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jmig615
Hello Everyone.

I just purchased a 1975 -914 and it comes with the very heavy front and rear bumpers. I need to reduce weight on the car. Is there a way to remove the metal backing of the bumper and just install the rubber covers only or do I need to find different bumpers?

I saw posts for fiberglass bumpers and posts for lighter chrome bumpers.

I did a quick search on the site but couldnt find what I was looking for.

Thanks,

Joseph
Shivers
QUOTE(jmig615 @ Jun 14 2024, 07:44 AM) *

Hello Everyone.

I just purchased a 1975 -914 and it comes with the very heavy front and rear bumpers. I need to reduce weight on the car. Is there a way to remove the metal backing of the bumper and just install the rubber covers only or do I need to find different bumpers?

I saw posts for fiberglass bumpers and posts for lighter chrome bumpers.

I did a quick search on the site but couldnt find what I was looking for.

Thanks,

Joseph


welcome.png Some of the guys here have 75-76 year 914. And some of them have back dated their bumpers. With a little work the pre 75 bumpers can be fitted to your car. There is also FG bumpers for sale from different companies. Sometimes the fiberglass versions need to be fitted.
Krieger
You can cut the 75/76 steel bumpers to virtually nothing but a supporting frame for the rubber. sawzall-smiley.gif I removed 15-18 lbs out of each of mine and consider them nearly strong as stock. Die grinder or Sawzall can get you more and save $ if your rubber is in good shape.
jmig615
QUOTE(Krieger @ Jun 14 2024, 10:06 AM) *

You can cut the 75/76 steel bumpers to virtually nothing but a supporting frame for the rubber. sawzall-smiley.gif I removed 15-18 lbs out of each of mine and consider them nearly strong as stock. Die grinder or Sawzall can get you more and save $ if your rubber is in good shape.


Can you provide me with the details of what you did?
914werke
SEARCH is your friend
Shivers
LIGHT big black bumpers

http://www.914world.com/bbs2/index.php?showtopic=89595
Steve
Check out the drawings for the Euro versions. They don’t have the heavy shocks. You could probably copy them or find a used euro one on ebay.
wonkipop
euro bumper internals for a 75.
in terms of understructure the weight saving is purely deletion of shocks.
steel sub frame is marginally heavier for euro - has additional brackets to take dog bone mountings identical to earlier 70-74 models.

not sure what USA bodies are like compared to euro in terms of the mounting holes for dogbones and apertures for shocks. never really looked at one.

a lot of additional weight must be in the outer flexible rubber (urethane?) moulding compared to the earlier cars? but never been up close and personal to a 75 to know. but i'm guessing that outer moulding is not exactly light itself.

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