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Old 26th April 2009
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Im so excited I had to show it off! I finally did the 04-05 bumper swap today. Been waiting for a bit of good weather (which is certainly hard to find here this time of year) to move the parts from my living room to the car. Here is a quick pic of it. Im going to wash it up, put the summer rims on and get a few more shots. Looks soooooo much better than the 02 bumper!

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Looks awesome! I want to do that some day. How much was the bumper?
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Looks awesome! I want to do that some day. How much was the bumper?
I second that, ive been wanting to do this when i paint my car next summer becuase with a fmic it will looks crazy nice. Did it require any big amount of metal cutting or fab. work? I ask becuase i wanted to get the conversion done at a shop that i choose to paint my car.

I dont have a garage or anything and i dont really want to tackle the job in my driveway, however my buddy has a garage but if it requires alot of metal cutting and fab work then i would get a shop to do so. Mines a 99 year so its a little harder i think. Ive read the write up on this but wanted a second opinion.
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damn dude. that looks mad good man. i wish i could afford to do this. the 04-05 bumpers are def. the best.
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The total cost wasnt too bad. Although, after getting backed into by a truck, it was pretty much free to me. (insurance) The parts are pretty cheap, but the paint is the expensive thing. The fog covers arent in the photo and Im not going to be using fog lights. I havent ever used the fog lights or ever needed to use them here. At about $200 a piece, it would have gone into my personal budget, so I just cut them out of the project. I wasnt sure how it would look, but I really like it without fogs.

Got the bumper here for $375. Shipping was something around $100 (freight)
Needed the three lower grill pieces. $75
Paint on hood and bumper (and small dent on hood) $600 Bumper itself was probably $250 tops.

The bumper swap itself took about 2 hours. There is no fab work for 02+ cars. Its a direct fit, basically pulling off the old one and putting on the new one. Its my understanding that 9-5s before that need some modifying.

I do plan on going to the SOC this year. Its in my backyard and the company I work for owns Copper resort so that means I have to go. Right? Hoping to get some s**** (I cant say s.w.a.n.k?) condo for the weekend to give my wife a reason to tag along. Im really looking forward to the group drives. Promises be a good time.

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Mt Aero, Do you have your old lip spoiler? I need replacement for our 2000....
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Sold it already. Had in the classifieds for about half a day before it went.
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Looks great. Can't wait to see it with your Rials. I just had Direzza Z1 Star Specs installed on Friday and of course it snowed 6" in Denver last night. I was nervous as there are pretty specific warnings about driving at or below freezing. They were fine though this morning.
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I almost put them on saturday, but it has since snowed and the forecast says snow all week. Last year, I had just put them on and had to drive through a massive winter storm..... in late May.

Any chance you and Ivan would be interested in a gtg before SOC? (hopefully with some more CO guys as well)
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Beautiful mt.aero! I had my '03 done about two years ago. I still love looking at it! Thanks for posting it....Zebulon
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Any chance you and Ivan would be interested in a gtg before SOC? (hopefully with some more CO guys as well)
I am up for it
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I just picked up my 04 bumper from the auto body shop yesterday. It goes on this evening. I have all the lights and grill pieces. I can't wait. Same 02 to 04 aero conversion.. Now I'll have looks to go w/ the extra power...
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aaaaaand back from the dead.

Question about the bumper swap. Just questions at this point. No funds to do it at the moment. Hoping someone can help.

I have an '03. The bumper swap would be to an '04/'05.

It's direct bolt-on for this? Nothing needs to be changed? It appears the only difference is the lower portion of the bumper. Does this mean that my current headlamp washer assemblies would bolt right in to the newer bumper? Obviously my older fog lights won't fit the newer bumper. Anything else?

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Looks great!

I just got mine in yesterday. Off to paint, including removing my roof rack and shark fin.

Ha. Just realized this is a 2 year old thread!

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Looks great!

I just got mine in yesterday. Off to paint, including removing my roof rack and shark fin.
I hate the shark fin but want a roof rack

Looking forward to pics!
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aaaaaand back from the dead.

Question about the bumper swap. Just questions at this point. No funds to do it at the moment. Hoping someone can help.

I have an '03. The bumper swap would be to an '04/'05.

It's direct bolt-on for this? Nothing needs to be changed? It appears the only difference is the lower portion of the bumper. Does this mean that my current headlamp washer assemblies would bolt right in to the newer bumper? Obviously my older fog lights won't fit the newer bumper. Anything else?

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Direct bolt on and your headlamps and washers will stay put as well as the three-piece upper grill. Make sure you order the bumper WITH the washer cutouts. I guess you could cut them yourself, but that would just be a hassle. You will need to purchase the foam bumper insert to fit the new bumper unless you are handy at modding the original. You will need the lower middle grill insert which is sold in two pieces and also the fog inserts and new style projector foglights.
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Direct bolt on and your headlamps and washers will stay put as well as the three-piece upper grill. Make sure you order the bumper WITH the washer cutouts. I guess you could cut them yourself, but that would just be a hassle. You will need to purchase the foam bumper insert to fit the new bumper unless you are handy at modding the original. You will need the lower middle grill insert which is sold in two pieces and also the fog inserts and new style projector foglights.
Wow, talk about ressurecting a thread! I was so confused at first mt!!
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Wow, talk about ressurecting a thread! I was so confused at first mt!!
lol. Did some digging and ran across it. Thanks for the answers
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