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    "Sweet Jesus Thats Loud!" BRIAN MP5T's Avatar
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    How To - Custom Glassed & Painted A-Pillar Pod

    So I have some help on the subject of my A Pillars...

    I will tell you what I did, you will see that it's easy but time consuming.

    At the time there were no parts available for my car, you should be able to buy an off the shelf Pod or complete A-Pillar for the Protege.

    I went to the "Speed Shop" and found the closest Pod that would fit on the stock pillar.

    I formed it to the pillar with a heat gun by heating the plastic (May not be required) and trimmed the excess off.

    Test fit it in the car, mark the spot and epoxy it to the pillar inside and Out.

    Drill a hole in the pillar behind the pod for the wires etc.

    Sand the entire area to scuff the plastic and apply bondo. Let it dry fully.

    Start to shape the pillar with 100 Grit then wet sand starting with 120 then 200 then 400 until the pod is basically the nice even form ou want in your car. Dont rush this, make sure it's the correct shape. If you have to you can sand into the plastic pod and even the pillar to get the desired look and shape. If needed, apply more bondo to fill the holes and keep working on a smaller grit until it's totally smooth. If you can get to 2000 Grit Wet sanding, the bondo and plastic will be as perfect as the outside of the car and will look HAWT!

    Here is a picture of the Pillar before Priming and Paint. It was basically ready to be sent away. Notice how you can see..

    Grey = Stock A Pillar
    Black = Autometer Pillar Pod
    Pink = Bondo

    [img::]http://www.msprotege.com/members/Brian%20MP5T/POD%20NEW1.jpg[/img]

    Do both front A Pillars in the car like this. Get them ready for the Bodyshop so he does not have to charge for more time. He will have to sand and prime etc. Do not waste your time painting it yourself, It Will Look Like ASS. Take them to a pro Bodyshop and have them color match the pillars to the car. Looks killer.

    [img::]http://www.msprotege.com/members/Brian%20MP5T/POD%20NEW3.jpg.jpg[/img]

    [img::]http://www.msprotege.com/members/Brian%20MP5T/A%20New%20Shoot%20-%20(9).jpg[/img]

    [img::]http://www.msprotege.com/members/Brian%20MP5T/A%20New%20Shoot%20-%20(3).jpg[/img]

    Let me know if there is any more you need...

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    thats one nice hatch

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    Thanks, It's taken a bit of time to get it like this. Basically, One small project at a time for three years. I have a AEM WB02 going in as hopefully my final "Project"

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    doesn't the pillar+gauges take away a part of your visual field while driving?
    (i'm annoyed by the a-pillar sometimes)

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    it does, but that's the price you're willing to go for if you want some gauges..

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    Quote Originally Posted by TStarGermany
    doesn't the pillar+gauges take away a part of your visual field while driving?
    (i'm annoyed by the a-pillar sometimes)
    Minor, The Pillar on the car is already large, it's not much larger than before and a simple left-right head bob will fix the vision thing..

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