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Old 03-11-2006, 07:37 PM   #1
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Default 96-99 SSEi bumper swap to 92-95 SE/SLE is a pain!!!!!!

Requires the bumper struts from the 96-99 SSE/SSEi, and the worst part is that you have to drill to holes in the sides of the quarter panels.
I've got my rear bumper off, and am debating if it'* worth it to just hold off and get a damaged 96-99 SSE/SSEi to use these on, or risk damaging my car.

Holes need to be filled in the quarter panels, new holes need to be drilled, need 96-99 bumper struts, and whatever else I'm not seeing yet.
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Front bumper.................. requires 96-99 fenders. 1992-1995 don't allow the bumper reinforcement to align for bolting to the struts (front bumper struts APPEAR to be universal 1992-1999 SE/SLE/SSE/SSEi) as the 1992-1995 fenders come down too low between the wheel and the head lamp.
Have both fenders located and inspected personally already, so hopefully within the next two or three weeks I'll have the project done (given Boostie hasn't sold the HL'* yet -also gonna need the driving lights).
After that I remove all pin striping and have the car wet sanded, and then I'll take a weekend to clay bar, and put multiple layers of Mequiars Professional Wax on by hand, followed by track and show time.
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Oh, yeah ...... have the rear bumper installed. I got the gut'* up to drill the holes and was lucky enough to drill them precisely.
Still have to silicone the old holes shut in the morning.
Not looking to pretty as I still need the door panel mouldings and fender mouldings along with the complete 96-99 front clip.
Also, this swap DOES require a write up as it was ALOT more than I expected. :(
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hope the pics come as well
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Marty, the side cladding won't match either. It'* not worth it.
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Marty, the side cladding won't match either. It'* not worth it.
hes to far in now to pull out
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Marty...go man go...

When the going gets tough..a real man breaks out the air tools and a blow torch!
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Damn sounds like alot good luck... Is this going to be done before IDD?
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Front bumper.................. requires 96-99 fenders. 1992-1995 don't allow the bumper reinforcement to align for bolting to the struts (front bumper struts APPEAR to be universal 1992-1999 SE/SLE/SSE/SSEi) as the 1992-1995 fenders come down too low between the wheel and the head lamp.
Have both fenders located and inspected personally already, so hopefully within the next two or three weeks I'll have the project done (given Boostie hasn't sold the HL'* yet -also gonna need the driving lights).
After that I remove all pin striping and have the car wet sanded, and then I'll take a weekend to clay bar, and put multiple layers of Mequiars Professional Wax on by hand, followed by track and show time.
I would also check the hood of the 96-99 because I think it is slightly longer due to the fenders. At the end you will just have a 96-99 ssei with a 92-95 L67 under the hood.
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[ I would also check the hood of the 96-99 because I think it is slightly longer due to the fenders. At the end you will just have a 96-99 ssei with a 92-95 L67 under the hood.
its exactly the same length
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