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Old 04-24-2003, 12:08 AM   #1
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ACS M3 Lip silver struts DIY..$10 USD PIC INSIDE

After seeing the insane price ACS put on these little suckers, i have decided to see whether i can find something similar to subsitute in its place. here what i come up with.

Materials ALL FOUND IN HOME DEPOT:

1) TWO anchors (you should see something similar to those pics, with a long screw in the middle and a nut/bolt at the end <---you can discard the nuts and bolt)

2) FOUR rubber stumpers (small ones, i painted them silver, they come in black)

3.) Quicktite (or any other quick drying expoxy.super glue)

STEPS:
1.) remove the nuts and bolts from the anchors, so that only the long screw and the metal surrounding is left. (i have no pictures, sorry...forgot to take them)

2.) take 2 of the rubber stumpers and place them on both ends of the anchors. adjust them according to the bumper and the lip. This process takes time, so make sure you adjust it so that the rubber can be PAREALLELLY aligned to the bumper and the lip...

3.) glue the rubber s. to the anchors with the shape you adjusted. you must hold it in place, since otherwise it may get disformed.

4.) once you glued both ends, take some silver paint and spray the ends of the rubber.

5.) fit the finished piece to the bumper and lip with black adhesives or super glue/exproxy.


Now, sitback, relax, and enjoy the happiness of saving yourself $400 USD for those 2 damn metal thingys.



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Old 04-24-2003, 12:10 AM   #2
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That's cool...kinda ghetto...but still a cool DIY
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Old 04-24-2003, 12:12 AM   #3
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Looks GREAT..**** ACS
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Old 04-24-2003, 12:12 AM   #4
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That's cool...kinda ghetto...but still a cool DIY
hehehe..... however ghetto it may seem, i'm happy with the $400 in my pocket than on those things.
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Old 04-24-2003, 12:13 AM   #5
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Looks GREAT..**** ACS
thanks for the support haha
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Old 04-24-2003, 12:14 AM   #6
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looks good but kinda looks uneven
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Old 04-24-2003, 12:15 AM   #7
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oh dear....
I rather not put the struts bar at all man...and that's ma shaw...why the ACS? Man, do i sound like a hater...n/m me. :tongue:
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Old 04-24-2003, 12:16 AM   #8
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looks good but kinda looks uneven
i could have done a better job with the paint...... i think i hurried it too much.... yep yep. if u are refering to the contact point of the structs and the bumper, well..... lets just say you get what you paid for. hahahaha...
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Old 04-24-2003, 12:17 AM   #9
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Dude...that's awesome..who cares if it's ghetto...kind of the same as silver spray painting light bulbs. Kudos for saving $400.00!!
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oh dear....
I rather not put the struts bar at all man...and that's ma shaw...why the ACS? Man, do i sound like a hater...n/m me. :tongue:
heheh its ok bud.

well. mainly because i don't believe in the ridiculous prices ACS charges for their products. especially for something small like this. hehe. I rather save some money and spend it on other things than shed $400 on this , no? wouldn't say............ 6000K xenons......... or........how bout some shift knobs and pedals......worth more than these 2 silver metals?

I think most of you would agree that these 2 things are REALLY not worth the money they charge.... or any of their items for that matter.
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btw...the struts bar isn't 400 bucks...who gave you that price?
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btw...the struts bar isn't 400 bucks...who gave you that price?
thats what i heard... or around $300 something no?? sorry...
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Old 04-24-2003, 12:32 AM   #13
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REAL ACS ~$300


MINE ~$10
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Old 04-24-2003, 12:35 AM   #14
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whatever man, i think it looks fine. i personally just would have saved my money up until i could afford the strut bars but i still think what you did was cool.
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Old 04-24-2003, 12:58 AM   #15
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Looks good to me. Most people will not pay too much attention to such a small part. You saved money, and that's the important part.

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Interesting... You could pretty much replicate the actual metal anchors from ACS by going to a good hardware store. But I guess your solution works since you probably dont want to drill into your Bumper and the carbon splitter. I think you could make the ends more "beefier" looking.
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Old 04-24-2003, 01:08 AM   #17
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i was trying to find the ends, but bigger ends would also mean that it doesn't fit the circum. of the metal archors.... so...had to settle for something smaller. :sad:
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Why did you put an AC Schnitzer sticker on an MA Shaw lip?
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Old 04-24-2003, 01:56 AM   #19
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man..... give it a rest.
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car look great, but the sticker most go...other than that a pimp car
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