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Front bumper trimming

Discussion in 'Land Rover Discovery' started by DIFFLOCK66, Jul 1, 2015.

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  1. DIFFLOCK66

    DIFFLOCK66 Well-Known Member

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    One of the fog lights fell off last year, the other one's cracked & broken, besides I cracked the off side front corner recently when attacking an embankment :eek: :eek: :eek:

    Seeing as there's a handy "cut line" above the D2 fog light area :bounce: I decided to prune the bumper to gain a bit more clearance, at least near the wheels anyway.

    Sorry for the crappy photos - my phone's camera lens has got a scratch on it :mad:

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    Nice! That looks good. But what's with the A-Bar, some of the plastic's missing on one side. What that down to 'attacking an embankment'?!
     
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    DIFFLOCK66 Well-Known Member

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    No, that's just me not leaving the flimsy remaining rectangle of plastic around the front towing eye ;)
     
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    Nigel-S soft and furry

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    That's a very nice job, better get the grinder out :)
     
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    Looks really well.

    Grinder and masking tape for mine soon

    Cheers
     
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    I used one of those multi tools with the plunge saw and semi circular attachment depending upon whereabouts on the bumper I was working. No masking tape, it tracked quite nicely in the plastic, but then again the silver part's got more than a few stone chips in it.

    EDIT - you just have to be careful of the metal corner frames of the under-bumper near the front wheels.

    Cheers!
     
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    Nice!

    Got to do the same (MOT (Belgian style) coming up), probably this weekend's job.

    What about water bottle exposure?
     
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    It's still shielded at the front by the bumper. If you look on the left hand side, you can see the metal part of the under-bumper (metal frame/whatever it's called) just poking out in front of the wheel. The water bottle's base is a little higher than that.
     
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    Cheers for that!

    Now gotta find me grinder in the shed :D
     
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    I have heard that angle grinders are pretty crap when trying to cut plastic, but then again I didn't try and use one.
     
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    Use the really thin cutting disks (1mm) and when cutting just touch the surface of the material to be cut, keep moving the cutting disk away so as to dispel any build up of heat. If you allow heat to build up the plastic will melt and clog up the cutting disk and you won't get a clean edge ;)
     
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    Did it.
    First used a bit of the bumper I didn't need anymore to practice.
    Like Nigel-S says: keep moving because it melts quickly.
    All in all not a difficult job and a new nice face to look at :)
     
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    Well done! Any pics yet?
     
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    Not yet.

    Due to lack of time, it's not finished completely.
    Left the bullbar in place, now all I need to do is some re-shaping around it (not completely satisfied with the result yet).

    At the so called 'metal part of the under-bumper' (;)) I cut it a bit in an angle so the plastic keeps covering it.
    Just to be sure, as I don't know if it's road legal for the MOT to expose the metal bit.

    After the MOT, there's a winch bumper waiting... :cool2:
     
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