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KickAss 12-04-2011 07:45 AM

Autopower Rollbar First Impressions
 
It took me forever to create this thread. After having the Autopower Industries Roll bar in my possession for more than 2 months, I finally decided to give it an honest full try to try and install it. I hit a major milestone today....hence this thread.

The first time that I tried to sneak the roll bar into the back of the car, I was able to get one end of it in successfully, but was never able to get the second end in as either the rear door or the Side-skirt (SSS) would come in the way. I also ended up scratching the side-skirt ever do lightly because of my failed attempt.

Well.. today, I decided to give a better try. The first time I tried this, I was severely constrained in space to try and coax the bar into the cabin. So I decided to take off the rear seat. I first moved the front seats all the way to the front. I then removed the rear seat (only the ass part). I then tried to get the roll bar in. I was greeted with the same failure as last time, since the roof was also a limitation at this point.

I then jacked the car up and tried to see if I could get the Side skirt off. Guess what....the fucking Side-Skirt is riveted in. Mist screws in the support brace like any bolt on, but then it staples the actual Side-Skirt cover on to that support brace with rivets.

After wasting an hour trying to figure that piece out, I moved to try and remove the rear door panel. I did not remove the whole door, just the inner plastic black panel. The second foot of the roll bar still would not come in because of the door or the Side-Skirt still coming in the way by about a millimeter. At this point, I said FUCK THIS SHIT and put my foot and some weight on the Side-Skirt. This broke the roll bar's foot clear and before I knew it, The roll bar had slid in! HOORAY!

PS: I did end up scratching the side skirt a little bit though (Picture below). This would be very easy if you do not attempt to do it alone. The bar is HEAVY! I am not a weak guy, but carrying that bar in ungodly positions made me beg for mercy at least a couple of times.

I took the opportunity to completely remove my rear seat and the seat belts. I also took out my trunk panels completely except for the Sub-woofer.

http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/s...r/IMG_4314.jpg

http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/s...r/IMG_4313.jpg

http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/s...r/IMG_4311.jpg

http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/s...r/IMG_4310.jpg

http://i572.photobucket.com/albums/s...IMG_4309-1.jpg

My next step is to actually drill the holes on the floor and the wheel well and screw this biatch in! Although, I don't think I am nearly adept enough to attempt that unless somebody gives me some easy DIY pointers.

At this point, I am just happy I did not have to remove any front seats.

I wish the package came with better instructions for noobs like me!

joey 12-04-2011 07:55 AM

Good stuff. Those bars look beat to shit to me. Maybe that's just the plastic coming off the, though?




KickAss 12-04-2011 07:57 AM

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Originally Posted by joey (Post 961896)
Good stuff. Those bars look beat to shit to me. Maybe that's just the plastic coming off the, though?

Its just the plastic wrapper from the shipping. I did not take it off yet.

FWIW: Autopower only sends them in Black and they explicitly state the possibility of paint damage in shipping and no warranty on the paint.

joey 12-04-2011 07:59 AM

Lol. Well at least they tell you that. I wish Mitsubishi would have told me that my warranty was void after I took it off the lot from day one lol




EvoX2NR 12-04-2011 12:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joey (Post 961899)
Lol. Well at least they tell you that. I wish Mitsubishi would have told me that my warranty was void after I took it off the lot from day one lol

where is the like button when you need it?:priceless:

chetrickerman 12-04-2011 01:59 PM

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Originally Posted by EvoX2NR (Post 961940)
where is the like button when you need it?:priceless:

When you need a good neighbor, state farm is there, with a warranty! :bowlol:

KickAss 12-05-2011 09:03 PM

OMG, all I could think of this morning when I woke up was


MY ASS!
MY BACK!

I was hurting all over for the work on this bar. Seriously, if any of you get this, make sure you have help with installation.

razorlab 12-05-2011 09:06 PM

Taking out the front seat makes it a million times easier. I had the exact same experience as you did, then I took the front seat out and it went in with no issues.

Taking out the front seat at the beginning would have saved me two+ hours and a bad back.

KickAss 12-08-2011 01:38 AM

You did this on an X? Honestly, the seat was never in my way!

razorlab 12-08-2011 04:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KickAss (Post 965427)
You did this on an X? Honestly, the seat was never in my way!

If you take the front seat out you are able to move it in the opposite way, almost laying it down and letting the other leg come in over the side skirt. ;)

It didn't make sense to me either until I did it and then I did the face palm. :p


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