|Caterham with taped wing after a minor incident with an X5!
I had some karting in Llandow to attend to over the weekend, so it wasn't until this morning that I could fix the car.
So onto my guide for replacing a wing and refitting rivnuts
I've put this guide together for my car (an R500 Duratec) please read the full guide before you start, and note there may be variances between the vehicle you are working on and this guide.
As a number of people had advised me in the past, Caterhams are quite susceptible to losing their rear wings... On track days, hitting cones and business partners reversing into them in their X5's! Some people have suggested using plastic screws to hold the wing in place, which means the plastic screw snaps cleaning removing the wing from the rivnuts - which is great for racing, but not so practical on the road as you could do more damage to the paint on the wing (when it hits the tarmac) than the wing just pulling the rivnut away from the skin of the car. So I've decided to stick with the metal screws.
Firstly, get yourself a large coffee and a bacon sarnie - a great way to fuel yourself for a couple of hours in the garage!
|BLT and Costa before the rivnut refitting
|Wing pulled away from the body, wing piping lose and askew exhaust.
|Remove all ten wing fixings, from top to bottom and remember to disconnect rear light wiring.
|Wing removed, five rivnuts pulled through body skin.
|Underside of wing intact, testament to the strength of carbon fibre over GRP wings
|Very slight crack in leading edge of wing
|My bodywork repair contraption
|Rivnut holes tapped back to their original state
|Threaded rivnut insertion tool and 5mm aluminium rivnuts
|Threaded rivnut insert tool with 5mm aluminium rivnut ready to go
|The first rivnut goes in
|Leading five rivnuts replaced
|Wing replaced, rubber piping in place, and rear light reconnected.
I also had to remove the exhaust, slightly bend the exhaust bobbin mount back, and then refit the exhaust to finish the job, but the wing is now secure and looking like new again.
|Rivnuts refitted, wing securely fastened, with exhaust re-alligned too - job done!