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Old 04-28-2019, 04:00 PM   #1
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Front Hood Crest Removal?

As a followup to this thread on the Hood Crest Gasket, I tried to remove my hood crest today without success. Looking through the holes in the underside of the hood I see what look like 8 mm nuts, but when I put a socket on them, they just spin and don't come off.

I took a look at some pictures of the crest, part no. 996-559-211-01 in eBay listings, and the studs on the back of the crest aren't threaded, so the nuts must be speednuts. Since they're just spinning and not coming off with a socket, does anyone have a good suggestion on removing the crest without damaging it or the hood? I'm going to see if I can gently get a very small screwdriver under the nut and pry on it as I turn the socket. But I'd like to know if anyone else has a better idea that has worked for them.
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Old 04-28-2019, 04:35 PM   #2
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I did a search and found this but if anyone has more to add please do.
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Old 04-28-2019, 09:42 PM   #3
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Usually gently pulling up on the crest, keeping some pressure on the “nuts” while loosening will get it done. If not, you’ll probably have to cut them off, or pry them off. Be careful though, the studs on the back of the crest can snap off as well. If one does, they usually snap with the stud intact and can be epoxied back on.
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Needle nose pliars you pull as you turn .
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:23 AM   #5
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Thanks, I'm going to give it another go when I have some time and am not tired. Right now I'm basking in the glory of having taken apart, cleaned, relubricated and reassembled the rear spoiler mechanism so that the spoiler fully retracts flush with the body again, and enjoying my Ben006 short shifter with new circlips and bearings!
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