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Old 05-28-2011, 12:55 PM   #1
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Hi Guys,

Firstly, let me say thanks for reading my post and any advice is much appreciated.

So here's my dilemma... Yesterday I was in the process of prepping and swapping my old damaged trunk lid and spoiler for a used trunk lid and spoiler. As I was finishing up the prep work and tightening the 4 bolts connecting the spoiler, I must have over torqued a nut causing it's bolt to snap off.

I did some research on the flimsy trunk bolts and came up with either filling the holes, sanding them, and color match or somehow adding a new bolt to the spoiler.

My question is: Are these my only options? Also, does anyone know of a reputable body shop in the south shore area (or south of Boston) that would undertake re-drilling a new spoiler bolt?

P.S. - I wouldn't mind going wingless, but I'm trying to save some money. Not to mention, my current trunk is taking on water, due to the same flimsy bolts.
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Old 05-28-2011, 10:54 PM   #2
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Did the bolt break off in the trunk or in the wing?

Can you just drill the bolt out and get another bolt?
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:22 PM   #3
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pull the wing off and see if you can get the broken bolt out with vise grips

then get a new bolt @ home depot
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Old 05-29-2011, 07:47 AM   #4
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Im fairly sure the bolt head is" buried" or attached to the wing base, and the retaining nut is put on under the trunk lid. That sucks man. I would suggest taking the wing completely off, removing any remaining threaded portion, find the appropriate matching thread and approx length bolt, cut the head off the bolt and JBweld the bolt back into place. It wont be perfect but it will work. You can even use the trunk lid guide holes as an alignment fixture.

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Old 05-29-2011, 09:18 AM   #5
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cut remaining bolt flush to wing
center punch the new flat spot
use a high speed drill with hardened bit to drill through the piece still in the wing
tap new hole
install a bolt from the trunk side up into the wing

Problem solved.
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Old 05-29-2011, 10:29 AM   #6
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When I went wingless, it was because my trunk was taking water too. The cost is high, but it cuts way back on police attention. If you are taking water through the flimsy bolts, just replacing them isn't going to help. I would put a bead of silicone between the wing and the trunk then to seal out the water.

Also- do you have aftermarket taillights? They can also bring in water.
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Old 05-29-2011, 11:58 AM   #7
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Again, thank you for the replies! All the suggestions help tremendously as it gives me a few new roads to take.

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Did the bolt break off in the trunk or in the wing?
In the wing and it's nearly flush. I haven't tried to use pliers to unscrew it yet. I'll give that a try when I wake up a little more.

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Also- do you have aftermarket taillights? They can also bring in water.
Stock tails. However, because my current trunk is so far damaged at the spoiler level, they do take in water. So much water, where one of my taillight bulb sockets shorted out. I do have a new hiring harness for the trunk swap, if I can manage to repair this nut.

And, I know what you mean by 'attention' with the spoiler. My car is modded, but I try to keep it as 'stock-looking' as possible.

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Old 05-31-2011, 04:36 PM   #8
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I apologize for the double post, but I intend to utilize this area (additional space) for a 'HowTo' on spoiler bolt repair for the mechanically challanged (like myself) and hopefully alliveate the dead-end forum posts found on the interweb.

HowTo Guide: Fixing a broken spoiler bolt on an, 2002 - 2007 Impreza or Impreza WRX

(Prototype - Items are subject to change as I write the guide.)

Update - 6/30/2011

Things You'll Need:
1) A Powerful Drill + Iron Drill Bit
- I've tried using a cordless 12V Ryobi drill and it did not have enough torque to push the broken bolt through the Fiberglass. That said, after several minutes of drilling with no success using the cordless; I figured I needed a more powerful drill. I went to my dad's house to borrow his corded dewalt and that was able to push the bolt right through in seconds.

2) Cooking Oil
- Use this on your drill bit, otherwise, you'll risk burning the trunk and that'll lead to unforseen problems.

3) Tube of 3M Resin, hardner, and FiberGlass sheets (or equivilent)
You'll need this to fill and seal the new bolt in place

Note: You should be able to find a Fiberglass Repair Kit (made by Bondo & 3M) @ auto stores with all 3 items.

4) Pliers or Magnet
Once you drill out the bolt, it may fall into the hollow spoiler hole. To remove it, I used a extendable magnetic that I had lying around.

5) Replacement Bolt
- Either match the thread with the old nut, or buy a whole new bolt/nut. I'd suggest keeping everything matching.

Quick Tip #1: Lowes has a great system to match bolts for the mechnically impaired like myself. It was very easy to figure out which bolt size I needed.

Quick Tip #2: To tighten the stock nuts, you'll need a 10MM stocket.


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(I'll add pictures when the new bolt is in!)

Step 1:
Prep the trunk for drilling and using pliers remove the water seal ring + soft material covering the bolt. You'll also want to save the ring to reapply once your new bolt has bonded to the fiberglass in the later steps.

Step 2:
Dip your drill bit into some room temperature cooking oil for lubrication and prepare to drill the Bolt through the spoiler.
- You'll want to be very careful here, make sure to drill slow, try not to scratch the trunk, and becareful not to drill too deep. With a powerful drill, you should be able to push through without too much force. Again, tread with extreme caution during this step. Ultimately, if you dont feel comfortable drilling it out, have someone else drill it that feels more confident.

Step 3:
Once you've drilled your broken bolt out, clean out the new hole in your trunk.

Step 4:
Slide, push, and prop your replacement bolt into the newly created hole and examine. You may need to lightly drill a bigger hole to compenstate for the head of the new bolt.

Step 5:
When you're confident with the size and shape of your hole size, go ahead and start mixing your resin and hardner. If you have a hole in your already created hole, then you'll need to apply a few sheets of fiberglass (cut to size) and apply resin before filling in the bolt.

Note: Step 5 can take upwards of 24hrs for a full cure. And up to 2 days depending on if you have to fill a hole with fiberglass.

Also Note: The Resin, Fiberglass, and Hardner stink. Not to mention that the fumes are very toxic, and both resin and hardner are highly flammable! Make sure you do this outside or in a well ventilated area. ****Do not do this in your apartment!****

Step 6:
Once your bolt is secured by the cured resin, it's time to rebolt the spoiler to the trunk lid!

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Old 10-07-2013, 11:51 PM   #9
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I know this is old but I recently ran into the same problem. As I was drilling out the old bolt, it heated up so much that it literally melted the plastic and fell out of the wing leaving a nice hole for me to JB weld a new one in its place.

I used a smaller bit than the old bolt and used a slower speed so it just heated it up. Looks better than the old ones and I trust it more.
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