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Old 03-30-08, 08:39 PM
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Another pre-fit pix at different angle...
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Last pix with my other toy (vette), which I track once in a while. I decided to leave it on before painting so the oem bumper and the lip contours together even better when the sun beat on it tomorrow at work. It will also further cure the fiberglass epoxy from the lip and reduce outgassing so paint will not bubble up. Do you guys know how much is it to paint? I got two quotes from $150 & $250, and both are from two different lexus dealers. What is a reasonable price?
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thanks for the pics and instructions! Very helpful when I install mine. Did you find any particular part hard to do? I'm worried about drilling holes on the lip itself. I know on the lip, holes are pre-marked, but not drilled, but are they pretty accurate to fit with the factory holes?

Also, is it better to leave it on before taking it off and gettting it painted?

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Originally Posted by is350matic View Post
It will also further cure the epoxy from the lip and reduce outgassing so paint will not bubble up.
Sorry if I'm mis-understanding, but did you epoxy the lip to the bumper? If so could you clarify where you put the epoxy?
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Thanks for the write up and pictures. I am sure alot of people had questions about the replica fitment and quality prior to your post.

thanks for the pics and instructions! Very helpful when I install mine. Did you find any particular part hard to do? I'm worried about drilling holes on the lip itself. I know on the lip, holes are pre-marked, but not drilled, but are they pretty accurate to fit with the factory holes?
On the previous page he did mention that the pre marked spot were very accurate to the factory holes. He also had the same doubts so he marked it again prior to drilling and found out the pre marked were just as good.
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Originally Posted by GSE25 View Post
Sorry if I'm mis-understanding, but did you epoxy the lip to the bumper? If so could you clarify where you put the epoxy?

Sorry, I meant to say fiberglass epoxy and I did not epoxy anything. Its held by 7 tapping screws and 2 clips from the oem.
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nice install, looks very clean, nice instructions.
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Originally Posted by ThoLe View Post
it looks good man and thanks for the pix.

does the oem lip come easily?
Yes, the just pop out when you slide it towards the front.
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Originally Posted by lexboi250 View Post
Also, is it better to leave it on before taking it off and gettting it painted?
I think it is always a good idea to pre-fit stuff prior to paint. I decided to leave it on the car to prior to paint to achieve the following:

1. Let the sun beat on it so the oem bumper kinda relax to the new lip.
2. Further cure the fiberglass epoxy.
3. And finally, show it off tomorrow at work espcially to my boss since he is in to cars to like me. He actually owns an IS250 which I helped him drop when I dropped mine.

I will take it off when I send it to paint. I will send the fab and OEM lip together so they can color match. I will not leave my car to a paint shop, you never know what they will do to your car.
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what did you guys use to drill the holes? just the usual drill bits? I'm afraind i will crack it.
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Originally Posted by lexboi250 View Post
what did you guys use to drill the holes? just the usual drill bits? I'm afraind i will crack it.

I just used my wood drill bits...I guess I could have use my metals one but I just grabbed the closes drill bits.

On the side note...the stuff is getting painted tomorrow .
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All - this thread is to discuss a replica lip install, painting, and show pics. It is not a discussion about vendors or sources and it needs to stay that way. Thanks for keeping it neutral!
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