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Anyone experienced a hassle from law enforcement about not having bumpers? I'm thinking about pulling mine off. I saw a 240 running around today without them, and it really cleaned up the overall appearance, despite the car being an obvious work in progress.

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I do not have experience with this, but a friend of mine has a 240z and his bumpers were painted the color of the car and the officer was saying that there were no bumpers. Granted, the officer did not know what he was talking about because the bumpers were there, but if there were no bumpers, the officer would have most likely sited him.

I think bumpers look good, but if you have an early 260z and you really want it to look clean with bumpers you could take the bumper shocks out and mount the bumpers like a 240z. There is a member on this site that did that. You could even go further and take off all the rubber on the bumpers, or find a front and rear euro bumper. These are just some suggestions.

Ben

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Well, the shave is more of an integrated look I suppose, and looks more like the arse end of a vette... I have thought of shaving my 280 rearend, but I worry about someone hitting me in the back and causing damage and then the insurance adjuster seeing theres no bumper..

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Wingnut,

You will have to use 240 brackets to mount them up, they don't bolt directly to the body.

sonofzzzap,

I agree that shaved it looks like it is suppose to be that way, so many of the new cars have bumpers that hardly look like bumpers at all. My own experiance is that with the 240 rear bumper, there seems to be more damage because the bumper was there if you get hit in the rear, in my opinion it was mearly decoration and there is little lost in its absence. You have a point about the insurance adjuster, but that is something I'm willing to risk.

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"Shaving" the rear bumper does look good, but that is IMO different that merely removing the bumper (and leaving the mounting holes showing).

Same for the front bumper. Shaving and eliminating the indentation where the bumper used to be looks good. Just pulling the bumper (and not modifying the sheet metal) looks bad IMO.

On 240Z's the bumpers offer little to no "protection". Back in the early 70's, the 240Z was one of the cars used as an example by the Federal government when they passed the legislation requiring 5 mph bumpers on new cars.

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My vote goes to D :) Between the US car Mfg getting their collective asses kicked in the soon to come gas crunch days (the writing was on the wall by that time), Nader and his Corvair killing safety agenda, and the Unions doing what they always seem to do best, yep D....

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Up here in the great northwest it is very much againts the law to run with out bumpers,the good thing is though most of the P.D. don't even now what a z car should look like. and if you do get pulled over you only get a warning.

most of the time.

JZM

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i took off my bumpers. even though it was a mind trick to get them bumper shocks off it was worth it for me. taken bumpers off is not for everyone. i have a early 260. if u think about it the early z dont weight much as the todays cars do. since most vehicles are suv. its going to take more time for those vehicles to stop and you are infront of them just make sure u have your seatbelt on all the time. it will not be pretty. :sick:

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How come I see so many pick-up trucks with no bumpers? Different rules for trucks?

I've been pulled over once, got a warning for no front plate. Cop didn't notice, or care, about race slicks and no bumpers.

Another time I was followed by cop for 10 miles back to my garage, he just wanted to talk cars (no bumpers and race slicks) he hung around for 30 minutes and checked my car out top to bottom. He said "cooool".

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out here in califorrnia i removed my crash bumpers and drove around for about three months. got pulled over for the exhaust but cops never noticed the missing front plate and crash bumpers. i currently have the fiberglass msa bumpers on my 75 280z and no cop has cared.

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removing the bumper shocks on our crash bumper models was a pain. i had to drop the gas tank out and then they bolt through the bottom of the car into the inside under the carpet in tight lil spots but the good news is the front ones are easy to remove and when your done you will be happy trust me it was worth the effort.

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Front bumper's gone. Safety-wired the plate to the grille, took her out for a spin, nothing flew off. Looks much better without that huge fat lip on there.

Probably be a while before the back one comes off, though.

Anyone have an unbent front valence? Mine is trashed.

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I hate the ugly bumpers on 280Zs... but after much self-debate with myself, I decided to leave mine... why? because when my body work is done and I have that shiney new paint job.... I don't wanna be in a minor accident and have someone crush my rear-end... (or front for that matter)... Nissan added these for a reason... "Safety" and without them, your 280Z is wide open for enemy soccor moms to attack in Chevy SUVs.....

just my 2.... errr wait.. "digs in his pocket" .. 3 cents.. :stupid:

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I hate the ugly bumpers on 280Zs... but after much self-debate with myself, I decided to leave mine... why? because when my body work is done and I have that shiney new paint job.... I don't wanna be in a minor accident and have someone crush my rear-end... (or front for that matter)... Nissan added these for a reason... "Safety" and without them, your 280Z is wide open for enemy soccor moms to attack in Chevy SUVs.....

just my 2.... errr wait.. "digs in his pocket" .. 3 cents.. :stupid:

Here's another $.02, now you have a nickel!

I think you've made a wise decision. They may be a bit ugly but they definitely provide more protection than when they are "collapsed".

Do you trust SUV/Soccer Moms? ( I don't)

How much do you like your shiny new paint job? (Hopefully a lot)

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