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Old 27-06-2013, 07:36 PM   #1
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Sagging S1 Bumper

Hi folks,

I've seen a few pics of S1's on here suffering with the same issue as mine: front bumpers sagging down towards the rear where they meet the wings:



I've had the bumper off this week and thought I'd figured out how to adjust it but clearly I haven't as the problem's as bad as ever! Mine's held on by the two main bolts under the headlights and the three bolts under the radiator. I can see that on the OS there's a bracket that runs down in front of the washer bottle and meets the inner bumper. I think you can see it here:



I'm sure it's meant to have a bolt through it into the bumper which is missing at the moment but I can't see how that's going to make any difference as the two holes are lined up already. I also don't have the bracket at all on the NS - I think I'm meant to according to Service Box, or does it list left and right hand brackets to cover for left and right hand drive???

Finally, Service Box reckons on a 'speed nut' (u nut) at point 70/71 here:


I reckon it would potentially solve the problem given that it's right under the sagging bit, but I can't for the life of me work out where it would mount to or connect as there's nothing under there to bolt through:



Sorry for the long post - can anyone make any suggestions?

Cheers guys.
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Old 27-06-2013, 08:44 PM   #2
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Hi,

Looks like a part of your bumper has broken off! I think it's quite common... It's a flexible u-shaped bit of plastic that contains a captive nut and you put a bolt through the hole below where the wing mounts to hold it on! You might be able to fashion something out of some thin steel/ally and rivet it onto the bumper!
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Old 27-06-2013, 08:56 PM   #3
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I made alloy brackets on mine, much stronger.
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Old 28-06-2013, 09:40 AM   #4
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Thanks guys. Does anyone have a picture of the inside of an intact front bumper so I can see what I'm trying to fabricate?

Am I meant to have a bracket like the one in front of the washer bottle on the other side too?

EDIT:

Aaahaaa. Found a picture in the for sale threads.



I'll have a look and see how I can mount something to mine.

In the same thread, I can see on the RHS of the bumper that's for sale there's a u nut on hole where the other bracket mounts, but in the above picture there's no u nut... It may have just fallen off but on the other hand it suggests that there isn's a bracket to screw anything into on that side?
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Haven't seen the thread, but my guess is it has just fallen off! Both sides are the same
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Old 28-06-2013, 11:01 AM   #6
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OK cool - I'll have to get another bracket. I've just messaged a guy on ebay about making a bracket to replace the snapped one on my bumper - my rough approximation would be something like this:



I need to go home and lash the bumper up to how it needs to sit and take proper measurements... unless anyone who's fabricated their own can provide them?

I've asked for stainless or alloy or whatever's strong and cheap. What do you reckon's a reasonable price for 2 of those (10?).

Thank you for the response.
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Old 28-06-2013, 11:32 AM   #7
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Oops, i just noticed the bracket you'e referring to! I'm not too sure on that one! On my old base model bumper i didn't have a bracket on either side!

I'll try to get a measurement of the original mounts for you when i get home!
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Old 28-06-2013, 11:38 AM   #8
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Nice one -that'd be great. Just how long the protruding part is would be cool. Only if it's handy of course - the arch liner has to come out to take the pics I posted of mine.

I'm not too bothered about the other bracket to be honest, I can't really think that it'll be doing an awful lot once the brackets I'm replacing/fabricating are in place.
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No problems, i have 2 bumpers and both are off the car atm
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37mm by my reckoning! Best of luck with making the bits!
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Old 28-06-2013, 07:14 PM   #12
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You're a top man! Thank you ever so much.

I've already got a volunteer to make up the bracket for me so I'll update this thread with pictures and specs when I've got it sorted.

Thanks again.
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Long time coming but I've finished this little job.

Very poor drawings of the brackets I had fabricated:





The finished articles:



I enlisted the services of our Engineering department at work and so they got made from Pharma grade 316 stainless, so these aren't going to rust any time soon

That was a couple of months ago and I finally got around to fitting them this week. What I was working with:



Drilled them and riveted them over where the original plastic bracket ought to have been:





Loads of rivets, probably overkill but never mind. Then wanted to cut a slot so I could adjust them vertically against the brackets. I didn't have a Dremel or anything I could do this neatly with so I drilled three holes and then 'joined' them. That's not so pretty so I didn't take any pictures of it, but suffice to say it works! Here's them pre-'joining' :



The result (bear in mind I need to do some work on the lights/wings/bonnet to pull it all into line, but they're at least vertical now):



Hope this is of some help to people in the future
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Nice work... A proper job
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