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Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2005 12:32 am 
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Hi everyone, I'm wondering if anyone can help me with installation of an EF XR Bodykit. I've been searching the net, and various forums for any technical guides or threads without much luck. Any hints/tips or internet links would be greatly appreciated.
It seems fairly straightforward looking at it (and I'm armed with various screws/tools/and a tube of multi purpose sikaflex) but as it's the first time I've done something like this, I'd like to get as much info as I can.

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Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2005 1:02 am 
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I havent done that before but I would start with a test fit.

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2005 10:30 am 
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http://www.fordmods.com/forums/documents.php?doc=60

I used that when I did my front bar.
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Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2005 10:47 am 
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Dont use too much sikaflex or it will be all over the place. Also, if you have a towbar, you will need a steady hand for the rear bumper part as it needs to be cut. No towbar=no worries

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2005 11:05 am 
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is it a genuine ford one or a fiberglass aftermarket?

 

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Posted: Mon Sep 05, 2005 11:09 pm 
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The kit is a genuine ford item (tickford logos on the inside). The front bar i believe is an aftermarket copy, but has been installed on a car before, there are two holes on either side (of the wheelarch surfaces) that line up with the screws that hold the inner guard protectors.

Ive test fitted the front lip and the side skirts/door panels and it all seems straightforard enough. I'm basically planning to use either thick double sided auto tape or sikaflex to hold the kit in place while i attatch all the screws. Once everythings on the tape/sikaflex should keep everything from moving/sagging, while the screws stop them from falling off (my theory)

The hard part i think will be the rear skirt/s (its a two piece item that allows for the tow bar. Ill have to pull the rear bumper cover off and drill many a hole in the bumper cover (that will have to line up with the rear skirt).

Just interested in anybody elses experiences in doing all of this.

Cheers, Kerazy.
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Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2005 11:13 am 
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It's not always a good idea to fit things up too stiffly (ie Sikaflex everywhere). A little bit of flex helps reduce damage from minor scrapes.
As for the rear skirt, I've never fitted a genuine one, bit with my aftermarket one, you must remove the rear bar to fit it up properly. Be very careful when removing/replacing the bolts which hold the bar onto the chassis. If they fall down, they end up in a cavern and are very hard to rescue.
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Posted: Tue Sep 06, 2005 11:56 pm 
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Thanx for the tips bob,
Im tossing up atm whether to use sikaflex or automotive double sided tape- i think the tape would allow for more flex and be easier to work with.
With the sideskirts will i end up having to drill into the sill panels at all? or will the screws go into the metal part you hook the car jack into?
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Posted: Wed Sep 07, 2005 9:55 am 
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if its a genuine Ford one you probably don't need to use either. Or at least for the front skirt you definately don't need to use anything just the bolts that are already on it!

 

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Posted: Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:11 pm 
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The front part isn't genuine (so it isnt rubber with the metal thread sticking out of it like the rear part)
I was thinking of using double sided tape on the inside of the parts, to help align everything properly when drilling holes in the front bumper, and when screwing everything in.
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