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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:54 pm    Post subject: Front splitter / spoiler - black plastic or painted? Reply with quote

Think I'm going to go down the route of fitting an aerokit, whats the general consensus on painting the front splitter vs. leaving it in black plastic?

I think the factory fitted ones came in black plastic and thats how OPC supply them (i.e. without primer so not intended to be painted) so that's probably the way I'm leaning. Will also make the inevitable scratching less noticeable I'm assuming...

Reckon leaving in black also has more of the motorsport look about it....

What do people think looks better?! Question
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

either looks good however if you scrap the front it when it's painted then the pain will come off and then it doesn't look so good
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Black plastic definately.

You wont get time for the paint to dry anyway, im on my 5th!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike I am with you on leaving it matt black , It will last better as you can use some very fine paper and gtech trim restorer if you do end up scraping it on a curb or something. If you do end up painting it then consider clear wrapping it as this is supposed to help protect it.
The lower lip on both my gen1 and gen2 I kept in matt black as I agree with your comment about thats how they came from the factory and are supposed to look
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool cheers guys! Confirmed my thoughts Smile Thumb
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I last enquired at OPC Wilmslow they stated aerokit front splitter is PU and supplied grey primer? The standard front splitter is rubber.

Kerbing the PU aerokit is very easily done. The main casualty is it splits very easily as its meant to flex. Once split, usually near the air intakes which is weak fracture point, repairs are difficult. Even plastic welding shows up on a respray. So its often a replace piece of kit unless you really just very lightly scrape it and no flexion is applied to it.

What's the price these days? When I last asked, they quoted me over £500 inc VAT. Then the paint to match makes it a £750 replacement. I think the rubber one is around £150.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow that sounds steep I only pay about £200 ish for my replacement 997 OE lips in matt black. I know the side skirts are avail in matt black or primer and £500 ish plus vat would make sense for them have you looked at the wrong line on the invoice Cheshire Question
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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When I last enquired at OPC Wilmslow they stated it was supplied grey primer?

Kerbing it is quite easy. The main casualty is it splits very easily as its meant to flex. Once split, repairs are difficult even plastic welding shows up on a respray. So its often a replace piece of kit unless you really just very lightly scrape it and no flexion is applied to it.

What's the price these days? When I last asked, they quoted me over £500 inc VAT. Then the paint to match makes it a £750 replacement.


Rang OPC East London today and they said £254 inc VAT in black plastic.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mikee Quickstep wrote:
cheshire911 wrote:
When I last enquired at OPC Wilmslow they stated it was supplied grey primer?

Kerbing it is quite easy. The main casualty is it splits very easily as its meant to flex. Once split, repairs are difficult even plastic welding shows up on a respray. So its often a replace piece of kit unless you really just very lightly scrape it and no flexion is applied to it.

What's the price these days? When I last asked, they quoted me over £500 inc VAT. Then the paint to match makes it a £750 replacement.


Rang OPC East London today and they said £254 inc VAT in black plastic.


Mike don't forget to ask for club discount normally 5% but you may well be able to haggle 10% off
Also a heads up they do the one like in my top pic thats the normal GT3 lip but they also do a cup version thats deeper I think the lip protrudes more , those do contact much more so I would avoid it for a road car. just letting you know as some parts guys dont know and you end up with the wrong part Thumb
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phil 997 wrote:
wow that sounds steep I only pay about £200 ish for my replacement 997 OE lips in matt black. I know the side skirts are avail in matt black or primer and £500 ish plus vat would make sense for them have you looked at the wrong line on the invoice Cheshire Question


Nope. I kid you not. Lets be clear, mine is a 996 Turbo with factory-fit front aerokit splitter. The standard under-bumper trim I black plastic rubber and maintains a good ground clearance over the aerokit. My Indy has often suggested to just switch it for standard black plastic and replace it at £150 a time over the pricey PU aerokit and simply put the aerokit on when its time to sell.

A 997 aerokit might be different.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cheshire911 wrote:
Phil 997 wrote:
wow that sounds steep I only pay about £200 ish for my replacement 997 OE lips in matt black. I know the side skirts are avail in matt black or primer and £500 ish plus vat would make sense for them have you looked at the wrong line on the invoice Cheshire Question


Nope. I kid you not. Lets be clear, mine is a 996 Turbo with factory-fit front aerokit splitter. The standard under-bumper trim I black plastic rubber and maintains a good ground clearance over the aerokit. My Indy has often suggested to just switch it for standard black plastic and replace it at £150 a time over the pricey PU aerokit and simply put the aerokit on when its time to sell.

A 997 aerokit might be different.


Ah I seem to remember the one your talking about tucks right inder the car and has a sort of under tray as part of it, if thats the one I am thinking of yes that price would make sense . On the 997 its litrally just a lip it only goes under the car an inch or so Grin
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

heres a pic of a GT3 fitted with the cup style lip you can see its different to the Std aero/gt3 lip
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is the aerokit front splitter I'm referring to:
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=996+turbo+aerokit&tbm=isch#mhpiv=17&spf=1515513191555
The silver car has it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cheshire911 wrote:
This is the aerokit front splitter I'm referring to:
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=996+turbo+aerokit&tbm=isch#mhpiv=17&spf=1515513191555
The silver car has it.


It looks lovely but cant see how they can jusify so much more for it than the 997 one ,I can only assume not only does it have porsche tax but it also has turbo tax as well
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Mike don't forget to ask for club discount normally 5% but you may well be able to haggle 10% off

Also a heads up they do the one like in my top pic thats the normal GT3 lip but they also do a cup version thats deeper I think the lip protrudes more , those do contact much more so I would avoid it for a road car. just letting you know as some parts guys dont know and you end up with the wrong part Thumb


Thanks Phil, do you by any chance have the part number for the one that protrudes less so I can make sure I buy the right one?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phil 997 wrote:
cheshire911 wrote:
This is the aerokit front splitter I'm referring to:
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=996+turbo+aerokit&tbm=isch#mhpiv=17&spf=1515513191555
The silver car has it.


It looks lovely but cant see how they can jusify so much more for it than the 997 one ,I can only assume not only does it have porsche tax but it also has turbo tax as well


If you think its expensive, wait till you see the price of the fixed rear aerokit spoiler!

Expensive club this.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike , pretty sure its 997-505-983-00. GT3 front lip

the gt3rs lip is the same but is pre drilled at the front to take the additional lip extension this type is not lower like the cup one ,but unless you plan to fit the RS extension then go for the one part number above.
the green car in this pic you can see has the RS extension in the middle.

So many bloody options it can be a minefield which is why I was trying to show you the various options so you can decide just what you want. Thumb Thumb
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