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Pelican Technical Article:

Under Body Tray Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

T25 Torx, 8mm socket

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

New trays

Hot Tip:

Place the fasteners in a baggie so you will not loose them

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 some 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. Please see our article on safely jacking up and supporting your car.

This photo illustrates the under body trays on a GTI MkV.
Figure 1

This photo illustrates the under body trays on a GTI MkV. There are two floor trays (red arrows), two lower front wheel liners (green arrows) and a front engine tray (yellow arrow). There is also an access port in each of the side trays (Blue arrows).

A great many of these cars have had the engine trays and front side shields removed over the years and not replaced.
Figure 2

A great many of these cars 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 screws (red arrows) on each side holding the tray on, remove them and slide the tray back out of the friction clips (yellow arrows) on the front air dam.

Once the screws are removed slide the tray (red arrow) back and down.
Figure 3

Once the screws are removed slide the tray (red arrow) back and down.

To remove the lower wheel liner; begin by loosening the T25 Torx screw just in front of the strut (red arrow).
Figure 4

To remove the lower wheel liner; begin by loosening the T25 Torx screw just in front of the strut (red arrow). The liner is not actually screwed to it so you just need to loosen it enough to allow the liner to slip out.

There are four T25 Torx screws holding the lower liner to the vehicle Three in the front of the wheel well (yellow arrows) and one on the lower front edge (not shown).
Figure 5

There are four T25 Torx screws holding the lower liner to the vehicle Three in the front of the wheel well (yellow arrows) and one on the lower front edge (not shown).

With the Torx screws removed (red arrows) and the inner Torx loosed (yellow arrow) you can slip the liner down and out from the vehicle.
Figure 6

With the Torx screws removed (red arrows) and the inner Torx loosed (yellow arrow) you can slip the liner down and out from the vehicle.

There are two body or floor under trays.
Figure 7

There are two body or floor under trays. Both are held in place by eight 8mm plastic nuts (red arrows). Remove the eight nuts and the tray is ready to remove. Use caution as the tray may fall once the last nut is removed.

The plastic nuts (red arrow) are held in place by clips built into the trays (yellow arrows).
Figure 8

The plastic nuts (red arrow) are held in place by clips built into the trays (yellow arrows). This help with installation as the nuts are already in place when you install the tray.

There is an access tray on the forward side of each tray.
Figure 9

There is an access tray on the forward side of each tray. You can unscrew the panel (red arrows) or pull the plug out (blue arrow) without removing the panel. Note; the panel will stay with the tray if you just remove the eight 8mm plastic nuts. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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