I have been meaning to respond to your questions James! My apologies for the delay.
I have been personally working in the research and development phase with my supplier to produce this belt line trim set for the last 2 years now. The trim and bumpers, for that matter, are made by a new manufacturer in Vietnam that has started his own company. This individual has been my contact the entire time when he was at my old manufacturer's operation but now I work with him as a separate entity at the new facility he started and the quality is better than ever. Since he has left the old factory, I have personally assisted him in replicating the 2002 bumpers to be more true to the original. For example, We have changed the impact strip holes in the long bumpers to slots so customers don't need to purchase $15 clips to install the rubber strips: multiply $15 by the 20+ clips to attach the rubber strips and you are looking at a hefty bill. With the slots cut in the long bumper, the fasteners only run around $5 a piece and you only need a few of the $15 clips for the end holes, also, we have made the edges more crisp and defined to replicate the originals as well. Through this retooling process we have experienced a back order on bumpers, but we are now getting production back to normal operating speed. So for all of you waiting for your bumper sets they will be on their way very soon.
So, enough about bumpers! Lets talk about the trim:
I am very confident with the fit! Each piece of stainless trim is fit to the radius and contour curves of the 2002 at each corner. This has been one of the most difficult hurdles to overcome, we've tooled up and have all we need to really nail down those pesky contours and radii. Now the trim really hugs those corners nicely. The lengths are accurate all around the car and the ends are capped and polished. The inside mounting rails match that of the stock pieces with the cutouts to slide in the fasteners built in. The fasteners slide freely up and down the inside of the trim with little effort
The metal fasteners will replace every plastic clip on your 02 except for the two on the pass and driver doors near the door hinges, those plastic clips will be left there because you cannot get a metal fastener in that location from behind the door panel...but our trim will fit over the stock clips at that location. It is recommended you get new plastic clips for those locations by the door hinges. I have attached the pictures of the fasteners to give you guys a better idea of what they look like below. They come with metal washers, nylon washers, and nuts to secure the belt line to car. 60 fasteners total.
The finish is a nice polished mirror and is very durable. It has a nice, smooth reflective surface and It is not plated, so if you scratch it you are able to buff on the surface without having to worry about burning through plating because there is none! Also, the trim will never rust or oxidize.
You will need to clean them just as much as you would clean the outside your 02. There is really no maintenance besides just cleaning it every once and a while to clear the dirt and bugs off! It also wouldn't hurt to hit it with a metal polisher like Flitz or the like to shine em up every once and a while.
As far as installation pictures. I took some but they are not very good because I was trying to be the camera guy and the installer. So, I have got an installation video production day on the calendar to demonstrate how to get the trim pieces on. So keep an eye out for that, its coming down the pipeline.
P.S. The car in the pictures is my personal 2002 and this is not the first set I have attempted to install. TBH, I've gone through many frustrating days in order to ensure the best fit and finish of these sets before I brought the trim sets to market. I have corrected all mistakes and found avenues to nail down the accuracy of the trim. With this last installation I am confident and very excited that the sets coming down the line are up to the "overall" standards in the 2002 community, IMO. I know these sets have failed in the past with the fitment but I have been determined to overcome those previous failures due to the need for these pieces in the 02 community. I also have heard from some folks at the Bay Area Swap And Show at the Brisbane Marina that even the OEM pieces have been misfitting lately. But I am happy to say that this is not the case with 02bumpers.com sets.
I am working on getting the touring sets for all you hatchbackers out there. It will happen.