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Adding 71-72 Bumper Guards to 1973 'Cuda
« on: October 22, 2017, 07:33:19 AM »
Hi guys. I have a 73 'Cuda and just recently removed the 2 bigger ugly bumper guards from the rear.
What parts do I need to make my 73 rear bumper guards look like the earlier years like the 71-72?
Thank you in advance. Steve

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Re: Adding 71-72 Bumper Guards to 1973 'Cuda
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2017, 08:13:04 AM »
I would use the 72 bumper mounts & move the bumper in flush , I think you need a different bumper to use the small bumper guards used in 70 -71
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Re: Adding 71-72 Bumper Guards to 1973 'Cuda
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2017, 03:27:45 PM »
I just finished this modification.

You will need 70-72 rear bumper brackets.

70-72 rear bumper

70-72 rear bumper guard brackets

70-72 rear bumper guards

70-72 plastic bumper guard filler

I'll help you with this in any way as it's pretty simple and it's my favorite modification yet.

I could be wrong on saying 1972 but I think 70-72 have the same everything.

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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2017, 03:31:02 PM »
Are you doing the front too?  If so let me know.

You can modify the rear bumper brackets but it's going to be a total pain in your butt.  But then you won't have to buy a new bumper or rear bumper brackets but you'll still have to buy the 70-72 bumper guards/hardware.

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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2017, 09:46:46 PM »
Are you doing the front too?  If so let me know.

You can modify the rear bumper brackets but it's going to be a total pain in your butt.  But then you won't have to buy a new bumper or rear bumper brackets but you'll still have to buy the 70-72 bumper guards/hardware.

The front is void of the bumper guards when I got it.
Im a little confused about the rear. It has a aftermarket bumper on it thats very close to the tail end so Im wondering if it's NOT a 73-74 bumper. How far away was the rear bumper in 73? But it did have the large bumper guards on it which I removed.

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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2017, 11:37:14 PM »
The bumper was flush 70-72 , in 73 they used a plastic filler piece between the bumper & body that was a little wider than 1"
 maybe someone already moved the bumper in but retained the larger bumper guards  :notsure:
 I have posted pix of both  the 72 has chrome bumperettes
 the 74 you can see the extra filler strip 

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« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2017, 11:41:07 PM »
Sorry I thought you said Chall , the Cuda has a similar filler panel as in this picture

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« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2017, 10:57:09 PM »
Can you post some pics?  Thanks

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« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2017, 11:18:03 PM »
pix above right ?

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« Reply #9 on: October 23, 2017, 11:38:11 PM »
Yes Chryco Psycho, those look like 74 guards.  As for the current question being posed by @72and86 I'm curious what the current rear bumper looks like on his/her 73 Cuda.


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« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2017, 12:44:32 AM »
the 73 Guard was different & bit smaller & in 74 they added a second bumper behind the chrome one as well as the requirement changed in 73-74 , the 73 is easier to modify than the 74 as they had a massive beam behind the rear bumper instead of the earlier mounts

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« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2017, 12:54:36 AM »
try this
The black one above is also a 74 Cuda , there were so few of these built & very few still stock it is difficult to find a decent picture of the 74 , I think they used the same bumper bracket but with a molded rubber block approx 3x as big in 74  !
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« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2017, 08:32:51 AM »
Here is my 1973. Im the OP.
You can't see it too well, but theres a strip that goes across the bottom (above the bumper). I painted it black. This must be what you guys are referring to?

So If I understand correctly, to get the 1970-72 rear bumper guard look, I must remove the strip on my 73 and replace with a pre 1973 rear bumper before the 70-72 b-guards will fit correctly?  :notsure:

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« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2017, 08:36:03 AM »
The bumper may be usable but you need to move the bumper in with different mounts or modify yours & use the 70 72 bumoerettes

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« Reply #14 on: October 24, 2017, 08:40:45 AM »
these are the needed parts

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