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Old October 1st, 2010, 10:33 PM   #1
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Modding RSX decklid spoiler

I've been hunting for a good decklid spoiler to mod to fit my trunk for over a year now since i want something bolder than the traditional m3/m5 lips. my first 2 attempts at this project failed as you may or may not remember. first attempt was with a Spoon TSX spoiler which was about .5 inch too short and the front to back curvature was off quite a bit so i sold it to a friend at a $30 loss. then my 2nd attempt was with an 8th gen civic sedan decklid spoiler. length was way short, the angles on the ends needed a little correcting and the front to back curvature was way off so i tried selling it and i couldnt so i ended up hacking the hell out of it and extending it but that turned into a nightmare project because it require so much work so i trashed it after spending $80 on the spoiler (or more, cant remember) and many hours hacking it.

gave up for a while until i saw the RSX decklid spoiler but i didnt want to jump into it almost blind like i did the first 2 times since money is tight now-a-days. i lucked out when Kevin (Doctor X) had a friend who had an RSX spoiler laying around waiting to be installed on an RSX so he took some test fit pics and the length is about .5inch too long but the front to back curvature was as close as it was ever going to be from an unmodified spoiler not made for our cars. so after seeing his pics he sent me, i bit the bullet for a 3rd time, another $80. and i got the spoiler a few days ago and unfortunatley the spoiler i bought wasnt quite as perfect fitting as the one in the pic he sent me so i tried returning it but cant but luckily i think this is my best bet. i guess the sellers on ebay have slight variations. mine is curved a little too much front to back.

This spoiler is SOLID abs plastic so that means i can cut and grind away as much material as i want and not have to worry about hitting a hollow area. so i started tackling the project today...


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after... (almost there)

before...

after... (rough shape)

before...

after... (rough shape)

length before...

length after... (rough shape)

side view... (rough fit) might need to refill areas where i removed too much, we'll see later.

slight gap from a little lifting near the end, will try my best to fix that. easy way out would be just to let the tape hold it down but i want to minimize the gap as much as i can to reduce pulling on the tape.



the really hard part... i may reshape the entire corner of the spoiler to flow with the body line/roof spoiler but its going to require me to remove a LOT of material and i dont know what all that cutting will do to the look of the top of the spoiler... still iffy on if im gonna attempt this part of the modding or not.

estimate of the how the new shape could be if i do it... yellow line is the body line to the left of the tail light, blue line is the curve of the roof spoiler.


almost there, minor adjustments and it'll be good to go..



further back...

from the other side...


im trying to get this project done by next weekend in time for Acurafest but i think i may be pushing my luck with that seeing how much more work would be required if i attempted the reshaping on the ends. not to mention paint. and if you look at a side profile shot, see how theres a slight dip in the middle the entire length of the back of the spoiler, i may fill that in and make it straight. afterall, the 6gen coupe is pretty edgy in the back.
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Old October 1st, 2010, 10:55 PM   #2
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Can't wait to see the finished product. Good luck Vimal!



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Old October 2nd, 2010, 12:01 AM   #3
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Old October 2nd, 2010, 12:40 AM   #4
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Old October 2nd, 2010, 02:23 AM   #5
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woot get it done for acurafest be nice.
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Old October 2nd, 2010, 10:43 AM   #6
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^you going?
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Old October 3rd, 2010, 12:41 AM   #7
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nah, weksos was probably the first and last meet of the year. But i just wanna see pics of your car, haha, probably not going to any shows/meets for awhile my cars under construction aha.
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Old October 3rd, 2010, 12:23 PM   #8
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you know all your copy and pasted posts are probably going to be deleted right.
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Old October 3rd, 2010, 02:28 PM   #9
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did a little more work today. got the length and curvature dialed in and minimized the lifting on the sides as much as i could. now i need to find my sanding block and hand sand all the areas i was grinding with my dremel to smooth it out. then comes the hard part of changing the shape on the side. i'll attempt that tomorrow maybe.

need to find a laser line to help me correctly draw my guide lines to make the big cuts.
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Old October 3rd, 2010, 10:54 PM   #10
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hows it gonna be held on? 3m tape or the screws?
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Old October 3rd, 2010, 10:58 PM   #11
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either 3m tape or bmw betalink adhesive
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Old October 3rd, 2010, 11:06 PM   #12
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looks good vimal! can't wait to see it finished!
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Old October 5th, 2010, 11:09 PM   #13
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its hard to think with the blue paint
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Old October 13th, 2010, 04:33 PM   #14
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does anyone know the dimension of this spoiler from front to back?
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Old October 26th, 2010, 10:38 AM   #15
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should look nice, good luck can't wait to see it finished.
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Old November 10th, 2010, 09:06 PM   #16
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That's gonna look really nice.
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Old November 11th, 2010, 12:20 AM   #17
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good luck man!
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Old December 26th, 2010, 11:38 PM   #18
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great idea- good thing about abs, its easy to modify..I was planning on getting an 08 tl-s rear lip and modding it to fit as well. its also abs
plastic- but looking forward to your results
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Old December 27th, 2010, 10:50 AM   #19
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Old December 27th, 2010, 03:18 PM   #20
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this took a backseat. im focusing on polishing my brakes right now. but it will get done.
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Old January 1st, 2011, 07:07 PM   #22
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polishing my 4 piston acura rl calipers.
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 04:03 PM   #23
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decided to jump back and forth between several of my ongoing projects so that i dont forget about one for too long and scrap it so today i put my brakes aside and got back on this spoiler...

all i really did today was draw the lines i need to make the proper angled cuts on the ends of the spoiler.



how i managed to get an accurate straight line around the edge... laser line ghetto mounted onto my tripod...


i used the laser line to first get the angle of the side of the car then i locked everything in on the tripod and then just shifted it over enough to the point where it lined up to the edge of the spoiler.


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back view...



i'll get to acutally cutting it either later today or sometime tomorrow.
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 05:47 PM   #25
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decided to go ahead and cut it today. i used an air powered grinder to shave all the material off. i only got it to the point where i can fine tune it now by hand with a sanding block. i will need some filler probably but for now, im just trying to get the rough shape.

the curvature at the top of the spoiler i'll have to do by hand and just guesstimate the proper curve to match my roof spoiler. i think the angled ends are pretty much spot on though.

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front side...


now comes the tedious work of filler and fine hand sanding. this is probably at least a week or two away since i have to order some materials first.
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Old January 29th, 2011, 04:31 PM   #26
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did my first ever bondo work. i used evercoat fiber tech to fill the in majority of the dip along the backside of the spoiler. and then finished it off with a layer of bondo. then sanded it all down flat. next up is to use spot putty to fill the tiny bubbles that were in the bondo and the back will be done. then i'll move onto the sides which need a little more attention before the bondo process.



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Thats sick bro!! Good luck
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Old January 29th, 2011, 09:32 PM   #28
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Old February 16th, 2011, 10:33 AM   #29
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Vimal update.... or r u working on that now?
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Old February 17th, 2011, 08:27 PM   #30
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WOW! You never ceast to amaze me....i highly admire ur attetion to detail. Itts going to look good and best of all, one of a kind.
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