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Old 03-07-2018, 02:46 PM
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Default Rocker Panel Clips Replacement

The rocker panel clips on my 93 C2 have lost their grip. To hopefully fix this issue, I ordered a pair of new clips, grommets, and the rubber seal strip.

Not sure how the clips normally connect to the panel itself as they are currently detached from the panel. Should I add an adhesive tape to the back of the clips?

These photos are after I pulled on the panel this morning in preparation for "surgery" this weekend when the parts arrive.

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Closeup of old clip
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Old 03-07-2018, 02:57 PM
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They look like they have already been glued on in the past I have mine off and later today can get you a good picture of how they were originally attached not all of mine are broken. I think most who have this issue get some type of adhesive line JB Weld and reattach them. I will post the picture of mine about 4:30 MST today
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Old 03-07-2018, 03:08 PM
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Thanks John. Maybe I'm overcomplicating things by replacing the clips - especially if I just end up gluing them anyway.
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Using epoxy to adhere the mounts to the panel is in the FSM, so it's legit. The plastic hooks that it is supposed to attach to disintegrate so the epoxy is the only way to keep it together. Then use plastic nuts on the other side to hold it all together.
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Old 03-07-2018, 03:15 PM
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Be sure to use an epoxy specific for plastic. I've found it holds the best.
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Old 03-07-2018, 03:31 PM
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JB Weld does NOT work. Ask me how I know. You need the proper plastic adhesive and prep.






This is the proper stuff and a body shop will have it, the applicator gun, prep, etc. Just find a friend and take them your parts....thats what I did.

Or you buy the whole kit and do the same for your "friends"
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Get the replacement clips and glue them on with this and your problems are over. Otherwise, you will be back in there again later.

EDIT: Picture of proper clips glued on (first time around with the improper "glue")

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My experience is as per the above I.e. You need the proper adhesive.

Another thought is to ensure that there is no excess pressure on the clips being used to pull the longer sill in. If correctly adjusted/fitted the sill is sitting close to the body and the shark fin fits next to it. On my car I had to fit a thread to the last clip on the long sill to keep it flush to the body and not press against the shark fin. I hope that makes sense. I would post pics if this app would let me do so without a server error.
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Looks like no need for me to add pictures good tip on not using JB weld I havenĺt tried it yet and now no not to Thanks guys 👍
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Old 03-07-2018, 04:17 PM
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Thanks everyone. This is incredibly helpful. Good advice to use proper adhesive otherwise I'll be re-doing everything down the road. Ideally I'll connect with a local body shop as purchasing the 3M adhesive + gun setup looks a bit steep for what's hopefully a very small job.

Having not crawled under the car yet, I wasn't sure what was holding the clips in place. Now having seen this photo, it now makes sense that the plastic nuts are holding the clips.

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I checked out the products mention above it looks like a person can get both for under a 100 seems it is a small price for a permanent fix seeing how a used shark fin is a 135 $ thanks again guys
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Wanted to share an update on this thread. I picked up the parts from the Porsche dealer yesterday and then went to Advance Auto Parts to pick up some adhesive. The Porsche Dealer didn't have any adhesive for this type of job and I waited too long to connect with a body shop.

While not the recommended 3M adhesive, I was short on time as I had my first track event today. After applying the adhesive and letting it cure for an hour, the studs were firmly adhered to the panel and bolted easily into place.In terms of durability, having just returned from Summit Point, I can safely the adhesive worked just fine.

Total cost including adhesive was around $20. Here are some photos documenting the fix:

Old Studs Removed


These bumps helped align the new studs


These too


New Studs Part #99950737300


Note the studs are threaded and different than rocker clips


Plastic Nut Part #99904900740


Plastic Nut Closeup


Advance Auto Parts Adhesive


Adhesive Mixed in Plastic Tray


Adhesive on back of stud


Stud adhered to panel. Before applying I scrubbed the panel to clean the surface. Let cure for one hour.


Popping the panel back into place


Snug fit


Nuts threaded tightly by hand on back of studs. Will likely go back and tighten more.


Early start at Summit Point


End of a great day with my brother who drove the 993. Special thanks to Chip and Gary for being great instructors at my first PCA driving event.
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Glad it worked out.
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