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Old 07-08-2019, 03:34 PM
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Front bumper mount - replace, repair?

I'm in the process of pulling my car apart to clean and repaint. My original plan was to build my own rotisserie. However, I've run into a bit of a snag. My passenger side front bumper mount is pretty badly damaged, with two of the bolt holes broken open and a third looking pretty dubious.



I'm looking for suggestions here. Please keep in mind I'm not asking about general repair. If I was just putting the bumper back on, I'd tack washers on the back of the mount and call it good. But since I'm going to lift the whole car using the bumper mounts, I don't think that will cut it.

My initial thought was to weld a square plate on the front of each mount, but it seems like that would cause alignment issues with the bumper (eg, pushing the bumper forward). However, when I removed the bumper there were four approx. 1/8" spacers between the bumper mount and bumper (see crappy sketch below, unfortunately I didn't get a picture). They have a hole for one bumper bolt, and a slot so you can sort of swing the spacer into place on the second bumper bolt. I'm not sure if these are factory parts or if they were added at some point - it looks like the car may have some minor front end damage since the bumper cover isn't original either.




So, to the specific questions:

Is this something to worry about given that I'm going to lift the car using the bumper mounts?

Should I weld in plates that are the same thickness as the spacers on the front of both bumper mounts (covering and reinforcing all four bolt holes), and discard the spacers?

Should I retain the spacers and weld smaller plates across the back of the damaged mount (or both mounts)?

Or is something more drastic called for? I don't like the idea of cutting the whole mount off and replacing it, but if that's what's needed to do the job right...

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Front bumper mount - replace, repair?

Does anyone have any feedback on this? I think the safest option is to weld square plates on the front of the bumper mounts, using material that's the same thickness as the spacers which are currently there - but I'd definitely like to know if anyone has ever done something similar.
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Re: Front bumper mount - replace, repair?

I wouldnt cut/replace that, Its no where near bad at all.Keeping the original metal is always best over cutting/removing it, if not too far gone.I would straighten that out with some heavy duty c-clamps and weld closed the open slotted holes.Might as well fix it for both needs in one shot.

The spacers are OE parts.I believe theyre used to butt the bumper up to the bumper cover for support/impact protection, etc. The shims come in different thickness's.

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Re: Front bumper mount - replace, repair?

If your rotisserie mounts to the top and bottom holes both your fine because it can't slide cuz if it goes up that would be against one bolt if it goes down it would be against the other one so as long as your rotisserie mounts on the top and bottom of each side of that you would be fine even with the holes in the amount
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