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Fitting bumpers

PostPost by: jono » Tue Jan 24, 2023 12:34 pm

Last time I simply bolted them on and used a rubber penny washer between the bumper and the body and a stainless penny washer on the back side

But SJ Sportscars show a thick rubber buffer for bumper mounting - is this necessary and where does it go?

Any other tips - was thinking of put a self adhesive foam strip between the bumper and body just to isolate it.
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PostPost by: Steve Brooks » Wed Jan 25, 2023 9:31 am

Hello jono, just refitted the front bumper on my +2 and put the rubber back from whence it came from.it sits sandwiched between the body and the underneath of the bumper so there is a gap all around.I used stainless penny washers under the nut to spread the load.The rubbers I removed we’re still good after 50 years not sure foam will stay the course.
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Wed Jan 25, 2023 10:29 am

hi Jono,
could you tell us the part number of the rubber buffer please. I don't suppose you've mistaken them for the rubber buffer for Headlamp Stops or For the rear of the Boot Lid.
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PostPost by: jono » Wed Jan 25, 2023 11:18 am

Hi Alan,

Its A050B1940Z, definately a rubber 'block' to isolate the bumper from the body. I have some thick rubber sheet and can make some myself
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PostPost by: jono » Wed Jan 25, 2023 11:19 am

Steve Brooks wrote:Hello jono, just refitted the front bumper on my +2 and put the rubber back from whence it came from.it sits sandwiched between the body and the underneath of the bumper so there is a gap all around.I used stainless penny washers under the nut to spread the load.The rubbers I removed we’re still good after 50 years not sure foam will stay the course.


Thanks Steve, good to know - I never even knew these existed!
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PostPost by: alan.barker » Wed Jan 25, 2023 3:46 pm

Hi Jono,
Just fit rubber washers. I've used rubber Tap Washers and just made the hole a bit bigger in the past. You need to put sealant around to number plate lights wires to stop flooding in the Boot.
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PostPost by: jono » Wed Jan 25, 2023 4:11 pm

Tap washers - great suggestion, cheap as chips from Wilkos!

Last time a put a foam strip around the indent in the body below the numberplate lamps to seal it from ingress
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