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280z Front bumper conversion. Kaminari or MSA Type 3?

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My 78 280z has the stock bumper that I'd like to convert to a sleeker air dam.

 

The problem I'm running into, however, is that the air dam I want (the Kaminari) only fits the 240/260. I think modifying it, and switching the parking lights will be a pain in the arse. So I'm instead considering the MSA type 3 with the grill, but it looks hit or miss in the photos (some looks angular and aggressive, others look rounded and 90s-sequences.)

 

Do anyone have either mounted they can share pics of? Or does recommend one of the other for a 280z? Also open to other solutions and air dam types. Just not a fan of those big arse bumpers!

 

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I purchased this one through MSA, I did not want the hassle of changing the location of the blinkers.  This is a fiberglass model, the thing I don't link is that it is not flat up front, I say it looks like a buck tooth..LOL.   Otherwise, install was straight forward and I've had it a year without incident.  I did have to do a lot of prep work for a good finish though but believe that's the case with most of the fiberglass parts.  I also installed the fiberglass 240 style bumpers.  

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I purchased this one through MSA, I did not want the hassle of changing the location of the blinkers.  This is a fiberglass model, the thing I don't link is that it is not flat up front, I say it looks like a buck tooth..LOL.   Otherwise, install was straight forward and I've had it a year without incident.  I did have to do a lot of prep work for a good finish though but believe that's the case with most of the fiberglass parts.  I also installed the fiberglass 240 style bumpers.  


Thanks for responding! Just to be clear, you've had the type 3 with grill for a year? And installed the 240 style bumper? One of the reasons I'm considering the type 3 is because it has a built in bumper look with it.


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I will check my receipt from MSA when I get back in a couple days. It's just an air dam, no aftermarket grill, using the one that was on the car slightly modified. It has no built in bumper look.


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I used a 240 air dam and bumpers.  If this floats your boat I can give details.  You should search Eurodat up too.  He did a nice detailed post on the conversion. 

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I did the Xenon air dam on my 260Z along with stainless steel bumpers. There is a version of the Xenon air dam for the 280Z that doesn't have the lower turn signals.

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@Eurodat for the bumper conversion parts. His system is artwork. 

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3 hours ago, wheee! said:

@Eurodat for the bumper conversion parts. His system is artwork. 

You can read through my thread. Might give yoh some pointers.

If you need anything, just send a pm.

Impo done properly, it really looks good.

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Wait, is that a Black Pearl edition? Are you sure you want change the bumpers?

It seems to me that the Black Pearl is worth more that the "regular" 280. Just curious. 

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Wait, is that a Black Pearl edition? Are you sure you want change the bumpers?
It seems to me that the Black Pearl is worth more that the "regular" 280. Just curious. 


Yeah, it's a black pearl. I bought it at market value mostly stock (even had the original tires), but am not trying to make an appreciable investment of the car. Would rather have it looks he way I want. And was never a fan of those big regulation bumpers.


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Yeah, it's a black pearl. I bought it at market value mostly stock (even had the original tires), but am not trying to make an appreciable investment of the car. Would rather have it looks he way I want. And was never a fan of those big regulation bumpers.


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I felt the same way about my very stock 77. Just keep all your stock equipment!


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3 hours ago, Jaymanbikes said:


I felt the same way about my very stock 77. Just keep all your stock equipment!


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I am a bit the same way. All my mods are reversable if you drill the spot welds carefully and not all the way through, its and easy job to weld the front indicator mounts back on.

It took me about 4 hours to get the rear bumper "gap" shield of without damaging it too much.

 

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On 8/14/2017 at 9:28 AM, wheee! said:

@Eurodat for the bumper conversion parts. His system is artwork. 

Can confirm, best option out there.  Prior to his work there wasn't a good system for mounting 240 bumpers on a 260 and even now the other systems are just copies of his work.

 

 

 

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