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Pelican Technical Article:

Under Body Tray Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

Pliers, Philips screwdrivers

Applicable Models:

VW Golf GTI (1999-00)
VW Golf GTI 1.8T (2002-05)
VW Golf GTI 20th Anniversary (2003)
VW Golf GTI 337 (2002)
VW Golf GTI GLS (2001)
VW Golf GTI GLX (2000-01)
VW Golf GTI VR6 (2002-05)

Parts Required:

New trays

Hot Tip:

Get extra clips

Performance Gain:

Proper air flow

Complementary Modification:

Flush cooling system

The under body trays on most modern cars are used not only to protect the systems from road debris and weather but to also manage the air flow under and around the vehicle. The GTI is no exception even though it does not have as many trays as most vehicles. You will need to remove these trays to get access to most of the work you will want to perform on the cooling systems of the car along with a host of other projects.

Begin by safely jacking up and supporting your car.
Figure 1

Begin by safely jacking up and supporting your car. With the car safely off the ground you will need to remove the engine tray. A great many of these car have had the engine trays and front side shields removed over the years and not replaced. If you happen to have a car that still has all the under trays and original hardware here is what you need to do. There are four T25 Torx bolts (yellow arrows) holding the tray on, remove them and slide the tray back out of the friction clips (red arrows) on the front air dam. Note; some cars have a main tray that goes all the way back to the cross member and cover the dog bone.

Figure 2

This photo illustrates where the plate connects to the two side shields (red arrows)

There is access hole in the left side shield (red arrow) that you can access the drain plug from, or if you want to remove the shield it is held in place by friction at the front and a speed clip on the frame rail (yellow arrow).
Figure 3

There is access hole in the left side shield (red arrow) that you can access the drain plug from, or if you want to remove the shield it is held in place by friction at the front and a speed clip on the frame rail (yellow arrow).

The right side shield goes between the Turbo down pipe and the motor.
Figure 4

The right side shield goes between the Turbo down pipe and the motor. It is held in place by a speed clip on top (red arrow) a screw on the lower rear section (yellow arrow, removed) and friction by sitting in a slot (green arrow) at the front. Installation of all panels is the reverse of removal.

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