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I was wondering if i drill the shocks out and compress them will they look better than the giant crash bumpers? It would make them more streamline maybe?
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Re: Has anyone tried compressing bumpers on late 2

> I was wondering if i drill the shocks out
> and compress them will they look better than
> the giant crash bumpers? It would make them
> more streamline maybe?
> thanks alot
> matt

How would you keep the bumpers close to the body? The oil in the shocks force the bumpers out. Once you drill out the shocks and lose the oil, they will freely move in and out. Just a thought!
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Re: Has anyone tried compressing bumpers on late 2

> How would you keep the bumpers close to the
> body? The oil in the shocks force the
> bumpers out. Once you drill out the shocks
> and lose the oil, they will freely move in
> and out. Just a thought!
> Mike

I was thinking about putting set screws in the shocks to hold them stable.
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how about this

> How would you keep the bumpers close to the
> body?
Once they are compressed you could drill it from the side and put a bolt thru it to hold it. Don't know if this would work but it's a another thought.
 

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Funny you should ask. I just did this procedure yesterday, but only to the front bumper as my rear is the older style. After removing the bumper, look at the end of the mount where the bumper was. There is a small phillips screw there. Remove it and air charge in the mount will be released. The mount can then be pushed back into itself with little resistance, but will want to spring back out. I put mine in with 1 5/16 of the inner sleeve still out, but I would measure before removal to determine how much movement is required. That pushed the rubber strip on top right up to the turn signals. I then welded the outer and inner mount sleeves together for strength and to hold it all in place. Make sure the mounting plates are in the correct posistion as they can turn! I suppose it could be drilled and a bolt installed all the way through the sleeves, but I wanted something stronger. I removed the rubber side peices on the bumper, so I don't know how they will be affected. The resulting look is much cleaner, but remember you are compromising the ability of your bumper to do its job, and taking away some of the cars originality.
 

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> Funny you should ask. I just did this
> procedure yesterday, but only to the front
> bumper as my rear is the older style. After
> removing the bumper, look at the end of the
> mount where the bumper was. There is a small
> phillips screw there. Remove it and air
> charge in the mount will be released. The
> mount can then be pushed back into itself
> with little resistance, but will want to
> spring back out. I put mine in with 1
> 5/16 of the inner sleeve still out,
> but I would measure before removal to
> determine how much movement is required.
> That pushed the rubber strip on top right up
> to the turn signals. I then welded the outer
> and inner mount sleeves together for
> strength and to hold it all in place. Make
> sure the mounting plates are in the correct
> posistion as they can turn! I suppose it
> could be drilled and a bolt installed all
> the way through the sleeves, but I wanted
> something stronger. I removed the rubber
> side peices on the bumper, so I don't know
> how they will be affected. The resulting
> look is much cleaner, but remember you are
> compromising the ability of your bumper to
> do its job, and taking away some of the cars
> originality.
 

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Re: Has anyone tried compressing bumpers on late 2

> I was wondering if i drill the shocks out
> and compress them will they look better than
> the giant crash bumpers? It would make them
> more streamline maybe?
> thanks alot
> matt
Yes I took of my 78 280 bumpers off and put on a slim 260 bumper on. What I did was drill a hole in each shock absorber, drain the fluids, compress the shock by hand then I mig welded it solid now the bumper sits almost against the light pods then painted it to match the car (monochrome 1991 Porsche guards red.)
 
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