How To Make A Body Kit Support For Your Car or Truck With PVC Pipes
The benefits of making a body kit support made with PVC pipes is the fact that it won't rust, it's light weight, in the case of an impact it won't be as damaging as a piece of steel, very easy to modify, and it's much cheaper! With most front bumpers and body kits, when the air is coming at the vehicle you want it to go off to the side panels, not at your tires. The bumper/body kit needs to stick out further to do this. Installing this body kit PVC pipe support will fix this issue. A lot of times body kits and plastic bumpers tend to flap in the wind, this will add great support preventing a lot of movement.
Getting started with the body kit support
The tools you will need is a torch, a vise or pliers, nuts and bolts, small screwdriver, saw or pvc pipe cutters, a drill & drill bit and pvc pipe.
Measuring body kit support distance
Take your tape measure and measure somewhere on the chassis where you are going to bolt up the support, now measure the distance of both mounting points. I pulled out my bumper further than it was and measured that distance. When the body kit pvc support pipe is installed it will push the bumper out to where you want it to be. Make your cuts with your PVC cutters.
Forming the body kit PVC pipe support
Measure 1" - 2in" down from from both ends of the PVC pipe, make a scratch mark. Take a butane torch and heat one end of the PVC pipe where you marked it. Place the marked part of the PVC pipe in the vice and tighten, you want to compress all of the mark, so 1" - 2" needs to be compressed. During this time you'll want to bend the PVC pipe to the angle that fits your vehicle. Once you have the angle you want, hold it in that position for 30 - 60 seconds. Now release the vice and it will be permanently compressed and angled. Repeat these steps for the other end of the PVC pipe. *With this support, each compressed end was 90 degrees adjacent from each other.
Making holes in body kit PVC pipe support
Now that you have your PVC pipe compressed and in the correct position, you'll want to line it up and mark where the holes need to be drilled. Next drill out the holes that you marked.
Installing body kit PVC pipe support
Take your body kit PVC pipe support and bolt one end to the chassis somewhere, then move the other end towards the body kit, where ever you desire. Now take a torch and heat up a small screwdriver, push the screwdriver through the hole in the body kit PVC pipe support, and all the way through the bumper. Now you can place your bolt through the support into the bumper and tighten it down. Congratulations! You have now completed your body kit PVC pipe support!