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Old 03-11-2014, 07:45 PM   #1
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Default need advice: adding material to the plastic bumpers - 2002

We are creating our second showcar and have decided to use the 2002 WRX 'bugeye' wagon as our platform.

see our first show car here

We will be adding quite a bit of additional wheel/tire (looking into wheel options in the 17x9.5 and 17x10 sizes) and will need to create fender flares to accommodate.

we will be fabricating the majority of the flares using sheet metal and welding onto the body, then molding in and respraying the entire car.

my question(s) are; has anyone had any experience molding either fiberglass or plastic into the existing plastic bumpers on the WRX? if so, what was your preferred method, materials used and outcome? i've thought about using sheet metal and riveting it into the plastic with backing plates to make sure it stays put, anyone think this is a horrible idea?

thanks in advance for the input, we will be making a decision on wheels this week then move on to fitting and fab plans once they arrive.
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:02 PM   #2
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Look into SMC.
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Old 03-12-2014, 10:08 AM   #3
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interesting.

is SMC something that can be formed, worked and moulded to an existing structure or does it have to be fabricated in the shape from the get go?
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