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Old 02-08-2019, 02:32 AM
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Default 928s Euro rear bumper without bumperettes



Every 928 Iíve seen has black rubber bumperettes on the rear, except for mine. Can anyone tell me why? Model differences?

This was a 1982 Euro version bought new in Germany by the prior owner and shipped to the US in the mid 80s. Iím the second owner.

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Old 02-08-2019, 08:18 AM
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I think many had them added as part of the Federalization process upon importation. Myí79 has them but no other exterior changes. I plan on removing them. Other common changes were the addition of front and rear side marker lights and removing the lovely H4 headlights and installing the US sealed beam units.
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Old 02-08-2019, 11:29 AM
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Yours was fortunate enough to slip thru the federalization process without the required blocky bumperettes. IMHO, it's so much cleaner looking, and to me, more desirable. But it only "works" for Euro cars that left the factory that way.
I'm currently de-federalizing my '78 (shhhh... don't tell D.O.T.)
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:35 PM
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IIRC, Keith Widom removed the factory bumper pieces on his GPW GTS, and made a cleanup panel to fit there so all the holes were completely hidden. Search will be your friend. RL username= 928ntslow Look at the way the brackets attach to the rear bumper beam, as I think those may need to be removed after the rubber pads are taken off.

Edit: Look at this thread for Keith's method and results. https://rennlist.com/forums/928-foru...te-delete.html
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Old 02-08-2019, 03:18 PM
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Iím getting the impression nothing much was done to this 928s for either the Federalization changes, or for CA-specific changes. It doesnít need cats, has the OG bumper, and I donít recall seeing any door bar behind the passenger door card. I need to check the headlight bulbs and adjusters still.

Another question while Iím at it. Why would there be air hose running back to the rear bumper from under the car?

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Old 02-08-2019, 06:16 PM
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To answer your question:

The black rubber bumper pads are a US requirement. All cars sold as US models had them.

When "Grey Market" imports were brought into the US (while that was still available), they went through the 'federalization' process.
Changes were made to meet US specs. Mainly emissions, lighting and safety.

Any shop could do this, and then have the car inspected for approval.
The level of 'strictness' varied widely. The level of creativity to get around the rules was sometimes very impressive.

One of the requirements was a properly installed safety bar in the door. There are stories that one shop did a very good job fabricating a steel bar, welding it in and making all of the windows, mirrors, ect work properly. They then took pictures (because the door was put back together by the time the inspector saw it). They used the exact same pictures for all the cars they imported. Another shop did a very good job of installing a broomstick. It looked real in the pictures.

Cars with air pumps that weren't actually hooked up to anything, H4 lights (illegal in the US), all of that are the result of shops either cutting corners or wanting to keep the car original. I'm guessing the shops knew exactly what the inspector they ran the car through would and wouldn't catch.

Your car should have had the black rubber pads installed (easiest to just swap over a bumper cover with them already there).
Personally, I prefer the 'clean' look without them. Love the rear fog light too.
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Old 02-08-2019, 08:57 PM
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it can be done...after the fact. did your euro also happen to escape the add on DOT side marker lights ? T
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smart money says to replace that short piece of return hose that connects to the sender before you install the tank.
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Quote "smart money says to replace that short piece of return hose that connects to the sender before you install the tank."

YES! When I had my tank out, the end of that return hose was a bit frayed (too many R&Rs), so I planned to replace it - a very light tug and it slipped right off! New piece, jubilee clip, good to go.
My car is a C16 , UK spec, and came with two of the red rear fog lights, but no bumperettes. I acquired a plain rear bumper at painting time, and chucked the fog lights. I also had the black plugs painted white to go with the rest of the body, front and back.
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I escaped the US-spec marker lights too!

My fuel tank filter sprung a leak, so I pulled it out and replaced all hoses and clamps. I also painted the cradle, and replaced the foam padding.

Any ideas what those hoses are in my last pics? They come up to the middle of the rear bumper and arenít part of the fuel tank system.
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I have seen somewhere a pic of a hose(or pipe?) coming off the vapour thing in the right rear wheel well going around to the centre rear of the car and down to the bumper level, ending with a thing like a reversed funnel - bellmouth. I suspect this is fitted to cars without the carbon cannister up the front - like mine.
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Old 02-10-2019, 05:47 PM
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Originally Posted by jpitman2 View Post
I have seen somewhere a pic of a hose(or pipe?) coming off the vapour thing in the right rear wheel well going around to the centre rear of the car and down to the bumper level, ending with a thing like a reversed funnel - bellmouth. I suspect this is fitted to cars without the carbon cannister up the front - like mine.
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aha! That describes what I have too. Thanks for the info.
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Originally Posted by jpitman2 View Post
I have seen somewhere a pic of a hose(or pipe?) coming off the vapour thing in the right rear wheel well going around to the centre rear of the car and down to the bumper level, ending with a thing like a reversed funnel - bellmouth. I suspect this is fitted to cars without the carbon cannister up the front - like mine.
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aha! That describes what I have too. Thanks for the info.
My '89 C02 (California) car has the carbon canister plus it has that overflow line to the bell mid-car behind the tank. I can't [conveniently] get to that side of the car to see the source connection for that vent line. I may be able to get to it later today with some creeper gymnastics.
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