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Old 04-02-2007, 03:54 AM   #1
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Lightbulb Burn-up side skirts were too expensive so I'm making my own!!!!

Right - first of all, I've never worked with fiberglass or any kind of automotive panel product before in my life.

I was really keen to replace the OEM skirts that come on the version 8 and above because on my version 8 when I added the V-Limited front lip it made the front end look stupid...or should I say the rest of the car as the front was far lower than the rest.

So I hunted around for ages...most side skirts didn't cut it IMO, but I really liked the WRC skirts. Much like the OEM's but fatter so I started digging. I live in New Zealand and it was going to cost me no less than $1500 to get them or around USD$1000!! So I thought **** it - I'll try making my own!

So I bought a second hand set of OEM skirts and went to work...

Here's the progress so far...














To be continued....
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Old 04-02-2007, 03:55 AM   #2
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Old 04-02-2007, 03:55 AM   #3
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Man, I am so jealous of you folks who can do this kind of stuff. Someday...someday...
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Old 04-02-2007, 03:57 AM   #4
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holy crap, as far as I can tell from those pics, those look REALLY good. Looks like you may have a business in the making haha
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Old 04-02-2007, 03:58 AM   #5
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Man, I am so jealous of you folks who can do this kind of stuff. Someday...someday...
Mate...as previously explained....I've never done anything like this before. I went and got a book and worked it out myself.

Have a go!!

Stay tuned..
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Old 04-02-2007, 03:59 AM   #6
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very nice idea, and u get the perfect OEM fittment as ur modifying the outside edge.
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Old 04-02-2007, 04:03 AM   #7
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very nice idea, and u get the perfect OEM fittment as ur modifying the outside edge.
Yeah - that was the idea. Didn't know of any other way I was going to be able to get the under side to fit so modifying to orignals seemed like the best way to go.

Thanks for the feedback...

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Old 04-02-2007, 04:35 AM   #8
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i like the idea but it looks 2 much, overkill the flares are kinda goofy
haha
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Old 04-02-2007, 04:47 AM   #9
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looks good so far
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Old 04-02-2007, 05:37 AM   #10
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Your craftsmanship looks great. However, I think you're adding too much flare to them. If you look at the picture where you have them temporary installed, you can see that they no longer match the body lines of the front and rear bumper.

Even still, your work is very impressive for your first time doing this sort of thing.
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Old 04-02-2007, 05:51 AM   #11
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Your craftsmanship looks great. However, I think you're adding too much flare to them. If you look at the picture where you have them temporary installed, you can see that they no longer match the body lines of the front and rear bumper.

Even still, your work is very impressive for your first time doing this sort of thing.
Thanks for the feedback. Apreciate it.

I have often wondered if I've done too much...or in fact not enough...or not enough roll under at the front...

I'm pretty much committed now so will have to see once painted and fitted.

As far as the lines go, I've tried to marry up the outside edge of teh skirt with the bottom of the front bumper, and of course the V-Limited spoiler suits just below that. And at the rear I have only pulled the outside fin down more so the line that runs all the way from the middle back up the centre is still the original line which should still meet with the grove in the rear bumper.

Anyway...we'll see how she looks finished...gonna be a while yet...these pics might show a better angle (though not very nice pics). Once complete it'll be easy to do a camparison shot with the two different skirts...

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Old 04-02-2007, 11:33 AM   #12
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looking good, and like a ton of work. What kind of foam was that in the earlier pics?
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Old 04-02-2007, 11:37 AM   #13
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looks good i wish i had the talent to do that
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Old 04-02-2007, 11:42 AM   #14
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take em off... toss some white primer on there. make it a HELL of alot easier for us to look at

very bold to go and make your own sideskirts. my hat is off to you.
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Old 04-02-2007, 12:29 PM   #15
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damn that looks good
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Old 04-02-2007, 12:36 PM   #16
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Dude.

I am going to love the end of this.

Good job man... =]
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Old 04-02-2007, 12:48 PM   #17
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Wow, very impressive. I think it looks perfect at the moment. Looking forward to painted pics.
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Old 04-02-2007, 01:19 PM   #18
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+1 for spraying a layer of white primer on them
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Old 04-02-2007, 02:09 PM   #19
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Looking good. Keep the pictures coming!
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Old 04-02-2007, 02:20 PM   #20
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Those look awesome. Great job! You should make some aprons for the rear bumper and a front lip to finish it off....Good luck!
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Old 04-02-2007, 05:09 PM   #21
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Those look awesome. Great job! You should make some aprons for the rear bumper and a front lip to finish it off....Good luck!
Thanks heaps for the positive feedback guys. It's nice to know I'm not making a complete hash of it!

I may do some rear skirts aswell once I've finished the sides..we'll have to see but the great thing about these skirts is I can put the originals back on and move these to my Version 10...when I get it!! Don't think I can move the rear skirts as the V10 rear is different from the V8.

Thanks again.
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Old 04-02-2007, 05:13 PM   #22
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looking good, and like a ton of work. What kind of foam was that in the earlier pics?
No foam here mate. I just used fiberglass and strengthened from the inside, then sanded, then used automotive bog and then sanded again.

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Old 04-02-2007, 05:14 PM   #23
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i really like it. its going to look REALLY hot when painted.


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Old 04-02-2007, 05:15 PM   #24
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wow, nice work
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Old 04-02-2007, 05:18 PM   #25
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I am shocked how good those look on the car. Very nice.
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