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Old 11-28-2003, 12:10 PM   #1
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i swaped my 96 talon bumper to a 97, need help

ok i baught my car and the girl that had it before me put on a 97 front bumper, it doesnt fit right and ive heard it wont fit on the sides but there is like a 1/2 inch gap along where the bumper meets the light? is this normal or is my mounting brackets messed up, ill buy some projector 97 lights if that will fix the gap along the bottom but im not sure if thats where the difference in size is between the years or if my bumper supports are just messed up?
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Old 11-28-2003, 12:25 PM   #2
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What year headlights are you using. Do they have a black housing? The bumper shouldn't even fit with the talon headlights (assuming it's an eclipse bumper) with out cutting the bumper. I would imagine that you have 97-99 headlights or a 97-98 talon front. Either way, it should fit. The problem is it probably was done hurriedly and she didn't take the time get it perfect. Check if the clips that are under the bumper are still there. Also, try taking the bolts out under the hood between the headlights and see if you can push the bumper up and re tighten the bolts. Projectors will not fix the problem (especially if it is a 97-98 talon bumper, it will give you a big gap between the edge of the light and the bumper).
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Old 11-28-2003, 02:40 PM   #3
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It is a bumper from a 97 what?

There are no mounting brackets under the lights that could be damaged. That gap won't be affected by any light choice anyway. Is the actual bumper still under the cover?
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Old 11-29-2003, 12:34 AM   #4
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ok sorry i didnt say, it is a talon bumper, i think i will just try to get a diffferent front end, if i buy the projector lights, and just the eclipse front body kit, is that all i need for the swap?, i think the problem is the bumper itself may not be from the factory because it is wavey where it meets the lights so maybe i can convert to a eclipse front end?
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Old 11-29-2003, 01:59 PM   #5
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Sure you can swap to an eclipse front end. Get lights from a 97+ car or projectors (sorry) and the whole affair is a snap. Take a look at the thread in "WE've seen these before" for more info if needed.
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Old 11-29-2003, 09:02 PM   #6
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I am completely lost? A 97 talon bumper doesnt fit a 96 talon? She had to seriously mess something up to pull that one off since talon front bumpers are 100% interchangeable without any extra stuff to be done...
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Old 11-29-2003, 11:03 PM   #7
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I am completely lost? A 97 talon bumper doesnt fit a 96 talon? She had to seriously mess something up to pull that one off since talon front bumpers are 100% interchangeable without any extra stuff to be done...
You need to make sure everything is lined up properly to avoid gaps. When i first put on mine, i had a quarter inch gap on one side and no gap on the other. You can have minor fitment issues if you don't take your time to do everything correctly.
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Old 11-29-2003, 11:20 PM   #8
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97 bumper on a 96 talon is an easy swap. I did it to my car with no problems whatsoever.
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Old 12-02-2003, 03:09 PM   #9
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did you need new headlights for the 97 talon bumper or could you still use the ones that came on your 96?
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Old 12-02-2003, 03:23 PM   #10
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did you need new headlights for the 97 talon bumper or could you still use the ones that came on your 96?
You need to use 96 headlights. Talons didn't change lights. Look on the home page at the bottom for more info.
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