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early GTB Euro bumper project

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  1. Ferraripilot

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    #1 Ferraripilot, Jan 10, 2010
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    I finished this project a bit ago but never posted pics. For anyone considering a similar project, this was a bit time consuming and required a fair amount of fabricating, especially the front mounts. US front bumper was 39lbs and the rear was 37.5lbs. Each shock weighed 4.3lbs x 4 = 17.2 lbs for a total of 93.7lbs for US bumper and shock assemblies. The fabricated brackets and fiberglass Euro bumpers weighed a total of 12lbs for a savings of 81.7lbs. Car weighs 2910lbs now with 7 gallons and spare, but no tools in the car (why would I have a spare but not keep the tools in the car lol). The paint chip happened just before we moved from Las Vegas. The agony of seeing a chip in such a terrible spot to have one. I will get to it when I have time.

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  3. kiwi 308

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    Looks very nice. Thats a huge weight saving..................

    Should be noticable when driving.
     
  4. Ferraripilot

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    Immediately noticable. No doubt
     
  5. tommott77

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    Looks great! Defintely one of the items atop of my current 'wish list'. My GTS is on a diet. Anybody got a set that they bought didn't use, sold the car, ect that they are willing to part with?
     
  6. johng

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    great info to post. where did you buy your front grille?
     
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  8. Ferraripilot

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    Euro front grill is pending finding one at a reasonable rate!

    My iphone pocketdyno app has noted a difference since a re-calibrated to the new weight.
     
  9. johng

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    the grilles are probably not less than $750. i've been looking for 4 months. i think ferrparts can fab one.
     
  10. ramosel

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    John Youngdahl (on this list) had some made. I got mine from him. I think (but not sure) that Ferrparts got a couple of that run.

    Rick
     
  11. Spitfire

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    You guys could also plead with Newman to see if you can convince him to make up a bunch of Euro grills. He made a few when we was doing his 308 -- one was for his project; he sold the others. I bought one and it's very nice indeed.
     
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  13. Ferraripilot

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    Yeah, I have seen the units Paul had fabbed up. Very nice. Mebbe I'll shoot him a PM and see what is what.
     
  14. Nurburgringer

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    good looking car - I'm thinking about losing the front repeaters also during a front end respray this winter, you're is one of the few without them I've seen here.

    cheers
     
  15. Johndahl

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    I'm currently all out of Euro grills. My first run consisted of 10 grills with one of them for myself. Rest went to people on this site. FerrParts did not end up with any.

    I can make more if there is enough interest. The best price point is an order of 5 or more grills. Beyond that, it doesn't matter much. Final price would depend on amount ordered and so on but was much less than $750. PM me if you have any interest.

    You can see pics of my grills on my car and others at the end of my threat at the link below.

    http://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/showthread.php?t=234181&page=2
     
  16. Newman

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    Thats a QV grill, 2V is different, I sell mine for $450.
     
  17. Johndahl

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    Thanks for clarifying...its early, no coffee yet :)
     
  18. ramosel

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    Not questioning the master... Just wanna know. How is a QV euro different from a 2V euro?? Pics?

    Thanks,
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  19. Ferraripilot

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    My side repeaters were deleted years ago by the original owner. Yes, I prefer it without them as well.



    -john
     
  20. ztarum

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    It's odd to see one with the fronts deleted, but the rears still in place. I don't mind the small OEM front repeaters. I hate the bigger US style ones that were fitted to my car when it was imported.
     
  21. gcmerak

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    Looks Great!

    Ciao,
    George
     
  22. Johndahl

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    Basically the QV Euro has an extra horizontal bar and is narrower to allow for the passing lights. 2V Euro takes up the whole opening.
     
  23. furnacerepair

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    I'm with you one that. If I respray my lower end I'll get rid of all four.
     
  24. Ferraripilot

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    Should I have the little round Euro front repeaters installed in the fenders instead? The wiring is still all there obviously. What do you guys think
     
  25. ztarum

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    I wouldn't add the small front repeaters without getting rid of the rear side markers first. Little dots on front with big rectangles in the rear would look funny to me.

    That said, if I got rid of the rears I'd leave it bare for a while and see how I liked it since the fronts are alread filled. They look really clean with no side markers at all.

    I know that on my car I would like to go back to the original euro arrangement, which has the small rectangular front repeaters (mine is a QV), just for the sake of originality. From an appearance only standpoint I think it looks best with nothing, followed but the small euro round repeaters a close second, small euro QV rectangles 3rd, and the US arrangement last.
     
  26. Nurburgringer

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    Marty - why are you thinking about a respray, your car is damn near perfect!

    We'll see what Brain says about the cost to fill in the front repeater-holes. Shouldn't take much time, so hopefully no more than 1 or 200.
    cheers
     

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