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Old 03-05-2004, 11:57 AM
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I've done a search, but so many of the old uploaded photos are unavailable. Can anyone post pics of NAs with the front and/or rear bumper pad deleted? I'm getting ready for paint and cant decide whether to go fiberwerks, carerra gt, turbo conversion or leave the NA bumper in place with deleted pads - maybe even 'snubbed'.

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Old 03-05-2004, 12:05 PM
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This was my 84 just after paint and about 2 weeks before I sold it. Removed the front pads and filled the bumps before paint.
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Old 03-05-2004, 12:39 PM
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Old 03-05-2004, 01:12 PM
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IMHO, I think that the bumpers look too square or blocky with the black bumperettes removed. The bumperettes fool your eyes into thinking that the bumper is not as blocky with them on there, but without, it is obvious. Especially on the rear bumper.

If you don't like the look of the bumperettes, I would suggest a euro bumper. I think the lines flow a little better with the car. Plus the true euro bumpers are made from 1/4" thick fiberglass and connect to the car with Sachs bumper shocks.

(again, this is just my opinion, YMMV)
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Old 03-05-2004, 01:18 PM
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Point taken, T. The euro front bumper is just too busy for my tastes.
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When you remove the front pads, there are the two sets of nubs (I think they are the back of rivets for the mounting brackets) on the face of the bumper. Do you just grind those flush? And it doesnt hurt the integrity of the mounts?
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Old 03-05-2004, 03:12 PM
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you would need to grind those down and then have them welded up when you have the holes welded up. I just painted mine red.
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As to those nubins (third nipples?):
You can grind them, but they'll probably fall out when you do... that's what happened to mine. Welding the hole is the best idea... I used a resin filler that will likely crack and fall out some day - but I sprayer it with primer front and back before re-painting the whole area... so maybe it'll hold up a good long time.

I agree with Tifo; the bumper doesn't look right without something up there... but the Euro fogs make all the difference (to me) and even add a design characteristic similar to other porsches of the era (928). I agree with jp944 too though; the Euro front was too busy, so I "un-busied" it by removing the bumperettes.

Basically, the way I'm headed here is that my front bumper is now the perfect / ideal front bumper!
(Just kidding - it is for me though)
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Old 03-05-2004, 06:10 PM
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Xray, do you have any pics of yours from more of a distance? The closeups are good, but I don't get to see the 'big picture.'

THANKS!
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Ah, give me a couple of weeks to respray and clear coat the lower valence... I'll take pics then.
The bumper looked so nice I figured I'd better paint the valence, so now I'm all bondo's and primer-ed, but it's ugly as all get out! Soon...
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I've been seriously considering the snub nose conversion for my car...I actually really like it, and I think on a black car it would look good. Look at Lead Foot 944's car, he did the snub nose.
But some people have said I shouldn't modify such a good example of an NA, but I want to make it my own...and the good thing about this mod is it is fairly easily reversible; just drill the holes again if you filled them and replace the bumper shocks.
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Here's mrmunky's car
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Old 03-05-2004, 09:00 PM
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someone else's...tell me that DOESN'T looks sweet!!!
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Old 03-05-2004, 09:04 PM
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again...you can tell I collect them...anyone have some others?
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Old 03-06-2004, 12:53 AM
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I've been thinking about the same mod myself for a while. However, I've been wanting to find the same size type of rubber strip that the 911 SC and Carrera have and apply it to the 922 bumper. One thin(thinner) strip across the entire bumper. Any thoughts on that, it would certainly be better than those two cinder blocks up front.
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