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Old 05-22-2020, 07:36 AM   #1
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What Front End do I Have?

I bought my 1997 Arctic Silver Boxster 2 and 1/2 years ago. It was rough, but it ran very strong. I've chased down and fixed most of its problems, but I need some assistance.

What front bumper cover do I have on this car? No grille inserts were in it at the time of sale. The car has a Salvage title from Texas (after originally been sold in Florida). I got a very good price, and I'm pleased with the car--but I can't find the two separate grilles to fit the radiator intakes. I bought the Porsche grilles for a '97 986, but they aren't even close to fitting. I then bought a one-piece 996 insert...also wrong. Look for these items to be offered soon in the Classifieds on this Forum.

In addition to the two horizontal slots and two lower vertical slots, there is a single slot on the top for mounting tabs.

Any help would be appreciated!

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Old 05-22-2020, 07:40 AM   #2
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Its a 2003-2004 bumper cover.

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I bought my 1997 Arctic Silver Boxster 2 and 1/2 years ago. It was rough, but it ran very strong. I've chased down and fixed most of its problems, but I need some assistance.

What front bumper cover do I have on this car? No grille inserts were in it at the time of sale. The car has a Salvage title from Texas (after originally been sold in Florida). I got a very good price, and I'm pleased with the car--but I can't find the two separate grilles to fit the radiator intakes. I bought the Porsche grilles for a '97 986, but they aren't even close to fitting. I then bought a one-piece 996 insert...also wrong. Look for these items to be offered soon in the Classifieds on this Forum.

In addition to the two horizontal slots and two lower vertical slots, there is a single slot on the top for mounting tabs.

Any help would be appreciated!

That's an '03/04 bumper cover.
Behind those holes there should be a "bucket" of sorts, that the rest sort of rides-in. Yours is missing.

I'd be surprised if you found them used, without buying the bumper cover, honestly. They aren't really designed to come out well. When I removed mine, I had to get the heat gun out and deform the tabs, and same process to put them back in.

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Someone swapped in the 03-04 bumper. Might be the reason for the salvage. IMO is looks good without the stock slanted grills. Just get some mesh and fill in the slant holes.
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Yeah seeing the cars been modified anyway, Id just make my own grills, there are plenty of different types of grill materials out there, from S/S to Plastic. Its not that hard to do, and youd have something no one else has.
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That's what I did with mine:


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Is an 03/04 bumper cover a direct bolt on for an 02, or do you need the air intakes for the radiators etc as well? That looks really good.
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Is an 03/04 bumper cover a direct bolt on for an 02, or do you need the air intakes for the radiators etc as well? That looks really good.
Ducts are the same.
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Pretty sure that's an aftermarket bumper cover and that's why you're missing the grill pieces. There was a time when all you could buy new were 2003/04 bumper covers made in Thailand and they didn't come with the accessories. They're not as thick as a factory cover but seem to hold up well. New bumper and salvage title, I'm guessing it was in a front end accident.

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