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#1 (permalink) Old 05-06-2004, 07:36 PM
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Well as far as i know all u can do is pretty much push the bumper in but even then u can have the molding look like shit and warp

what if u buy the bumper shocks for 88-91 model??? Would u beable to do the plastic bumper change? how much do u think the total cost would be if u were to have it installed

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Well as far as i know all u can do is pretty much push the bumper in but even then u can have the molding look like shit and warp

what if u buy the bumper shocks for 88-91 model??? Would u beable to do the plastic bumper change? how much do u think the total cost would be if u were to have it installed

You CAN do that, and you can do a plastic bumper change. You can probably do it yourself. In that process, the only thing hard to do is installing the rear bumper itself. The front bumper is pretty much a bolt on job, while the rear bumper takes a bit of fabbing and modification.

http://www.r3vlimited.com/Tech/bumper1.htm

this is a good write-up on how to do the plastic bumper swap yourself.

I wouldn't know how much a body shop would charge to do it yourself, because i don't even know of any good body shops that can do that. But i'm guessing it's around the ballpark of 800+ dollars with the included items needed to perform the task.

If you find that you think that it is too much for u to do, there is still several other alternatives.

As you said, you can push in the bumpers yourself or you can buy the bumper shocks from the 88-91 models and have the bumpers pushed in without messing up your stock shocks. With that, you can add a racing dynamics rear valence. If you don't have a front valence, then buying an iS front valence will balance out the car very nicely.
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sry for late responce.

so if i buy those.. i can just take off the front bumper.. then take out the shocks and just replace them?

how hard would this be for a complete noob, any articles?


edit the one by jordan tells u how to remove the front bumper, i guess the shocks are bolted it too eh?

i might buy these shocks if it is that easy! Wil my bumper have the european look then? how many inches will il be shaving off?

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not a european look if u replace ur shocks with the later model shocks. Yes they can be put in to shrink the bumper a lil bit.


a european alum. bumper does not have the plastic surrounding around the aluminum bumper.
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Hi. I do that all the time. You take a drill and drill a hole in the shocks. Then you take sledge hammer and go to town. It will push right in.
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