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So, you think I could discard that piece of square tubing all together, Kim?
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the bar was federal standards, I took mine out on both bumpers, and the one I sent to wooky.

@KRH , on the G2 sec, do we need to notch out the frame horn on the right side of the car for the thing to bolt up properly? My right side sags a bit and it doesn't fit properly.


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OK, that explains the crappy quality of the bar. I didn't look Germanic to me... tell me: did yours have a relief cut in it? Mine is two rectangular pieces that are welded at the back so the are triangular, not straight.
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my first one had pig iron, it weighed like 90 lbs, I used a grinder and just removed everything and started over $$$$$. My second set was off a grey market car, so it wasn't federalized but my third was, IIRC and I removed one solid bar and sent it to Wooky but it was the rear. Ddrab got the other gen 1 front SEL I had and it had pig iron in it too, not sure what he did to it but it was for a sedan.


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Sorry iam in Bali on holiday otherwise I could have taken any pics you require as my black 560 euro coupe is stripped down plus I have spare sets of euro front & rear bumpers in both gen2 & gen1 so any exact details or pics I can provide when I get back home next week.
The trick to fitting these bumpers correct is supporting the bumper so it's tucked up hard before tightening up the 4 front nuts. The sides should also be hard up against the side qtr panel bottom wheel arch so it all looks blended in without gaps.


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I removed the pig iron bar that came with mine which was off an 85 Euro if I remember correctly.
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The trick to fitting these bumpers correct is supporting the bumper so it's tucked up hard before tightening up the 4 front nuts. The sides should also be hard up against the side qtr panel bottom wheel arch so it all looks blended in without gaps.
This leads me to my next question: where does the factory bumper bolt up on the sides and how many bolts are there?
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There's a square shackle that the bumper slides into.
The Euro is narrower than the U.S., but you can use the U.S. if you have to. It's adjustable up and down, giving you the ability to get the tip of the bumper nice and close to the fender.
BTW, we've seen so many photos in the previous threads of otherwise nice examples, where the tip of the bumper is sagging. Not a good look.
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Thank you, that's perfect. I think this is what I am missing and this is what the OG bodyshop hacked up on my car.

Does anyone happen to have pictures of this shackle?
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It is just a rectangle, its what the tab of the bumper insert slides on to. But, if the bolt on point of the chassis isn't modified with a cut, one side will sag at the fender because it will not flush attach. Going to remove and cut my chassis today if time permits.


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