| Originally posted by supark+Nov 5 2004, 03:28 PM--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(supark @ Nov 5 2004, 03:28 PM)</div><div class='quotemain'><!--QuoteBegin-Reedalicious@Nov 5 2004, 05:24 PM |
Its not exactly removeable.* Its a part of the body, see how there are no seams or screws there?* To repaint it they wouldnt have to remove it, and if they did remove it they would have to cut it off then weld it back on then paint where the weld was.
I went to a body shop and they told me that it can be ordered as a separate piece - LH 1977681 and RH 1977682. They quoted me $150 for parts and labor to swap them out (about $70 for parts, the rest labor) - so it's gotta be something that doesn't require cutting and welding (otherwise it'd be much much more expensive). I guess when they start peeling the dealership just swaps them out instead of repainting them because they don't want to risk the coating peeling off again.
they have to replace it because it gets bent out of shape during the removal process. if you plan to DIY, know that it will involve removing the rear window. try doing a search at bf. i've never done it so i can't give you details.