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Old 06-21-2016, 01:24 PM   #1
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Front Bumper Choices

Looking for some advice on replacing my damaged front bumper (don't ask). There is no other damage.

I've got a 2002 base model, black. I see many used bumpers listed on eBay as well as new GT3 and Turbo look bumpers/kits. Most are in my budget range of $5-600.

I would like to make the repair as simply as possible and buy a new/used bumper, have it painted to match, and bolt it right on. Will any of these bumpers work or do I need to be aware of certain years or models not fitting properly on my car. Will an S model bumper fit?


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Old 06-21-2016, 04:48 PM   #2
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Any 986 (97-04) bumper will fit, you can also use some 996 bumpers, but you have to make sure it is not a 996.2 bumper as the headlight cutout is different. The only difference between the base and S bumpers is the center radiator cutout, having the center radiator cutout on the base will not affect anything.
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Old 06-22-2016, 06:09 AM   #3
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Another consideration is the trim pieces. If you can reuse the grill parts from your current bumper, great. Otherwise, they add a bit to the cost: http://986forum.com/forums/general-discussions/24402-2002-2003-front-bumper-swap-done.html
If you get an S model bumper, you will probably also want the trim for the center radiator hole.
I have bought two bumper covers from APW using a discount for free shipping and 15% on one, 20% off an the other. (They send discount emails weekly.)

I can never find the part using their normal catalog, but here's the one for a base model: http://www.********************************************************************************************/sku/Replacement/Bumper_Cover/REPP010304P.html?loc=Front
I got that to my door for under $300 (primed).
It looks like their S model bumper I purchased is no longer available. Part number was: REPP010303P and it cost about the same.
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Old 06-22-2016, 06:56 AM   #4
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It all depends on what you thing looks good. The 1999 to 2001 996 bumpers (IMHO) look good on our cars. What ever you do, get the license plate holes filled. A smooth nose on any bumper looks so good. License plate..... we don't need no stinking license plate.
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I have a 99 and replaced my bumper with a 996 when I added the center radiator. but prices are all over. I paid $150 for mine and it was in great shape.
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I had a damaged front bumper on my 02s. I replaced it with a 996 and cut out a hole for the center radiator. I think it worked well, fit no problem!

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Thanks for all the information and pics. I'll check out the used bumpers and compare to a new one to see which one looks good to me.

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