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Old 09-30-2012, 07:22 PM   #823
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Im uploading them as we speak. :) So we went out there expecting to cut the crash bar on the corners. We realized there is no possibly way the crash bar would fit in the bumper....there was maybe a 2 inch gap from the back of the car to the beginning of the crash bar. To confirm this, we took the crash bar off and put the bumper on. We then got under the car and realized we were right. There was no way it would fit, unless you shaved it down to an inch thick. Which by then, there would be no structural support and no point to have the thing on anyways. lol So we had a dillemma. I was pretty mad, but I wanted it on. We then thought of an idea. We knew that if I even bumped into something going slow, the bumper would get punctured or bent without anything in there. We knew no matter what we did the bumper wouldnt do well in a wreck, but then again if I got rear ended I would still have to replace it So we took a piece of angle iron and cut it the size of the crash bar. We bent it a tiny bit and drilled holes to get it to fit. We grinded the sides down to the curve of the bumper. That way if I ever did back up into anything going slow, there is support there. Im happy with it. After that we put the bumper on in a few minutes. Oh and I filled the whole thing with foam so that will help some too if I ever hit anything. The stock crash foam was maybe an inch thick. I worked on it for an hour before I realized it wouldnt be needed. I think my bumper is different from your alls. It has the trim on the top...unless you all removed that. Maybe my car is just a ree ree. But regardless, its on and im happy. Ill post the pics in the next post.
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