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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-01-2016, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Grill Removal

I want to remove the front left intake grill from my 2005 Elise. From an expanded diagram of the body trim pieces, it appears that it is attached to the clam by a (vertical) screw, from above. I haven't removed any adjacent panels (center grill, wheel liner or front undertray) to locate this fastener. Does anyone know if I can gain access or does the clam need to come off (which sounds unreasonable)?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-01-2016, 04:27 PM
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IIRC, the signal light is removed for access.

If you break tabs on the light, just (clear) silicone it back in place.

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The signal light works for access. I also think that I removed the front grill and reached my long arm all the way in there and removed the screw. I use a small bungee cord to hold the signal lens in the clam. IMO, it's better than factory. It will stay in over bumps and it's easy to remove to replace the bulb. The plastic retention hook for the signal lens will break if it makes contact with the top of the crash structure, which most of them do. If your plastic base is till whole, you can grind a little bit off the top of the crash structure and probably prevent it from breaking in the short-term.
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