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    Side louver size and location

    I am planning to install my side louvers (upgrade version) and have read many posts on the topic. I do still have a couple questions.
    1) when cutting the opening, should the size top to bottom be as close as possible to the dimension of the louver which measures 5? Or should that opening be slightly smaller? If it should be smaller what should it measure?
    2) my body has no cut outs. With that being said, do you all recommend the location that is outlined in the manual?

    Thanks in advance for your input.
    Mk4 Roadster #8855, 351W, TKO 600, EFI, IRS

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    First, I'm assuming you have the side louvers on hand. You'll want to fit the opening to the actual louvers. Yes, make the opening slightly smaller than the louvers. Looks a little more finished. For me there are two aspects that make these look best: First, match the angle of the cut-out to the louvers. Second, ideally the spacing between all the louvers including to the body openings on each end is the same. Use the location described. It's fine. This is my #8674 build. These are the upgraded Factory Five louvers. Same as available elsewhere. I did have the factory cutouts. You can see how I adjusted them slightly, and then the finished product. I had mine powder coated silver. Lots of finish options including body color.







    How about we start a thread and debate the best way to attach them??? That should be fun. Kidding.
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    Thanks for the photos. I do have the louvers on hand and they measure 5” in height. When you say slightly smaller, what would you recommend the height of the opening to be?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DowenS View Post
    Thanks for the photos. I do have the louvers on hand and they measure 5” in height. When you say slightly smaller, what would you recommend the height of the opening to be?
    I don't know. Maybe 1/8-inch less? Whatever looks good to you.
    Build 1: Mk3 Roadster #5125. Sold 11/08/2014.
    Build 2: Mk4 Roadster #7750. Sold 04/10/2017. #7750 Build Thread
    Build 3: Mk4 Roadster 20th Anniversary #8674. 03 of 20. 2015 crate Coyote, 2015 IRS. Legal 04/18/2017. #8674 Build Thread
    Build 4: Gen 3 Type 65 Coupe #59. Delivered 12/2/2017. #59 Coupe Build Thread

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