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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 12-08-2009, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Front bumper options for '04 FXT (fmic)

Well, someone backed into my front bumper and cracked part of it. I'd consider "upgrading" the front bumper, but I don't know if there are any options for the '04/05 front end that are compatible with the stock grill/headlights/fenders, etc. My bumper is already cut to expose the black fmic core so I'm running no fogs (big ugly holes). A bumper with no fogs or with factory foglight covers would therefore be a nice plus.

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I spent an hour reading threads, but most of the search results I saw were for '06+ FXT's or people modding/cutting the stock '04 FXT bumper cover.

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You could take it to a body shop and have them mold an 04-05 WRX/STI bumper onto your OEM one. This is a photshop from a fellow member, but someone did post this done with an 06-07 WRX/STI bumper.. pictured below.





This is another option, too crazy for me though, but I'm sure you can modify it to be less crazy?




Or, just get the JDM lip for the OEM current bumper like I have.


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They sell fog covers for the 03-05 bumper.

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hmmm...looks weird without the fogs.
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Very helpful replies, thanks. I probably should have clarified that I do not want the front end to look more aggressive (sleeper effect).

What I do want is to eliminate my gaping fog holes (you can see the fmic piping behind them, and perhaps have a little more room for the fmic piping, which is very tight behind the bumper cover.

So far it looks like my best option is just an '04/05 XT bumper cover with fog covers...except that it looks like the fog covers screw/fasten to existing foglights, so I might be out of luck since I removed mine. I'm sure there's a creative way to mount the covers to my bumper though. :)

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You could try sendingt a PM to "foresterSTi". They had some custom fog covers they made for their 04 Forester. The bumper has been replaced with an FSTi bumper, so I bet those fog covers are laying around some where.

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You could take it to a body shop and have them mold an 04-05 WRX/STI bumper onto your OEM one. This is a photshop from a fellow member, but someone did post this done with an 06-07 WRX/STI bumper.. pictured below.





This is another option, too crazy for me though, but I'm sure you can modify it to be less crazy?




Or, just get the JDM lip for the OEM current bumper like I have.



I have that first bumper! Where does this come from?!
[IMG] IMG_1150 by starscream4icecream, on Flickr[/IMG]
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Im rather interested in the idea of molding the forester bumper with the wrx/sti bumper.
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Let me just cut to the chase....I hate you for having that NSX! You lucky stiff.........one of the few Acura/Hondas that made everyone drool. Then and now.

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Im rather interested in the idea of molding the forester bumper with the wrx/sti bumper.
Yeah my brother was telling me to do this as well but I was like, "That would probably be a LOT of work."

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I have that first bumper! Where does this come from?!
[IMG] IMG_1150 by starscream4icecream, on Flickr[/IMG]
Ummmmm WHAT?!?! That looks amaaaaaaaaaaaaazing! What bumper is that? 07 STI bumper mold, correct? Half XT and half STI? Man that looks clean as hell. Would have been awesome if you could have figured out some way to have the jet intake/wings grill, too, but like that it's amazing.

Did you DIY or go to a body shop?

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Even though this is an old thread, this might be useful... Another option is conceal a fmic is to convert your front end to 07/08 with the Sports bumper. I'm running a 24x12x5 AMR core, and the bumper skin required minimal cutting. If the AMR core will fit, pretty much any other STi-specific core should fit, too.



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Yeah my brother was telling me to do this as well but I was like, "That would probably be a LOT of work."



Ummmmm WHAT?!?! That looks amaaaaaaaaaaaaazing! What bumper is that? 07 STI bumper mold, correct? Half XT and half STI? Man that looks clean as hell. Would have been awesome if you could have figured out some way to have the jet intake/wings grill, too, but like that it's amazing.

Did you DIY or go to a body shop?

I got the car like this. It is an 06-07wrx bumper molded to the stock one. I just had the front of the car repainted and fixed some of the little things the previous owner was too lazy to do. It truly looks incredible now!
Now i need to move onto the important stuff: performance.
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