Maxx Gets Screened
To dress up the side of Erika's Electron Blue Maxx Bill has added a set of red side screens to the cove outlets in front of the doors. Reading the instructions sounded easy, just remove 2 7mm inner fender screws, pull the liner inward and hook on tire tread, Turn the steering wheel to allow total access to the interior of the cove. Then remove 2 more 7mm screws to get to the inner cove pocket to fender. Not that he didn't want to follow easy instructions, Bill remembered Robert talking about doing it a few years earlier to Land Shark and saying it would be easier to have take the wheel off first. So that is how he started. Jacking up the car using a jacking puck, then putting a jack stand under the front frame to hold it he then pulled the front tire. From there he found 5 7mm screws and 1 plastic push lock on the edges and then 3 more screws in the bottom. The plastic push lock screw was used as a computer is behind the cove, and there is a wiring harness near that one fastener location, Pulling all of the screws allowed the fender liner to pull out of the way and easy removal of the 2 screws and inner cove pocket. From there it was fairly easy to put the screen in to the area for trial fitting, then cleaning with alcohol and pressing the screen in with it's attached double sided tape. Once firmly in, he also added some silicon caulk to the tape and body edges to hopefully help it from falling off, a reported problem when researched on the internet. Then reversing the installation of the cove cover and inner liner was easy. After cleaning everything up with the wheel off, it was reinstalled and finally torqued to 100 lbs. The left side was even easier, as it had all screws and the whole inner liner could be pulled out of the way. This allowed easy access to the cove and a much quicker installation. He was so excited that he neglected to take pictures until that side was done! He also discovered that a 9/32 socket would work to take the screws off and put back on, until the need for final tightening. He was able to use a 9/32 nut driver. A bit more work using this method, but in the end it may prevent having a stripped screw or ripped inner liner. In any case, if the screen were to come loose, it will not be lost as the inner fender liner is enclosed and would retain the screen for reattachment.