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post #31 of 39 (permalink) Old 09-06-2018, 11:08 PM Thread Starter
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Here I'm dealing with a problem when riding low in the back.

The tires rub on the metal fender/quarter panel, and the plastic guard.




With the guard removed you can see where I ran the lines for the front/rear bags.



A bit to the left you can see where the drains exit, took this chance to trim them all to equal length (roughly), though it will never be seen.



Started cutting the metal with a Dremel. you can see the shiny part that was taking chunks out of my tire.




Cleaned up with a grinding wheel, kept going a bit more from here but didn't take pictures.

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Long story short, plastic guard still touches the tire, the metal barely rubs the side of the tire when airing out, but that's all the time I had for today.

Took some videos but not sure how to put them up, will do that later.
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Here are some of the pictures I have taken after the bag install.
Don't think I ever got around to posting them.

All of the photos are aired out.







Have to be careful when backing up into parking spots, the other day I overshot it a bit.



I plan to install a camera in the front bumper somewhere, to aid in parking head on if I want to air the car out. That project is still a month or two away though, other things to do for now.

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At ride height the car is level, aired out the front a bit higher than the rear.
Want to go lower when aired out, rear is easy to lower more but don't want to until I can figure out the front.
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This next part of the build may be insignificant in size but the evil M logo I purchased from Aliexpress... long story short, can't stay on the car.

First world problems here, gonna have to modify the original one.

Chapter one: Gonna get worse before it gets better.

First thing I had to do was set some epoxy in the bottom part of the emblem to fill the void since this part will need to be molded by hand.



A day later the epoxy has cured, cut the top part off.



Cut it closer, got a small nick in the right side but we will deal with that later.



And got it perfect with sandpaper.



Here's where we are at, looks weird like this.



Afterwards, made a little template, centered it and marked where to cut.



And, cut it.



Still not the finished product... Just in case anyone was wondering.
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Continuing from where we left off.

Chapter 2: The batman.

From the marks we made earlier, used a dremel and took off the bulk of the material.



Front view, took off some of the metal plating as necessary, it peels off.



Then did it to the other side. Looks cool like this, like fangs,



Make sure both sides are as perfect or as crooked as you wish them to be.



Get one side, dremel, file and sand it down to a tip.



Then did it to the other side.



Here's a view of how it's looking.
Doesn't have to be perfect, as we will take care of this in the next step.



Here it is next to the cheap one.



A few more pics.
The OEM one has a curve, the cheap one is flat so it does not lay correctly in the trunk of our cars.


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Chapter 3: Dave Ramsey's Bondo Buggy.

Continuing from the last post, scratched up the smooth metal plating.



Filled in the imperfections with glazing putty.



Sanded it smooth.



Gave it one coat.



Two and three coats of primer, let it dry for a day.



Sanded the imperfections down under a bright light. A light sanding to the rest of it as well.



How it looks after that.




Gave it another 3 coats of primer and set it to dry until the next day.



Now I need to decide whether to chrome plate it, or paint it gloss black and paint all of the car's trim to match.
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Got around to installing the bushings from Bagriders.

Here it is on the right, the one that comes with the springs on the left.



The install, had to take the whole strut assembly out and swap the parts.




Here's the new aired out stance.

About a half inch lower than before.
Next week I'm gonna find out how much lower she can go.




Officially tucking the front rim.
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Tint the windows.

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Chapter 4: The Decision.

A lot of thinking on whether to plate it chrome or paint it black.

Plating it chrome would be cheaper and simpler since I'll leave the rest of the trim chrome.

But, I don't know, grey and black, looks cool, at least from my photo-shopped pictures.
If I don't like it I'll just plate it afterwards.

The paint I bought.



After final coat of black.



After drying a bit.



Turned out good, no imperfections I can see.
Next week I'll sand it, spray on clear and sand/polish that to finish it off.
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Tint the windows.
It's on the list, just haven't gotten to it yet.
Have some things I want to do before that.
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