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Old 10-04-2017, 11:36 PM   #1
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What year bumpers are lighter than the commandos and bolt on? There's an 83 at a local pnp.
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Old 10-04-2017, 11:39 PM   #2
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For maximum kool-aid toy bumpers.

If you're a kewl kid black commandos.
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Crush your car now. The only thing better than a commando is a black gt commando.
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83-85 Swedish built are the 2.5 mph bumpers. They are lighter because plastic. I put a set on my 82. Make sure you get everything like the bumper shocks and the plastic fender side guides and stays along with the trim.
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83-85 Swedish built are the 2.5 mph bumpers. They are lighter because plastic. I put a set on my 82. Make sure you get everything like the bumper shocks and the plastic fender side guides and stays along with the trim.
Don't forget the whole front clip so your bumper filler trim works.

Lord help you with the rear filler trim.

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Crush your car now. The only thing better than a commando is a black gt commando.
agree

however...

crush your car now because it's inevitable with such tasteful modifications like non commando bumpers on a commando 240


unless you fill in all the trim holes and tuck 83-85 bumpers like I and PO did on my 242
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Old 10-05-2017, 12:52 AM   #7
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I have black gt commandos actually, just looking to reduce all that weight at the very ends of the car. But if it's going to ruin it's je ne sais quoi then I guess it's not worth the effort.
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Old 10-05-2017, 07:00 AM   #8
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Lay up fiberglass inside the Commandos. Useless as bumpers. But black, holes filled, tucked in tight to the body Commando-look. 5 lbs. front, 3 lbs. rear.
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Lay up fiberglass inside the Commandos. Useless as bumpers. But black, holes filled, tucked in tight to the body Commando-look. 5 lbs. front, 3 lbs. rear.


$100 worth of materials and a toxic mess @ 17$/ hr 4 ever, and if you're keeping it really light don't forget to make some new shocks out of an old Hills Brothers coffee can.

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Nah - about $20 of Walmart Bondo brand resin/cloth. First time I’d ever used fiberglass. Piece of cake in the garage. Yes - lose the heavy shocks too, good tip - useless with useless “bumpers”...

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Lay up fiberglass inside the Commandos. Useless as bumpers. But black, holes filled, tucked in tight to the body Commando-look. 5 lbs. front, 3 lbs. rear.
First thing I would do is try to stand or kneel on one..... But there's other cars at the autocross with the same thing.
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Old 10-05-2017, 01:19 PM   #12
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If you go to the trouble of building them - you won't 'try to stand or kneel on one'...and you get used to warning others off of them pretty quickly. And if you're in the habit of trying to stand or kneel on someone else's, LOL, you're asking for a Darwin moment to occur. ;)
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cut some finger off for weight reduction
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Old 10-05-2017, 01:38 PM   #14
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why are they called commando?
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during the filming of First Blood a 140 or 240 blew up and all that was left was a set of perfect bumpers
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Lord help you with the rear filler trim.

the back is the easy part, you just have to make a few holes for the trim clips. Everything is covered up once installed.

I cut something like 20lbs off each end of the car... well worth it.
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I never knew the story of the commando bumpers. Thank you. lol.

I like them but they are too heavy and it was easy. Some trimming of rubber and I used the commando rubber trim and just put the bumpers on. It's not a show car and won't ever be so I preferred using the older rubber trim. I think it's better trim than the newer stuff.
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during the filming of First Blood a 140 or 240 blew up and all that was left was a set of perfect bumpers
Yup -- mine sideswiped by a late model Chevy pickup coming towards me. Head-on between the truck and the wrap-around end of the bumper. Ripped the Commando off the shock on driver's side; totally wrecked/twisted the shock in the sheet metal on the other side. Not so much as a scratch on the bumper itself. They are one tough aluminum forging.

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Old 10-05-2017, 04:03 PM   #19
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As I fiddled with my commando bumpers a bit, i can say that the aluminium itself is pretty light. The heavy part is the rubber absorber on the outside and the biig rubber shocks.
But i like them in stock form, they do what bumpers should do.
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As I fiddled with my commando bumpers a bit, i can say that the aluminium itself is pretty light. The heavy part is the rubber absorber on the outside and the biig rubber shocks.
But i like them in stock form, they do what bumpers should do.
I think the US version were heavier
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I think the US version were heavier
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I never knew the story of the commando bumpers. Thank you. lol.
LOL indeed. Citation needed.

Cool story, though.
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They are one tough aluminum forging.

er...no.
Extrusion almost certainly. But not forging.
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Of course you are correct John - an extrusion makes more sense.
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Extrusions are generally straight, how the heck do they get the 90deg bends on the ends?
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