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Posted: Sat May 24, 2008 11:31 pm 
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I'm trying to remove the Mudflaps from the front guards on my BAXR - and do you think I can so much as budge the bloody Fir Tree clips that hold them in?

All the scrivets have come out easy, but not one single Fir Tree has budged.

Does anyone have any handy techniques or tools for getting these cheap-a*** bastards out?

There's two at the top of the splash shield as well that I haven't even started on. The 4 x on the Mudflap are lucky not to have split on me I've put that much pressure on them from behind with two screwdrivers to get them out - and they haven't moved a bit!

I'm aiming to clean out the washer bottle filters (and getting some ideas for other mods based on upgrading my BA single-pump-no-sensor bottle unit with a Territory dual-pump-plus-sensor).

It just so happens that I did our Territory today thanks to a blocked windscreen pump filter (the rear pump was fine) and the job was so much easier since there were no bloody fir trees....


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Posted: Sun May 25, 2008 4:27 am 
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wtf are fir trees? got a pic at all??

 

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Posted: Sun May 25, 2008 9:28 am 
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Well, if I could ever get them out, I would, yeah.

At least I think they are fir-tree clips - similar to what's holding in the parcel shelf .


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Posted: Sun May 25, 2008 4:15 pm 
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Nope. Bugger it. I spent another 2 hours on them this morning.

It was just to get in and do a bit of cleaning. When I actually need to get in I'm just going to cut the bastards off and put new ones in.

I can't believe how hard they've made it. I'm somewhat dirty about it too. Fir-tree clips are just an incompetent design engineer's fastener if you ask me.


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Posted: Sun May 25, 2008 7:56 pm 
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Gimme a screw any day
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'Fir Tree' clips are those plastic screws, but instead of a thread, the shaft is covered in 'flaps' They push in, and grab, very hard to remove.

Commonly used to hold carpet and plastic trim on.

 

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Posted: Sun May 25, 2008 8:17 pm 
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get a screw driver in the centre of the clip and hit hard to bust them off just go to fraud and get some more.

 

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long nose plyers
get in under the head of the clip and leaver them out

 

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Posted: Sun May 25, 2008 9:33 pm 
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Hmm, I normally try those f**k with the screw driver appropriate for about minute, if no luck(so 80% of the time), grab a hold of surrounding plastic and yank, if their real buggers in comes a big flathead, and try and lever the two pieces I want apart, eventually they pop out.

 

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Posted: Sun May 25, 2008 9:38 pm 
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Froudey wrote:
bust them off just go to fraud and get some more.


haha..... i went there once and they wanted 3 bucks EACH clip :shock:

So went to Super Cheap and got them for 1 dollar each, but still a big ripoff
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Posted: Sun May 25, 2008 9:42 pm 
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Find an industrial fastener place, place here in Canberra, does 'em for like $2 for 10.

 

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or you could even use the claw end of a hammer and pry out :D

 

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i want a pic of clips! please

 

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Posted: Mon May 26, 2008 4:30 am 
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ahh those they easy to get out!

cheers datamine

just use a pair of side cutters under the head and pull!

 

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I had to take mine off, in the end I just cut them and bought new ones. Yeah and dont go to ford.

 

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