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DIY 98/02 Corolla Hybrid Front Bumper DIY

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    TOYROLLA99 Kleen 8.125 (According to Mack)

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    So I haven't started on this yet but wanted to create a DIY for when I do.

    I plan on hopefully making this bumper in a few weeks, I'm in the process of getting materials/researching

    The only thing I'm in the dark about is where exactly to cut the bumper, looking at pictures It seems like its suppose be cut just below the line that runs horizontally across the bumper just below the headlights.

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    If anyone has any information they think could help I am all ears lol
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    Nice! I was in the same boat making my 94/01 bumper.

    IMO, if you can, cut OFF that line, it looks weird. The 01 bumper doesn't have a line like that, it's all smooth (well except for a little line on each side, but I filled those in).

    So cut your bumper at that line, nice and straight. Then try to cut the 01 bumper at the same line, but it doesn't need to be perfect. Once you've cut enough off the 01 bumper, you'll plastic weld the two together. You can use pieces of the bumper that you'll toss anyway. Just cut out little square "plates" and weld them on the back. I used my solder iron and melted it together. Worked very well! Just takes a long time lol.

    Once you've got the two bumpers welded together (make sure it's welded all along there) then you can fill the gap with Bondo (I use the brown fiberglass resin kind). Use a Dremel to make the slit more like a V.
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    yea cool! alot of that is exactly what i plan on doing, so i guess my main concern is i know the 01 bumper is more squared off then the 98, you dont think ill have any major caps to fill as long as my cuts are decent?
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    go to harbor freight....they have a plastic welding kit with gun and the back plate mesh for a stronger bond for $14
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    The shape of the bumpers is more similar the higher up you go. The 01-02 is more square like you said, but it's down low. Just cut it at that line that was mentioned, and measure the same distance on the 02 bumper. Golden.
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    sounds good, cool guys ill keep u updated :)
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    You fucking better
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    x2 I'm tired of seeing those pics over and over again as the only example lol.

    And do what cbass said, that's a lot easier lol.
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    im making a hybrid bumper this week, ill make the best DIY....bxman89 gave me his new 98-00 front bumper and i got a 01-02 bumper that originally had the top mounting tabs broken...
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    damn way to beat me to the punch..

    im basically waiting to see if rx7 can get me some bumpers for cheap
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    Well I don't care who does it, DIY FTW!
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    Ryan go to LKQ, 40 bucks a pop.
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    yup, waiting to here the quote from rx7 but ill use that as a backup plan, so ready for this ;)
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    I would shave out the Toyota logo up top, or go back to chrome. From far away it looks odd to have that black circle in the middle, but that's just my two cents. Do what rolla tuner did, after all, he was your inspiration.
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    yea i think i agree, the black emblem is a holdout from my black on white phase, i do plan on rocking a chrome one when one comes around, just not going to shell out $80 or whatever for one
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    Dude I told you you can have mine. Just Paypal me like 8 bucks lol
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    yea is the chrome in good condition?
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    I'll get some pics up tomorrow
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    8? ryan i could have given you one for free....you should have told me, we have a billion at the junk yard 98-00 corollas....an 01-02 corolla is rare...speaking of rare i found some cool stuff today at the junk yard....

    back on topic, if you would want that 98-00 line all around the bumper your gonna need to cut like in the middle part all across...ill get a picture to show you guys.
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    TOYROLLA99 Kleen 8.125 (According to Mack)

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    lol then could u get me one cbass?

    the junkyards around me dont have corollas too often
    and by the time i get to them all the goodies are usually pulled
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    im just trying to be economical here lol
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    cbass, duh! For stealing Mack's $8!
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    Ryan why don't you just use like 1000 grit samdpaper, get rid of the paint, and clear coat the whole thing?
    That way you can keep the one you have and not really spend any money at all, and that way cBass gets fucked too.
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    i would do that if i didnt gum up all the plastic from dipping it in paint thinner :oops:
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    LMAO HA! well jeeeeez, im just offering what is at my disposal
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    yea its not a big deal really, but if i can get a descent condition one that hasn't been tampered with that would be cool
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    How bad is it? Jeez lol

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