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Finally after 6 months, I got all my custom work done and my rear Evolve bumper kit installed properly. <p>I took the windshield wiper out and filled the gap. Redo the foglight grille ad insert grille behind the foglight grille to match the grille insert purchase from Evolve. In addition, the badge was painted (the painter forgot to do the slash and the R, will need to go back and redo it. Thx swedespeed for giving me the idea. <p>The rear Evolve bumper is the worst bodykit me and the shop ever saw. It took them 3 to 4 days just to install it properly and cost me around $1000 Cdn just for painting and installation. Luckily I didn't get the Front Evolve bumper. Called Evolve regarding this problem, however, they never replied me after I send them the pictures. Problem with the rear evolve bumper is that the rear side fender is sticking out, the shop have to glue the kit to the car but 2 to 3 circle mark is visible because the glue is trying to pull the bodykit so hard, shown in picture 1 and 2. Picture 2 show that if the kit is not glue, the rear fender will be sticking out. <p><br>Picture 1: Crappy bodykit<br><IMG SRC="http://members.shaw.ca/chkam/DSC00969.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Picture 2: Crappy Bodykit<br><IMG SRC="http://members.shaw.ca/chkam/DSC00966.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Picture 3: Before what I did to the car <br><IMG SRC="http://members.shaw.ca/chkam/DSC00979.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Next mod on the list will be eurosport exhaust, TME spring, and swaybar. <p>Here is some pictures of the finished product. <p>Picture 4:<br><IMG SRC="http://members.shaw.ca/chkam/DSC01042.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Picture 5:<br><IMG SRC="http://members.shaw.ca/chkam/DSC01043.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Picture 6:<br><IMG SRC="http://members.shaw.ca/chkam/DSC01044.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>
 

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Re: Finally got my bodykit fixed! (chkam)

Looks good, did you get the rear fixed? I had this problem once, my fault by not applying the glue evenly thus creating the glue circles.<br>I know from personal exp. that the Evolve kits are a bear to install properly. Yet, they look great once done!
 

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Re: Finally got my bodykit fixed! (chkam)

That's pretty much with EVERY kit I've seen from them. They don't fit properly. <p>FRT - You have the Evolve kit? I thought you had the Sport kit?
 

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Re: Finally got my bodykit fixed! (ForceReconTrojan)

Hey Force, did you glue it yourself? Mine is starting to do what the above pictures show. My kit took about 6 weeks...so I know all the issues. I have the week off so I'm going to fix a lot of the problems myself. Just wondering what was used and where?<p>Thanks
 

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Re: Finally got my bodykit fixed! (chkam)

I love the lower grill inserts, especially around the fogs. Nice work <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Yeah I once saw Richard Hunters evolve rear bumper and hated that it looked like crap how it was too long and bowed out. I wonder how you fix that. Why does it fit that poorly?
 

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Re: Finally got my bodykit fixed! (chkam)

The problem with the ends of the rear bumper is that there's nothing to attach them to. The body shop is going to take another crack at mine this summer to see if they can come up with something different.<p>I think Sean Crandel said that they used a screw to secure his in place...
 

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Re: Finally got my bodykit fixed! (mike_c70)

No I have the Evolve rear spoiler...and that even fit poorly, I had to fill in the 1 inch gap! I showed it to Don who said he knew ( obviously since I had a good hard look at the "blue car" and it too had poor fitment.<p>I was refering to a ACS kit I put on my 545, I had to remove and re-glue the rear apron because I did not spread the glue evenly, instead I followed the instructions which showed small pathes of glue ( which cause the effect we are seeing above)<p>The ACS kit fit perfectly...it was user error. In all fairness though the ACS stuff is 4 X the price of anything Evolve sells. Even my VST window wing was not perfect, so lets be fair. However it should be noted unless you have a skilled body shop for Evolves aero parts...forget it! Also seems like your're all burning the good shops as they dont want to do it again! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by ForceReconTrojan at 10:26 PM 4-22-2006</i>
 

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i saw your evolve rear bumper cover at autosense last july or august and my first impression was the <$200 taiwanese made civic bumper cover has better quality than the evolve product. anyway, autosense is one of the best shop in town and they should be able to figure out how to mount the bumper cover properly. the mesh fog light grills look great and they make the front end looks mean. by the way, i see you driving on oak st. every once a while. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/redface.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Finally got my bodykit fixed! (chkam)

Car looks good! What front slitter/spoilers are those? OEM? Sorry for the stupid question...im new to the volvo game! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> Also, is there a write-up somewhere on how to remove the front bumper??<p> Thanks!!!
 

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Re: Finally got my bodykit fixed! (KillerB)

If your shop used good glue....good luck! I'm not kidding, at one point I considered reipping off the bumper cover and starting over. However calmer heads prevailed and a small team of friends and I were able to remove it. That glue is INCREDIBLE.<p>All I can say is be careful and have lots of strong arms on standby. This is absurd yours was just done ( electric silver right?) I called your shop about doing some things for me and they were not interested in seeing a Volvo R again! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Finally got my bodykit fixed! (chkam)

Yep, it is pretty much the worst bodykit I saw in my whole damn life. All my previous bodykits for my Mercedes and BMW are not like this. Absolutely the worst and I will never buy anything from Evolve anymore. I am okay for them to charge the bumper kit for $3000 Cdn as long as it is a good fit. I spend around $1000 Cdn for the kit and pay $1000 Cdn for the installation which is ridiculous. As "Pedestrian_A" indicated a civic fibreglass $200 bumper is better quality than this. I am very happy that Evolve attempts to make a bodykit but for $800US with the grille is just rip off. <p><br>Anyway, I am over it now and I am happy that it got all fixed (hopefully). The way they solve the problem is that they took the plastic mold at the rear fender out, glue the whole fender evenly to the plastic mold and then glue the plastic mold to the body. The rear bodykit is so soft that the painter will need to put a 2 by 4 wood to reinforce both fenders or else the fenders will fold in (they don't even need to do this for a $200 Civic kit) to prevent the paint to crack during prep work. Hopefully, I never get rear ended by someone. <p>As for the foglight grille, it is very complicated, have to get a street scene grille, custom cut it, then powder coated, glued to the front bodykit. They have to cut all the connection points for the foglight then glue and mount a new bracket for the foglight conect to the plastic foglight grille. Very complicated, thx for Autosense Collision for doing all this. <p><br>I actually don't want to talk about how bad the Evolve kit is. However, I tried to deal with Evolve first but I have no replied from them, both from Don and Keith. <p>
 

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Re: Finally got my bodykit fixed! (chkam)

I'm digging the "ERST" Look on the foglight grills...I was thinking of doing that but it looks like a PITA...from reading what you said I guess it is...<br>Car looks awesome.... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Finally got my bodykit fixed! (ForceReconTrojan)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ForceReconTrojan</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">This is absurd yours was just done ( electric silver right?) I called your shop about doing some things for me and they were not interested in seeing a Volvo R again! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I know, I've been bumming about it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> Thank god it's in the rear. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> The front bumper is starting to bubbling again this week. I have this coming week off before I head to a site in Washington State, so I'm gonna take a look and see if I can fix some of the worst areas myself.<p>About the shop...poor Nate. That guy is really good. They spent like 6 weeks trying to get the stuff to work and he was as patient as you can be over something like that. Not his fault about the bumper...just glad he did as good of a job as he did. <p>He wont do any more after market kits...he just doesn't have the time and he can't estimate the cost when he gets a kit like Evolves. Labor alone was up around 100 hours for mine. <p>He'll still do custom painting for your engine, and he's the best I've seen. A bunch of magizine covers mounted on the office with his work. I'm going to stop by to talk to him on my way to Evolve on Tuesday. I got to get another turbo intake to paint and hopefully he can do it. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Force...what were getting done?
 

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Re: Finally got my bodykit fixed! (KillerB)

Like you I was going to copy your engine bay. Perhaps because I said Volvo he just shut down!<p>Let me know if he is interested in doing mine and how long it would take, I would appreciate it. I'm still not sure why your paint is bubbling. I was under the impression once sanded, primered and painted this was a done deal...unless the actual bodykit was made of some poor material. If its not the paint...then what? <p>How were you going to do this yourself? BTW we live what 10 miles apart? I just watched Marine One circle my house as the President is coming to town tomorrow morning...great and 5K protestors. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Finally got my bodykit fixed! (ForceReconTrojan)

I will agree the body kit is tricky to put on. Initially I had a body shop do it but the result was similar to chkam's. I took it to my dealer and the lead mechnanic did one hell of a job shimming and making things look more presentable.<br><IMG SRC="http://www.pbase.com/kirb/image/59112874.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.pbase.com/kirb/image/59112895.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.pbase.com/kirb/image/59112114.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.pbase.com/kirb/image/59112838.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.pbase.com/kirb/image/59112034.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.pbase.com/kirb/image/59112787.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Below pic: Passenger front side is slightly off. Someone was parking by Braille and nailed the front of the bumper on the left side. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/mad.gif" BORDER="0"> <br><IMG SRC="http://www.pbase.com/kirb/image/59112224.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.pbase.com/kirb/image/59112271.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.pbase.com/kirb/image/59112745.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.pbase.com/kirb/image/59112355.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.pbase.com/kirb/image/59112409.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.pbase.com/kirb/image/59112409.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.pbase.com/kirb/image/59112595.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Exhaust:<br><IMG SRC="http://www.pbase.com/kirb/image/59112878.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.pbase.com/kirb/image/59112888.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.pbase.com/kirb/image/59112891.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>Spoiler:<br><IMG SRC="http://www.pbase.com/kirb/image/59112899.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://www.pbase.com/kirb/image/59112913.jpg" BORDER="0"><br>I will be getting the front and rear bumpers repainted since the body shop didn't seem to have put in enough flex agent, so there are areas of cracking and peeling. NOT Evolve's doing.<p>Overall, I am happy with the body kit in terms of how it looks. Sometimes in the hands of the right person and some patience, it will turn out fine. In my case it happened to be a Volvo mechanic and not a body shop. <BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Kirb at 11:57 PM 4-23-2006</i>
 

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Re: Finally got my bodykit fixed! (Kirb)

Much much better Kirb. I remember when they were installing everything and the bodykit fitment was atrocious.
 

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Re: Finally got my bodykit fixed! (mike_c70)

I've got the EVOLVE kit - and I have to say mine looks about as good as Kirbs in terms of fitment.<p>I can snap close up pics of the seams/bumpers/etc if anyone wants to see.<p>the kit is a pain to install. you are best off to find a palce that has done them before. the shop who did mine, had done a few of Don's car/kits before and they did a lot of custom work. you can NOT go to any old body shop and assume these things will snap right on. they take finesse.... <p>one high end body shop I talked to...and these guys work on Ferrari's, Lambos, etc....REFUSED to do ANY NON-OEM kit. they said they were too much work. <p>i have no experience with other kits, so I can't say what the quality is of the EVOLVE kit vs. other body kits...I just knowthat probalby most kits require some custom fitment/tweaking and extra effort to make them fit right. <p>I do have to say though - the EVOLVE kit is beautiful. I've never owned a car that drew so much positive attention.<p>I *literally* get thumbs up and other "hey nice car" comments on a regular basis.<p>just two days ago I was heading home and a guy (mid 40s) in a 350Z yells over - "that's the nicest volvo I've ever seen". <p>
 

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Re: Finally got my bodykit fixed! (23109VC)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>23109VC</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>I do have to say though - the EVOLVE kit is beautiful. I've never owned a car that drew so much positive attention.<p>I *literally* get thumbs up and other "hey nice car" comments on a regular basis.<p>just two days ago I was heading home and a guy (mid 40s) in a 350Z yells over - "that's the nicest volvo I've ever seen". </TD></TR></TABLE><p>And that is the reason probably why some of us go to lengths and put up with some fitment issues. Since I've had the body kit, people are drawn more to it these few months than the last three years I've own the car. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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