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Author Topic:   plastic nose question?
posted April 25, 2003 03:49 AM
When installing a plastic nose, how many of you buy the brace piece Performance Bodies sells? How many just run a bumper behind it? Does the brace piece weld to a bumper or to the horns?........we have to run a "stock type" bumper, but can run a plastic nose (over it i guess)...what are the best bumpers to run on front AND back, for a METRIC 1979 MONTE?..........THANKS!

posted April 25, 2003 12:25 PM
best way we have found to do it is take a almunum monte rear bumper mount it upside down and trim it on the ends depending on what nose you use those braces are an assembly that is used in place of a bumper if you don't have to run a stock one it's realy pretty ez to just make your own braces that fit in behind it with a stock bumper use some 1/2 in square tubing lite weight and will help hold the noses shape

posted April 25, 2003 12:31 PM
I agree with racer. Thats what we did last year. Our rules change and now we have the performane bodies bumper up front under the 2001 nose piece. If your rules allow it Id go that way


posted April 25, 2003 12:36 PM
An aluminum 85 Caravan front bumper under the nose of mine. I even use the Caravan mounts to bolt right up to the frame.

JDF Motorsports
posted April 25, 2003 07:48 PM
I like the bumper performance bodies sells for the nose pieces, if you can run them. They fit the nose piece perfectly. Granted you could build one, but unless you have a jig for the bends in the bar it will be hard to repeat it every time. Plus the time you would spend bending the bars and welding them up are worth the cost of the bumper, unless you like jacking people up every time you go into a corner (HA HA).

posted April 26, 2003 08:44 AM
We bought a performancebodies front bumper and they are easy to copy we have built our own for 3 years. If you get some conduit you can make templates out of it to use when you bend your pipe.This works pretty well if you are patient and check your bend against the template a couple of times.While your at it get the extra tube and build a spare.If you dont use it your ahead of the game for next season.

posted April 26, 2003 10:22 AM
I hasve always made mine. I use 1 1/2" square tubing. The first one I made we spent all sorts of time getting the angles perfect. Then proceded to bent it the second night out. Ever since then we just cut it 60 in. long and put a little bit of a bent in the center, works just fine. Also a funny note, The last time I made one we built two. One for a back up cause I was tearing them up so often, and it has yet to go on the car. This was over a year ago. I guess it is one of those Murphy's law sort of things. LOL

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