I ordered a new stainless steel bumper for my spitfire. I purchased it from Group Harrington.

There are a number of reviews of the bumpers and I thought I would detail the tweaks that needed to be done to my new bumpers.

It arrived quickly, three weeks after order over the new year.

It would be nice to be able to purchase a fitting kit as the bolts that I received are too few to fit and as mentioned elsewhere they are metric rather than UNC as is the rest of the car. (Or to have a fitting kit provided after having spent €900)

Nuts and Bolts

Nuts and Bolts received with the kit.

New longer bolt

One of the two longer bolts provided, this is 53mm.

New shorter bolt

One of the two shorter bolts provided, this is 35mm.

New vs old bolts

The new bolts (top) are too short to use to connect to the car. You can see the longer bolts provided with the bumper compared to the long bolts that connect to the top piece of the rear vertical piece of the bumper. The bolts are M8 and 53mm and 35mm long. The short bolts are too short to connect the two pieces of the rear bumpers; so the longer bolts have to be used to connect the horizontal to the vertical piece. The shorter bolts could be used to connect the sides of the rear bumper to the car.

Rear Bumper packaged

Rear Bumper in it’s packing (bubble-wrap and then cloth.)

Original rear bumper is 2mm thick steel.

Original rear bumper is 2mm thick steel.

New bumpers are 1mm thick.

The 1mm thick steel bends easily when bolted together.

The 1mm thick steel bends easily when bolted together. It would be great if this particular piece would use thicker steel.