopped water from collecting in the Bolt hole from the top side. I would've just ended up carrying water in there and the bolts would have rusted further. Yuck.
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Old 01-28-2013, 08:08 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Please consider taking your car to a professional. Judging by the pictures, you may be doing more harm than good. A body shop can remove the wing, replace the galled bolt, and apply new seals and RTV sealant to stop future leaks. If you continue doing this work yourself, please make sure you round off the edges of that hole widening job. The little sharp edges you created, if not smoothed over, can birth some ugly spider cracks on your trunk lid.

Also, for what it is worth, when I ran my auto detailing business, I would deal with interior moisture by using an athletic sock filled with cat litter (zip tied at the top to keep the litter in). Easy and cheap. Just be sure to get unscented litter!
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:24 AM   #26 (permalink)
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^Thanks for editing your post to be a little bit more friendly. I had to at least try, right? Don't worry, I'll try not to f uck up my own car even more. No guarantees, though!
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Old topic, but just found the same problem on my new "used" Exige. If the water is leaking through the bolts into the trunk, where is it getting into the wing? The wing tips seem to be glued in well so the only spot looks to be at the leading edge where the wing supports attach to the wing. Anyone seal this from the inside? I'd rather not just silicone the leaking bolts only to have water collect inside the wing.
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holy crap something is eating your car alive!

I would treat the car with damprid for a few days and wipe away. My car is under storage right now and I filled the car with 4-5 damprids before I left for 9 months to avoid any possibilities of something like this.
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