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Cupra R Splitter fitment to S3

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    [Apr 12, 2008]
    I know this has been done a million times...and yes...i have tried searching for the same........... just picked the splitter up from Seat

    Can someone give me a quick run down of how to fit...i have read that some have chopped it down (which i dont want to do if i dont need to), then some have used silicone to seal the edges...... heat guns to mould the outer edges..... and one person used 2...yes 2 self tappers to fix...which seems like very minimal stuff considering the size of it.......

    A nice easy step by step if anyone has fitted one of these please:icon_thumright:
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    Depends on how its fitted, I see some that are set right back and dont follow the bumper round, mines quite far forward and follows the bumper around (didnt need to heat it up or anything

    Get the car up on axle stands mate (or bumper off), and hold it underneath till you work out where you want it

    Then you will see some ofthe tabs on the underside are ripe for a few holes, so work out a nice medium (think I have 8-10 screws holding mine on)

    You will need to trim the edges of the splitter, and also the bit in the middle that has two sticking up bits, otherwise it will look like a bannana!

    Id go takesome pictures of mine but it keeps trying to rain here and Im halfway thru polishing!
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    polishing doood? thats just wrong :readit:

    cheers for that...... i think it looks better slightly forward....gonna do a few more searches on them....wont be fitting it today though.. suns out, then it hails, suns out then it rains...feckin England

    Think there are some pics on here of yours so will go and havea loook
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    its really easy i did mine the other day. get your car up on stand and use duck tape to hold it in place were you wont it mines more to the front like grathies says hes is. i cut the two middle clips down and cut the ends off the smaller ones then you need to cut the sides of the splitter off as it is to long. then use self tap screws to fix but use washers in the middle two. it was about an hour to fit mine.
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    this is whats worrying me...the trimming...when you say that i envisage a hack saw and some not very neat edges.... any pics Matt
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    Get yourself a decent razor blade mate, get it all tapped into the bumper, then you can see what part of the outer edges need trimmng

    Ill look out some frontal shots of the car for you mate
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    sorry pal no pics. dont worry its not that bad i was thinking wot your thinking now but its not that bad honest. just take your time with the sides the rest is easy. its about 3 and a haif inches you need to cut off the side but you cant just cut it off square or it will look **** you got to cut it to the angal of the bumper underneth. if you tape it up like i said you will see its not that bad.
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    rightys...cheers fellas....gonna nip out and hold it up, to get an idea of what your on about...... razor blades? your not inspiring confidence lol
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    As said, trim off all the high tabs as they wont allow it to sit flat.
    then tape it in place with some masking tape (nothing stronger because of the paint!)
    Then you can either drill holes and use some short nuts and bolts with washers or just use self tappers. I used bolts but they seemed a bit overkill to be honest
    Then you need to heat up the sides of the splitter to work them to the contours of the bumper, if you dont do this you wont get it to sit tight against the bumper all the way along
    Then when its all screwed in place you will have two small bits that over hang the bumper at the wheel arches, about 2 inches each side, cut these off with a junior hacksaw then scrape away the rough stuff where you cut with a stanley knife. You will see that the wheel arch lining splash guard things sit against the splitter so you dont see the edges that you have had to cut.

    Job done, very easy mod, much easier with the bumper off as this only takes 10mins to remove anyway.
    Just remember to get it centred and work from the centre point outwards when drilling/screwing or it will be pissed.

    Ash
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    You should have some pictures in your PM box Tim ;)
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    cheers Ash, graths and everyone else..... see below my attempt, i had a spot of sunshine that needed taking advantage of

    Let me know what you think, i didnt end up heating it up.... its sits very flat to the bumper as i spent a good 20 minutes at each end trimming with a stanley.... honest opinions pleeease

    Hell...its only £21 to buy another if it looks *****:lmfao:

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    Honestly... think its sat just that little bit too far forward... That said whatever I think always gets gone against by everyone else mate

    Are you happy with it? thats the main thing!

    As you say, its not that expensive to get another one!
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    yeah i think i am....think that you shouldnt be able to see the lip on the top edge which is why you say its too far forward? ........and i think ive done the ends a lil different to everyone else.....cutting the splitter to meet with the arch that drops down
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    I like it looks good mate!
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    I like it...can't wait to get mine...How many holes did you end up drilling?
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    i prepped it by drilling a hole in every lip, about 14 in total... thought better to have too many, ended up using 10 self tappers about 8mm in length, securing where required....... firstly screwing up at the front then holding it up to see where the cutting is needed......undid, cut the ends,reattached and took off a bit more with the stanley whilst the ends were hanging.......
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    Well done..how long?
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    [Apr 12, 2008]
    Well Tim, you may not be great at painting calipers, but seems you do know how to put on a splitter :p
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    You beat me to it Animal, I have one waiting to be fitted.

    looks ok but I would take it in a lil more.
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    Looks good Tim, although I'd agree with Ryan, it is perhaps a LITTLE too far forwards.

    I'm tempted to try one of these on my A3, but I dont really know if it would look right on the A3 bumper. It may look a little silly!
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    Mate, i think side on it looks exactly how it should on a cupra!
    Well done Tim!
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    cheers for the comments, glad i asked your opinions....you know when you think something looks right enough to leave it but not perfect....:haudrauf:

    Im gonna atttempt to tuck it in next chance i get...... although by how much? is it the fact it looks too far forward as a whole or the fact that you can see the join lip slightly.....think i could quite easily detach the middle section, hold it back and rescrew....
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    Splitter looks sound.

    Im loving the shiny ness of that pic !
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    I like it mate :cool:

    A very quick/cheap effective mod.

    Im undecided if I should do this mod. Anyone with a pic of a lcr splitter on a silver car?!
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    Sorry its the worlds crappest picture but you get the idea
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    Ill think ill try this for 16.99, and Itll provide a good location for a camera, whilst hiding that drop piece at the back of the bumper
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    If you have the camera too far back, it will show part of the bumper along the top of the screen which is a bit annoying

    It does partly hide the back part of the bumper that drops down, but I also painted that bit black as if yout stood back you can still see it and it looks even stranger when its half beind the splitter
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    best part is that the car was dirty!!! cleaned 4 days previous and had rained ever since....

    Dave..do it mate..... looks loads better on the front end and noticeably lower.... although had my first 'nick' earlier on a an unassuming kerb
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    Think you need to paint your grille surround dude ;)
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    yeah was looking at that thread the other day with the black gloss....when i get a decent day, im gonna wax it like i have my side pieces......they came up brilliantly with a coat of wax!! ....see what difference it makes.... if it still looks ****, then may go for colour coding and get the whole bumper resprayed the same (black wouldnt suit unless i had the sides sprayed too)
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    I meant the chrome grill mate ;) Not the lower grill surround

    I found TCut to be awesome on my side bars, rear pannel and bumper grille surrounds
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    I am going to try it on my A3 over the nest couple of weeks...if it looks like **** I will just take it off....

    Will post pics
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    Animal, it looks good, well done, guess what im going to do if i get a chance this week...lol!!!

    Did you jack the car up to put it on or what mate??
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    There was some pics of mine on the black angel eye thread,looks mean ,plus i colourcoded lower bumper and blacked out the grille too.Cheers Andy
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    Na mate.... was a lil spell of sunshine that needed takin advantage of......... drove it up a hill to a level driveway which lifted it a lil more than normal.... predrilled the holes to make it easier to screw on. Good luck :laugh:....you will need to lay underneath to screw it on.... a neighbour held it in place for the first two screws and i managed to do the rest.
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    I didn't realise these were such an easy fit. Looks like I'd better give my local Seat dealership a call!
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    Cheers dude, i will try giving it a go this week if i get a chance...oh and obviously brought one as well...haha!!!
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    just make sure you push it back a bit lol..... realised the error of my ways.... just not looking forward in getting back under it....should only need to trim the edges and push it back a bit...still a ball ache
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    ahhhhhhh, yeah was thinkin of that..... just the surround i was thinking?.... matt or gloss? how easy is it to remove....cant be arsed to take the whole bumper off...as quick as its supposed to be.....
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