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RS rear bumper center. Worth it, aesthetically?

 
Old 12-05-2011, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by 993James993 View Post
I don't get it. The RS version was designed to accommodate a european license plate. It's not a performance part. Unless you plan to ship the car back to Germany why would you go to the trouble and expense of doing this?
Agreed, plus I don't think it looks good even.
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:19 PM
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Love the RS bumper, just have to find one now...
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:06 PM
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Oh, I just realised that we Aussies have a longer license plate cut-out on the standard rear bumper than you Americans...



EDIT: Nevermind, just noticed that GazC2 pointed this out a few posts above. I'm just slow...
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:45 PM
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Originally Posted by f3nr15 View Post
Oh, I just realised that we Aussies have a longer license plate cut-out on the standard rear bumper than you Americans...



EDIT: Nevermind, just noticed that GazC2 pointed this out a few posts above. I'm just slow...
Yes and the USDM bumper has some shallow "humps" on either side of the license plate whereas our bumpers are flat.

What is a good brand for aftermarket RS centre sections? Ie good fit, without too much hand finishing?
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Old 12-06-2011, 12:11 AM
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Originally Posted by 911Jetta View Post
I agree... but who cares what we think. Go for it Vandit!

It's a very nice subtle homage to big brother RS. Most wouldn't even notice, and it makes for a nice conversation with those that do.







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Love the RS bumper, just have to find one now...
911Jetta, Thanks for posting these photos!

To me the most striking difference between your stone grey 964 and the blue Carrera RS is not the rear bumper but the ride height. I prefer your car's color (personal preference for grey/silver cars), the badge delete and the black lenses, but the ride height makes me like the RS.

Do you own both cars? Do you know if the blue one is at RS ride height or is it lower? It appears to be a sunroof delete coupe so I am guessing it is an original Carrera RS. Do you have photos showing the fronts of both cars?

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Old 12-06-2011, 04:23 AM
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The bumps on the RS bumper are also a visual reminder of the chrome bumper guards on the pre-74 cars. the location is the same, in line with the outer edges of the rear lid.

However, if the US license plates hangs lower than the lower edge of the RS plate recess, it should be a big no-no. Can you say "airbrake"?
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Old 12-06-2011, 05:56 AM
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RS section is much nicer imo....however show me a nice Cup (which came with the Euro C2 section) and I rather like it as well, it isn't that it's ugly. I personally feel the US section has some 'unhappy' proportions, a larger Euro plate recess accentuates the width of the car while the US version feels a bit...well cramped.

Please be advised that a FG replica can be a royal pain since these crack at only the slightest bump in the car park.
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by 993James993 View Post
Do you own both cars? Do you know if the blue one is at RS ride height or is it lower? It appears to be a sunroof delete coupe so I am guessing it is an original Carrera RS. Do you have photos showing the fronts of both cars?
James,
Glad you like the pictures, it's a real RS. I live near Road Scholars, who deals in these types of cars, and have seen many surprises at our local Cars & Coffee.

One Saturday I showed up a little late and the lot was full, except for one spot. I couldn't believe my luck when I saw the one open spot was next to the blue RS. As you mentioned, it was a wonderful opportunity to see the dramatic difference in stance between the two 964s.

See this tread for tons of pictures: Euro 964 RS parked next to U.S. C2 - definition of "stance"





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Old 12-06-2011, 12:18 PM
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i have just got a US section, was going to go for the RS but wanted something different (dont see many US rears in the UK)
ill be selling my UK one once i have fitted the US one.
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:33 AM
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Interesting, looks like some good swap opportunities to satisfy the grass-is-always-greener/unique element.

While I'm not fussed about either look, personally I would drive this decision by the license plate format as I think they look best with the size for which the rear was designed (narrow gap for US, wide for EU, etc.)
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by 993James993 View Post
I don't get it. The RS version was designed to accommodate a european license plate. It's not a performance part.
Originally Posted by Marc Shaw View Post
Aesthetics. Although the Euro bumper beam underneath is about 3 lbs lighter, there is no performance difference otherwise.

It is the same reason that in Europe, people seem to want to remove the side markers for the "clean look" while in North America, people add them for the "Euro look" -- change for the sake of change.

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Exactly, it IS a performance part.

3 lbs is 3lbs. That's the WHOLE point of the RS ethos. All these items add up to make a lightweight car.
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Old 12-07-2011, 11:38 AM
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I agree w/ what user evoderby said about how the shape of the RS piece seems to accentuate the proportions of the car's a$$. I kinda like that. The USDM piece makes the rear look narrower.
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Old 12-08-2011, 02:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Atgani View Post
Exactly, it IS a performance part.

3 lbs is 3lbs. That's the WHOLE point of the RS ethos. All these items add up to make a lightweight car.
That is why I said otherwise - weight is important but there is no aerodynamic advantage, for example.

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Old 12-18-2011, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by freedman View Post
Lights are completely different, using the same fittings as a 3.2 Carrera
I'm guessing these lights, in case anyone else was wondering.

http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/...0%281974-89%29
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Old 12-18-2011, 02:21 PM
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Hi Vandit,

What are your other plans for the car? Will you (or have you?) go with RS ride height, Cup I's, air scoops in the front bumper, aero mirrors, RS interior? Radio and AC delete?

In my case I plan to update the suspension to be set at RS ride height and find and mount OEM Cup I's. The other options are not likely in my case. Currently the car has no radio but I am thinking of adding one.

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