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Ok, so I got the bravest I've ever been today and installed my new OEM spoiler...I drilled holes in my baby! Total time took maybe 2 hours (not including wash time), but hopefully this will help you guys do it in 1.5 hours or less. NOTE: Use this writeup with the directions included with the spoiler or those in the link provided below. I am writing this as a supplement and assume no liability for your work. <p>Tools you'll need:<p>-some sort of thin prying tool (called weather strip tool in instructions from Volvo) I used a butter knife<br>-assortment of drill bits: directions call for 1/8", 9/32" and 7/16" <br>-Hole saw: directions call for 20 mm, I used a 3/4" and was fine.<br>-tape<br>-10 mm socket with extension<br>-templates included with spoiler<br>-instructions from Volvo: also found here <p>When I got the spoiler, the first thing I did was take the foam double sided adhesive tape and place it onto the spoiler for it to cure for a bit. There is also a double sided sticky washer that goes over the stud <br><IMG SRC="http://forums.audiworld.com/picture.php?albumid=108769&pictureid=216185" BORDER="0"><p>Step 1: open tail gate and pry the grab handle apart at the seam that joins the two pieces together, as seen from the picture below.<br><IMG SRC="http://forums.audiworld.com/picture.php?albumid=108769&pictureid=216160" BORDER="0"><p>Step 2: remove the lower panel of the tailgate. This was by far the hardest step as it didn't want to come undone, and I was worried I was going to break the clips. Start by pulling down at the grab handle, that was easiest. Then, with force, pull on the opposite side. There are 6 clips total that hold it on. They look like this:<br><IMG SRC="http://forums.audiworld.com/picture.php?albumid=108769&pictureid=216162" BORDER="0"><p>Step 3: Starting with the vertical side pieces, remove the upper trim. This is where your thin prying tool will help!<br><IMG SRC="http://forums.audiworld.com/picture.php?albumid=108769&pictureid=216186" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://forums.audiworld.com/picture.php?albumid=108769&pictureid=216164" BORDER="0"><p>Step 4: Take your templates (included with spoiler) and line them up with the TOP and SIDE of the tailgate. Don't worry about the fact that it doesn't go all the way to the bottom. You're worried about lining the top and side edges. Tape it in place.<br><IMG SRC="http://forums.audiworld.com/picture.php?albumid=108769&pictureid=216165" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://forums.audiworld.com/picture.php?albumid=108769&pictureid=216166" BORDER="0"><p>Step 5: To make sure the template positions are correct, I skipped the part that said to measure and what I did was to take the spoiler and see if the bolts lined up with the marked holes (upper set). You'll need a friend (thanks to my wife) to hold and check one side. After finding them a tad off, I measured from the edge of the tailgate to the holes and found one template needed to be shifted in just a hair to properly line up the bolts. <p>*WARNING*: This next step is not for the faint of heart. I was shaking when I did this because I was so nervous!<p>Step 6: Using something pointed (Volvo says an awl, I used a fine tip phillips head screwdriver and hammer), mark the paint at each of the four hole positions so your drill has a starting point. You need to physically make a small chip/punch mark in the paint. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> <br><IMG SRC="http://forums.audiworld.com/picture.php?albumid=108769&pictureid=216167" BORDER="0"><p>Step 7: Remove the templates and drill the holes going through both layers of metal. Start with a small bit, Volvo says 1/8". Make sure you keep the drill at a 90 degree angle to the surface of the tailgate. Next, step up the bit size to 9/32" and redrill the holes. Go one more time, this time using a 7/16" bit. I used a 3/8" becuase that was the biggest I had and everything went fine. Below is a picture of the holes after all three drilling stages.<br><IMG SRC="http://forums.audiworld.com/picture.php?albumid=108769&pictureid=216168" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://forums.audiworld.com/picture.php?albumid=108769&pictureid=216169" BORDER="0"><p>Step 8: You now need to drill 2 access holes from the underside to allow you to attach the upper bolts. Because there are pre cut holes for the lower ones, half the work is done. This step is fairly straight forward if you have a hole saw attachment. Volvo calls for a 20 mm hole saw, I used a 3/4" and was just fine. Basically, you need to make a hole large enough to fit your socket attachment in there. BE CAREFUL TO CUT THROUGH JUST THE FIRST LAYER FROM THE UNDERSIDE! Otherwise, you'll have a 20 mm hole all the way through...here's the final product. <br><IMG SRC="http://forums.audiworld.com/picture.php?albumid=108769&pictureid=216170" BORDER="0"><p>Note the hole on the left is what you drilled, and the hole on the right is the one from the factory allowing for access to the other bolting point.<br><IMG SRC="http://forums.audiworld.com/picture.php?albumid=108769&pictureid=216171" BORDER="0"><p>Step 9: Test fit the spoiler in the holes and make sure all four line up. It helps to put one nut on each side snugly to hold in place while you test fit it. I failed to check the inner holes before sticking it down via the double sided foam pad you put on prior to installation. I then found one of the inner holes didn't quite line up with the hole in the spoiler so I had to enlarge the hole from the underside of the gate (kind of tricky). Note how the hole and nut don't line up. I made it work, but test fit before removing the backing from the foam pad!<br><IMG SRC="http://forums.audiworld.com/picture.php?albumid=108769&pictureid=216172" BORDER="0"><p>Step 10: Once you're sure all looks good as far as the holes go, I shut the gate, and lined up the spoiler measuring distances from the top of the gate edge to the top edge of the spoiler. Just be patient and precise, line it up, mark positions with tape if you'd like and then take the spoiler off. Remove the backing from the double-sided sticky pad on the mounting surface of the spoiler, and with help, carefully stick it in place. Put a nut on each side with your 10 mm socket, then insert the bolt into the other two holes and tighten up! I waited about 10 minutes after initially tightening and retightened several times. Make sure the spoiler is fully seated and stuck the the surface.<p>Step 11: Once you're satisfied with how tight everything is (Volvo recommends tightening to 5 Nm or 3.7 lbs. ft., but I went about as tight as it would go without too much force), put your upper trim back on. Then put the lower panel back on and cover the two holes you made on the underside with the included black stick-on plugs. Close the gate, stand back, and enjoy the feeling of power...<br><IMG SRC="http://forums.audiworld.com/picture.php?albumid=108769&pictureid=216174" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://forums.audiworld.com/picture.php?albumid=108769&pictureid=216176" BORDER="0"><br>Yes, that's a yellow 850 T5-R in the background <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://forums.audiworld.com/picture.php?albumid=108769&pictureid=216173" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://forums.audiworld.com/picture.php?albumid=108769&pictureid=216175" BORDER="0"><p>It was raining out so I couldn't get any full car shots with it...I will later. Don't drive for 2 hours, and don't wash for 48. Enjoy! <p>-Logan <B></B> <B></B> <B></B> <B></B>
 

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Thanks! Not sure why, just posting what is said in the installation guide.
 

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yeah dude, very nice!!<p>hopefully it'll work just fine with my non-OEM-spoiler I ordered... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"><br>will be this one (on a passion red V50) :<br><IMG SRC="http://img146.imageshack.us/img146/3122/v50sport20614otherga2.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>looking forward to your pics of the whole car!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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OEM spoiler or why it is essential to got one on your V50...<br>This little peace of plastic is so useful for you and your connection to the neighbors <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"><p><br>Here's a little example:<p> <IMG SRC="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2287/3543039613_2e0cfd3a5f.jpg?v=0" BORDER="0"> <p>It also carries several bottles, 2 1-litre german Maßkrüge... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><br>Cheers Vince<p><br>Don't drink and drive! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>V50_T5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">awesome write up ! <p>I've been concidering this for about 3 years now.... might actually do it, after this. </TD></TR></TABLE><br>Do it for sure! It was well worth the time, money, and anxiety! I got my spoiler through Ebay motors for $266 + shipping. It truly changed the look of the car...I love it!!
 

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Stickied! Thanks.<p>Tom.
 

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oooo, my first write up and it gets stickied! I feel so honored! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> Glad to help out.
 

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I plan to follow this to the letter. I will take pictures as well just to supplement what you already have. Quick question V50, any issues at all to this date?
 

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Zero issues. I did find it interesting that on a really hot day, the spoiler seemed to almost warp up so the contact spot with the roof was pulling at the double sided stick tape. After cooling down, it settled down. Kind of crazy. Must be the fiberglass.
 

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Zero issues. I did find it interesting that on a really hot day, the spoiler seemed to almost warp up so the contact spot with the roof was pulling at the double sided stick tape. After cooling down, it settled down. Kind of crazy. Must be the fiberglass.
Any additional pics? I'd love to see.
 

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Excellent write up. I installed my spoiler five years ago and didn't think to do a writeup. The hardest part was drilling the sheet metal and not losing the washers between the trunk's sheet metal.
In addition, I rust-proofed and then silicone-sealed the access holes so it is completely moisture tight.
 

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Great wright up and even better job cutting into your own car!! Heaven knows I couldn't do that myself.


<IMG SRC="http://forums.audiworld.com/picture.php?albumid=108769&pictureid=216176" BORDER="0"><br>Yes, that's a yellow 850 T5-R in the background
Weren't you and your wife talking about selling the Yellow a while back?? Cause, I WANT!!!:D
 

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Great wright up and even better job cutting into your own car!! Heaven knows I couldn't do that myself.




Weren't you and your wife talking about selling the Yellow a while back?? Cause, I WANT!!!:D
I would sell today, but she is quite attached to it! I am too, but I've always been the type who wants something new...

As for aldebaran's post, I wish I'd thought to silicone the holes. I rust proofed, but no silicone. My biggest concern is that water could get between the spoiler and trunk top and go into the access holes. Maybe I'll add some at some point soon. Good thinking.
 

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Anyone could help me with the drilling templates (did a whole lot of searching and could not find printable versions)? Got the roof spoiler for my V50 and would love to install it by myself. Thanks in advance!
 

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Have you tried the Volvo accessories site? I don't know the current link but somewhere out on the interwebs Volvo has/had a site with installation instructions for their accessories in PDF format. Perhaps the template is a part of it.
 

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Yeah, I just found it too. I would suggest trying Boston Volvo parts department, those guys are great. I bought load bars for my V50 and a screw was missing. My local parts dept told me I had to buy the whole bar. I called Boston Volvo and they were able to order the screw I needed.
 
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