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Not many people get to see under the skin as repairs are usually consigned to dealerships behind closed doors.
So as I have panel damage going back over two years I'd been keeping an eye out for the part I needed without paying Rapido prices and UK concessionaire mark ups.
Picture here of a longstanding wound.

Replacement corner found for £200 with some haggling

So the first job to enable removal is to take off the lower centre section.
All panels are held in place with "mushrooms" a trade term?

Sometimes they will pull out but to avoid damaging the flexible centre section I used a saw from below to relieve the 5 fixings








Then after removing all screws and disconnecting the wiring harness you can pull off the corner section






Lighting wiring harness transferred to new panel and new mushrooms fitted


New corner panel in place, this is quite fiddly and a point where one is likely to think I wish I'd left it to a specialist :LOL:


Centre section brought home for a serious clean up and service of the number plate lights




To be continued........
 
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Me too.
Couldn't you get your old damaged panel repaired?

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If I repaired it I'd then have to have it spray painted and then have to have the other corner at least painted too. Just not worth the effort as the rest of the panel is in poor condition anyway.

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Corner panel removed and refitted three times until I was as satisfied with it as possible. It pays to put some grease on the pins as they can be quite hard to drive home. Sikaflex behind fixing screw points to prevent cracking and vibration.


Wiring harness rejoined and number plate lights reconnected. ready to refit

Refitted

Replacement Chrome trim similar to Rapido but ebay

Job done
 
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Looks great, I've missed the regular modification threads of a couple of years ago.
 
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I know this is an old thread - But please can you let me know where you sourced the' mushrooms' from? we need to sort out our door trim on a 2008 Rapido A class.
 
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