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Old 05-25-2012, 12:00 PM
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That is looking great! I just bought a 2000 X-star and will have to keep this thread in mind when i need new skins!
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:10 PM
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Project is done. Final pics to follow with a few comments explanations:
1) I used a pvc trim from the home depot to provide additional support on the outer two hatches plus create a platform for the male portion of the engine hatch cover
2) Viper pre installed the receivers for the gas shocks. These worked well on the outer two hatches, although you can see a slight difference in how far they allow each hatch to open. The engine hatch was just plain wrong with the gas shock supplied ( same size as the outer two ). i tried using a larger shock but there was too much pressure PLUS it hit the exhaust manifold when closed. Made a bit of a mess on that hatch as a result.
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:14 PM
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:10 AM
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in response to pm questions about how we shipped our interior : We used some custom pallets and made a crate on top. Then shipped LTL. Viper has a fork, as fortunately so do we. Could have gone smaller on the crate but you get the idea.
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Old 05-29-2012, 09:17 AM
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Beautiful work and nice job all the way around. This will be the template for my remodel at some point. Mostly want the 3 piece deck!
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Old 05-31-2012, 08:28 AM
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Update. Nets purchased from Amazon for 18 bucks each
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Looks like you just bolted the center hatch shocks to the original dividers is that correct?

No extra support was done besides that pvc strip to the original divider? to support the outside hatch at rest? Really curious what they did to reinforce the divider if anything. Thats the one part I can't figure out to tackle to do it to mine.
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:47 AM
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1) center hatch gas shock bolted to the non removable portion of the port engine dividers
2) There is original support from the fiberglass structure at both fore and aft portions of the side hatches. The center hatch is obviously secured using original hinges and rests well ( given how I cut it ) on the dividers at the forward section., This just left support in the middle section for the side hatches.
3) For the most part the hatches are not using any support. They only come to rest on the additional support when someone walks in certain areas. In this case the side hatches move very slightly and come to rest against the pvc trim. The trim is the only ADDITIONAL support but it is working as intended and in my opinion can be recommended as sufficient.
4) Viper had talked about "plastic strips" on top of the dividers, like a T molding. I never saw these as they were not sent to me but certainly another option.
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:18 AM
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I have a 2000 and was looking for info on converting, thank you for posting.

Where did you get the hinges for the sides?

What kind of blade did you use on the circular saw to cut the the engine cover?

Are going to add any additional suports?
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:34 AM
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most of this is in the thread
1) hinges were installed on the side hatches by viper. I got them back that way. i then drilled and bolted into the Fiberglas.
2) i used a ryobi 18 v cordless circular saw with standard blade. it was very easy to cut and i do not believe blade is critical
3) Additional supports were added. I used PVC trim. This is reviewed in the thread along with images.
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