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murramor
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« on: August 23, 2018, 01:18:59 pm »

I have seen pictures of cars without the upper rubber strip on the front bumper.  What is involved in deleting it as I think the car looks 'cleaner' without it? What does it conceal? Does it perform any useful function?

I have most of the panels off the car at the moment so I can't experiment and I would be interested in any comments that you may have.  I am, at present, in the process of assembling both front and rear bumpers off the car.

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Ron Murrell
Sydney, Australia
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Ron Murrell
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2018, 07:34:27 pm »

Hi Ron, I am in the process or "putting my Murena back together" after quite a comprehensive restore. Both of the Top bumber rubbers on my cars (I used one car as a doner) were held on by double sided tape so easily removed. I don't know what actual purpose thety serve apart from asthetics. excep that on the bumper there are rubber domes to prevent both the light and bonnet from resting on the bumper. As a result the lights and bonnet do not fit flush with the bumper. Also the top part of the bumper is flat so (just a guess) prevents the rush of wind when travelling from forcing the lights and bonnet upwards.
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murramor
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« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2018, 01:49:01 am »

Thanks for the pictures.  I can see that the fit would be bad without some fibreglass work if I deleted the strip.  As the panels have already been painted, it looks like I will have to bite the bullet and fit the upper rubber.
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Ron
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Ron Murrell
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« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2018, 04:15:16 pm »

I have seen pictures of cars without the upper rubber strip on the front bumper.  What is involved in deleting it as I think the car looks 'cleaner' without it? What does it conceal? Does it perform any useful function?

If you leave the rubber strip off, the air will go through the gaps and under the bonnet and head light pods.  Dirt will also enter and especially in poor weather conditions the state underneath the bonnet and pods will be worse.  The air entering will also create a tendency to try to lift them.  Another aspect is that the air flow with the strip in place, gets lifted slightly and the bonnet and more importantly the screen stays cleaner.  This I can verify having driven a car without the strip compared to how I know my own performs.  Only larger heavier objects get through this airflow.  So for instance smaller flying insects in the daytime, moths at night, etc. tend to go straight over the car whilst something such as a bumble bee would probably hit the screen.

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I have most of the panels off the car at the moment so I can't experiment and I would be interested in any comments that you may have.  I am, at present, in the process of assembling both front and rear bumpers off the car.

regards
Ron Murrell
Sydney, Australia

Personally I also believe the car looks better with it on.  Without it there is a step up from the bumper slope at the bonnet edge, which looks bad.  There was another bumper made by a thirdy party, not the factory, which had the slope altered to blend in with the bonnet and pods, which looked OK.

Roy
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