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Sniper Focus 06-18-2012 06:31 PM

Hatch / trunk lock delete plug how-to
 
I hate the look of the stock hatch/trunk seal, especially on the hatches. It looks like an inner tube plus it really stands out on my car. So I came up with a cheap and easy way to make a delete plug.

First you'll need a sedan style seal with the tabs on it, not the hatchback all rubber puckered out style. Maybe they're year specific, but I found it on a sedan.
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...k/P1010663.jpg
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...k/P1010664.jpg


I went to Lowe's and got a 1-3/8 metal plug, and trimmed the clips down.
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...k/P1010665.jpg
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...k/P1010666.jpg


Cut, rip, and tear all of the rubber off the sedan seal until all you have left is the plastic ring, then fold the metal clips over it. (I have two black rings one has broken tabs.)
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...k/P1010667.jpg


Now I just need to paint it, also Im going to put a little RTV around it so water wont get in. Not shaved, but better... (yeah, I got a quote today for painting the bumper, but I need a job first.)
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...k/P1010669.jpg

Before:
http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/b...k/P1010670.jpg


Im working on a second one with a key hole that I'm gonna try; I've already deleted my door key holes. Having one key hole would make it easier to get in if the battery dies.

Buickboy 06-18-2012 06:47 PM

Focus Central used to make aluminum ones with a keyhole, neat idea!

GreySkorpion 10-21-2012 11:19 AM

Very nice, I hate the puckered look anyway!

bcLVSn95 03-17-2013 11:00 AM

Nice, looks super easy too!

macdiesel 03-17-2013 11:16 AM

Cfm makes a billet key plug that looks better than the oem bubble. Cool mod.

Sniper Focus 03-17-2013 10:20 PM

It's painted now and I drilled a keyhole in it. I already have the doors w/o keyholes and I wanted to leave one incase the battery dies, Lol.


Quote:

Originally Posted by macdiesel (Post 4640804)
Cfm makes a billet key plug that looks better than the oem bubble. Cool mod.

Difference is this one is a couple of bucks. [;)]


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