|How To Put On A Urethane Body Kit|
|WARNING:THIS IS ONLY TO BE USED TO GIVE READERS AN IDEA ON HOW TO PUT ON A BODY KIT. IT IS ALWAYS BEST TO LEAVE THESE KINDS OF THINGS TO PROFESSIONAL SHOPS. ALSO, THE INSTRUCTIONS I HAVE WRITTEN DOWN HERE ARE FOR THE XENON BODY KITS FOR THE 86-89 ACCORD 4DR BUT IT IS BASICALLY THE SAME FOR OTHER CARS.
1)There are two ways to put on a body kit from Xenon. The first way is to use the double sided tape that comes with the kit. It is a lot cleaner and easier. But I used the other way which was to use urethane glue so that I knew it was 100% bonded onto the bumper.
2)First, sand down the paint on the front and rear bumper where the body kit would come in contact (most likely right under the groove in the bumper) with rough grit sand paper. Make sure all clear coat has been removed. Do the same for the inside part of the body kit where it would come in contact with the bumper. This helps the urethane glue or double sided tape get a "grip" onto each of the parts when they come in contact.
3)Next if your using the double sided tape, remove the backing on one side and put it on to the bumper right under the groove. Then remove the backing on the other side and get one person to help you put the body kit on straight. The instructions said to use tape or something to hold it over night but that's the part I didn't trust so use your own discression. If your doing it the other way, put the urethane glue all over the place where the body kit and bumper would come in contact (but don't put on too much or you have a lot squeezing out the sides and edges). Then get someone to help you line it up. After lining everything up, firmly press down on all the places that will come in contact with the bumper. Then use a short self tapping screw and screw the edges of the body kit (where it wraps into the wheel well) into the wheel well. Then put more screws every 3 or 4 inches. Make sure your partner has it lined up properly and also be careful not to screw in the screws too deep or it will leave a small indent that's hard to fix. Also, remove any glue that squeezed out the sides imediately since it hardens fairly fast. If it has already become sticky and hard to remove, you could always use a bit of gas. The urethane glue needs to set over night.
3)The side skirts are the easiest. Just open the doors and remove the plastic piece on the door jam that holds the carpet down. Roughen the inside surface of the body kit. Then either use the double sided tape or the urethane glue and apply where neccessary. Again, get your friend to help you to line it up and firmly press down on all areas of the body kit. Then screw it in or tape it on to hold it over night. Then screw the plastic piece you removed earlier back in.
4)The screws can be removed the next day but it is best to leave it in until you get it painted. Also, you can get the edges seam sealed for a clean look. The screw hole should be filled in by a professional since using the wrong material will cause it to crack off after painting it.
5)And last of all, make sure you read the instructions that came with the kit. They may have changed it since I bought mine. The factory way lets you put it on without making any holes. But I heard it can fall off sometimes if the tape isn't strong enough. But it is the money saving way since you don't need to do any body work on it. The urethane glue way gives you a good bond between the surface but you must pay for a little extra body work to fill in the holes unles you know how to do it yourself. I hope this section provided a little insight into how hard it is to put a body kit onto your car.