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Author:  Rev1richie [ Oct 11th, '13, 10:53 ]
Post subject:  Front Bumper fitment issue

Hi, i've got an aftermarket front bumper that when fitted on the passenger side the drivers side is out, way out.. Now, as its made of GRP/Fibre glass there is no way it will bend, unlike the std bumpers which are like weebles..(wobbly). So I have a problem if i want to use this bumper. I have got an old std bumper from a member here to use to get the car on the road, but my plan is to fit the afternarket one.

My question is, could i cut the bumper right down the middle, fit the bolts attaching it to the wings etc , then ease the front together as best as possible, then bridge the gap, strengthen it with mesh/grp etc, Fill and sand smooth. Is this a suitable method or am i missing something more obvious.

Oh, i have relieved the bumper by removing parts of some returns to allow movement but it's just not enough.

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Author:  Rev1richie [ Oct 11th, '13, 11:15 ]
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Rose, i was hoping you would reply, after seeing all your mods, i feel your opinion would be the most valid. As the mis match is "probably the worst ive seen" any destructive attempts to fix can only be an improvement.

Well i'll have a think, and if somehow i fix it, i'll repost.

Rich

Author:  Gonzo12c [ Oct 11th, '13, 11:26 ]
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Shame that is Rich but i have found that problem with alot of the fibreglass bumpers ive seen where they dont match which is why i have urethane aftermarket ones. Rare as rocking horse poo to pick up but certainly worth it.

Hope you figure out a solution for it.

Author:  mikey bean [ Oct 11th, '13, 11:49 ]
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Bigger hammer

Author:  DBnathan [ Oct 11th, '13, 15:21 ]
Post subject:  Re: Front Bumper fitment issue

I would cut a series of V shapes in the top area of the bumper and try easing it in, then see how it fits, use a good paints tape along the wings and fibre glass the gaps, to build the bumper up to a decent fit.

Author:  Zairs [ Oct 11th, '13, 16:41 ]
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It would be easier to repair my yellow one :whistling:

Author:  Mr HollowPoint [ Oct 11th, '13, 16:50 ]
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True actually. If yours fits right, then it just has a few cracks and dents in it, easy peasy.

Author:  Mr HollowPoint [ Oct 11th, '13, 17:38 ]
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Mrs HollowPoint wrote:
I can understand wanting to try to keep it though. It's a very nice looking bumper. It's a bit hard to advise how to fix it no matter how good the photos are without playing with it for real. .... and leads me to WHY did you need to label the 'MIS MATCH' and put a red circle around it? It's MEGGA obvious, or was that for thick people on another forum? LMAO :pmsl:


PMSL!

Author:  z32bolt [ Oct 11th, '13, 18:14 ]
Post subject:  Re: Front Bumper fitment issue

Are you able to contact the seller/manufacturer? It's a pretty piss poor fit.

Author:  Mr Sayers [ Oct 11th, '13, 22:40 ]
Post subject:  Re: Front Bumper fitment issue

Sack it off RIch and go with the correctly fitting standard option,

just my opinion mate unless you fancy hours and hours of woe, and misery trying to get the fit to the required standard

Author:  Rev1richie [ Oct 15th, '13, 14:03 ]
Post subject:  Re: Front Bumper fitment issue

Hi Guys, sorry for the hiatus, some know why, its not always easy. Anyway, thanks for all your comments, useful, suggestive and downright sarcastic. Kev, thanks for the offer, when i come up for the metal, i'll take a look at the yellow peril, I have already cutaway parts of the top return to allow the end of the spoiler to "bend" inwards, but the returns on the indicator gap and the lower vent stop the bend short, i could try relieving these areas, but that would be a last resort.. Impossible to contact seller, so no joy there..
As i said, i've got a original bumper which fits and will look okay when i've finished tarting it up, so whatever i do to this bumper..spoiler, did i say spoiler before..there you go, thats part of my problem.. anyway i think i'm going to look at removing the returns in strategic places to try and let it "bend in" . Where the bumper fits, its only at the red vertical line (not annotated because you are all clever) that it will pivot round as this is where it touches last. Now if i were to chop it in half, i think the best place would be along the blue line, this would allow the drivers side of the bumper to fix to the wing and then pivot on the red line to join up to the other side. The longer the piece to "bend" the easier it will be.

Throw it away?, but then what would i do over the winter months ahead...

So any more comments welcome or suggestions.

Rich

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Author:  Zairs [ Oct 15th, '13, 16:50 ]
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Sorry to say but even cutting it and sticking it back together it's just gonna look wrong. The lines are out every where, the bumper is bulging out from the wing that's already fitted. The indicators are at different angles the big center hole looks like it needs moving over towards the drivers side, making the fitting of it even worse. And possibly is lower one side than the other, tho that might be how it's jacked up

-- 15 Oct 2013 17:48 --

How about blending it into the wings if you use it, might make things a little easer?

-- 15 Oct 2013 17:50 --

Can you post a couple of pics of the fitted side to see

Author:  Mrs HollowPoint [ Oct 16th, '13, 12:48 ]
Post subject:  Re: Front Bumper fitment issue

ALL my posts are gone.

I'd love to see how it progresses, but you'll have to ask me on zclub now.

This site is history, due to total lack of support and the fact most members, including the chairman here just dont want to run it and I will not put effort into a place where I am told to shut up and people genuinely couldnt care less. After being told to shut up and take it for the last time, I see little point in my post history remaining to be of any benefit to others.

Since PM isnt working, I had to post here

-- 16 Oct 2013 12:48 --

ALL my posts are gone.

I'd love to see how it progresses, but you'll have to ask me on zclub now.

This site is history, due to total lack of support and the fact most members, including the chairman here just dont want to run it and I will not put effort into a place where I am told to shut up and people genuinely couldnt care less. After being told to shut up and take it for the last time, I see little point in my post history remaining to be of any benefit to others.

Since PM isnt working, I had to post here

Author:  Tonyb [ Oct 16th, '13, 14:41 ]
Post subject:  Re: Front Bumper fitment issue

I would run it if it stays the same I've told you that

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