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Old 05-23-2002, 03:45 AM
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European bumper correction

When you look at any bumper, the lines of the wheelwell blends right in where the plastic meets the metal quarter panel. However...when my euro was imported and converted, they took off both bumpers and reinforced them somehow. This cause the bumpers to be scooted up (or back for the rear) about maybe 3/4" (the front worse than the back). This looks dumb because there isn't a smooth transition between the bumper and the metal. So...you guys are gonna think I'm nuts, but I'm a perfectionist with my car and I want to scoot my bumpers back where they were originally.

My questions.....Is it a difficult process to take off a bumper? Just bolt off, bolt on...or is this some tricky involved process? And...any idea what they did to it and what I am going to have to modify in order to get them to go back in their original positions? Thanks for any help.
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Old 05-23-2002, 06:04 PM
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Well I completely disassembled the whole front bumper, and pulled that piece of steel, or pieces welded together, and that was the sorriest work I have ever seen. The pieces were only welded on one side and the joints bend like a piece of wire....this thing would be completely worthless in a frontal hit. It is also really rusty, and getting parts around it rusty, so I am just going to leave it out. This will also realign my bumper. That piece of hard plastic or fiberglass, whatever they use from the factory is some pretty stout stuff, so I don't feel worried about leaving that piece of steel out. This was just the front bumper...now for the back!
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