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Tmbcn3 10-29-2012 03:55 PM

New Front Bumper
 
So, some A-hole backed into my car and didn't leave a note. The first estimate is for $1,400 for the damage so I'm not positive if I will go through insurance to fix the damage. If I end up paying for it myself (I would have to pay $1000 deductible anyway) I was thinking about ordering an aftermarket GT3 front bumper to replace it and then just pay for the other repairs and have a professional install/paint it. Hopefully I can have insurance pay for some without my rates going up, but if not - does anyone have a recommendation of a good aftermarket front bumper to update the look of my boxster a little bit?
I have my eye on this one, but I would much prefer one that I know will fit perfectly

97-04 Boxster (986) GT-3 Look Front Bumper with Lip (will not fit turbo models)http://986forum.com/forums/uploads01...1351551284.jpg

Johnny Danger 10-29-2012 04:05 PM

There are numerous aftermarket companies that specialize in body kits and bumpers for the 986 boxster. However, quality, fit and finish can run the gamut. I helped forum member ProjectM96 put together a list of reputable companies that offer all kinds of different designs. By the way, it looks like you have more than just bumper damage going there . :(





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RandallNeighbour 10-29-2012 05:51 PM

I live in Houston and have a factory silver painted bumper for sale for $150... Pick up only.

Leeper 10-29-2012 06:46 PM

Here in San Diego there are MANY companies that'll come to you and repair that bumper. The last quote I got was for a Cayenne and it was $225-250 for small gouges and paint too. You could probably find places like this using Yelp as I did. Your damage looks very minor.

Good luck, sorry you're having to go through this

cbbepop 10-29-2012 06:59 PM

Damm that sucks
Well a new bumper, even aftermarket, once its shipped, painted and installed will cost north of $1000. I'm getting a face lift now and im trying to stay shy of $2000

Kenny Boxster 10-29-2012 07:38 PM

TMBC, I think the best advice would be to buy Randall's bumper he offered to sell. You said you were worried about it fitting, and since it's factory it should be no problem. For $150 and maybe some gas, it's a steal. Sorry to hear about the bozo who hit your car man- I hope things get better for you.

Mrmaddbrad 10-29-2012 08:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Johnny Danger (Post 311082)
By the way, it looks like you have more than just bumper damage going there . :(



I strongly agree with Mr. Dangers assumption. It may be very possible that you also have a dented radiator or A/C condenser. It may have also bent the bracket that those two rest on.

However; as far as fit and finish for bumpers goes, there is one rule that I've learned the hard way "You get what you pay for"... Sadly if you buy a $500 bumper it probably will not fit as well as a $2000 bumper.

That being said, primed, Genuine Porsche front bumpers retail at $994.76. So at $700 the bumper you are looking at probably isn't terrible. But following Johnny's list could possibly save you tons of money in the long run.

I also can't stress enough that you should always test fit a bumper before you get it painted.

Ghostrider 310 10-30-2012 03:48 AM

Agree on using a factory piece and making sure the damage does not go deeper. Do you park in that lot frequently? I'd be hunting the SOB that did the hit & run like an assassin on a contract hit.

Johnny Danger 10-30-2012 05:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ghostrider 310 (Post 311132)
Agree on using a factory piece and making sure the damage does not go deeper. Do you park in that lot frequently? I'd be hunting the SOB that did the hit & run like an assassin on a contract hit.



You're talking my language !

jcb986 10-30-2012 12:54 PM

Buy Randalls bumper..$150...spend $200 to have it repainted. Takes an hour to take one off. You are way ahead $$$. Then see if you can find the prick who bumped you. Then get even.:cheers:

superjeff 11-11-2012 08:41 PM

Still have it?
 
I am looking for a silver front and rear bumper for a 97 Boxster...let me know if you have this still...I may drive down...Thanks
Jeff

boxslrr 11-11-2012 09:19 PM

This guy seems to be selling a used one in good condition

superjeff 11-11-2012 10:17 PM

seems to be a bad link....goes nowhere when i click on it. Thanks!

bmfaze2 11-11-2012 11:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by superjeff (Post 312312)
I am looking for a silver front and rear bumper for a 97 Boxster...let me know if you have this still...I may drive down...Thanks
Jeff

I have a silver base front bumper I can sell for $100. I replaced mine with a 996 bumper. Only thing is I'm in Nor Cal. Not sure what shipping costs because I never shipped anything that big before. Pm me if interested and I can get you pics and more info.

superjeff 11-12-2012 07:50 PM

bmfaze....waiting for a call. Did you not get my PM? Let me know if you want to sell that bumper...pics would be great too.

tony_fury 11-12-2012 08:32 PM

funny Tmbcn3 has not replied since posting...

superjeff 11-12-2012 09:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by tony_fury (Post 312433)
funny Tmbcn3 has not replied since posting...

He only posted early this am...not counting him out yet...we shall see what happens. Hopefully I can find the parts I need here to fix my project....
Thanx,
Jeff

Tmbcn3 11-13-2012 03:19 PM

reply
 
Hey, sorry I took so long to respond I have been dealing with insurance and looking for that guy! A friend of mine actually witnessed the event from a ways away and said it was a white/silver F-150 Platinum Supercrew.... Too bad I live in Texas and everyone has a F-150. I found like 3 the first day I knew to look, but of course, every truck has damage on every corner already.
So, got a second quote - $3,300 - :eek: went through insurance. By blaming an uninsured motorist the premium is only $250 so it will take a few years to make a difference and my car will look goood when it's done.
I should have gotten them to write me a check and bought one of y'alls bumpers, but I got lazy and insurance took care of everything right away.
I'll try to post pics when it's fixed up!

superjeff 11-13-2012 03:25 PM

BMFAZE......HELLO....HELLo....HELlo....HEllo....He llo.....hello....ello....llo....lo...o....o.... still have that bumper or what? Give me a call. I need this ASAP.

Thanks,
Jeff
719-994-8387

bmfaze2 11-13-2012 04:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by superjeff (Post 312569)
BMFAZE......HELLO....HELLo....HELlo....HEllo....He llo.....hello....ello....llo....lo...o....o.... still have that bumper or what? Give me a call. I need this ASAP.

Thanks,
Jeff
719-994-8387

Why don't you check your PM?


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