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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.











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!
 

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

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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.
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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You did this on an X? Honestly, the seat was never in my way!
 
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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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Hmm....interesting. Maybe if somebody else in town tries to install this, I can help and properly record the steps.
 

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Still looking for tips on installation. I asked a local shop and they quoted 4 to 5 hours @ 90/hr :freak:. I have the whole winter ahead of me to figure this out. So I'm in no hurry.
 

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Do you have the part number for the bar? I might be in need of a roll bar and that one im looking at is 52951 (street-sport) for the lancer, is that correct?
 

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Do you have the part number for the bar? I might be in need of a roll bar and that one im looking at is 52951 (street-sport) for the lancer, is that correct?
When I ordered mine, there was nothing on the website for it, I had to call and talk to the guys at Autopower for details. I can see tomorrow if I still have the details.
 

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^Sorry Inever got back, but I never found the exact part number.

So I finally chickened out and just had a local shop do the install. I will post pics later this weekend when I am back home....including measurements so that others can self-install. One issue was that the shop ended up using longer bolts than what was provided in the kit since it did not provide enough length to screw in or something like that.

I checked with the installer and he said it was okay to post pictures. Costed me 2 hours labor plus parts. The carpet was also not trimmed, we just installed it over the carpet......which is one of the acceptable ways that AutoPower states this bar can be installed.

I will also be attempting to install my G-Force 5-point FIA2012 harnesses this weekend. Also ordered a Halotron fire extinguisher to mount to the bar. Gonna be an interesting weekend.
 
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