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Hi Griffo. Have you got a part number for the side mouldings. They look good. Trouble is I would end up with them crooked!!!Notice you live in Poole. I live in Wimborne. Which dealer did you get your Sportage from?


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These were from http://www.autostylinguk.co.uk
Side Mouldings Cobra NIA2642
Product Code 3D512CICC1

Very easy to fit - I decided on the position by taping them to the car with masking tape first and decided that lining them up just above where the door flares out looked about right.
It is suggested that the temperature should be 20degrees so I warmed up the bodywork with a hair drier before I attached them. I turned them to their side aligning the bottom edge then turned them through 90degrees to put them flat against the side of the car (does that make sense?). You've got to be confident because with the fixing tape you don't get a second chance!

What colour is your car - I saw a sirius silver the same as mine coming around the traffic island by the police station in Wimborne the other day and I've also seen a black one turning off Broadstone Way into Cabot Lane in Poole.

I was lucky enough to get one of the first four FE's allocated to Westover Kia in Ferndown in Sept 2010.

If you see a large white Land Rover Defender with a large box on the back and 'Bathroom Specialist' written on the side flashing and waving at you - that'll be me!






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Thanks for the info. I am getting a Silver Diesel Manual KX3 with the Sat Nav. I am on the waiting list at the moment. Getting it through a broker coming from Norfolk. Went to westover last week they had a silver 1.7 petrol to look at but because of the time scales the trade in was difficult to sort out. However all done now. Mine was ordered in Dec, apparantly due in July hopefully.


Do you think having put on the side mouldings they will give you a degree of protection. I am use to the Rav4 ones which although not very pritty are big anddo work well.



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I sympathize . . July still seems a long way off doesn't it! I am sure you will find it worth the wait though. I am exceptionally pleased with mine.
My previous two vehicles were Land Rover Discovery 3's but apart from missing the load space when we helped to move my step-daughter (and initially the visibility as the Sportage rear windows are rather small) I have not regretted my choice at all.
I think the side mouldings coupled with the side steps will help with those knocks you always seem to pick up in car parks. I guess time will tell . . .
 

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I sympathize . . July still seems a long way off doesn't it! I am sure you will find it worth the wait though. I am exceptionally pleased with mine.
My previous two vehicles were Land Rover Discovery 3's but apart from missing the load space when we helped to move my step-daughter (and initially the visibility as the Sportage rear windows are rather small) I have not regretted my choice at all.
I think the side mouldings coupled with the side steps will help with those knocks you always seem to pick up in car parks. I guess time will tell . . .
I am finding these figures hard to believe. Anybody else feel the boot capacity is much smaller than stated???

Luggage Capacity Litres (Seats in Position)
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According to "Which?", the boot capacity to the window line is 330 litres. Manufacturers tend toassume the capacity includes the space up to the ceiling. With the seats down, it's 680to the windowline.
 

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According to "Which?", the boot capacity to the window line is 330 litres. Manufacturers tend toassume the capacity includes the space up to the ceiling. With the seats down, it's 680to the windowline.
That's way wrong. Its not 564 but neither is it 330.

http://www.carzone.ie/new-cars/KIA/Sportage/1.7-D-EX-2WD/795125920100921/

Load compartment capacity: 564 litres with rear seats up filled to lower
edge of window, 1,353 litres with rear seats down filled to ceiling,
19.9 cu ft with rear seats up filled to lower edge of window and 47.8 cu
ft with rear seats down filled to ceiling
 

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Hadthe Cobrarubber side mouldings fitted today which Griffo recommended whilst having a couple of panel dents eased out. The photos below are of the side that has been fixed and shows the door protector strips which like Griffo's slope downwards towards the front of the car.






 

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They look to be slightly lower than mine. They do look good though. I haven't had any supermarket dings yet -does that prove thay work or have I just been lucky? Maybe the side steps help too.
 

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To be honestI pulled out of doing them myself after preparing the surface and taping the lines I found they were too long to hold steady you need really another pair of hands I think. Also there was a lot of discussionwith the chap who I asked to sort the dents out as well as put these mouldings on about the positioning.When the rear door swings open fully the rubber catches on the edge of the passenger door in front. The recessed part of the moulding isn't quite long enough however, we had no choice you have to place it near to the edge of the door otherwise you leave too large a gap when the doors are closed. We got there in the end though.You are right they are lower only time will tell if they offer up any protection but the fact they are now on gives me a bit more piece of mind. I'm glad you posted about them as I'm not convinced about Kia's alternative.
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That could well have been me Andrew. I was on my way Ringwood round about 7pm. The colour if the car is Sirius Silver but it can look very gold in some lights. It can also look grey!


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Wow, very nice indeed. Are those bumper bars legal though? And do you have the skid plates too?
 

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Wow, very nice indeed. Are those bumper bars legal though? And do you have the skid plates too?
The front bumper bar made by Cobra is EU compliant and complies with the new laws concerning the same. My insurance company are aware of, and happy with it.
No I do not have the skid plates.
 

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I don't think your side strips will help stop YOUR car being dented, but may help to stop you denting others. The main culprit for car park dents is the the other car's rear door edge, where the door bottom swoops up over the wheel arch, so only a full height rubber strip will protect the side of your car, as each other car is a different height. It's amazing how people can let their door touch your car, and then let it rub up and down your paintwork, whilst strapping their little darlings into the back seat. I always park over the far side of the supermarket car parks, where I can, so hopefully no-one will park next to me.They do look smart though!
 

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Lol, I always do that and my friends laugh at me saying that if a meteor drops from space, sods law it will land on my car lol. Thanks griffo. Do you think you could fit it with skid plays on or would it look silly. Reason I ask is I'm going to order my car with the step pack pre fitted, but would love to add the bull bar. Did your insurance charge you any extra for the modification?
 
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