It takes a certain amount of courage to tear apart our luxurious interior,
but even more to cut it
You will be doing exactly that using this DIY--tearing and cutting.
Do not worry! It's a cinch; trust me. If I did it, you can too.
1. Remove the top portion of the sill by wedging a flat surface underneath and carefully prying upward:
2. Once the top portion of the sill is removed, the bottom half is next.
Removal is just like step one. Pry from behind as to avoid damaging the paint:
3. Now the top and bottom halves of the sill are removed:
(check out the 12-year-old preparation plastic)
* if you're a neat freak like me, then clean underneath where the sill used to be.
4. Cut out the USDM sills as such:
Notice I cut before the small hump, just after the raised grips.
In step 6, you will bring the cut forward, right at the small hump.
It's easier to do this in two phases to eliminate an accidental screw up.
5. Pull apart the cutout:
6. Now that the main cut is finished, I used a dremel to smooth out the cut and actually bring it forward a bit, right to the small hump, so the JDM sill sits flush.
7. You may need to pull off the mount tabs from the USDM sill
if any slipped off during the removal. If so, do that now and place them
back in their mount holes. Finally, sit the JDM sill in place:
Repeat steps 1-7 for the remaining sill.
I spent more time polishing the sills than I did intsalling them:
Good luck and God speed!
Post any further questions or comments.