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Sorry if this has been posted and replied to before but I am looking to replace mainly the rear and eventually the front bumpers on my 74.
The rear is the worst as it is cracked and will be done first.
Have any of you out there done this and did you go Truflex or Fiberglass?
And whichever you used, do you regret it and wish you had used a different choice?
on Vancouver island so also not familiar with where to buy whatever is suggested.
Open to all suggestions.
Thanks.
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Sorry if this has been posted and replied to before but I am looking to replace mainly the rear and eventually the front bumpers on my 74.
The rear is the worst as it is cracked and will be done first.
Have any of you out there done this and did you go Truflex or Fiberglass?
And whichever you used, do you regret it and wish you had used a different choice?
on Vancouver island so also not familiar with where to buy whatever is suggested.
Open to all suggestions.
Thanks.
GT74R
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Hello @GT74R
welcome to CCF..
I did my ‘75 coupe rear bumper a few years ago.


I used an ECKLERS tru-flex or flex-fit bumper.
I was really lucky with the fender fit on the cover.
No bodywork was needed to the fenders on the bumper cover itself.
I hope this photo-story helps.

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Hi @GT74R. I used a Trueflex bumper on the front of my car when I painted the front half of my car a few years ago. This year when I decided to paint my car, one of the parts I got was a new fiberglass rear bumper.

The Trueflex bumper fit terribly and was a 1/4" short on the passenger side and 1/8" short on the drivers side. It can also easy distort went you bolt it in place so the one benefit of the Trueflex can actually be it's downfall.

The fiberglass bumper was a near perfect fit and bolted into place nicely. I also found it to have a much nicer finish and requires less body work to get perfect.

If I had to do it again I would stick with fiberglass all round. From my experience Ecklers fiberglass parts are not well made. My side skirts from them were different lengths and poorly made. They also falsely advertised Custom Image Corvette flared quarters on their website and sent me their crappy quarters instead which were again poorly made and a completely different design.

Best of luck with whatever you decide.
 
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Hi @GT74R. I used a Trueflex bumper on the front of my car when I painted the front half of my car a few years ago. This year when I decided to paint my car, one of the parts I got was a new fiberglass rear bumper.

The Trueflex bumper fit terribly and was a 1/4" short on the passenger side and 1/8" short on the drivers side. It can also easy distort went you bolt it in place so the one benefit of the Trueflex can actually be it's downfall.

The fiberglass bumper was a near perfect fit and bolted into place nicely. I also found it to have a much nicer finish and requires less body work to get perfect.

If I had to do it again I would stick with fiberglass all round. From my experience Ecklers fiberglass parts are not well made. My side skirts from them were different lengths and poorly made. They also falsely advertised Custom Image Corvette flared quarters on their website and sent me their crappy quarters instead which were again poorly made and a completely different design.

Best of luck with whatever you decide.
Thanks Jr. Corvette.
I have been reading other threads on different sites that basically concur with what you are saying. I have to say that the originals on my car are not the greatest fit either.
Do you have any suggestions as to where to purchase the fiberglass bumpers? Are they all made by the same manufacturers or should one search the supply houses?
Thanks for your interest.
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Thanks Jr. Corvette.
I have been reading other threads on different sites that basically concur with what you are saying. I have to say that the originals on my car are not the greatest fit either.
Do you have any suggestions as to where to purchase the fiberglass bumpers? Are they all made by the same manufacturers or should one search the supply houses?
Thanks for your interest.
GT74R
You could contact Corvette Parts World wide. The guy there is Bruce and he's helped me out with a rear wing and pace car spoiler that fit amazing well. The spoiler was actually made a little big so you could sand it down to a perfect fit which I was really impressed with. He's actually in BC so that would be great for you with shipping.

Then there is Western Corvette in Calgary. They are the ones that sold me my rear bumper.

My rear bumper, wing, and pace car spoiler were all ACI and those are the only panels that have fit perfectly right out of the box.
 
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Thanks for the heads up on Western Corvette. I had forgotten about them.
Also will have a look at Corvette Parts World. Have heard that ACI produced quality parts and will be sure to look for their parts.
Great info.
 

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