Roadster Rear Panel Removal
Removing the rear panels for servicing etc
The best way to start this is to unclip and disconnect both license plate lights.
If you own a Roadster Coupe, open the boot and remove all the Torx screws from
around the rear window frame. If you own a Roadster, just open the boot.
Remove the 3x Torx screws from each side.
Pop out the rubber bungs from the rear leading boot edge...
...which gives better access to the 4 Torx screws running along the back.
If you have Brabus side skirts, remove them and remove the 3 Torx screws shown on each side.
If you don't have the Brabus skirts you will notice a flap covering the 2 rear Torx screws.
Rear under the car and pull the flap down and towards you.
2 on each side are further under the car.
Push in the centres of the 2 plastic expanding clips, Retrieve the centres when they fall out.
Remove the Torx screw circled blue, same on the other side.
Then look under the rear panel where the arrow shows and remove that fixing
too as quite often there is a fixing holding it to the rear wheel arch liner.
Remove the 2 Torx screws from the meshed vents in front of each rear wheel.
Pull the front edge of the arches away from the car.
It helps to have 2 or 3 people doing this, as you pull the arches away
you can pull the entire panel set away from the rear of the car.
The rear is now off so you can tinker.
Refitting Idea For The Coupe
The hardest part about removing and refitting the rear panels on a coupe is having to mess around removing and refitting the plastic windows. They have loads of fiddly bolts, the whole thing is a pain to line up and the plastic pegs that the bolts go into tend to snap or the insert pulls out.
The side windows are fairly rare and really quite expensive so ideally it would be
nice to not have to remove them at all. That way they'd last a hell of a lot longer.
As counter-productive and as silly as this sounds... leave the screws out (circled below).
These 3 screws are hidden by the window and they are the reason why the windows need to be taken out each time. However, there seems to be no reason why these screws can't be left out.
The rear panels are held in securely with other screws and bolts and the panels don't move,
flex or vibrate if these screws are omitted. If you take out these screws and leave them
out you don't have to remove the windows any more. The other fixings are removed and
the arch panels can be pulled sideways to clear the underside of the plastic windows.