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-First things first: ​+===== Body Kit Fitting =====
  
-You’ll want to make sure that the cars free of dirt, so give it a quick clean. Now time to sort out tools etc, you’ll probably need:  
  
-• Grinder + cutting disk +Make sure that the car is free of dirt, so give it a quick clean. ​
  
-• Pliers ​ +**Tools and Equipement** 
-  +  * Grinder + cutting disk  
-• Hammer ​ +  * Pliers ​ 
- +  * Hammer ​ 
-• Adhesive (Sikaflex/​Tigerseal)  +  ​* ​Adhesive (Sikaflex/​Tigerseal)  
- +  ​* ​Paint (For the freshly cut, exposed metal)  
-• Paint (For the freshly cut, exposed metal)  +  ​* ​Masking Tape 
- +  ​* ​Pen for marking your outline  
-• Masking Tape  +  ​* ​Template (Contact me and I’ll supply you with this for the price of postage)  
- +  ​* ​Screws/​Rivets + Drill bit for pilot holes  
-• Pen for marking your outline  +  ​* ​Clamps for holding it on  
- +  * The kit! 
-• Template (Contact me and I’ll supply you with this for the price of postage)  +
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-• Screws/​Rivets + Drill bit for pilot holes  +
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-• Clamps for holding it on  +
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-• Most importantly… all the pieces of the kit!  +
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-Now that you’ve got it washed and got all your tools, time to start the job. +
  
  
-__**REAR ARCHES**__ 
  
-Jack the back of the car up and get the wheel(s) off, this gives you a lot more access. Take the back bumper off too. Now its time to mask up…Once the arch is all masked up, take the template and place it as shown in the diagram: ​+=== REAR ARCHES ===
  
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-Now here’s the fun part, cutting ​the arch! Out with the grinder ​and cut around your line, and for the tabs, cut a little bit extra in (for when they are folded back)+Jack the back of the car up and remove the wheel(s). This gives you a lot more access. Remove ​the back bumper. Mask up the arch and place the template ​in position as shown in the diagram:\\ {{gtikit001.jpg|}}
  
-{{gtikit009.jpg|}}+Cut the arch out with the grinder and cut along your line. and for the tabs, cut a little bit extra in (for when they are folded back).\\ ​{{gtikit009.jpg|}}
  
 Please note that you will have to slightly modify this cut as you start to fit the arch to make sure it sits nicely. ​ Please note that you will have to slightly modify this cut as you start to fit the arch to make sure it sits nicely. ​
  
-Time to peel off the masking tape and bend the lip up. To do this I just used a pair of pliers, and a hammer to keep the curve smooth. You’ll want to bend it by a few mm like so...+Peel off the masking tape and bend the lip up. To do this I just used a pair of pliers, and a hammer to keep the curve smooth. You’ll want to bend it by a few mm like so:\\ {{gtikit011.jpg|}}
  
-{{gtikit011.jpg|}}+Its at this stage you’ll want to make the slight adjustments so that the kit fits fine, lining up the arch and adjusting tabs etc as you see fit, grinding off parts that are in the way etc, and don’t forget that the tabs go above the tabs on the arch piece. Could also test to see how the lower sill will sit with the arch as well.\\{{gtikit013.jpg|}}
  
-Its at this stage you’ll want to make the slight adjustments so that the kit fits finelining up the arch and adjusting tabs etc as you see fit, grinding off parts that are in the way etcand don’t forget that the tabs go above the tabs on the arch pieceCould also test to see how the lower sill will sit with the arch as well… ​+Once you’re satisfied, it is time to take care of that exposed metal to save it from rustingMask off the bodywork around your cut and use whatever paint you’ve chosen to make sure all exposed edges etc are covered fine.  Hammerite will sufficebut use whatever rust/metal treatment paint you can get your hands on as it will be covered up by the arch so will not be visible.\\ {{gtikit014.jpg|}}
  
-{{gtikit013.jpg|}} +Repeat ​all this for the other side of the vehicle.
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-Once you’re satisfied, its time to take care of that exposed metal to save it from rusting, Mask off the bodywork around your cut and use whatever paint you’ve chosen to make sure all exposed edges etc are covered fine.  Hammerite will suffice, but use whatever rust/metal treatment paint you can get your hands on as it will be covered up by the arch so will not be visible. +
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-Now go forth and do likewise with the other side. Now the arches are done, that’s the hard bit taken car of!+
    
-**FRONT ARCHES** +=== FRONT ARCHES ​===
  
-As there’s not really anywhere to screw the front arches into, time to whip up some quick L-shaped brackets, this part is easy and should only take you about half an hour to do both front arches. ​ 
  
-Take your metal and cut it into small strips (I used some tin I had lying from repairing a van)hold the arch piece against the front wing and mark where the L piece has to go, also, make sure you get the part that the arch piece attaches ​to right otherwise you’ll end up with the kit sticking out... and we don’t want that! +Make up some quick L-shaped bracketsthis part is easy and should only take you about half an hour to do both front arches
  
-Once you’ve marked where they’re to godrill a hole through ​the L-piece and then through ​the wingand rivet it up, the bottom of your L piece should be in line with the edge of the wingAfter all 4 are done, your wing should be looking similar to this… ​+Take your metal and cut it into small strips (I used some tin I had lying from repairing a van)hold the arch piece against ​the front wing and mark where the L piece have to go, also, make sure you get the part that the arch piece attaches to right otherwise you’ll end up with the kit sticking out
  
-{{gtikit002.jpg|}}+Once you have marked where they are to go, drill a hole through the L-piece and then through the wing, and rivet it on. The bottom of your L piece should be in line with the edge of the wing. After all 4 are done, your wing should be looking similar to this.\\ ​{{gtikit002.jpg|}}
  
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-**Time To Stick On The Kit!** +=== Sticking ​On The Kit ===
  
 I suggest that you rivot and use adhesive, most commonly used is stikaflex or tigerseal. Both marine adhesives and available on ebay.  I suggest that you rivot and use adhesive, most commonly used is stikaflex or tigerseal. Both marine adhesives and available on ebay. 
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 For this part, I put together some guideline pictures of where I’m going to be putting the adhesive and where I’m going to be screwing/​riveting the kit on.  For this part, I put together some guideline pictures of where I’m going to be putting the adhesive and where I’m going to be screwing/​riveting the kit on. 
  
-Blue denotes screws/​rivets  +**Blue denotes screws/​rivets  
-Red denotes adhesive ​+Red denotes adhesive** 
  
-Front arch from behind...+Front arch from behind.\\ {{gtikit022.jpg|}}
  
-{{gtikit022.jpg|}}+Front arch underside.\\ ​{{gtikit021.jpg|}}
  
-Front arch underside...+Rear arch from behind.\\ {{gtikit017.jpg|}}
  
-{{gtikit021.jpg|}}+Rear part of sideskirt underneath.\\ ​{{gtikit018.jpg|}}
  
-Rear arch from behind… +Side skirt from behind.\\ {{gtikit020.jpg?​700}}
  
-{{gtikit017.jpg|}}+Door panel from behind.\\ ​{{gtikit016.jpg?700}}
  
-Rear part of sideskirt underneath... ​ 
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-Side skirt from behind… ​ 
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-Door panel from behind… ​ 
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-Now we’re got that out the way, time to start sticking the kit to the car, and for this you’ll want to leave it clamped overnight for the adhesive to stick properly. ​ 
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 +Now we’re got that out the way, time to start sticking the kit to the car, and for this you’ll want to leave it clamped overnight for the adhesive to stick properly.\\ {{gtikit003.jpg|}}
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 Note that I also stuck a screw through the very bottom of the arch piece, the flat bit that sits against the body and behind the rear sill piece.// ​ Note that I also stuck a screw through the very bottom of the arch piece, the flat bit that sits against the body and behind the rear sill piece.// ​
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-**Front arch:​** ​+=== Front Arch ===
  
-This one’s rather easy, as if your brackets are right there’s not a huge necessity for adhesive. ​One again following the diagram, put the adhesive on, line it up and clamp it, now you can drill the holes of where the arch piece lines up with your L brackets (if you haven’t already), and then rivet/screw the kit on, leave for adhesive to stick. ​ +This one’s rather easy, as if your brackets are right there’s not a huge necessity for adhesive. ​Once again following the diagram, put the adhesive on, line it up and clamp it, now you can drill the holes of where the arch piece lines up with your L brackets (if you haven’t already), and then rivet/screw the kit on, allow time for adhesive to stick.\\ {{gtikit003.jpg|}}
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-You’ll notice that the sideskirt goes under the front arch, this was a foo-pa on my part, I should’ve did the sideskirts first but only noticed afterwards ​that’s the way it goes, I recommend doing the sideskirts first and then you can rivet the front on at the hole that’s there. ​+You’ll notice that the sideskirt goes under the front arch, I should ​have done the sideskirts first but only noticed afterwardsI recommend doing the sideskirts first and then you can rivet the front on at the hole that’s there. ​
  
-**Sideskirts:** +=== Sideskirts ​===
  
-NOW… I assumed this to be this easiest part, but in my case was wrong, it was harder than a thought, purely because of the shape of the skirt and the shape of my actual sill, that and it was absolutely bucketing it down! I also had a problem with the sideksirt pieces not meeting up along the sill, which ill show in the ‘Problems’ section at the end. +NOW… I assumed this to be this easiest part, I will show in the ‘Problems’ section at the end. 
  
-Ok, time to do it. Adhesive along where the diagram indicated, but in this case you’re not only going with a single line, make this a thick zig-zag across the bigger parts, this will ensure that it sticks better. Next problem would be getting the drill under the car to drill the hole for the rivets, I did this with some dodgy jacking up… +Ok, time to do it. Adhesive along where the diagram indicated, but in this case you’re not only going with a single line, make this a thick zig-zag across the bigger parts, this will ensure that it sticks better. Next problem would be getting the drill under the car to drill the hole for the rivets, I did by jacking up the vehicle.
  
-Quite easy to hold the front skirt piece on, but the rear one you will have to prop something against it…  +Quite easy to hold the front skirt piece on, but the rear one you will have to prop something against it.\\ {{gtikit005.jpg|}}
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-**Door Pieces:** +=== Door Pieces ​===
  
 Once again, I chose to use the L bracket method for extra strength and support for the door pieces, so make up your 4 to the right size, mark where they should sit for the kit and attach them to the door, making sure that they are level (as you don’t want the door piece to be wonky!). ​ Once again, I chose to use the L bracket method for extra strength and support for the door pieces, so make up your 4 to the right size, mark where they should sit for the kit and attach them to the door, making sure that they are level (as you don’t want the door piece to be wonky!). ​
  
-Next is to apply the adhesive (and once again following my diagram). Now just to clamp the door piece and rivet it on and leave until the adhesive is nice and solid. ​+Next is to apply the adhesive (and once again following my diagram). Now just to clamp the door piece and rivet it on and leave until the adhesive is nice and solid. ​
  
-**__Finishing ​Touches:__** +=== Finishing ​Touches ​===
  
-For this I’d like to refer back to the definition of Sikaflex… Adhesive/​Sealant. Now, if you’re like me you’ll want that kit snug an solid, so, I ran a bead of sikaflex over the whole kit where it meets the bodywork. Using a cloth soaked in turps (or similar) you should have no problems keeping it off the bodywork and smoothing the corner in with your finger in the cloth. I also used this opportunity to fill in some little gaps I had between the kit and the body. And so your kit should be all on and nice and solid. ​ +For this I’d like to refer back to the definition of Sikaflex… Adhesive/​Sealant. Now, if you are like me you will want that kit snug an solid, so, I ran a bead of sikaflex over the whole kit where it meets the bodywork. Using a cloth soaked in turps (or similar) you should have no problems keeping it off the bodywork and smoothing the corner in with your finger in the cloth. I also used this opportunity to fill in some little gaps I had between the kit and the body. And so your kit should be all on and nice and solid.\\ {{gtikit007.jpg|}}
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-__**Problems:**__ +== Problems ​==
  
 As I said previously, I had a problem with the sideskirts not meeting properly, to get over this I decided to use the sikaflex to ‘build’ up the gap and smooth it out so that the kit looks consecutive and smooth (see above) As I said previously, I had a problem with the sideskirts not meeting properly, to get over this I decided to use the sikaflex to ‘build’ up the gap and smooth it out so that the kit looks consecutive and smooth (see above)
  
-Bear in mind that you can always cut the adhesive smooth on any bits you’ve been a bit.. overzealous. ​+Bear in mind that you can always cut the adhesive smooth on any bits you’ve been a bit overzealous. ​
  
-**__Things ​worth noting:__** +== Things ​worth noting ​==
  
-Before beginning, make sure you have some latex/​nitrile gloves to use whilst using the sikaflex, as you don’t want it on your skin (like I did), as its absolutely murder to get off and you’ll have next to no skin left at the end of scrubbing it all off! +Before beginning, make sure you have some latex/​nitrile gloves to use whilst using the sikaflex, as you don’t want it on your skin , as its absolutely murder to get off and you’ll have next to no skin left at the end of scrubbing it all off! 
  
 Another point is to find somewhere dry to work, or make sure its going to be dry, as on day 2 it was pouring down with rain… which definetly isn’t fun when you’re lying on the ground trying to do the skirts. ​ Another point is to find somewhere dry to work, or make sure its going to be dry, as on day 2 it was pouring down with rain… which definetly isn’t fun when you’re lying on the ground trying to do the skirts. ​
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-And I think that’s all! So read it all over again before attempting it!  +Read it all over again before attempting it! 
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-This is merely a guide to my method of doing things, and any irrepairable fucks up you may cause are in no way my problem nor am I liable for them as a result of you attempting to follow my methods. +
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