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Author Topic: How to remove the Aztek Rear Spoiler  (Read 9446 times)
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« on: January 26, 2008, 04:54:11 PM »

Hello. I just removed my factory spoiler from my 2004 Aztek. I am having it painted jet black to match my tinted glass. I looked everywhere for information on how to remove it. No information was available on the internet anywhere.

Here are the instructions on how to remove an Aztek spoiler taken from my personal experience. It was much easier than expected and I have already given it to the body shop to paint.

Here are the instructions for taking it off.

1.) Remove the plastic interior piece that runs along the bottom inside of the hatch. It has little metal clips and pops right out. It is decorative and gives the inside of the car a finished look.

2.) Next thing you will see is a strip of black plastic that runs the width of the car underneath where the spoiler attaches. This strip of black plastic is similar in shape to a tube that has been split lengthwise. This strip covers the bolts that hold on the spoiler. The plastic is somewhat soft and flexible and can handle a good bit of bending without getting damaged. This strip is actually glued into the Aztek.

Try pushing on the top ends of this piece. The glue will let go a little on the ends which is enough to get your finger under the lip to pry it off. Pry the top edge ONLY down the whole length of the black plastic strip. The glue is strong and rubbery and won't even detach from the bottom at all. It is flexible enough to leave attached at the bottom while you detach only the top. Once you bend it down some, you will see the five nuts that hold on the spoiler.

3.) Using a 10mm socket, remove all five of the nuts. Each nut has a rubber washer for preventing water from leaking in, so they are worth saving. If you have window tint film on your glass, be careful to not let the handle of the socket ratchet scratch the film. Put all your nuts and washers in a ziplock baggie.

4.) Step outside of the Aztek and pull up on the spoiler. At this point it is only attached to the Aztek by two narrow strips of double stick tape that runs the length of the top and bottom of the spoiler. The double stick tape will have to be replaced when the spoiler is reinstalled so don't worry about damaging it.

5.) That's It! You know have an Aztek spoiler in your hand and five bolt holes that can let in rain. Cover those holes to prevent rain from getting in your Aztek.

John

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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2008, 05:13:47 PM »

Sorry. I made one mistake in giving the socket size for removing the Aztek spoiler. The socket size is a 10mm.
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« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2008, 05:31:12 PM »

Welcome and GREAT info! I've wondered about that (thinking of making my own custom spolier SOME DAY).

Glad to have you, keep posting. Looking forward to seeing photos of the spoiler before and after.
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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2008, 06:50:46 PM »

hmmm...very interesting.  That might actually be very helpful information for me for when I am putting on the racing stripe from front to back.  I can now remove the spoiler to make sure I get the stripe vinyl up and over it evenly, then reattach it.  Thanks for the insight.
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« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2008, 12:09:48 AM »

WOW!! THANK YOU!! I've got a water leak from my spoiler, and my body shop looked it up and said that it was un-removable...as well as everyone else I've talked to, so I never toyed with it. Now not only can I fix my dang water leak....some idaes are popping.
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« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2008, 08:09:35 AM »

Can you say "VADER WING"?! 

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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2008, 05:49:33 PM »

YES!

Give yourself to the dark side....

If I only had the $$$ to "spoil" my Aztek :banghead:
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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2008, 05:56:17 PM »

Ohhhh,,, just imagine the led lights that Drex could put on that wing..

The gears are turning now!!
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« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2008, 06:47:06 PM »

Ohhhh,,, just imagine the led lights that Drex could put on that wing..

The gears are turning now!!

Oh man how the gears have been turning already.  But the biggest fear is that I screw something up and I need to replace the entire hatch.
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« Reply #9 on: January 28, 2008, 07:01:33 PM »

I am thinking of installing a camera in my rear spoiler after it is painted jet black to have a wide angle view of traffic behind my Aztek. A small flat screen monitor will be installed in the front. This will remove all blind spots as well as opening up the option of having some kind of covering for the vertical section of glass of the hatch on the inside. Having the option of covering the vertical section of glass on the hatch will give great privacy, especially when traveling at night. Even with my tinted glass, it seems headlights come right into my Aztek at night. What do you think? Maybe a curtain or electric blinds that lower? Bond. James Bond. Shaken not stirred.
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« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2008, 07:33:21 PM »

Great idea... a camera would be great!
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« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2008, 10:02:45 PM »

I have one of those back up cameras. Mine is mounted at the License plate frame.
While nice, you'll want a larger monitor.
That 3x3 thing they call a screen means you cant see a damn thing.
Also they say its a WIDE Angle...BS !!
I have about a 120 degree view.
Which works out to be, I can't see the lane next to me until its 20 feet behind me.

The good news is I won't run over small children, or back directly into anything.

Review 60/40 in favor. It is a cool toy!

Changes suggested.
1. Constant power - don't hook it to the back up curcuit, just hard wire it. More fun when driving.
2. Bigger monitor. Mine is merged into the 7" DVD player system. Video 1 - backup camera / Video 2- The Matrix
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« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2008, 11:07:34 PM »

Okay, so I just went out, bought the most expensive wing ever (really, money is not object. It couldn't be just a photo from the internet). I installed it in about 30 minutes (all I needed was a keyboard and mouse - strange, huh?!). THEN took a photo of it (that looks nothing like a photo from September at sunset, since it is now totally dark and 11 pm in January)... :wacko:

Sorry Dave, the perspective on your Vader wing was "off." (I tried!!!) I had to "shop" elsewhere.

HEY! It could happen... maybe.... WHAT? Digital mods don't count? *humph* :banghead:
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« Reply #13 on: January 29, 2008, 07:52:16 AM »

LOL...oddly enough, I actually like it.  For our box-shaped cars, we'd need an oversized wing like that to compensate.  I expect to see you at the rally with that modification in place.  Oh, and the red lights under your hood, and, um, a watch you can talk into to call your Tek to "come quick I need help".  I don't think Im asking for that much, John. 
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« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2008, 10:44:51 AM »

Okay, so I just went out, bought the most expensive wing ever (really, money is not object. It couldn't be just a photo from the internet). I installed it in about 30 minutes (all I needed was a keyboard and mouse - strange, huh?!). THEN took a photo of it (that looks nothing like a photo from September at sunset, since it is now totally dark and 11 pm in January)... :wacko:

Sorry Dave, the perspective on your Vader wing was "off." (I tried!!!) I had to "shop" elsewhere.

HEY! It could happen... maybe.... WHAT? Digital mods don't count? *humph* :banghead:

Now you're just missing the giant oversized fart can on the back and the huge ungodly sized body kit with chicken wire everywhere and the 8 million stickers everywhere. Oh, can't forget the 12v rice cooker too
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