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Old 04-28-2011, 05:55 PM   #1
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I took off my bumper cap last night to redo my IC piping and decided it'd be a good idea to set up a quick disconnect system because the factory bolts are difficult to get to with the wheels on the car.

I know TSB had one, does anyone else? Please post pics if you've got 'em.
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This is relevant to my interests. TSB has those exterior clips iirc. Would it be possible to do something hidden?
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You can see mine here:

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Link to the latch:
http://www.pegasusautoracing.com/pro....asp?RecID=777
you also need the striker plate.

This eliminates the need for those two annoying nuts up on the inside of the bumper by the parking light on each side.

Also, there is usually a screw at the backmost point where the bumper meets front fender. This is hard to get a screwdriver on unless you jack the car up. So, I got rid of the screw, drilled the holes out to a bit larger diameter, and use a pin with a hole drilled in it through those holes with a cotter pin through the hole in the pin to hold it in place. This plus the latches make disconnecting both sides of the bumper a 15-second procedure. Then just a few 10mm nuts under the hood between the headlights and the bumper is off.
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more detailed pics of the inside, pls

do you have anything securing the "mouth" of the bumper?
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The bumper mounts independently of the splitter and behind-bumper ducting, so no the bumper doesn't connect to anything in the mouth area - it floats above the splitter. Stock, there's a plastic duct piece that connect the bumper mouth to the plastic undertray. I don't have this, but I'm pretty sure that's just a couple screws to disconnect it from the bumper mouth.

I don't have any pics of the inside of the bumper, but if I remember to I will try to snap one tomorrow.

A pic better explains why my bumper mouth doesn't connect to anything. The bumper just floats a mm away from the splitter and ducting:
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Thank god you painted that beam behind the bumper a different shade of red, I'm not sure what would happen to the universe if you had two pieces on your car the same shade of red.
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Old man hate^^
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What about the splitter supports?
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I've thought about doing this as well and i'm glad i stumbled upon this thread. So I just picked up a set from Pegasus. $20
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Thank god you painted that beam behind the bumper a different shade of red, I'm not sure what would happen to the universe if you had two pieces on your car the same shade of red.
I've embraced this. The world feels better now.

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What about the splitter supports?
They each disconnect from the tab on the splitter with one bolt/nut. Those struts have swivel joints on each end, so once its disconnected at one end they can be moved freely. So the bumper comes off without any hinderance.
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Thanks for th tips thepass, we are doing this to spoolin2bars car soon. I think William has this on catfish too.
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I wish a powder coat would stick to these and not wear off in time.

Could the latch part be PCed without the pull? That would kinda blend it in more.
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Mine is held on by dzus fasteners. Right now it's 4 across the radiator support area and 1 in each corner with these brackets: http://www.jegs.com/i/JEGS-Performan...oductId=763087

Not riveted yet:
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njn63 - any chance you could snap a couple pics of the position of the other fasteners on the front of the bumper and of the mounts behind the bumper? I'd really appreciate it.

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No problem. I was finishing it today anyways:






I didn't put anything at the bottom yet because I plan to build an air dam/splitter so I'm going to build tabs to keep that into place into that. I have not driven the car with this setup yet, but it seems solid.
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Through that link, are those complete kits? Are both the bracket and disconnects included?
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Thanks! My splitter and airdam are removable now, but I'm thinking about building an integrated bumper/dam/splitter, so this is very helpful.

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Through that link, are those complete kits? Are both the bracket and disconnects included?
No, that's just the brackets. Jegs sells a complete kit (10 fasteners/springs/brackets/rivets) for $60: http://www.jegs.com/i/JEGS+Performan...82270/10002/-1

They also sell a hex head version but I like the slotted better.
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ThePass, I never took a close look at your car. I really like it. Do you have a build thread for your car or even better for your bumper/splitter setup?
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thanks mx5autoxer, I've got one on cr that I recently made to update the last few things I've done. http://clubroadster.net/vb_forum/showthread.php?t=44470 I didn't take any good pictures when I built the splitter unfortunately, this thread already has the two best shots showing the bumper/splitter. If you have questions about how it was made or anything though, I'll try to answer them.
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