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I'm trying to upgrade my GT 1-piece spoiler to the oldskool 3-piece 91/92 spoiler. I know that zeemax did this on his 95GT. Note that the LX's use the same spoiler as the 93-96GTs.

Anyway, I'm trying to get it off, and I took the brake light off and the center part is free, but the SIDES of the spoiler are still attached to the hatch. They are attached with 4 plastic knubbies (2 on each side). If you take off the plastic housing on the inside of the hatch and look up from underneath, you can see them.

Anyway, if anybody knows how the heck to get them off, I'd appreciate the help, because I can't seem to get them off without using considerable force.

Here's a pic of what I mean:



Also, does anybody know where I can get a carbonfiber hood for my 95GT? Mine is starting to fall apart.
 

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knubbies. That rocks.

Um...I have no clue how to get those off, but I do know you're going to have to drill into your rear quarter deck just behind the gas tank in two places per each side of the 3 pc spoiler.

Try and get a pic of the inside of the deck lid, Maybe the screws are hiding underneath the knubbies things?
 

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just pull straight up on the ends and it will pop off
Er... you sure about that? Seems kinda brutal. Then again, most of the design in these horrible pieces of crap is pretty brutally done.

JAMES-

I know what you mean about the side pieces. I'm planning on using automotive trim tape to attach the side things. If I drill into my car, I'm worried that rust may form down the road.. and it's not like it really needs structural integrity anyways, so it'll be allll good. holler
 

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yeah, the 3pc on either side has these pins attacthed to them for reinforcment, they're about 2" long.

but im having a hard time myself in deciding whether or not to cut those off, let alone how im going to get those pieces to stay. molding, perhaps??

..and if you're not sure about how to remove the spoiler, if all else fails, just go to a junkyard and try there.
that's how i figured out how to take apart most of the things in my escort without repercussion.
it just angers me that chilton's doesn't have a section on removal/installation of the spoiler..
 

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Make sure you've got the 3rd brake light assembly from the 91-92 spoiler you're planning on using. The 3rd brake assemblies between the early GT's and later models are NOT the same. And you'll be left with an ugly gap if you don't use the early version.

The knubbies were a pain. I pried with a screwdriver using a kitchen towel as protection for the paint. They'd pop off with a loud bang but didn't damage anything. Afterwards, you'll need to remove the rubber inserts and then fill the holes. Note - the replacement spoiler supports will cover the holes, but to avoid rust and such you'll still want to fill them in.

And yes, you'll have to drill 2 holes in your quarter panels to hold the sides on. I looked at mounting tape but felt it wouldn't make a secure enough contact between spoiler and body. Plus, since I normally make use of automotive car washes, felt that a more secure mounting was preferable than possibly letting the carwash rip the sides off. Just measure very carefully, mark your location with a grease pencil, then make an 'X' with masking tape over the drill point. Then drill away. - make sure to use a silicone sealant to prevent rust.

I had to get creative with mine since I didn't have any of the mounting hardware. Used aluminum L-brackets to hold the spoiler on using a slip-fit method. Basically the spoiler sits down over the brackets which are housed inside the supports, then I run 2 bolts on each side into the spoiler and through the brackets with self-tightening nuts. Been using this method for almost 2 years now and haven't had any problems.

Good luck. Having the 3piece GT spoiler really does differentiate you from the other Escorts out there.
 

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Argh.

The spoiler I have is missing the brackets on the sides of the hatch. I've got the main spoiler, the brake light assembly, and the two mini side spoilers, but not the two things on the ends of the main spoiler. So that leaves me SOL.

And for the record, the knubbies come out if you just pull straight up. I was scared I'd bend the metal on the hatch, I was pulling that hard.. but sure enough they popped right out with a bang.

So anyways, I think I'm going to trash the 3-piece spoiler idea. If it's not going to look clean, I'm not going to do it.
Does anybody know if the merkur whaletail fits the 2nd gen escorts?

Also, where can I get a CF hood?
 

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I'm pretty sure the CF hoods on ZXtuner are for ZX2's, and that's all. There are no carbon fiber hoods for a third gen sedan as far as anybody on either here or ERDT knows. There's a few websites claiming to have them but they usually turn out to be false advertising or mistaken (they thought they were both the same, stuff like that...).
 

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If you look carefully, it's not CF. It's actually fiberglass.

95% of the "CF" hoods out there aren't true CF. They're usually fiberglass with CF on the top layer.

I wish somebody made a kevlar hood. I do canoe races, and the kevlar canoes are literally translucent. It's awesome... you can see the outlines of the legs and feet of the people in them when the sun shines from the other side. Dang... that'd be hot on a car.
 

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We did the boundary waters up in Minnesota and we had Kevlar canoes. I know an import place around here that makes kevlar hoods (custom) for imports... But I doubt if I could get them to make one for 'scorts...
 
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