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How To: Remove Factory side Skirts(56k Beware)


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#1 Maddigital

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Posted 11 June 2004 - 11:26 PM

Here it goes as promised.

My car in the photo is on TRD coilovers with 2.4 drop in front, 2.7 rear. This can be done without jacking up but for taking pics i needed to jack up.
Why would you want to remove??? To have them repainted, to replace with APC kit, etc... in my case, i removed for ground clearance, toyota agrees to work on my car as long as I remove the body kit before taking it in. That way I fit on the jacks and equipment without them breaking it off. WIthout the kit, they said it just barely fit on the alignment rack, but it was worth it cuz now toyota did my alignment right and im really dropped.
now on with the how to!!!

Start with a car
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Jack up tha car and circled in the pic are the plastic clips (6 i belive on each side)
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Close up of the clip. (I have already done this a few times so you can see the wear on the clip. The toyota repair manual says to replace with new ones but i found that they were still clipping well even after a few times removing.
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To remove clip get flat screwdriver and wedge it under any part of the clip as pictured and pull down.
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The clip will pop off. Do the same for all of em
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There is one of these things at the end of the skirt towards the front wheels. Its a plastic screw looking thingy that you get the middle to pertrude a bit and the clip comes off. Posted Image

As you can see i stripped it. I did not put these back on due to how hard they are to take off without damaging. The kit stays on with no prob without it.

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Such a crapper to remove.
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Once they are all off, go to the rear end of the skirt and pull out in the direction of the arrows until the plastic clips pop out.
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Just popped out
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Now pull the rest in the direction of the arrows
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Almost there
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now the front
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one more
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Now the kit pops off
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see the holes
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Stay tuned for my front kit removal soon.
Let me kno if you have any questions.
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#2 Slinkston

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Posted 11 June 2004 - 11:43 PM

Nice and clear pictures.

I'd have to give you props for doing this to keep the Toyota guys working on your vehicle.

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Posted 12 June 2004 - 12:11 AM

Thanks Maddigital for the tips and pictures!

It will definitely help me fix my clips problem...some of my clips seem to be missing. Oh well....maybe Home Depots or Loews might have something similar to it. Thanks again! :lol:
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Posted 12 June 2004 - 09:14 AM

wait so thats the only thing holding up the body kits? little plastic clips?

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Posted 12 June 2004 - 11:03 AM

Nice job on the How-to MadDigital, it sure helps
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Posted 12 June 2004 - 05:06 PM

Maddigital, thanks for the pics and how to
yesterday i was looking under the car
found a few off the black clips were broken off
i'll be going to toyota tomorow to pick some up
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Posted 13 June 2004 - 12:31 AM

Thanks for the great how-to mad keep-em coming! :twisted:

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Posted 13 June 2004 - 12:40 AM

Thanks, Maddigital, that'll definately help. Somehow it doesn't surprise me that it's just plastic pieces that hold the kit on. BTW, nice watch. :lol:
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Posted 13 June 2004 - 01:29 AM

thanks :lol:

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Posted 20 June 2004 - 10:09 PM

i heard that the matrix base doesnt have the required mounts for the body kit is this true?

i looked at where the side skirts go and i have the same mounts that you show in your pix
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Posted 22 June 2004 - 07:26 PM

out of spec alignments are more fun!
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Posted 20 March 2005 - 12:14 AM

to answer my own ? above the base does not have the holes on the visibale side of the trix....to use the stock side skirts on the base you need to drill them yourself.. ;-)
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Posted 31 October 2006 - 01:11 PM

ha, your paint is f***** up on the bottom half of your door too, I am glad it isn't just mine...

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Posted 31 October 2006 - 01:38 PM

i just drove mine off a curb and it ripped the skirt off for me. that seems like a more logical way to do it though.
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Posted 14 November 2006 - 04:15 PM

any one know where to get those clips i hit something today that nearly took the whole driver side skirt off damn construction site and damn truck ihn front of me so anyways i lost 2 of those clips know where to get more

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 12:32 AM

try www.thecliplink.com

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 12:55 AM

any one know where to get those clips i hit something today that nearly took the whole driver side skirt off damn construction site and damn truck ihn front of me so anyways i lost 2 of those clips know where to get more

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You in Van go to Lordco and look at the racks they have racks full of assorted clips just like them.

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Posted 08 August 2007 - 07:56 AM

nice! props for the good job on the tutorial. This helps me out a bunch!

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Posted 24 February 2010 - 01:35 PM

Thank you....

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 08:14 PM

nice! props for the good job on the tutorial. This helps me out a bunch!



I hate the side skirts...there is very little clearance when it snows. I hate getting stcuk...so now I have 4 snow tires.
I took the rear spoiler off.