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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 07-17-2012, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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How-To: EZ Side Skirts Install (garage Door Seal)

These can be installed on any balt that does NOT have side skirts.

Tools needed:
- Garage door seals (8ft per side)
- Heavy duty double sided foam tape
- Utility knife

Optional, but recommended
- Screws - 1/2" self tapping waffer head, or flat head with washers
- Drill with small drill bit


Difficulty:

3/10
Hardest part is drilling the holes for the screws, just take your time and go slow.


Step 1:
Prep the car. Clean it up and really clean off any dirt under the side skirt area.
Use whatever you want to clean it, but finish with a few passes of a wet rag to remove any cleaner residue.





Step 2:
Apply double sided tape to your side skirts. Be generous but follow your application line.









Step 3:
Installation!
Start with an inch or so of overhang to allow for trimming. Follow the line of the car and line the side skirts up with tap. Press the underside of the skirt very firmly against the car several times to ensure a good hold.

Overhang






Step 4:
Trim the excess overhang following the line of the wheel well. Take your time and use a fresh blade so it can be done with one smooth cut.





Step 5: Optional, but recommended
Pre drill holes threw the side skirt into the metal at each end of the skirt, as well as every foot.

Using self tapping 1/2" screws with wide heads, or with a washer for better hold, put a screw into each of your pre drilled holes.

No pics...I need to jack up my car as its too low for my drill to fit under it lol




Finished Product:
Before


After



Final thoughts:
Though it looks subtle in the pictures, it gives a really clean look to the car, and is much more noticable in person, while at the same time, looking like it belongs there.
It did exactly what I wanted it to do, which is hide my LEDs running along the sides. For such a cheap mod, I'm impressed with the outcome.
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Nice write up! Everyone with underglow kit should do it! How much of the side underglow does it stop from getting through? Or is it now low enough to block it?

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I would have never thought of this mod. Nice write up
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Nice write up! Everyone with underglow kit should do it! How much of the side underglow does it stop from getting through? Or is it now low enough to block it?
I havent seen it at night, but given its location, I doubt it will block any light. It just prevents anyone from seeing the LED's when theyre more than 5ft from the car.

You can see the strip in the 'before' picture...its the slightly white and wobbly area that the skirts now cover.
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Yea definitely noticable in the before pic

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Exactly. Now you have to be on your hands and knees to see the led's. Even at 50 feet, you just see the light output, not the LED's

I really think I'm going to do this to the front bumper as well. Its very subtle but gives it cleaner lines, kind of like an outline.
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That's cool. How much did the garage door seal cost?
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whole project cost $34 with enough left over to do the front. I opted for the thicker stuff and glad I did. Its still hanging on perfectly.
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Where did you buy the garage seal at? Can you post pictures that are taken from farther away?
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