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PostSubject: pull in the bumpers   Sun Sep 20, 2009 5:47 pm

how would i go about pulling the bumpers in tighter so they dont stick out so far? i've seen it done plenty of times, and got some ideas of my own, but wanted to know the best way of doing it.
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PostSubject: Re: pull in the bumpers   Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:27 pm

find the straightest place to make a square cut. Cut the amount out and wield back together. Polish it up..
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PostSubject: Re: pull in the bumpers   Mon Sep 21, 2009 12:30 am

i mean closer to the center of the car, not narrower. if that makes sense.
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PostSubject: Re: pull in the bumpers   Mon Sep 21, 2009 1:02 am

you can make your own shorter bumper to frame mounts
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PostSubject: Re: pull in the bumpers   Mon Sep 21, 2009 1:03 pm

I think those mounts are telescopic, with rubber in there to provide friction but to allow sliding under extreme forces. If you were to figure out a cotrollable way to apply said extreme forces, you could probably just push them together.

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PostSubject: Re: pull in the bumpers   Mon Sep 21, 2009 6:09 pm

what; you mean like put the bumper up against a slid structure or wall & use the accelerator sparingly?
Does this require any welding afterwards?
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PostSubject: Re: pull in the bumpers   Mon Sep 21, 2009 8:39 pm

Ok,
Do you see how they go together ? or Have you had them apart before ?
The plate on the bumper can be remade or make a spacer to move the mounting plate into the bumper. This will make the bumper tuck into the body more when you bolt the bumper to the frame mounts.
Hope this helps..not sure how to make it more clear with out pictures and stuff.
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PostSubject: Re: pull in the bumpers   Tue Sep 22, 2009 9:15 pm

The bumper has shock-like cylinders behind it. DO NOT push up against a solid structure, you will bend the bumper.

As I understand it, one way is to drill a small hole in the smaller diameter portion of the shock and then compress it until the bumper is where you want it then you have to plug the hole. I've been told that using a small sheet metal screw with a rubber washer under the head will work.

I HAVE NOT tried this yet as I am taking the route of altering the plates that hold the bumper as I want the bumper shocks to work in case of an accident.

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PostSubject: Re: pull in the bumpers   Wed Sep 23, 2009 10:36 pm

By controllable, I meant to remove the unit, and place it in a press of some sort, and apply actual controlled force. If they are like the bumper mounts on a '77 T-bird, they are simply two steel tubes with rubber between them. I'd say to take some bumper mounts off of a junker to try it, then install the modified mounts on your car if it worked.
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PostSubject: Re: pull in the bumpers   Sat Nov 07, 2009 9:32 am

On the back of mine, I drilled a hole in the tube, then compressed the shock - like stated above. On the front, I was able to just slide the bumper mounts further back into the framerails. There is a tab or "stop" inside the frame rails that I knocked down, then just reinstalled the front bumper further back. I just drilled a new hole in the framerail to hold the bumper mounts. If I remember correctly, I moved the front and rear bumpers both in about 2.5". Just a warning on the front, if you do this, your front valance won't look right because it sticks out too far. I ended up removing mine and used a modified Aerostar airdam under the bumper. It's not a perfect fit, but looks acceptable. You'll also have to be careful your bumper doesn't rub on the A/C condensor.
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PostSubject: Re: pull in the bumpers   Mon Nov 09, 2009 9:14 am

Stymees'mont wrote:
Ok,
Do you see how they go together ? or Have you had them apart before ?
The plate on the bumper can be remade or make a spacer to move the mounting plate into the bumper. This will make the bumper tuck into the body more when you bolt the bumper to the frame mounts.
Hope this helps..not sure how to make it more clear with out pictures and stuff.


Sweet! Thats a good idea! I cant believe I didnt even think of doing that.... Shoot, I cant wait to put my car back together now!
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