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Installing A Spoiler Video

I posted this in the general forum, but thought it should also live over here in "How-To"

I have just completed a 4-part series of videos on how to install a spoiler. As always, your feedback is invaluable!

Part One - Tools
[video=youtube;waowFpZ8RAE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waowFpZ8RAE[/video]

Part Two - Disassembly
[video=youtube;RKerZtLm0Rs]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKerZtLm0Rs[/video]

Part Three - Drilling Holes
[video=youtube;RnRHdrssmTc]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnRHdrssmTc[/video]

Part Four - Installation
[video=youtube;Pnouj6St7mg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pnouj6St7mg[/video]
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Nice job with the video. If I could offer another suggestion, after you drill the pilot hole from the bottom, I use a stepped drill and drill from the top. If you are careful, the step drill will put a slight chamfer on the holes and make installing the rubber wiring grommet very easy. It also eliminates the long stingy plastic burrs that a standard twist drill leaves.



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Great job on the video, if I had it last week when I did the install with the spoiler, the anxiety of doing the installation would have been a lot less. I recently purchased a 2010 and have been trying to install accessories. The how to forum has been a great help, I have installed different accessories that in the past I would have taken to the dealer to get done. Thanks for all your video’s that you have published.

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Nice job with the video. If I could offer another suggestion, after you drill the pilot hole from the bottom, I use a stepped drill and drill from the top. If you are careful, the step drill will put a slight chamfer on the holes and make installing the rubber wiring grommet very easy. It also eliminates the long stingy plastic burrs that a standard twist drill leaves.
Jimmy...I agree 100% on the step drills. They are great for plastic and won't tear things up like a common twist drill. I have some large enough to install lighter receptacles but they can be a little expensive in the larger sizes for people that won't use them much. I use Irwin's but probably the cheaper Harbor Freight step drills would be good enough for plastic .
Sometimes I use chassis drills for larger holes but never hole saws. For holes up to 3/8", I sometimes use the special bits for drilling plastics. I get them from a place that manufactures boat windshields. They can't afford to make a mistake on an expensive yacht . Most larger plastic suppliers sell the bits made for plastic.
Chris...Nice job on the video .



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I considered using a step drill, but had never used on on plastic before. I did not want to screw up on video! Also, step drill bits are quite expensive for the average DIYer. But, I would probably use one next time.
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Yeah, I guess owning a machine shop has it's perks. Not to mention that I am a tool *****.

I know that "Horrible Freight" sells a decent step drill. I can guarantee that the step drill works 100 times better in plastic than a twist drill does. I'm sure that you have had the twist drill grab and snatch it's way into the plastic. the step drill doesn't do that. If you have a steady hand, you can use the next step up on the drill to de-bur the hole.

I'm am very impressed with your video and for first timers, it is a wonderful tool.
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I considered using a step drill, but had never used on on plastic before. I did not want to screw up on video! Also, step drill bits are quite expensive for the average DIYer. But, I would probably use one next time.



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I'm am very impressed with your video and for first timers, it is a wonderful tool.
Thanks for the encouraging words. A lot of effort goes into the taping and editing, believe it or not. It is not the tasks are that difficult, but sometimes it helps to see someone else do something before trying it on your own. I know I would have never attempted changing the air cleaner without Fred's DVDs.
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Armed with your encouraging video, I'm heading to Baltimore Harbor today to install a spoiler on a wingers '10 along with some other goodies. It's just a bonus that he owns and operates a Liquor/ Deli store along the shoreline of the Harbor. Freds videos will get there playing time this winter as I do the air filter and brake bleed.

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sometimes it helps to see someone else do something before trying it on your own. I know I would have never attempted changing the air cleaner without Fred's DVDs.
I agree with your statement about seeing how something is done makes it easier to do. I have found it especially difficult trying to interpret the written installation instructions, seeing how it is done makes it easier to do the installation.

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