2004 Chrysler Crossfire - Rear Fascia Closeout Panel

Crossfire Rear Fascia Closeout Panel - Click to Enlarge

    7/16/09

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There are a few appearance accessories for the Crossfire that I have been watching.  One was the Rear Fascia Closeout Panel.  For all intents and purposes these are two made-to-fit parts that dress up the area on either side of the exhaust tips.  I found them for a decent price and ordered them.  A couple days later they were in my hands.

Crossfire Rear Fascia Closeout Panel

It came with a single sheet of instructions and the parts illustrated below. The drill, bits and screw-driver were not supplied but are required for the installation.

Crossfire Rear Fascia Closeout Panel Install Instructions - Parts

I grabbed a Sharpie and a package of 3M Strip-Calk, and together with the tools, parts and extension cord, headed for the car.  Strip-Calk is a Soft non-hardening caulking material in one foot lengths for use in all types of seams, joints and openings. This product is easily thumbed into place and smoothed with a finger. It may be painted immediately.  It has a non-sag consistency for vertical and overhead applications. There is no shrinkage and it adheres to metal, paint, glass and rubber. Completely waterproof and will not dry out or crack.  That seems like a pretty ambitious claim but I have been using it since about 1977 and in all that time it has never failed to live up to the description above.

3M Strip Calk (Black)

The directions consist of pictures that show the steps.  Step 2 shows placing the parts into place and marking the holes to drill.  I used the Sharpie and drew circles using the screw hole as a guide.  Then I removed the part and using a center punch, marked the center of each of the holes.  This gave me an indentation to keep the drill from drifting across the panel. 

In Step 3 pilot holes are drilled with the 1/8" drill bit.  This is to provide an easy way to line up the larger drill bit for the final hole.  The fascia material is so thin and soft that the drill goes right through without any pressure at all.  I avoided pushing too hard so I would not damage the body inside the fascia.

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Step 4 shows making the final holes using the 5/16" drill bit.  Again it goes through really easy.  I followed Step 5 to clean the panel with the Alcohol Wipe to prepare it for using the adhesive that is used to attached the panel to the fascia.

In Step 6 the protective tape is partially removed from the panels so that the panel may be placed onto the fascia (Step 7) and then removed (in Step 9).  But first the fasteners are put through the panel holes and into the fascia panel.  Before I put the panel up onto the fascia for final fastening, I took a piece of the strip-calk and made a thin bead running on the edge that ends up facing toward the front of the car.  I decided to do this because it projects down from the fascia and will be exposed to the air coming under the car.  My guess is that this edge could scoop up water and dirt.  So I decided to put a seal on it to reduce the accumulation of dirt and water, and to prevent the edge from catching moving air and making noise.  I put just enough strip-calk to wrap around the edge so that when the panel is put in place the strip-calk is trapped between the panel and the fascia and can be made into a bead that seals the edge.

Strip-Calk to close gap on Crossfire Rear Fascia Closeout Panel

All that is left is to press the panel into place to make the adhesive take hold, and screw in the fasteners.  And of course repeat the activity on the other side. 

My final touch was to spray the tow loop with some satin black paint to blend it into the panel so it didn't show.  Of course I masked off the panel and surrounding area first with the bubble wrap that the parts came in.

It was very easy, took only a couple minutes, and would be pretty hard to screw up.

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Crossfire Rear Fascia Closeout Panel

Crossfire Rear Fascia Closeout Panel

Crossfire Rear Fascia Closeout Panel

Crossfire Rear Fascia Closeout Panel

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