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#1 Vinay-RS

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Posted 04 August 2019 - 04:14 PM

Hi everyone, 

 

This may be the wrong place for this. I want to fit a louvre to my Mini and I was told that it might be worth using a fillet tool to remove the rear windscreen fillet to make the gap big enough to get the clips around the windscreen. I was told I could get a tool made using a metal coat hanger, but I'm not quite sure what it should look like or how to use it. 

 

I was wondering if anyone had an instructional video/pictures to show how to use it to remove the fillet and perhaps some instructions on making the tool. 

 

I have seen videos on youtube on fitting the windscreen and the fillet, but none on removal. Although perhaps I'm looking in the wrong place.

 

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Posted 04 August 2019 - 06:21 PM

Removing the strip is just a case of finding the joint which maybe under a metal cover, use a small screwdriver to push into the join and then lever the strip up you can then just pull it out by hand. 

 

The tool is like a diamond shape, once you remove the strip you can make the tool so that the strip can pass through it and has a bit of room.



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Posted 04 August 2019 - 09:12 PM

Here is the tool.
http://www.minispare...|Back to search

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Posted 04 August 2019 - 09:40 PM

You don't want to clip the headliner to the car as you will have problems with the seal not sitting how it should, it will leak badly unless you use windscreen sealant(a messy job, even the professionals hate doing), I'd also not bother to fit the join cover on the fillet strip, use plenty of glass cleaner or car shampoo.

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Posted 04 August 2019 - 10:40 PM

Watching an expert fit the fillet, they make it look so easy.

 

Don't be fooled.  ...........  You may wish that you never started.

 

I cheated.

 

30 years ago, I bonded wire brackets to a louvre and pop riveted it to Polo



#6 Vinay-RS

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 07:37 AM

Thanks! I might just take it to a pro and ask them to do the job. Would be worried that I would mess it up and have the issues described here with water leaking into the car. 



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Posted 05 August 2019 - 11:14 AM

It’s a piece of piss to do.
Get the tool and do it. You will find one local as it is not a Mini only thing.

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Posted 05 August 2019 - 03:32 PM

It’s a piece of piss to do.
Get the tool and do it. You will find one local as it is not a Mini only thing.

Ok. I'll check for the tool locally. It's less than ideal to try and ship one thing from Minispares, hence I was thinking of trying to make one. 



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Posted 05 August 2019 - 04:34 PM

I spent a very long time trying to make the tool out of some old split pins and they kept snapping. I had to walk away a few times. I eventually made one out of an old bicycle spoke - bent with pliers and held it in Mole grips. Once you get the angle right with the tool in the seal it is very easy to fit the locking bead.

Worth a youtube search to see someone else put them in.



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Posted 05 August 2019 - 04:52 PM

Cobble one together Vinay, there's not  a lot to them: https://www.amazon.c...,aps,147&sr=8-2

 

I got mine from the UK Amazon but they don't seem to be on there anymore, you might have more luck on Amazon SA






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