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REMOVE BUMPERS?

anyone know how to get the crap plastic off the front and rear bumpers? And would that mess up the airbag system? Can't afford new steel bumpers right now but hate the look of plastic

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That plastic IS the bumper!
there's no metal subframe or anything.
If I understand, I think you're wanting to pull the plastic and leave the steel?
There isn't any steel.
Front bumper assembly with lights and stuff weighs about 15lbs, back is even lighter.
If you want 'real' bumpers, ya gotta buy them.
Bumper stuff won't mess up the airbag, the sensor is mounted behind the grill.


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he got it right. The front is thing piece of metal with hideous crush cans sticking out of it. The back... well is all plastic


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Below are your options if you take the plastic bumper off. Good Luck.

Note that in the first image I had already cut off a couple of inches from both sides.



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yep... just what tcrubuyggo said.... If I could understand any of it....

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Below are your options if you take the plastic bumper off. Good Luck.

Note that in the first image I had already cut off a couple of inches from both sides.



Wow how many bugs are caked on your front grill???? You need a mod to prevent that!!!!
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here you go

knocked them cans off and filled the holes with some al-loo-mineeum.

im not in love with it but i think it looks a hell of a lot better than the plastic thing

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What exactly do those crush cans do, and what now is affected, once they are removed?

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What exactly do those crush cans do, and what now is affected, once they are removed?
They're supposed to absorb a low speed impact to keep the airbag from blowing up...you know...on that highly probable occasion when you impact a concrete wall perfectly parallel to your bumper.
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They're supposed to absorb a low speed impact to keep the airbag from blowing up...you know...on that highly probable occasion when you impact a concrete wall perfectly parallel to your bumper.
Ahhhh...I see...so when you remove those things as part of an install for an aftermarket bumper, you essentially are a nano-second away from air bag deployment at the slightest tap, like when someone backs into you while parallel parking...makes sense...

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Ahhhh...I see...so when you remove those things as part of an install for an aftermarket bumper, you essentially are a nano-second away from air bag deployment at the slightest tap, like when someone backs into you while parallel parking...makes sense...
If you're on a trail and about to slide head first into a tree or something, make sure you steer the crush can into the object. Shouldn't be too hard to do....
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Airbags are deployed by deceleration. Read all about it
here: http://auto.howstuffworks.com/airbag1.htm.


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Ahhhh...I see...so when you remove those things as part of an install for an aftermarket bumper, you essentially are a nano-second away from air bag deployment at the slightest tap, like when someone backs into you while parallel parking...makes sense...
No. I've pounded my bumper hard into rocks and never had an air bag deployment. The crush cans are simply intended to collapse during a low-speed impact saving the frame from taking the hit. By removing them you are just losing a small amount of impact absorbing metal.
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remember, engineers put them there for a reason.
if you take them off, you will die.

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