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Old 07-11-2013, 05:35 PM   #1
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Default DIY - It's like the garage door lip, except not.

alright ladies, I've got something here thats sparked some interest and I figured I would create a post for the world to see.

See it's not that I'm poor really more that if I CAN make something instead of spending $100, $200, $500, why the F&@$ wouldn't I?

getting started. Heres my inspiration.



These machines are pretty neato and we would all like to be them. But we can't. So we be like them.

I live in San Diego and have been surrounded with trophy trucks and prerunners for a while. A lot of them have these neato bumper skirts, air dams whatever you want to call them in front. Like this:




I called a few peeps who make those fiberglass bodies and they said its just standard ABS sheet. HMMM I thought, that sounds cheap. Called a company I used to use as a supplier with the summer job I had last year. Bingo Bango Bongo I had a healthy 8' by 3.5" wide strip of 1/8'' thick ABS sheet for a pretty neat price of only $9.

So I got to work.

Step one: Start with the strip of plastic sheet and your sheety bumper.








step two: line up the end of the strip with the wheel well end of the bumper. now obviously do whatever floats your boat but I recommend (for bugeyes at least) following the crease at the bottom of the bumper. That line travels all the way around and is a nice flat and level guide to move along. clamp if you can and drill the first hole. type of hardware is optional. I suggest self tapping screws or countersunk allen head machine screws with nylock nuts for superior fit an finish. Work your way around the bumper keeping everything as flat and flush as possible. Try to line it up the best you can because once its bolted down in a few places, it wont want to move with making things wavy. Lots of clamps are your friend.







Step three: once everything is on there nicely, leave it as is, paint it pink, use crayon or do what I did, doesn't matter. I painted the top inch WRB, i covered the bottom 2.5" in carbon fiber vinyl. I put on a 2" x 12" prodrive sticker i had made at the swap meet for extra horsepower and skids.





step five:



step six: profit



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Old 07-11-2013, 05:43 PM   #2
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not bad. nice subie!
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Old 07-11-2013, 05:47 PM   #3
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i love the idea
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:06 PM   #4
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Looks great to me. Nice job!
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:07 PM   #5
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that looks good you should sell them.
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:08 PM   #6
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yo! how much you askin for dat prodrive lip dawg?
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:24 PM   #7
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NICE!

I'm going to look into something similar... for the new bumpers
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Old 07-11-2013, 06:30 PM   #8
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that looks good you should sell them.
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yo! how much you askin for dat prodrive lip dawg?
well you know since its genuine prodrive and real carbon, probably $4000 each.

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NICE!

I'm going to look into something similar... for the new bumpers
like this!

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Old 07-11-2013, 06:49 PM   #9
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very nice job! like the how you painted half of the lip WRB.
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:26 PM   #10
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like this!
That is perfect! just need to do a bit of cutting to fit that crease.
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Old 07-11-2013, 07:39 PM   #11
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did you need all 8ft?
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:40 PM   #12
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That is perfect! just need to do a bit of cutting to fit that crease.
yeah i forgot the 2012+ models jet out a bit and come back in.


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did you need all 8ft?
all but about 4 inches.


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very nice job! like the how you painted half of the lip WRB.
thanks!
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:49 PM   #13
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Very Very Nice, and Very Clean.
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Old 07-11-2013, 09:49 PM   #14
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You've got some skill; you envisioned it, and built it. props to you.
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Old 07-12-2013, 06:54 AM   #15
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I'm putting this idea on my car. Zachbiz has been extremely helpful with any other questions I have had so far. Ill post pics up once I get mine done.
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Old 07-12-2013, 08:50 AM   #16
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I like it. Clean. I would use pop rivets instead of screws, but looks good nevertheless.

The real question is where to get an 8' strip of ABS plastic for $9?
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Old 07-12-2013, 09:51 AM   #17
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Nice, looks great. I always wanted to do something like this, but I don't think it would work as well on the 04-05 bumper with the STi side pieces.
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:46 AM   #18
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I remember you posting this on SWIC, Looks so mean! I think you should definitely do the light bar!
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Old 07-12-2013, 11:14 AM   #19
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Buy this, http://www.speedwaymotors.com/Colore...0-Ft,1557.html Shipping is fairly cheap, and it should be enough to make 4-5.

Make yourself one, then sell them to your friends for $40 or 2 cases of beer.

If I were to make one, I'd just rivet it on but put rivets on the backside to prevent pull through of the bumper.

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Old 07-12-2013, 11:31 AM   #20
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Great job on it. I really like it. My front bumper has seen better days, and this seems cheap and easy enough.
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Old 07-12-2013, 12:01 PM   #21
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Looks pretty good, nice idea!
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:15 PM   #22
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Looks awesome.....and I seen another one similar to this. Except he used a piece of rubber that was 8ft long and 3in wide and hooked it to the bumper using "L" brackets and screws
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Old 07-12-2013, 02:09 PM   #23
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I like it. Clean. I would use pop rivets instead of screws, but looks good nevertheless.

The real question is where to get an 8' strip of ABS plastic for $9?
I used a local supplier called San Diego plastic. It's always cheaper to buy local but I'm sure you could find something online. just shipping is the problem.


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I remember you posting this on SWIC, Looks so mean! I think you should definitely do the light bar!
I'm working on it man. I gotta go get those trick tabs so i can fab up the bar. Then I gotta buy lights. thats the big ticket.


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Great job on it. I really like it. My front bumper has seen better days, and this seems cheap and easy enough.
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I'm putting this idea on my car. Zachbiz has been extremely helpful with any other questions I have had so far. Ill post pics up once I get mine done.
Definitely post up once you guys get them finished. I want to see how they come out.
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Old 07-25-2013, 04:47 PM   #24
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Not done yet. But here is the final cut of mine with self tappers for now. I will be putting black rivets in for a better hold.

Also I bought a 4x8 sheet of abs plastic from Sabic plastics for $45. This is actually some pretty tough stuff. Curious how it will hold up on some gravel roads.


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Old 07-25-2013, 05:19 PM   #25
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Not done yet. But here is the final cut of mine with self tappers for now. I will be putting black rivets in for a better hold.

Also I bought a 4x8 sheet of abs plastic from Sabic plastics for $45. This is actually some pretty tough stuff. Curious how it will hold up on some gravel roads.

I like that. Might be something I do in the future
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