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Old 02-15-2013, 08:13 AM   #1
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Mtech install problem. Help!

I bought a replica mtech bodykit (front, rear and sides) from a local vendor here. The seller said it's made in Taiwan, and molded from the OEM bumper, so fitment should be spot on. However when I installed the kit (I installed it with a friend), the fitment is simply terrible. I'm not sure if I installed it wrongly, or maybe I left out some parts (I bought prefacelift guides for front and rear). Can anyone please tell me what I did wrong, or did I buy a low quality bodykit? Here are some pictures of the bumpers fitted. Please forgive my SUPER dirty car. It's been raining like crazy here.

Rear bumper

Notice that there is a BIG gap between the body and the rear bumper. The bumper should go all the way in, but for some reason, it just refuses to do so. There's a lip in the upper portion of the bumper, but the underside of the body is flat. There's nowhere for the lip to lock into position, if you get what I mean. Should I grind the lip? Whenever I try to push the bumper in, it just pops right out again. Did I install the guides wrongly? I used the existing hole already on the car to bolt the guide on each side. The bumper will NOT move further. Because the bumper wouldn't go into the body (blocked by the lip on the bumper), the whole bumper becomes somewhat warped, and I couldn't fit the plastic trim because of this. The rear corners of the car bulge out and I couldn't push it further in. Here's a pic of the rear left corner of the car.

I can't even bolt the bumper to the rear quarter panel together. Here's the pic of the rear quarter panel. Notice the bolt does not go into the hole (it's supposed to).


Now the front bumper. There's a BIG gap too here. My friend said it's because of the rebar. But we took off the whole bumper again, and the rebar is securely attached to the bumper. There's nothing more we can do. Notice the gap in the pic below (I removed the trim piece below the headlight).

The corner is snug because I drilled a hole there to bolt the bumper to the car lol. Yes ghetto method but this is a 10-year old car.

Is anything wrong with my install, or does the problem lie with the bumpers? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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Old 02-18-2013, 06:00 PM   #2
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It would come down to the bumpers. OEM would fit perfect, but I would just take them off again and re-align them.
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It would come down to the bumpers. OEM would fit perfect, but I would just take them off again and re-align them.
Thanks solidjake. Yeah I'll try re-aligning it. I suspect it has something to do with the bumper guide placing. I may need to drill a new hole on the guides if it's even possible lol. And maybe my dremel will finally get its debut grinding the lip on the rear bumper.

Btw, I saw a C-figure hook on realoem. I didn't buy it. Is it necessary? I also had to take off the fender guide to fit the mtech rear bumper, and now the bumper doesn't line up with the fender. Not even close in fact. Is there a fender guide for the mtech?
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