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I just unboxed a new aftermarket chrome bumper that I purchased. This one was supposed to be better than some of the cheaper ones offered from the same place and it was said to be licensed by GM as a restoration piece. I was shocked at how wavy it is. I brought to my body shop where my car is currently getting some work done and the body guy did not want to install it. He said it was about as bad as he's seen. If you run your hand down the length of it you can feel dozens of dips. Here are a couple of photos of the ends where the chrome is dull and I've attached a link to a YouTube video I made of the bumper. It looks even worse in person, but the video captures what photos can't. Here is my question to everyone. I don't have an original bumper to have re-chromed. The bumper that was on the car when I bought it was an aftermarket with pitting. Is the quality of this bumper about what I can expect from any of the aftermarket vendors or did I get a bad one? I don't want to be unreasonable in my expectations, but I'm also not happy with it. Your thoughts. Thanks.

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I have had no problems with OER bumpers. I Definitely wouldn't use that one.
 

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I’ve used more than a few repops. Never had an issue like this.

Not good.
 

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Well, that's the feedback I was looking for. Kind of makes me wish I had not prematurely destroyed the box it came in. :(
 

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Well, that's the feedback I was looking for. Kind of makes me wish I had not prematurely destroyed the box it came in. :(
Even the older reproduction bumpers were decent. Due dilligence will pay off, and know what to look for.…holes for mounting bracket locations. Craigslist is where I would look, as you’ll find one locally. NOS=real money.
 

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I just unboxed a new aftermarket chrome bumper that I purchased. This one was supposed to be better than some of the cheaper ones offered from the same place and it was said to be licensed by GM as a restoration piece. I was shocked at how wavy it is. I brought to my body shop where my car is currently getting some work done and the body guy did not want to install it. He said it was about as bad as he's seen. If you run your hand down the length of it you can feel dozens of dips. Here are a couple of photos of the ends where the chrome is dull and I've attached a link to a YouTube video I made of the bumper. It looks even worse in person, but the video captures what photos can't. Here is my question to everyone. I don't have an original bumper to have re-chromed. The bumper that was on the car when I bought it was an aftermarket with pitting. Is the quality of this bumper about what I can expect from any of the aftermarket vendors or did I get a bad one? I don't want to be unreasonable in my expectations, but I'm also not happy with it. Your thoughts. Thanks.

Paul

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Did you contact the place you bought it from?
 

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I was upset about the quality of my reproduction bumper until I read this post. Your eye is drawn to the shiny chromed bumper. It has to be straight.

When you get your new bumper, check the mounting holes to see if they are drilled in the right spot. Mine were not. I had to modify the bumper brackets to fit the bumper.


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My bumper was not bent correctly but it was not wavy or pitted.

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I was able to bend it and make it acceptable.

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I showed you the photos because you might need to fix any reproduction bumper. I feel yours is not fixable unless you start over and straighten and rechrome the bumper. The other option is to remove the chrome, fill in the pits and waves, and then paint the bumper. :(

The company you bought it from might not want you to return it after they see the video and photos. They might just send you a new one. It does not hurt to ask. :)

If all else fails, Unistrut makes a nice bumper.

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I just unboxed a new aftermarket chrome bumper that I purchased. This one was supposed to be better than some of the cheaper ones offered from the same place and it was said to be licensed by GM as a restoration piece. I was shocked at how wavy it is. I brought to my body shop where my car is currently getting some work done and the body guy did not want to install it. He said it was about as bad as he's seen. If you run your hand down the length of it you can feel dozens of dips. Here are a couple of photos of the ends where the chrome is dull and I've attached a link to a YouTube video I made of the bumper. It looks even worse in person, but the video captures what photos can't. Here is my question to everyone. I don't have an original bumper to have re-chromed. The bumper that was on the car when I bought it was an aftermarket with pitting. Is the quality of this bumper about what I can expect from any of the aftermarket vendors or did I get a bad one? I don't want to be unreasonable in my expectations, but I'm also not happy with it. Your thoughts. Thanks.

Paul

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That bumper is horrible, to put it nicely, and I haven't even watched the video. I see nice used first gen OEM bumpers all the time on my local Craigslist. I'd go that route and get it re-chromed.
 

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I have a 68 camaro, I believe 68 it fits 68 rear. It’s gm. I bought it to see fitment versus a repo,
lit seems straight and not bad, needs chromed but a good piece. I don’t need it. I can ship it
 

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Keep us posted. I would like to know who the vendor is.

"licensed by GM as a restoration " just means GM is getting a cut. IMHO, has nothing to do with correctness or quality.
 

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I have a 68 camaro, I believe 68 it fits 68 rear. It’s gm. I bought it to see fitment versus a repo,
lit seems straight and not bad, needs chromed but a good piece. I don’t need it. I can ship it
Thanks so much for the offer, but it's the front bumper I'm replacing.
 

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Keep us posted. I would like to know who the vendor is.

"licensed by GM as a restoration " just means GM is getting a cut. IMHO, has nothing to do with correctness or quality.
Not to front any particular company out, but here is a photo of the label.

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