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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-25-2012, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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full cost of going smoothie bumpers

anyone have an idea .....bumpers, prep, labor and paint ?
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-25-2012, 07:35 PM
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Pretty expensive if the body shop doesn't know how to properly prep bumpers and the common issues come up which means they would have to be prepped again and resprayed. I had mine done for 150.00 a piece, but he knew what needed to be done. Unless u go the fiberglass route, wish i did that from the get go. my .2 cents.

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but whats the diffrence between smoothies and the rest of the chinese after market crap out there... its all the same type of prepping am i correct ?
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408.... What do you have there? Fiberglass front and urethane in the rear? What did the cost of those bumpers set you back? Thanks...


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elniperSs, I do have fiberglass frnt and urethane rr. I originally had a urethane frnt also, but changed the style. I had the usual issues everyone has seen and read about, some do get lucky and have no problems at all. I paid 300.00 each for urethane plus shipping. I'll be changing the rear for fiberglass soon, I really don't like the fitment(gaps).

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408 did u buy em off street trends or ebay ?
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Street Trends.

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I have Street Trends urethane Smoothie front a rear. These are made from a different material from stock bumpers and have a different prep and paint process defined. You need a shop that is willing to follow the ST steps to the letter, or you will be doing them again. Also, find a shop that is used to working on newer cars. A shop that does 60's muscle car restoration will take longer and more money to get them installed right.

Expect $2k to $3k total. Maybe a little less of you know someone, but for a full turnkey. Jason at ST told me to expect $800 to $1000 at a reputable body shop. I ended up paying more, a lot more, than I should have needed to pay.

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I have Street Trends urethane Smoothie front a rear. These are made from a different material from stock bumpers and have a different prep and paint process defined. You need a shop that is willing to follow the ST steps to the letter, or you will be doing them again. Also, find a shop that is used to working on newer cars. A shop that does 60's muscle car restoration will take longer and more money to get them installed right.

Expect $2k to $3k total. Maybe a little less of you know someone, but for a full turnkey. Jason at ST told me to expect $800 to $1000 at a reputable body shop.
jking is correct... u have to follow the steps ST provides or find a shop who has had experience w/ THESE bumpers.

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post #10 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-26-2012, 01:29 PM
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What are the ST prepping steps yall are referring to? Curious as mine came with urethane smoothie bumpers when I purchased my car but they are the original Lionel bumpers who I was told is the guy who created the bumpers from the beginning.....
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