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: Fitment of Chrome Side Vents



Tazjag
13-02-09, 00:37
Has anyone fitted a pair of chrome side vents themselves?
I thought that if I wanted a pair of these vents I would fit them myself, however, when a kind gentleman reversed into my current XF I was told at the bodyshop that if they needed to paint the wing they would have to take off the side vent and this couldn't be done without breaking a clip (a potential problem at the time as there was a supply issue with a Vapour Grey painted vent). Apparently, the top clip on the vent is inaccessible without removing the wing. When I get my new black XF I would like to fit a pair of chrome vents but I didn't want to wreck the original ones. I would like to know if anyone has managed to remove the original vents without breaking them.
I'm reluctant to let the dealer break off the originals, clip on the new vents and charge me 100 + for the privilege.

garyxf
13-02-09, 09:54
Has anyone fitted a pair of chrome side vents themselves?
I thought that if I wanted a pair of these vents I would fit them myself, however, when a kind gentleman reversed into my current XF I was told at the bodyshop that if they needed to paint the wing they would have to take off the side vent and this couldn't be done without breaking a clip (a potential problem at the time as there was a supply issue with a Vapour Grey painted vent). Apparently, the top clip on the vent is inaccessible without removing the wing. When I get my new black XF I would like to fit a pair of chrome vents but I didn't want to wreck the original ones. I would like to know if anyone has managed to remove the original vents without breaking them.
I'm reluctant to let the dealer break off the originals, clip on the new vents and charge me 100 + for the privilege.

I have read that if you lift the wheel arch lining you can get at the clips.

The link is to a pdf fitting of all jag xf accessories, the vents are there they call them fender louvres

http://homepage.mac.com/WebObjects/File ... US&lang=en (http://homepage.mac.com/WebObjects/FileSharing.woa/wa/default?user=birchgrove&templatefn=FileSharing1.html&xmlfn=TKDocument.1.xml&sitefn=RootSite.xml&aff=consumer&cty=US&lang=en)

gary

pekem
13-02-09, 10:25
When my vents were installed at a cost of about, I think, 125 the car was returned to me with gleaming chrome vents, which I love. However, the original Botanical Green were not handed back with the car and I simply pointed out to the dealer that I required them in case I needed or wanted to put them on again. I was told that they were broken when being removed. I heard what was said and replied simply, that it was not my problem. Shortly afterwards, on my next visit, a new set, in a box with a part number, was handed to me and they now are in my garage :)

If it is of any help, below is the Jaguar fitting instructions:

http://www.jaguartechinfo.com/extfree2v ... 662/Fender (http://www.jaguartechinfo.com/extfree2viewjagprod/servlet/peachviewfile?t=1234520080662/Fender) Louvres Assembly - CSZ 5724.pdf

JAG M/T
13-02-09, 22:32
I have fitted these vents and are a pain.They should say they are a REPLACEMENT rather than something that gives you the impression that they are interchangable.(i.e.this week is a chrome week!).You are unable to reach the clips from behind and as the instructions shows you pull them away from the wing and you are only able to get under the back part you will always pull of square and unless you are lucky will break at least one of the fixing lugs.Also the fitting time for these is 0.2hr(12 mins) which is less than the time to remove a wheel arch liner so even jaguar agree that removal is by pulling off.