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Old 08-13-2016, 08:48 AM   #1
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550 rear bumper grilles

Thinking of adding a set of these (painted black probably) to tidy the rear end of the car a bit as I don't really like being able to see the stock muffler through the cutouts. Does anybody know what is involved in installing them? I was hoping it could be done without taking the bumper off. Also, does anybody know of a cheaper place to buy them? I'd be fine with knockoffs as long as they fit but haven't had much luck finding anything on ebay.
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Old 08-13-2016, 05:35 PM   #2
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Do any other years have the cut out and opening in the rear bumper?
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Old 08-13-2016, 05:45 PM   #3
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2003 has the same bumper cover. Their ad says from 8/2002.
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Old 08-13-2016, 05:46 PM   #4
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The bumper on the 03-04 is identical to the SE bumper. The SE just has those little grilles in the cutouts.

03/04:

http://cdn1.3dtuning.com/info/Porsche%20Boxster%20S%202003%20Coupe/factory/4.jpg

SE:

http://www.mad4wheels.com/webpics/hires/00000465%20-%202004%20Porsche%20Boxster%20S%20-%2050%20years%20of%20the%20550%20Spyder%20Annivers ary%20Edition/2004_Porsche_Boxster_S_-_50_years_of_the_550_Spyder_Anniversary_Edition_00 4_6203.jpg

I just think it looks sort of unfinished without the grilles but wanted to know what kind of work is involved in affixing them. I think would be a great little mod if it turns out it's a 5 min job.
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Old 08-13-2016, 09:57 PM   #5
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I might look into adding this to mine...
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Old 08-15-2016, 05:08 AM   #6
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I put an 03-04 rear bumper on my 99. When I did I went to lowes and used gutter guard mesh in the 2 lower openings came out great.
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Old 08-15-2016, 05:53 AM   #7
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I put an 03-04 rear bumper on my 99. When I did I went to lowes and used gutter guard mesh in the 2 lower openings came out great.
Hey Mike, how did you attach the gutter guard material?
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Old 08-15-2016, 12:07 PM   #8
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Ditto. How did you do the install, Mike? I did polish my muffler and tailpipe, but I think I'd still prefer the screens to match the silver mesh I installed in front


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Old 08-16-2016, 04:27 AM   #9
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I was having the bumper painted so I drilled out all the pop rivets holding the trim pieces on. So when I put it all back together I got the gutter guard and cut it, then painstakingly, slowly bent it so it would fit on the inside of the bumper over the openings. I made sure to leave enough of a lip so that when I re-popriveted the pieces back on, the pop rivet would also catch the gutter guard lip and hold it in place. I also have a 996 front bumper on my 99 and did the same thing only I used black zip ties to hold it in place. Make sense?
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I was having the bumper painted so I drilled out all the pop rivets holding the trim pieces on. So when I put it all back together I got the gutter guard and cut it, then painstakingly, slowly bent it so it would fit on the inside of the bumper over the openings. I made sure to leave enough of a lip so that when I re-popriveted the pieces back on, the pop rivet would also catch the gutter guard lip and hold it in place. I also have a 996 front bumper on my 99 and did the same thing only I used black zip ties to hold it in place. Make sense?
Yep, makes sense.

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Old 08-17-2016, 04:30 AM   #11
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I bought extra long stainless pop rivets from lowes and put washers over them to hold in the mesh. Sorry but I am thinking back to when I did it and remembering what I did.
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