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How hard to replace front bumper??

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Old 02-26-2011, 08:31 PM   #1
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Need to replace front bumber. Got an estimate from Ford for $980, my bodyshop $750...parts, paint, labor. Is this tough to do? Purchase bumper painted and install yourself??
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Old 02-26-2011, 09:00 PM   #2
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No, absolutely not. What you need is: space, time, tools and patience. I swapped out my stock bumper for the Roush Front Fascia. using these instructions.

http://store.roushperformance.com/im...als/401422.pdf

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Old 02-26-2011, 11:57 PM   #3
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It's very simple to do. I've had mine off several times. The most difficult part is handling the big piece. You should be fine to do the job yourself.
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:37 AM   #4
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Thanks guys...that's what I needed to hear! I'm on it. Another stupid question. Paint before or after install? Looking to replace stock bumper with the Cal Special...
http://www.latemodelrestoration.com/...ont-Bumper-Kit
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I say paint before the install. The install is very easy. You can bolt and unbolt yourself. But it's best to have a buddy help remove and then reinstall on the bumper. Just so it lines up right the first time. I removed mine to color match the center splitter of my CS bumper.
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Bet you can get that at newtakeoff.com already painted for cheaper...
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Yeah...I did check them out. Was a little hesitant because at the bottom they say they can't guarantee the paint match with the factory color.
http://www.newtakeoff.com/mustang-gt...2005-2008.aspx



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I'd definitely give the newtakeoff consideration, especially if you are contemplating staying with the stock look. Of course they can't guarantee a perfect match as they are already painted....but I imagine it being the same.
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As for NewTakeOffs, I just got my GT bumper a week ago for my GT/CS conversion.

The bumper itself has many fine scratches, swirl marks, and imperfections that could not be removed with the products I had (Meguiar scratch remover, swirl-x, clay bar). There were some spots covered with grime that left a stain even after I cleaned it. It appears as if they just threw the bumper into a warehouse and let it sit gathering all kinds of crap.

I personally would not purchase from them again.
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Well that's no good....
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Oh, really, I was going to buy one from them...aagh!
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As for NewTakeOffs, I just got my GT bumper a week ago for my GT/CS conversion.

The bumper itself has many fine scratches, swirl marks, and imperfections that could not be removed with the products I had (Meguiar scratch remover, swirl-x, clay bar). There were some spots covered with grime that left a stain even after I cleaned it. It appears as if they just threw the bumper into a warehouse and let it sit gathering all kinds of crap.

I personally would not purchase from them again.
Well I am sure if you contacted NTO they would be happy to help. Also, the scratch remover and swirl-x really won't help with anything, much less a really messed up paint job.
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... I just got my GT bumper a week ago for my GT/CS conversion.

You're going for a GT/CS conversion and using a GT bumper?
Yeah that makes sense...
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Replacing the front bumper is not difficult at all. Very rewarding mod
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Replacing the front bumper is not difficult at all. Very rewarding mod
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I bought mine off of eBay factory painted. The people were great to work with and the bumper looks great. It has 3 small nicks, but it shipped fast, was packaged great, and the people were really nice. The color matches great with mine too.

I was really nervous about doing the install, but it is super easy. Everyone on here is great about answering questions too.
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Took mine off for the supercharger install. Really simple and easy.......just big. Having a buddy to help move it is good.
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Yeah, on the sixer you need to convert to a GT front before you can convert to a CS. Does anyone have any info on the Late Model Resto CS conversion kit. Think I'm going to order it...



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