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post #1 of 9 Old 03-19-2012, 01:54 AM Thread Starter
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Side air intakes

Hi lads,
I seem to have splatter marks off the polisher in the air intakes on the sides.
Can you easily remove the grills ?
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-19-2012, 03:05 AM
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Hi Gary,
To remove the air intake legs, you'll have to remove all 4 engine bay panels. From there, you'll be able to access the 3 nuts which hold these intake legs to the body. Be carefull to not loose the nuts, otherwise, you'll have to remove the rear wheel + mudguards to find back the lost nut (happened to me ). Once you've removed the rubber join between the intake leg and the airbox, you can pull out carefully the entire intake. When you refit everything make sure you place the rubber join in the right direction (check the arrow marked on it).
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Once again thank you very much Steve.
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You're very welcome Gary.

I marked on the picture where the 3 nuts are located. I hope you have long arms to access them, especially the lower one
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Your a genius.
Is there anything you get stuck with lol
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post #6 of 9 Old 03-20-2012, 03:08 PM
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LOL, thanks Gary The F430 is a quite "simple" car and really a pleasure to work on as everything is quite accessible. What is a real challenge is what can't be seen or touched...the ECU's software

Good luck with this job and don't hesitate to give a shout if you need something.
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For future reference painters tape can be used to cover up the grills and prevent this splatter.
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BTW Gary, forgot to mention that you have also to remove the screw in the middle of the intake (see #10 on the above diagram). This screw attaches the intake to the rear wheel mudguard. Make sure to not tighten this screw too much because the next time you'll have to remove the mudguard or the intake, you'll get in troubles. In the mudguard, the nut is locked in only a plastic housing...
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I honestly would have bought one of these earlier if I knew people like you and a few others where this helpful.
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