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Hello there!

So in the photo displayed are one of the two boxy wedge things that sit under the sill in front of the rear wheels.

Not the most aerodynamic bit of the car.

I was wondering if anyone has removed them or modified them?

I'm thinking of trimming it perhaps;
Keeping the plastic where it clamps on but cutting off the wedge bit...

Is it even present on the 'facelift' version? (This being 2001)

Are they really needed?
Is it an EU regulation thing for depth of wheel-arch?

Any suggestions or thoughts welcome!!
 

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Surely they just undo and fall off the bottom? If so, ditch them and ensure any sill is covered for corrosion etc.

Look like a token spray type reducer to me, but saying that, never seen them before, Know nothing about them, haven't a clue..... so forget that and wait for someone to throw in their 2p!
 

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I hate ugly flaps.
 
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Indeed.
Been thinking of trimming her ugly flaps for a while now.
Looks like a rushed afterthought.
I might just unbolt them then wait to figure out why they were there.

They seem to go underneath a bit so I was thinking of cutting just the wedge bits off.
I'll investigate at some stage methinks...?:mag:
 

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As a matter of fact, these have been clawing my eyes out for the past few months when I noticed them. They look as if literally someone took a box and bolted it on to hide some rust or whatever. Let me know if you end up un-bolting them or whatever. I'd also like to know if they serve a purpose or I can just take them off.
 

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I had a brief look last night-
There's a bit more going on under there past the wedge;
So if I were to remove them I'd do that then cut off the wedge (Stanley knife should do it)
Then bolt the remainder back on as it looks like it covers the pivot of the suspension arm for the rear wheels.

I'm wondering why they're there-
It looks like an afterthought;
Are they there to satisfy some safety law requirement?
Do they deflect the airflow off the wheels?- looking at it then they haven't been made wide enough.

I might remove them when I get time and then I can see more of what's going on.

As for rust; where the edge rests it's rubbed so if anything it has created rust!

Also if the bolts are rusted in then I may have to trim the flaps in situ.

Finally there's plenty 147's being broken out there so if it really goes t*ts up over the flaps then I can simply get replacement fresh flaps I guess!!
 

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Just ditch them. Many cars have nothing there, and they can't be offering much protection to anything. If concerned, cover what it exposes with some corrosion resistant stuff and boom, flaps removed and no worries.

To me, things like this seem to hold water and crap and contribute to corrosion more than stop it, so leave it all hang out in the wind and sure it'll be fine and dry.

Saying that, see my first comments, as I have no idea why they were actually put there, so maybe talking bo****ks
 
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