This week I modified and installed a Porsche 911 lightweight bumper on my backdate project. So, I decided to try a hybrid bumper approach where the center is steel and the sides are fiberglass. This allows me the best chance to align everything well and keep the costs down. An added benefit is the steel panel is actually lighter than the fiberglass one. Last week, I cut off 10 pounds of impact bumper brackets. Click here for that project.
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Originally, I thought it would be simple to mount a rear fiberglass bumper, but mine didn’t fit as well as I hoped so I cut it into three pieces to get the width correct. That gave me the idea to use the lighter steel licence plate panel and then only use the fiberglass aftermarket parts on the rear corners.
I bought some cheap licence panels to fix and modify and that ended up taking a fair amount of time. Strangely, I kept the worst one for my car and I will sell the best one to get some of the money back.
In the near future, I plan to make my own custom aluminum bumperettes. Click here for that project post.