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 ==== Introduction ==== ==== Introduction ====
 A splitter is an additional section on the bottom of the front bumper that is designed to move airflow lower and to make the car look lower to the ground. For this reason they are made of flexible plastic normally as they do scrape and get battered on bumps, humps and kerbs. A splitter is an additional section on the bottom of the front bumper that is designed to move airflow lower and to make the car look lower to the ground. For this reason they are made of flexible plastic normally as they do scrape and get battered on bumps, humps and kerbs.
-When used on the rear bumper they are known as diffusers but serve the same purpose as a splitter and can be used in the same way. Fronts will fit to rears and vica verca.+When used on the rear bumper they are known as diffusers but serve the same purpose as a splitter and can be used in the same way. Fronts will fit to rears and vice versa.
  
 Choosing the right splitter is important as it needs to sit well on the bumper. GT/GTi bumpers are slightly easier due to their square chins. Popular splitters are the Renault Laguna and the various VW Golf splitters. Choosing the right splitter is important as it needs to sit well on the bumper. GT/GTi bumpers are slightly easier due to their square chins. Popular splitters are the Renault Laguna and the various VW Golf splitters.
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 === Getting Started === === Getting Started ===
-Preparation is a key factor to make any job look good. Do some research and see what other people are using, what looks good and what doesnt. Go onto ebay and have a search around. Search words to help you include: Splitter, diffuser, lower front bumper, front valance, under bumper and variations on these. After you have chosen your splitter the first thing to do is hold it up to the car and see how it looks. Hold it in place with some tape and stand back to get a good look and side perspective.+Preparation is a key factor to make any job look good. Do some research and see what other people are using, what looks good and what doesn'​t. Go onto eBay and have a search around. Search words to help you include: Splitter, diffuser, lower front bumper, front valance, under bumper and variations on these. After you have chosen your splitter the first thing to do is hold it up to the car and see how it looks. Hold it in place with some tape and stand back to get a good look and side perspective.
  
 === The Fitting === === The Fitting ===
-The chances are that the splitter came off a larger wider car so will need trimming down. Mark the centre of the splitter with the marker pen and use the hacksaw to half the splitter. Take care to cut straight and try not to over bend the splitter. ​Dont forget to mark the centre point on the bumper as well. +The chances are that the splitter came off a larger wider car so will need trimming down. Mark the centre of the splitter with the marker pen and use the hacksaw to half the splitter. Take care to cut straight and try not to over bend the splitter. ​Don'​t ​forget to mark the centre point on the bumper as well. 
-Less is more. Measure up and mark with the pen how much needs to come off for it to sit neatly inline with both ends. Hacksaw to just before these lines then trim the edges with the stanley ​knife. Hold it up to the car to check the measurements and sizing is correct. ​+Less is more. Measure up and mark with the pen how much needs to come off for it to sit neatly inline with both ends. Hacksaw to just before these lines then trim the edges with the Stanley ​knife. Hold it up to the car to check the measurements and sizing is correct. ​
  
 === Cutting Corners ===  === Cutting Corners === 
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 Drill the corresponding holes in the splitter and bolt it loosely up to the bumper, one side at a time. Drill the corresponding holes in the splitter and bolt it loosely up to the bumper, one side at a time.
 If necessary drill two holes in the centre ends and bolt together using a small piece of metal or similar to keep the centre together and tight. If necessary drill two holes in the centre ends and bolt together using a small piece of metal or similar to keep the centre together and tight.
-Tighten up all the bolts and stand back and admire your handywork+Tighten up all the bolts and stand back and admire your handy work
 If needed run a thin bead of black silicone sealant round the gap between bumper and splitter to make it blend in a bit better, gives it a nice finish if used well and smoothly done. If needed run a thin bead of black silicone sealant round the gap between bumper and splitter to make it blend in a bit better, gives it a nice finish if used well and smoothly done.
  
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-This is a Mk4 Golf splitter on a GTi. This is a big splitter and will have to be removed when the car is lowered. It also required chopping on the sides as it is alot bigger. The centre lower sections were bolted together to keep it straight and a bead of silicone was run around the top.+This is a Mk4 Golf splitter on a GTi. This is a big splitter and will have to be removed when the car is lowered. It also required chopping on the sides as it is a lot bigger. The centre lower sections were bolted together to keep it straight and a bead of silicone was run around the top.
  
 {{gt_golf_splitter.jpg?​500}} {{gt_golf_splitter.jpg?​500}}
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 This is an earlier Golf splitter fitted very well and neatly to a GT VTR Turbo. Note how low the splitter sits could be easily damaged on kerbs and humps. This is an earlier Golf splitter fitted very well and neatly to a GT VTR Turbo. Note how low the splitter sits could be easily damaged on kerbs and humps.
  
-There you have sucessfully ​lowered your car visually without touching the suspension, just remember as flexible as they are, speed humps will always win out against splitters eventually.:​-D+There you have successfully ​lowered your car visually without touching the suspension, just remember as flexible as they are, speed humps will always win out against splitters eventually.:​-D
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