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Euro Conversion Fibreglass Help

July 28 2008 at 9:12 AM
Johnny 999 

I had a nice surprise this morning when a set of fibreglass euro style bumpers turned up.
They look great with seperate over riders. It'll take a bit of filling and sanding to get them spot on but thats ok as long as I get it done by mid september.
I read many posts on how to use the 1500 mount points which will help as I'm fitting some very large Cibie Oscar spot lights.
However as these are just fibreglass shells, whats the best way to get a mounting into them?
I could use the chopped glass (Ispon P40 in the UK) and sink a bolt deep into it. Or I could thread some holes in a short bar and glass that in with matting. Could even use some nice dome bumper bolts and bolt right through.

Anyone got some experience that gives a good result.

My thanks.

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Tony Natoli, SoCal

Johnny... my first impulse would be to glass in some...

July 28 2008, 11:46 AM 

...metal or aluminum brackets... and then add the bolts or nuts.

I think... although these are gonna be a purely decorative item... they would still fair better with less chance of the bolts pulling through the glass.

Or... at least use some large fender washers under the heads...

My best,

Black Tooth and me... since 1983!

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July 28 2008, 2:18 PM 

You could fabricate aluminum plates to place on the inside and outside of the bumpershell and Pop Rivet them into place, effectively sandwiching the 'glass in ali. But unless the 'glass is more rigid than most of the aftermarket stuff I've seen it's likely that the lights will still vibrate to the point of distraction. Besides, if a light ever takes much of a hit you'll wind up with a broken lamp and a gaping hole in the bumper shell.

If it was me I'd mount the lights directly to the body/bumper mounts and then slot the bumper shells to clear the lamp mounts. You could even go so far as to fabricate a mount/bumper crossbar assembly that provides some level of body protection in case you hit the kid's bike in the driveway or something, then use that to mount the lights...

Have seen fiberglass bumper shells offered for Xs but haven't ever laid hands on one. How about some details about the ones you got and, better yet, detailed pics of them before and after mounting?



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July 30 2008, 11:42 AM 

Hi Micheal,

I got your mail. Reply does seem to work.
If you want a set have a look at www.cascu.co.uk
To order you may have to phone as he does seem so hot on e-mail.
All made to order so it could take a few weeks to arrive. mine were a month.

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