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I am thinking of replaceing the front and rear bumpers on my 75 with part of the bumper off of a AC cobra kit. Has anyone tried this? No matter what I go to it will cause some kind of fabricating. I also would like to here any ideas for filling the holes and grooves that the mounting bolt went under ther marker lights. (No Bondo)
This seems to be a common ? about removeing the bumbers. No one likes them But other that the fiberglass kits from places like motor sport no one has come up with anything. Since the bumper is only going to help under 5 mph and I rarely drive that speed (who does?) I figure I can lose some weight and about a foot and a half. I have seen a few Z's out there that just takem off and leave a void but that look's unfinshed. So any ideas out there????
 

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> I am thinking of replaceing the front and
> rear bumpers on my 75 with part of the
> bumper off of a AC cobra kit. Has anyone
> tried this? No matter what I go to it will
> cause some kind of fabricating. I also would
> like to here any ideas for filling the holes
> and grooves that the mounting bolt went
> under ther marker lights. (No Bondo)
> This seems to be a common ? about removeing
> the bumbers. No one likes them But other
> that the fiberglass kits from places like
> motor sport no one has come up with
> anything. Since the bumper is only going to
> help under 5 mph and I rarely drive that
> speed (who does?) I figure I can lose some
> weight and about a foot and a half. I have
> seen a few Z's out there that just takem off
> and leave a void but that look's unfinshed.
> So any ideas out there????

I wonder if bumpers from the earlier years fit on the 280Z?
Ya might look at an old 260Z bumper from a junkyard perhaps. How about getting the G-nose? Pricey--but it solves the whole bumper issue and it would give you a rad look for your Z. Still--the ugly rear bumper will still exist.(Maybe you can use the 260Z rear also....)

How about the small split bumpers on each side like on a Ferrari Daytona(leaving the mouth/grill exposed more or less)

Tell us what you decide...or come up with
 

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> I am thinking of replaceing the front and
> rear bumpers on my 75 with part of the
> bumper off of a AC cobra kit. Has anyone
> tried this? No matter what I go to it will
> cause some kind of fabricating. I also would
> like to here any ideas for filling the holes
> and grooves that the mounting bolt went
> under ther marker lights. (No Bondo)
> This seems to be a common ? about removeing
> the bumbers. No one likes them But other
> that the fiberglass kits from places like
> motor sport no one has come up with
> anything. Since the bumper is only going to
> help under 5 mph and I rarely drive that
> speed (who does?) I figure I can lose some
> weight and about a foot and a half. I have
> seen a few Z's out there that just takem off
> and leave a void but that look's unfinshed.
> So any ideas out there????

go to www.arizonazcar.com they make fiberglass bumpers for z's and some light weight aluminum bumpers for z's that look like the old 240 models wich will cut a good chunk of space off the front and back and weight
 

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Replaceing bumpers with AERO KIT??

OK, It seems that if I want to get rid of then ugly bumpers I will have to go with the Aero kit from M/S. Does the kit use the Bumper shock struts?? I s this a job for the backyard mechanic?
 

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Re: Replaceing bumpers with AERO KIT??

> OK, It seems that if I want to get rid of
> then ugly bumpers I will have to go with the
> Aero kit from M/S. Does the kit use the
> Bumper shock struts?? I s this a job for the
> backyard mechanic?

I checked my M/S book, and it says that the replacement Aero Kit, uses the stock mounting, for the original bumpers. So no custom mounts should be nessecary. Yes, a shade tree mechanic can replace them, pretty simple. You'll just need to have them painted.

Good luck. If you get it done, let us know of the place to see the pictures.

Chris Behney
Redline Autosports
 

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Re: Replaceing bumpers with AERO KIT??

I used the MS aeroII kit on my 72 240. It used none of the mounting hardware. I had never done any body work before and this is how I installed it:
Front air dam - removed all bumper hardware

riveted on the air dam with

rivets vertically in the fender

well and along the front corners
Rear- Same at the fender wells, the

back has a vertical flap that

extends down on the inner edge

of the bumper (hidden) that you

bolt to the stock rear valance.
Sides- Had to carve out rivet holes along front and rear quarter panels to get the skirts to stay flush then covered with filler and blended the seams into the body.

Its not perfect but not bad for my first attempt either. Good luck.

I could post a picture of it, if I could figure out how.
 

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Thank's Mike N/C

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> I used the MS aeroII kit on my 72 240. It
> used none of the mounting hardware. I had
> never done any body work before and this is
> how I installed it:
> Front air dam - removed all bumper hardware

> riveted on the air dam with

> rivets vertically in the fender

> well and along the front corners
> Rear- Same at the fender wells, the

> back has a vertical flap that

> extends down on the inner edge

> of the bumper (hidden) that you

> bolt to the stock rear valance.
> Sides- Had to carve out rivet holes along
> front and rear quarter panels to get the
> skirts to stay flush then covered with
> filler and blended the seams into the body.

> Its not perfect but not bad for my first
> attempt either. Good luck.

> I could post a picture of it, if I could
> figure out how.
 

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forgot to mention exhaust complications with rear

After installing rear bumper cover the stock exhaust exited right into the middle of the bumper cover. Had to get new exhaust installed.
 
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