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Early front bumper question


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Looking at the pre-74 front bumpers, I seem to recall that I've seen some center sections that have a more pronounced point in the middle than others. Assuming I'm correct about this, what years had what feature? I'm guessing that the more prominent point coincided with the longer sides on the rear (72,73) but would like confirmation. Also, are all front center sections and sides compatible with each other (fit-wise) regardless of year even if the point is a little different or some of the later ones have the black rubber piece on them?

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Here's my understanding, without part #'s, or great cetainty. In mid '71, BMW extented the rear bumbers around the tails lights about a foot forward and added horizontal rubber strips around both the front and rear bumbers. They also added rubber strips to the vertical bumperettes on the front and rear bumbers. This style lasted until the '73 model year when they changed the front bumperette to a more streamlined, triangular shape and strengthed the front and rear bumper brackets to the car. My experience is the '71.5 - '73 bumpers parts and bumperettes are all interchangeable. In '74, BMW went to the aluminum compression bumpers, in response to US safety standards. I have liitle expeience regarding the nuances (pointedness) of the pre-'71 bumpers. Regards.



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The front center sections on all the roundies are the same. The end pieces are the same, except beginning with the "modell 71 " cars (at VIN 2570001 +/-) he factory added rubber strips to the end pieces only.

And the 73 cars (USA only) have different front overriders--low and pointed, vs the upright ones on earlier cars. USA 73's also have different and much stronger front bumper brackets, which push the front bumper out a few inches further than the earlier cars. But the three blade sections are all the same stampings.



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