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Methods for attaching RS Fender Adapters
I'm finally moving along with my RS front end conversion, and I'm curious about those people who have added an RS grill and used the tabbed fender adapters that allow you to mount the motorized buckets properly. I'm using the Camaro Central Stage 3 Kit, where the entire bucket/headlight assembly comes all set up and pre-tested... all you do is mount the bucket, connect the module & wires, and its supposed to work.
But the question I have is all about the adapters... the existing fender tabs are factory spot-welded, and the new brackets have matching tabs that align and nest with the existing fender contour. Different people have suggested different methods:
1. Just bolt the tabs together with a pan-head SS machine screw, a couple of washers, and a nylon lock nut.
2. Spot/Tack Weld all three tabs which is probably OK for a project in works car.
3. Use 3M Panel Bond on the tab mating surfaces after sanding off the paint, and then bolt or rivet the bracket to the fender.
In the case of #3, some people have sanded inside the fender "nose" and also bonded the entire 7 or 8 inches although there's nothing clamping the two pieces other than maybe a couple of temporary clamps until it cures.
So what have YOU done? What is overkill, and do you think just bolting it together with locknuts is sufficient? I read that article from Super Chevy when they did the conversion with this kit and they just bolted it together. After all, most of the car is just bolted together LOL. Pardon the extra long 8-32's in the pictures... I just grabbed what was handy as they don't include screws with the kit.
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