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Old 09-25-2010, 12:15 PM   #1
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Default Bumper compatibility

I have a 1997 Legacy Outback with the stock Outback front bumper in pretty rough shape.

Rock Auto is selling a regular old school plain Jane Legacy "L" Bumper cover (straight across bumper top, rectangular fog light cutouts) for like $50.00 + shipping. They aren't selling the 1996-1999 "Outback" style bumper.

I don't mind going with the "narrow grill" and swapping to the different style fogs.

Does anyone know if I need to swap foam pads, or the actual bumper beam to make the old school style bumper cover fit on an Outback ?

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Old 09-25-2010, 03:42 PM   #2
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Im pretty sure the Outback and Legacy L use different bumper beams.
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Old 09-25-2010, 03:48 PM   #3
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Can't you get it with the bumper beam? It makes everything tons easier...

if you had P/N's I could look up the diff for you. :P
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Old 09-25-2010, 05:39 PM   #4
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This PDF, which is in the Legacy Part Numbers sticky, has different sections for the Outback and non-Outback bumpers.

Note that the foam piece isn't really needed. The last time I had my bumper off, I put it all back together and then realized the foam piece was sitting on the floor out of sight. Doh! I didn't feel like taking the bumper off again to re-install the foam piece, so it just hasn't been on the car for the past 1+ years. One of these days, when I do take the front bumper off again, I'll put the foam back in there, but I don't see any problems with it not being there. The bumper isn't sagging or loose or anything like that.

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Old 09-25-2010, 11:51 PM   #5
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Thanks, Pat. That PDF is just what I need.

Yeah, you don't really need the foam piece... but it you get involved in an accident, it will help absorb much of the impact.
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Old 09-27-2010, 09:46 AM   #6
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If it's an impact under 5mph, sure. If it's actual accident, though, that foam ain't doing jack - you'll be replacing all the same parts of the car whether that foam is there or not.
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