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Should I "over build" the rear trunk structure

Discussion in 'Paint & Body' started by johnpsz, May 11, 2018.

What would you choose to do? (choose all that apply)

This poll will close on May 11, 2019 at 10:40 AM.
  1. Stock bumper, possibly fitted better, no added structure

    0 vote(s)
  2. Fiberglass bumper, tightly fitted to the rear, with added structure

    0 vote(s)
  3. Fiberglass bumper, with no added structure

    2 vote(s)
  4. No matter what, it's not overkill, just add the extra structure

    0 vote(s)
  5. The added convertible pieces are pointless and you can fix it again if there is an accident

    1 vote(s)
  6. if you are overbuilding for safety, forget the convertible parts, weld in tube steel reinforcements

    1 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. johnpsz

    johnpsz Member

    I am thinking of making a subtle change to my build, going with a fiberglass rear bumper instead of the stock bumper. Since I need to replace the rear trunk support brace anyhow, I was wondering if I should replace it with the extra reinforcement pieces normally for the Convertible. The cost is negligible, only another $60ish worth of parts/brackets, and I will have a lot of work back there anyhow. I know the added structure means nothing for actually mounting the fiberglass bumper, but I was thinking in regards to extra structure in case of an accident or something. Any thoughts from you guys? Is this a good idea or pointless over building?
  2. Horseplay

    Horseplay I Don't Care. Do you?

    The only structural changes I think are required would be to stiffen the chassis to make it better suited to performance driving. Beefing up the rear for added collision "protection" seems a waste of time and money.
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  3. tarafied1

    tarafied1 Well-Known Member

    I'm with Terry on this one. I've seen pics of wrecked verts and they crumple up just like the coupe. If you are worried about safety, I'd get tank armor or a fuel cell. If you get rear-ended it will sustain damage no matter what. And if you were to somehow create an indestructible rear structure, the whiplash you get will be more of an issue. That's my .02 since you asked.
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