Guide to removing (and re-fitting) roll hoop covers

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Post by Marlon » Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:07 pm

My hoops needed a proper refurb - I'd painted them in situ and the results weren’t great - there were already chips in the paintwork and surface was rough, so I decided to bite the bullet and do the job properly.

A big thanks to Stuboy who had given me a pair of new back covers ages ago :thumbsup:
I wanted to keep the matt black look so I needed to spray the new pair and remove, sand down and re-spray my existing front covers.

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Prizing the hoops off was as tricky as I’d been led to believe, I was expecting to break one or two clips in the process. This is the way I went about it using a flat head screwdriver at the positions where the clips are located (positions shown in following pics)

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I remove the rear covers first

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Then released the front covers by prizing the retaining clips as shown, however they still needed a good push to release. There’s nothing delicate in this job – brute force is often required!

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Following pics show the positions of the retaining clips on the front covers

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This shows the retaining clip positions for the rear covers - you can see a 'clip casualty' bottom left :(

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Then the ball ache of sanding down my hand painted front covers

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Two coats of primer on all four covers (Plastikote)

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Five top coats (Matt black Plastikote)

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Much better finish

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Re-fitting: Position the back covers in first, make sure they are seated in the rubber base, they need a good hit all round – heel of the hand should do it.
Then angle in the front covers from the base first, making sure they are seated in the rubber base

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You will end up with a gap that’s difficult to close – I couldn’t close it using my hand:

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I had to resort to using a small hammer :cry: giving it several heavy whacks around the whole hoop while protecting the surface with a cloth.

Done :)

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So that’s my guide based upon my experience, if you’ve done this already feel free to add other useful hints or tips for others.
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Post by Chris_D » Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:30 pm

Nice write up Colin.
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Post by RustyZ4 » Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:30 pm

Nice write up Colin, my son has been on about doing his :thumbsup:
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Post by Bumpy » Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:06 pm

Excellent !
Thanks for sharing this.
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Post by Smartbear » Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:09 pm

Good job Colin, for their cost I would definitely recommend these tools though as they reduce the chances of marking plastic trim :cry:
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Post by Marlon » Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:13 pm

Cheers Fellas :)
Rob - good call, I didn't know these even existed!
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Post by Silverzedtom » Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:43 pm

Thanks Colin, have bookmarked for later in the summer.

Can’t decide weather to give wrapping them in situ a go or to just bite the bullet.

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Post by Stu Boy » Tue May 01, 2018 4:44 pm

About time too :thumbsup: Nice one.
Having said that probably a lot quicker that Steve Hutch would have taken :P
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Post by Darren Slone » Tue May 01, 2018 5:07 pm

What a cracking job :thumbsup:
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Post by srhutch » Tue May 01, 2018 8:41 pm

Stu Boy wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 4:44 pm
About time too :thumbsup: Nice one.
Having said that probably a lot quicker that Steve Hutch would have taken :P
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Post by srhutch » Tue May 01, 2018 8:42 pm

Marlon wrote:
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:13 pm
Cheers Fellas :)
Rob - good call, I didn't know these even existed!
You need some decent tools Colin. A hinge and a big old screwdriver :lol:
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Post by Marlon » Tue May 01, 2018 8:44 pm

srhutch wrote:
Tue May 01, 2018 8:42 pm
Marlon wrote:
Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:13 pm
Cheers Fellas :)
Rob - good call, I didn't know these even existed!
You need some decent tools Colin. A hinge and a big old screwdriver :lol:
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Post by bz4kev » Tue May 01, 2018 9:29 pm

Look great Colin definitely on my list to do as I have an annoying rattle from my passenger side hoop and fancy a colour change possibly piano black thanks for the guide :thumbsup:
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Post by MACK » Wed May 02, 2018 10:30 am

Nice right up there.
Been toying with the idea myself as I hate the awful shade of dark grey mine are. I just can't decide what colour to go with. I did initially think gloss black but have since seen that on a few zeds and it looks crap. Being toying with the idea of a matt black (ala Z4M) or maybe colour coding to titanium silver etc.
Did you consider going Hellrot Red?
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Post by Marlon » Wed May 02, 2018 10:51 am

MACK wrote:
Wed May 02, 2018 10:30 am
Nice right up there.
Been toying with the idea myself as I hate the awful shade of dark grey mine are. I just can't decide what colour to go with. I did initially think gloss black but have since seen that on a few zeds and it looks crap. Being toying with the idea of a matt black (ala Z4M) or maybe colour coding to titanium silver etc.
Did you consider going Hellrot Red?
Cheers Mack. I did consider it (even had a Poll running :D ) but decided on matt black after a drive out with Z4M pals.
Also I had already sprayed the A-pillars matt black so the hoops had to match :)
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