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Old 10-08-09, 01:59 PM   #1
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Default Rear GFX lip gaps... BEWARE OF CARTECH AUTOBODY in TORONTO

Hi all,

I just had my GFX rear installed on my 06 IS350. I noticed gaps around the rear sides (about half a cm). I talked to the guy and he said he tried everything to get the gap small. He said that this could be because since the car aged, so has the plastic so the fitment might not be perfect.

Can anyone chime in on this? Do you think I can buy some double sided tape and put it in the gap to try and close it? What's the recommended double sided tape?

thanks!

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Old 10-08-09, 03:11 PM   #2
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Who installed it? Did they cut the exhaust openings in your bumper? You may need to do this in order to fit properly.

BTW, who is "the guy"?

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Old 10-08-09, 03:11 PM   #3
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I have the same gap especially on the curve corner. I think it's normal, more tapes would help but I don't even notice it that much or care about it anymore.
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Who installed it? Did they cut the exhaust openings in your bumper? You may need to do this in order to fit properly.

BTW, who is "the guy"?
oh the guy who installed it for me haha

http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/brows...ing%2BTape.jsp

would this be the one? i'm just going to use some forceps to stick it into the gap and PUSH lol
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so, did he cut the openings?
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so, did he cut the openings?
yeha it's cut and drilled
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hmmm, it sounds like the guy didn't install it properly.
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hmmm, it sounds like the guy didn't install it properly.
well the back is perfectly fine...it's just the rounded sides...he's pretty reputable in my area and has done a lof of GFX rears but in any case...i hope the tape will fix it...seems like it would...that lexus double sided tape that comes with it SUCKS
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I installed mine myself following the instructions, and it's perfect no gaps around, so double check with the install.
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if the guy installs the lip ever so slightly off, then you will get the gap. I would uninstall and reinstall again. I bet that will fix your problem.
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if the guy installs the lip ever so slightly off, then you will get the gap. I would uninstall and reinstall again. I bet that will fix your problem.
Bingo!..
You have to reinstall the kit. It was not properly installed... Tell him to follow exactly how the instruction shows and before tightening the bolts, it must be perfectly aligned. The kit does not have any gap whatsoever.. I had to reinstall mine twice to get it perfect And lol noway the plastic can age like that and give that big of a gap difference....
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Bingo!..
You have to reinstall the kit. It was not properly installed... Tell him to follow exactly how the instruction shows and before tightening the bolts, it must be perfectly aligned. The kit does not have any gap whatsoever.. I had to reinstall mine twice to get it perfect And lol noway the plastic can age like that and give that big of a gap difference....
yeah eh? so i should bring it back? if the tape i posted up top will fix it i dont really care i guess..so the plastic warping is BS?
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i had my GFX rear kit put on just this year and my car is a 06 no gaps at all. If adding more tape works for you go for it but just remember tape can only hold on so long.
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hmm thanks for the responses...looks like i'm giving that guy another visit
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if the guy installs the lip ever so slightly off, then you will get the gap. I would uninstall and reinstall again. I bet that will fix your problem.
I agree..

You may need to retape it anyways if you're taking the lip off
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