Regrettably my Gtv
was written off
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: New Zealand
I changed my 1st Spider boot badge today, having only done GTVs before, & quickly realised that you are right. There is less room due to the sloping rear angle of the Spider's boot so I had to remove the catch!
When I changed mine (Spider rear badge) a couple of weeks back, I got it out OK without removing the catch - but getting it back in (seated properly) was a real *******. I fought with it for ages reasoning that if it came out, it would go back in... Eventually I removed the catch and the job was MUCH easier!
One little thing to add (didn't see it here, sorry if someone mentioned it) - the end of the spring engages in the original metal badge through a deep hole. On the replacement badge, I had to very gently drill a hole in the plastic backing (obviously, being careful not to drill right through...) AND I also had to trim down the end of the spring using a pair of tinsnips - otherwise the badge wouldn't sit properly. This is probably only a problem when replacing old metal badges (mine was a Ph1).
By the way, if the boot light isn't working, it might be the microswitch on the catch. I replaced mine cheaply (generic mini-microswitch) and now have a working boot light.
'07 166 3.0V6 Sportronic, '08 FIAT 500, '03 Stilo Abarth, '13 Golf TSi, '08 G Spyder, shell and parts for a '71 FIAT 850 Coupe
Last edited by alexGS; 23-01-12 at 21:26.