I really like the look of the TRD Spoiler in the pictures that I saw of it. And I like that it’s basically a factory upgrade. So, I decided to order one from the same place I bought my authentic TRD Rear Spoiler for my MR2 Spyder quite a few years ago, Japan Parts. Not only was the service excellent, but it was cheaper (Shipped Total) than anywhere I saw locally (including eBay) by at least $90.
Since I had my car Opti-Coated by Garry Dean, creator of Infinite Use Detail Juice, I drove the spoiler up to Tampa to have the same great treatment done to the Spoiler as well. Then, I installed it the following weekend. Below are some Pictures and more info related to the installation.
Here’s the box that Arrived direct from Tokyo in less than a week after payment:
It was packaged really well with some cardboard stand-offs and wrapped in a foam paper material and then again in bubble wrap. Here’s a shot of it un-boxed:
Before Installation, I needed to gather some materials. Also, since there was no English version of the instructions available, I had to translate the Japanese directions with a little help from Google Translate. But as anyone who’s ever used Google Translate in the past knows, it is very far from accurate. I was able to use my experience and modify what it produced to give a more accurate translation. However, even then, it’s still not perfect. Also, I kinda like some of the poorly translated text in some areas where it doesn’t really matter that much. I think it gives it some charm.
So here is what I used during the installation:
These supplies included:
- TRD Rear Trunk Spoiler (Kinda important) – P/N: MS342-18001
- Supplied parts from the Spoiler kit (2x ring gaskets and 2x nuts. The circular and square sticker things are not used if you don’t have an existing spoiler.)
- Drill – I used my trusty DeWALT corded drill
- 3mm Drill bit ( Or 1/8″ )
- 10mm Drill bit ( Or I used a 3/8″. Just a little smaller. The next size up is closer to 10mm, but I was dead accurate with my template placing and pilot hole drilling )
- The testicular fortitude to drill 2 holes into your perfectly good trunk!
- Touch Up Paint – to coat the bare metal after drilling – Satin White Pearl Kit (37J) P/N: J361SAG0402P – Comes with base coat and top coat
- Rubbing alcohol – 70% IPA
- Microfiber cloth
- Translated instructions and templates including my own custom mirrored version (The kit only came with the left side and said to re-use that one on the other side). Some PDF Viewers will render the text badly. I recommend using Adobe Reader for these.
Some notes about the touch up paint… At first, I thought that they gave me 2 of the same tubes. Because the labels are nearly identical except for a single letter in the part number listed on the tube. The last 2 characters are either “BC” or “TC” Base Coat and Top Coat, respectively. Also, waiting for the paint to dry was definitely the longest part of the install.
During the Installation, you need to mark where to drill with the templates like so:
I put painters tape behind the template as well as on the underside of the trunk to help catch any stray metal shavings from the drilling and to help the drilling process. Here is how it looked right after the final drilling:
You are also supposed to mark where the top of the spoiler will be before drilling the holes according to the instructions. But id doesn’t seem to matter that I did it afterwards. And I’d say it’s not all that necessary either. But here I am, doing it:
And here is a shot of the holes after they’ve been painted to seal the bare metal:
Now all that was left was to put the spoiler on. First, you need to clean the area the spoiler will go on with IPA so it sticks nice and good. Next, you need to prep the spoiler by peeling back a little bit of the release paper and taping it to the spoiler so you can grab it when it’s on the car. 2 of the pieces are peeled off completely. Here’s a shot of right before I put it on the car:
Then, you put it on the car. Bolts go into the holes and loosely tighten the nuts. Then you make sure it’s aligned properly and remove the backing paper from the 2-sided tape in the order specified in the instructions. I kept some pressure on the spoiler the entire time when possible so it didn’t shift and would help it stick. Once all is done, you tighten the nuts completely and sit back and admire the sexy:
I really like how it looks. It has a very nice OEM quality to it that you just can’t get with most after market spoilers. It’s definitely the best looking one I’ve seen, IMHO. Now it sits comfortable next to it’s sibling that is also sporting a genuine TRD Rear Spoiler.
Thanks for reading. Hopefully, this info helps you make your decision on whether to buy one of these spoilers or not. And the instructions should help a lot too. Speaking of… Please do not link directly to any files listed on this page. You can post a link to this page for people to download them from if needed.
Until the next mod…