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Ran Into A Major Problem Installing Getty Design Front Bumper.

A while back I asked, what company would be best and most said Getty Design and stay away from Better Bodies. Better Bodies offered the rear bumper that I wanted due to no cut outs for the exhaust so I went with them and couldn't be happier. The fit was very close with just some small modifications and it fit fine. I received it painted last week from the body shop and installed it yesterday, looks great.

Now the front bumper from Getty was another story. A friend and I went to test fit it and it wasn't ever close, the center front portion where it would bolt to was hitting and it wouldn't allow the bumper to lay flush with the fender and hood. As you can see from the pictures below.

The only thing I see I can do is cut the center section out to allow it to fit snug against the fender/hood. That would leave me with another problem, how would I mount the center section?

I ordered this bumper last November and due to the car was up for the winter I just got around to installing it.

I did leave an email for Getty so I'll wait to see if they respond.

That line should be up against the hood and fenders right?




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Kinda looks like they sent a narrow body piece....
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I first thought the same but if you look at the two side pictures they line up against the fenders just need to go back 1" or so.
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The irony of it all...you know the whole Better Body vs. "the others", thing. Huh, I wonder if they sent you the wrong piece????
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The irony of it all...you know the whole Better Body vs. "the others", thing. Huh, I wonder if they sent you the wrong piece????
I don't see how... Looking at their web page they only offer two C2 bumpers, one narrow and one turbo. On their page you can clearly see the narrow is not what I have. Mine flare on each end for the turbo body.
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has your car been in an accident? how did you store the bumper?
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Wow, from my experience this is typical. What is not typical was your back bumper that fit. I think you got lucky with it.
I've worked up numerous front and rear F/G bumper assemblies and all needed some amount of filler to achieve a factory fit.
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has your car been in an accident? how did you store the bumper?
The problems not the car. The bumper center section hits the car 1" to soon which in-turns wont allow the bumper to sit flush. The only way I see is to cut the center section out. By the way the car is all original never been damaged or wrecked.
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I don't see how... Looking at their web page they only offer two C2 bumpers, one narrow and one turbo. On their page you can clearly see the narrow is not what I have. Mine flare on each end for the turbo body.
I see.
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I installed a TRE 934 air dam and had to trim back the center section to allow the aor dam to move backk and match up with the fenders. Sounds like you have the same situation.

Does the rubber smile get re-installed with your car? If yes, just cut back the center section as needed.
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Ouch

BMAN,

Sucks, Sucks and more Sucks. Um, what if you were to shave an inch from the lip on top that meets the hood/trunk portion of the bumper. That seems to be why you cannot move the entire piece back.

Would that affect your ability to properly mount the bumper in any way?

Trying to help.

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My Better Bodies kit fit like a glove.....just sayin.....
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BMAN,

Sucks, Sucks and more Sucks. Um, what if you were to shave an inch from the lip on top that meets the hood/trunk portion of the bumper. That seems to be why you cannot move the entire piece back.

Would that affect your ability to properly mount the bumper in any way?

Trying to help.

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Bryan,

What's up? Thanks, that's my plan and the only thing I can do to make it fit but I just wanted to wait until I hear back from Getty first.

I ordered a 964 turbo smile/trim just don't have it yet. The trim will hide my cut I'll have to make.
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Not much... trying to narrow down a fuel pump (both intermittently turn off when they feel like it) issue at this time. Otherwise, she is running great.

Be sure to post pics when she is done and through your modification process... if you have to.

Best of luck!

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Sorry to hear that... Hope you get it figured out. I'll sure get some pictures up once I get it fitted.
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l seem to remember having to trim back my fiberglass bumper to fit,it`s not really a problem and the smile covers it all anyways. l`m not sure what you`re actually complaining about...that you have to trim the bumper?
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One need to notch the bumper in two spots to allow it too slide back properly.....

I will dig out a pic............................................... .

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Here are the pics showing what I am talking about!








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My experience is they all need trimming. They are intentionally made oversized behind the seals and overlaps to account for off-center cars (which are a large proportion of cars needing replacement panels.)

Trim them, heat them and form them to fit.
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A little trim wont fix the problem. Let me try to explain it a little better. The center section with the 4 holes are hitting the center section of the car, it falls about 1" short. That center section would have to be cut out and glued or pop riveted back on somehow.

The holes don't even line up.

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