Looks like it's going to be a nice install!
As far as the 1/8 inch, really rough grit sand paper?
I'll try to keep this thread updated with progress.
Status right now: Test fitting Xenarc screen, deciding best way to make it work.
Looks like this is a very close fit that could look factory! If anyone has examples of how to shave off the sides of original Xenarc housing, please point me in the right direction.
A few pics of my findings so far... Test Fitting only!
Dremel? But you will probably need steady hands...
Originally Posted by RoyN
That's what's I thought, but if don't have steady hands, and didn't work much with the dremel, don't, you won't cut it straight, plus the size you need is way to small, so get a sandblock and use a low grit sandpaper, maby 80 grit, so you don't dig too much, but step by step. using a sandblock allows you to get a straight finish.
Good idea. This way I can go little by little until fit is just right (and 'tight')
How about the bottom part that I need to trim off? I think I need to dremel it first. And then sand with grit.
Also, here is a screenshot that details the placement of the housing:
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Originally Posted by Cris
Originally Posted by justintime
If you use a dremel, be very carrefull, as if you don't cut it straight here, you might regret it (ask me, I now that now... ). If you ask me, a very fine saw (make sure it's really tight and straight) will do the job perfectly.
Thanks for the pointers. I have decided to sand the Xenarc's front frame, until it fits. I will then glue it to the car's housing, and bondo/sand the 'joints', as well as paint the recessed area.
I think it sounds like a plan, should look mondo factory.
I would use a belt sander, stationary if you've got access to one. If not clamp it down and use the belt sander on it. Even a good palm sander would work. I have the Porter Cable model 333, it works great. Use about an 80grit for the palm or 120grit for the belt.
possible. go slowing and lightly with the belt sander. with a palm sander you less likely to have tha problem. You might try with a peice of simular plastic. you could also try a table saw if it will lay flat. I've cut acrylic that way.