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Creative Front Bumper Mod

My '88 560SL has the standard U.S. front bumper and license bracket. I want to eliminate the license bracket in order to clean up the front. I know there are aftermarket strips available to replace the stock one, but I was wondering if anyone had come up with a successful (and cheap) alternate method.

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This is what I did by removing the bracket and rubber strips on either side and replacing them with one cut to length from a rear bumper of my doner car. It looks clean and factory like. Best part is it just slides in the slots so there is no screws or anything needed to hold it in place.
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I'd suggest that any of you members in the general north and west Connecticut environs not leave your cars unattended for any appreciable length of time.
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You think they might loose there rear bumper rubber strip? Should be easy to find in a junk yard. Many different Mercedes have a matching rear bumper. My doner car as you know is a W116 and it has the exact same rubber strip.
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I'd suggest that any of you members in the general north and west Connecticut environs not leave your cars unattended for any appreciable length of time.

Good advice! I didn't think about the donor car angle, or that it needn't be a 107. Guess maybe I'll brave the wasps that are always flying around the DOA's at the indie's shop. NascarFan, that front bumper looks great. How does the strip come off the donor?

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You think they might loose there rear bumper rubber strip?

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I just got a screwdriver under it at some point and got enough to grasp and pulled. No clips or screws.
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I bought the performance products kit for both of my cars, and it is basically some screws, the rear rubber strip, and a plastic curved "I" beam that pushes the center out and holds it there. One of them broke while I installed it (although the plastic feels like glass-filled nylon, very sturdy). It's possible to do this with just the rubber strip, but it won't stay with the rest of the curve without that piece of plastic or something shaped like it.
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