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> Front Bumper Alignment, Need suggestions/how to for improving front bumper alignment
mjsdt914
post Aug 19 2022, 08:08 AM
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Any suggestions for improving front bumper alignment greatly appreciated. The mounting bolts are fully seated with the appropriate washers/lock washers. Right side is better than the left side; neither are very good. My trusted local body shop declined to try as this is the first 914 they've seen...LOLAttached Image
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post Aug 19 2022, 08:32 AM
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I have FG bumpers. But I had to modify all of the bumper spacers on each bolt to get a pretty good fit. Could not use the factory dog bones. Best, MarkAttached Image
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post Aug 19 2022, 09:00 AM
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Does anyone know where to find bumper spacers of different sizes to use on each mounting bolt?
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post Aug 19 2022, 09:04 AM
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The bumper spacers need to be installed. Most folks don't even know they are there. You can shim with a stainless washer if you need any adjustment, but shouldn't really need that. You can make your own is you want, but this is what I'm talking about.
https://914rubber.com/bumper-top-spacers
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post Aug 19 2022, 10:17 AM
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The bumper could be tweaked, the front end could be off or both. You never know what’s happened on these 50 year old cars. Sometimes you just have to go to the hardware store and buy enough washers to make it work.
If it was me, I’d remove the bumper, put it on a flat floor and take a good look at both the bumper and the front end. It might reveal a twist that you have to compensate for. A laser level pointed at the front end can also be very telling.
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post Aug 19 2022, 10:55 AM
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Your car is a '74 with early bumbers, I believe there's a little sheetmetal that has to be trimmed; I don't recall where exactly, other members have done the mod, braintrust please chime in if i'm incorrect.

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post Aug 19 2022, 11:05 AM
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the replacement spacers are too hard and do not squeeze down like the originals. All of these bumpers had to be jimmied around with to get a good fit, the harder dog bones can be shaved when you install the bumper pull it up as much as you can and tighten the top bolt first
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post Aug 19 2022, 11:29 AM
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QUOTE(Mikey914 @ Aug 19 2022, 11:04 AM) *

The bumper spacers need to be installed. Most folks don't even know they are there. You can shim with a stainless washer if you need any adjustment, but shouldn't really need that. You can make your own is you want, but this is what I'm talking about.
https://914rubber.com/bumper-top-spacers


Timely, as I was ready to install my front and rear bumpers this weekend and I do not have those spacers, though I have all new hardware for everything else. Mark, your website lists them as a "set of 10", but then defaults to a qty of 10... so assuming I need 10 of these, but when I try to add 10 to the cart it won't let me. Any idea when they'll be back in stock, or do I just go to ACE and find some rubber spacers that fit?
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post Aug 19 2022, 11:54 AM
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QUOTE(mjsdt914 @ Aug 19 2022, 07:08 AM) *

Any suggestions for improving front bumper alignment greatly appreciated. The mounting bolts are fully seated with the appropriate washers/lock washers. Right side is better than the left side; neither are very good. My trusted local body shop declined to try as this is the first 914 they've seen...LOL



The bumper looks tweeted, brackets could be bent. Also did you install the rubber spacers between the bumper and the rubber bumper pad?
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post Aug 19 2022, 12:41 PM
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QUOTE(mgphoto @ Aug 19 2022, 11:54 AM) *

QUOTE(mjsdt914 @ Aug 19 2022, 07:08 AM) *

Any suggestions for improving front bumper alignment greatly appreciated. The mounting bolts are fully seated with the appropriate washers/lock washers. Right side is better than the left side; neither are very good. My trusted local body shop declined to try as this is the first 914 they've seen...LOL



The bumper looks tweeted, brackets could be bent. Also did you install the rubber spacers between the bumper and the rubber bumper pad?


This is the right side. I appreciate all the suggestions!


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post Aug 19 2022, 01:00 PM
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QUOTE(T.Rick6 @ Aug 19 2022, 12:55 PM) *

Your car is a '74 with early bumbers, I believe there's a little sheetmetal that has to be trimmed; I don't recall where exactly, other members have done the mod, braintrust please chime in if i'm incorrect.

Todd

No trimming. Only on a 75/76 with BUB’s.
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post Aug 19 2022, 05:36 PM
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I suspect there is some poor damage repair.
I'd do as Mark suggested, remove the bumper and evaluate.
Clever adjustment can work wonders.


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post Aug 20 2022, 05:54 AM
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cut the dog bones to half the width.
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