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Old 04-30-2007, 09:08 PM
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1996 Prelude body kit

I'm not sure why I got myself into this, I've never been a fan of rice. A guy wants me to paint a 96 prelude, he took it to a local fast and furious shop to have the body kit installed and they riveted the side skirts to the car. Is this typically how its done? It seems like there should be a better way. Maybe really good 2 sided tape and leave the rivets on the bottom? Adhesives? Any idea's.

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Not a big fan of ricey body kits either. Not any kind of expert on them. But when I installed urethane side skirts on a cavalier, I cleaned them well and wiped down with wax and grease remover, and sprayed adhesion promotor on the back of the skirts just for good measure, which I don't think was absolutely needed. Then used some 3m double sided tape toward the top to install them. Put a few screws in wheelwells and underneath I believe, They didn't want to fit real tight in all areas inside the jamb, so I did put a few rivets in there, since he said he didn't care and not seen as much as the exterior. Also at first they didn't want to fit right at all, but the urethane was just out of shape, so warming them up helped them go back to like they should be and fit much better. I was considering using a panel adhesive to install them and then I don't think you would ever have to worry about them going anywhere. The kid totaled his car later and grabbed off what good parts were left. I think he was happy they weren't panel adhesived on, cause then he'd have a little more fun removing them. If they are already riveted and holding well, then I think it should be okay, other then trying to find them if ever want to remove. Or if fiberglass, glass them shut. Nice, from what I can see, looks like they didn't even recess the rivet heads any. You might have to pick up some bumper repair material and fill in the holes if seen, and do a little bodywork I'd let him make the decision if he want to pay you to remove and install useing double stick tape or fix the rivets so they don't show.
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There are different ways to get the same result..
Most i'v seen use double sided tape there and most of the hold is with screws under the wheel opening.

Here is a rice story that had a happy ending.


It will be fun , hang in there and post up some pics as you go
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There are people here that attach them with drywall screws. They rust very shortly, and you have rust stains running down the body. They don't usually fit inside a car very good. I have seen people almost bend them in half to take them to a shop to be installed. Then they wonder why they don't fit good.

Two sided tape on the sides and screws on the botttoms and ends usually works great, after heating them up a little.

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why would they use rivete them on. anyway. mort kits are designed to fit using stock nuts n bolts but for the most part the double sided adhesive and then srews at the end in the wheel wells will do.
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