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Old 10-16-2013, 09:58 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a DYI with pictures on how to install an aftermarket bumper?
the bumper i want
http://www.duraflexbodykits.com/2008...-p-377542.html
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:12 PM   #2
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[quote="WhatsASubie;40783479"]Does anyone have a DYI with pictures on how to install an aftermarket bumper?[/QUOTE ]

They're all different.

If you have to ask, you should probably just take it to a body shop.

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Old 10-16-2013, 10:29 PM   #3
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If it didn't come with instructions, google for some, if there aren't any, take it to a shop. Though in theory it should install the exact same way as the OEM.
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:55 PM   #4
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If it didn't come with instructions, google for some, if there aren't any, take it to a shop. Though in theory it should install the exact same way as the OEM.
so they have all the oem mount points?
like this
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:57 PM   #5
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so they have all the oem mount points? like this
Again...maybe maybe not. They're all different.

Theoretically, they should, by they're never "plug and play" and will require some body work to get everything to line up.

Order whatever you want, just take it to a shop.
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:57 PM   #6
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Old 10-16-2013, 10:59 PM   #7
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Post a link of the the aftermarket bumper in question.
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Old 10-16-2013, 11:05 PM   #8
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If said bumper is in your possession then try to fit it yourself, check the mounts and see if it is close to oem. What's with everyone telling him to take it to a shop. What is this forum coming to.
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Old 10-16-2013, 11:28 PM   #9
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If said bumper is in your possession then try to fit it yourself, check the mounts and see if it is close to oem. What's with everyone telling him to take it to a shop. What is this forum coming to.
LOL yeah!

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heres the bumper
http://www.duraflexbodykits.com/2008...-p-377542.html
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Old 10-16-2013, 11:45 PM   #10
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I might need to replace my front bumper too. Any hints on where to get one in the Seattle area?
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Old 10-16-2013, 11:57 PM   #11
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Straight from that link you posted.

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Installing Duraflex Aerodynamics Products
With Duraflex brand aerodynamics you will need to be prepared for the same installation process as any other fiberglass based product. These parts are not paint ready when they are popped out of the molds and will require that they first be dry fit on the vehicle, then mark and drill all mounting holes, and complete a mock up installation before any paint preparation is started. In most instances you will be re-using much of the factory hardware when installing Duraflex Aero Parts but it is also common that additional support brackets and hardware will need to be fabricated or modified to complete a quality installation. Some amount of trimming, grinding and sanding will be needed to achieve proper fitment and panel gap alignment. With bumper covers most often the factory 5mph bumper support will need to be altered or removed to fit properly. All customers need to be advised that with aftermarket aerodynamics that are fiberglass based (which Duraflex is) that they will require some amount of finishing work to be paint ready as well as fitting work to clean up seams from the mold as well as proper panel gaps to achieve an OEM quality installation.* We do not want any customers to purchase an FRP based product and expect to be able to take it directly from the box and bolt it onto their vehicle. Always use a body shop that is familiar and experienced with custom auto body as well as fiberglass to have the least painful installation experience.* Collision repair shops are the last place to take a custom job to so make sure to do your homework and check out the shop that you commission to do your work and request to see photos of their past projects as well as customer testimonials.
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Duraflex brand aerodynamics will follow traditional FRP (fiberglass) preparation where every visible inch of the finish will need to be sanded to eliminate any blemishes including gelcoat chips, scratches, pin holes etc. By block sanding the finish you will be able to see the straightness of the product as well as anything that will need to be glazed with finish body filler. The finish on Duraflex brand aerodynamics is just a basic primer coat that was used to help the part pop free from the mold when it was originally laid up. This is not a surfacing layer intended to be directly painted or to be installed without paint as it lacks UV protection. The more time spent on prep the better the finished install and quality of the paint job will be. Once the part has been totally prepped we suggest using a high build primer suitable for FRP to be sprayed and wetsanded before the base coat and clear coat is applied. High build primer will provide a thickness of finish applied on top of the part that can be easily sanded and checked for perfection.

Not to mention that it will look like ass

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Old 10-16-2013, 11:58 PM   #12
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I don't know man, I support your efforts but that install guide really doesn't say much other that you will have to clean up in the fiberglass and invest a good amount of labor. You really have to have it in you hands to see how different it is than OEM for mounting.

If you haven't ordered it already (sorry) I would look for something else. That thing looks like it has triple canards on it. Way too over the top for anyone to appreciate around here. If you have a good bumper already, seriously don't do it.

Edit: Sometimes it just feels right on getting a cheap bumper skin, I'm heavily considering a rear duraflex bumper skin on my coupe but that front bumper is nothing that should grace a new mobile. Would never touch the front bumper associated with the rear I'm interested in.

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Old 10-17-2013, 05:21 AM   #13
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It's just a thought. Was wondering if anyone did this before and the level of difficulty.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:48 AM   #14
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they are all different. most aftermarket replica etc ones have no mounting holes at all, so you have to drill or dremel the mounting points, that's why they can sell them so cheap, and fitment is a crap shoot. just take it to a body shop
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Old 10-17-2013, 09:45 AM   #15
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Thanks for all the info guys. one more question, about how much does install and paint cost for something like that?
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Old 10-17-2013, 10:34 AM   #16
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Thanks for all the info guys. one more question, about how much does install and paint cost for something like that?
Holy ****, kid. Pick up your ****ing iphone and call a god damn body shop.
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Old 10-17-2013, 11:04 AM   #17
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Thanks for all the info guys. one more question, about how much does install and paint cost for something like that?
These are ALL questions you should ask a body shop. We can't give this answer, hell even if we lived where you did we couldn't. Pick up the phone, call an average number of body shops, get quotes, read reviews, pick the one you like.
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