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ericsbestshot
01-29-2009, 12:23 AM
How long do you think it should take to remove and reinstall the front bumper on my NB? (for body kit fitment purposes)

simontibbett
01-29-2009, 12:39 AM
Like ten minutes.

redrumracer
01-29-2009, 01:04 AM
Like ten minutes.

you have to be including the beer break.

Doppelgänger
01-29-2009, 08:11 AM
taking old bumper off = 10 minutes
installing new glass bumper = 5 minutes

The "hard" part on the stock bumper is getting to all of the clips along the bottom between the bumper and the air-guide, then there are the pesky clips that hold the splash shield to the bumper in the wheelwells...as they get gunked up with dirt/sand and can be a PITA to get out.

MeFryRice
01-29-2009, 08:26 AM
Taking the bumper off is really easy. Like Mike had mentioned, you'll spend a few minutes taking off the million clips located on the bottom of the bumper.

Jack-MX5ATLanta.com
01-29-2009, 10:38 AM
The air dam clips took me for ages to remove. Ended up breaking a couple of them. So if you find yourself taking longer than 10 minutes don't worry. Those small things can make you take forever.

simontibbett
01-29-2009, 11:03 AM
What clips are you all speaking of? I only have 3 bolts up top and zip ties on the corners lol, for easy removal and when I hit something it doesn't break stuff.

redrumracer
01-29-2009, 12:11 PM
What clips are you all speaking of? I only have 3 bolts up top and zip ties on the corners lol, for easy removal and when I hit something it doesn't break stuff.
lol similar to me, but instead of those zip ties i still have the screws.


but its not a lengthy process at all.

Jack-MX5ATLanta.com
01-29-2009, 12:37 PM
We're talking about all the little plastic clips from the air damn in the mouth, which become brittle over time and don't function like they should do.

ericsbestshot
01-29-2009, 05:32 PM
well it does not seem like the front bumper fits very well at all. It looks like the front of the frame is in the way. Do you think i'm doing anything wrong?

redrumracer
01-29-2009, 05:45 PM
what kind of bumper are you fitting on?

wait i just saw garage vary in your sig, you have to take out your bumper support/bar, or what ever its called.

ericsbestshot
01-29-2009, 11:16 PM
i removed the big plastic piece and tried again. the two metal thing that come out of the frame are in the way. Will those have to be removed(if possible)?

Doppelgänger
01-29-2009, 11:36 PM
take pics of said things. I can't recall anything but the bumper reinforcement being in the way.

redrumracer
01-30-2009, 12:25 AM
take pics of said things. I can't recall anything but the bumper reinforcement being in the way.

i believe i know what he is talking about, they are like 2 lil point things sticking out and 4 bolts on each one, if so yes.

ericsbestshot
01-30-2009, 01:13 AM
i found a diagram of the bumper. The Green arrow is pointing to the piece that you said to remove (i removed it). The red arrow are pointing to the metal pieces that seem to be part of the frame. The two pointy things did not have any bolts that i could tell. maybe they are on the other side of the frame?

redrumracer
01-30-2009, 01:28 AM
i found a diagram of the bumper. The Green arrow is pointing to the piece that you said to remove (i removed it). The red arrow are pointing to the metal pieces that seem to be part of the frame. The two pointy things did not have any bolts that i could tell. maybe they are on the other side of the frame?

yea i took those off on mine, there are 4 bolts on it. one on each corner of each one. if i wasnt so lazy id go out to my shed and get a picture for you and show ya.

ericsbestshot
01-30-2009, 01:37 AM
really? there's bolts on it? Should it be really obvious? Do you mind when you got time showing me some pictures? It kinda looks stuck there. are the bolts on the face of the frame or on the back side? maybe you can show me at the tech meet?

redrumracer
01-30-2009, 02:41 AM
really? there's bolts on it? Should it be really obvious? Do you mind when you got time showing me some pictures? It kinda looks stuck there. are the bolts on the face of the frame or on the back side? maybe you can show me at the tech meet?

lol yea right after i typed that i went out and took a pic, then my interweb went out
but here it is
http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh24/xxredrumracerxx/miata/FILE0018.jpg

ericsbestshot
01-30-2009, 01:52 PM
that picture looks like mine. But i'm not sure about the bolt holes i need to take it apart again to look at it. (can't have it apart for to long. Its my DD.) Maybe i can get some help taking it all apart at the tech meet (should be fast)

redrumracer
01-30-2009, 02:00 PM
that picture looks like mine. But i'm not sure about the bolt holes i need to take it apart again to look at it. (can't have it apart for to long. Its my DD.) Maybe i can get some help taking it all apart at the tech meet (should be fast)

are you located in atl or athens?

ericsbestshot
01-30-2009, 02:01 PM
in the middle. Lawrenceville/duluth

redrumracer
01-30-2009, 02:13 PM
yea thats too far for me to go, if you look at that pic, were the gray marks are should be bolts, on and the piece is upside down in my pic.

Doppelgänger
01-30-2009, 02:15 PM
we'll look at it at the meet :)