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 Post Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:29 am 
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Guys, I know that mounting a front fiberglass bumper can be done several ways, but I found a simple way to mount mine, so I figured I would post it to give others some ideas.

First I had a friend that is good with fiberglass cut about 1.5 inches out of both sides of a Harwood bumper and blend it back smooth.

Then I spray can primered it and sanded it with a Scotchbright pad, then cleaned it with thinner.

I chose a can of color match paint form Advance in a color that I felt would bring the least attention to the fact that I have a glass bumper. It is a silver with a bronze tint, but the photos make it look gray. The color match paint cans have a nice fan nozzel, and I have a handle attachment that makes painting much easier.

Next I fitted the bumper so that the sides covered the gap at the fenders and I fabbed some .090 aluminum mounts by clamping the mount between the work bench and a piece of wood and bending the angles in. Notice that I did not tuck the bumper too far, again, I didnt want too much attention on the effort to lighten the car.

I used the factory holes in the frame horns and the center hole in the radiator support (I dont like making new holes unless I have to). Then I drilled the mounts and the bumper and mounted the bumper using button head bolts, small washers, and lock nuts.

Now for the top, I was stumped for a bit, but I finally decided to just use some course body screws that have a nice big washer attached under the head. They come in a small package at Advance. I simply drilled a pilot hole through the bumper and into the bottom of the header panel/grille in five locations and screwed the top of the bumper to the bottom of the header panel/grille.

It worked out well, the bumper is very secure, and this can be done with the simplest of tools.

After doing this, I have a new set of Ice Man brackets that I never used.....

Special thanks to Allen at Kolors Custom Paint in Elm City N.C. for the buddy deal on the fiberglass work!

Here are some pics......

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 Post Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:51 am 
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Yep, that's what I do. Instead of having the lower brackets mounted on the outside lip of the lower bumper.............bend the bracket so it sits "inside" of the lip. Its a much cleaner look and the brackets aren't as visible. All you need now are some bumperettes (bumper guards) !

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 Post Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:49 pm 
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nice post I have both a fully tucked bumper and a harwood fact. width bumper,nice work.


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 Post Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:59 pm 
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Finally, someone showed how They did it. Besides going with a tucked glass bumper that everyone knows is fiberglass. The one you installed is the one I prefer. Bet you dropped 75lbs off the nose too. Now i'm thinking real hard!!


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 Post Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:50 pm 
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Looks good.. Nice work...

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 Post Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 6:53 pm 
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Do you have any pics of how it is attached on the top side?

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 Post Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:45 pm 
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malibulvr wrote:
Do you have any pics of how it is attached on the top side?



No, its just screwed in from the top of the bumper, the bumper sits against/under the header panel/grille, and I just drilled a pilot hole and screwed the screws in....

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 Post Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:16 pm 
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rock wrote:
Yep, that's what I do. Instead of having the lower brackets mounted on the outside lip of the lower bumper.............bend the bracket so it sits "inside" of the lip. Its a much cleaner look and the brackets aren't as visible. All you need now are some bumperettes (bumper guards) !



I agree, but my car is so low, you cannot see the brackets....

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