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flashburn
02-03-2011, 01:55 PM
Ebay RS4 knock off (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/AIT-RS4-front-bumper-1996-2001-Audi-A4-B5-Body-Kit-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem519552413bQQitemZ35039 7546811QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccesso ries)

So I've written the seller who in broken English told me that the bumper cover does not include the core support/crash bar. Does anyone know how this thing would attach? I'm thinking I have to dissect my bumper to reuse the crash bar?

Yes, I'm aware you get what you pay for but my car was in a front end accident (not my fault) so I'm looking at my options. Trimming/bodywork doesn't scare me.

Vinchenzo51
02-03-2011, 02:14 PM
Yes, I'm aware you get what you pay for but my car was in a front end accident (not my fault) so I'm looking at my options. Trimming/bodywork doesn't scare me.

sounds like you answered your own questions and your prepared for the work thats going to be needed

flashburn
02-03-2011, 02:36 PM
Well I'm only speculating that I'll need to disassemble my present bumper. I'm hoping someone else may have braved this pass. I didn't find anything with "search"

John_JRP3
02-03-2011, 02:44 PM
front bumper isnt to bad. 2 bolts. i cant imagine the fender is to difficult.

MikeD7
02-03-2011, 02:57 PM
front bumper isnt to bad. 2 bolts. i cant imagine the fender is to difficult.

He is wondering how the aluminum attaches to the bumper cover.


It is riveted to the bumper cover. My friend did it in his S4 and I heard no complaints from him. I say go for it!

hercfe
02-03-2011, 03:11 PM
the issue isn't attaching the stock crash bar to the ebay bumper. the real issue is making the ebay bumper work correctly. they almost never fit correctly. you will spend more on bodywork to make it look just ok than you would on a factory rs4 bumper that is a bolt on replacement.

flashburn
02-04-2011, 08:13 AM
He is wondering how the aluminum attaches to the bumper cover.


It is riveted to the bumper cover. My friend did it in his S4 and I heard no complaints from him. I say go for it!

Yeah that is what I'm looking for. Is there a write up or photo of his process anywhere? I'm really hoping for an image of the inside of the bumper to see what sort of mounting points/tabs are available.


the issue isn't attaching the stock crash bar to the ebay bumper. the real issue is making the ebay bumper work correctly. they almost never fit correctly. you will spend more on bodywork to make it look just ok than you would on a factory rs4 bumper that is a bolt on replacement.

Are you speaking from experience? An RS4 bumper is in the neighborhood of 1200 bucks while this project would start at 250 - that is a lot of money to throw at bodywork!? If you've attempted working with this bumper I'll certainly heed the warning but if you are only assuming the quality is that bad then I may take the plunge and do a write up on it.

I'm not trying to be a jerk, but many people see eBay and write the product off completely and it is sometimes hard to discern if someone has had a bad experience with the product or if they are making assumptions because it is aftermarket.

yuriy
02-04-2011, 08:32 AM
An OEM rs4 bumper would need to be accompanied by rs4 fenders since they are wider. I have never bought a bumper off ebay, but i did buy a front lip (OEM knockoff as well) for a buddies honda fit, it actually fit perfectly. It was flexible just like that bumper you posted, but it was also very durable and its been 2 years of scrapes and grinds and not a single crack. Like i said i dont have any experience with full bumpers, but as long as youre willing to do some work to make it fit, id say go for it. Who knows, it might fit pretty good and requie minimal work.

Dan[FN]6262
02-04-2011, 08:35 AM
that chick in the video is HOTT

flashburn
02-04-2011, 11:13 AM
An OEM rs4 bumper would need to be accompanied by rs4 fenders since they are wider. I have never bought a bumper off ebay, but i did buy a front lip (OEM knockoff as well) for a buddies honda fit, it actually fit perfectly. It was flexible just like that bumper you posted, but it was also very durable and its been 2 years of scrapes and grinds and not a single crack. Like i said i dont have any experience with full bumpers, but as long as youre willing to do some work to make it fit, id say go for it. Who knows, it might fit pretty good and requie minimal work.

Well that may have to be good enough for me. It isn't like the bumper is terribly expensive if it doesn't work (and the insurance company is buying it anyhow). I'm willing to take a dive on it since you've seemed to like your "duraflex" lip situation.

Thanks for the help everyone. I'll post up how it goes, good or bad, when I get a chance to dive in to the project next week.

biketsai
02-04-2011, 11:15 AM
Have you looked at the Reiger alternative?

flashburn
02-04-2011, 11:43 AM
Have you looked at the Reiger alternative?

Yes, but you can't find them new anywhere anymore - unless they have come back into production?

SeekB00st
02-04-2011, 12:28 PM
I have that bumper mounted flushly with quater turn fast pins.

flashburn
02-04-2011, 01:01 PM
I have that bumper mounted flushly with quater turn fast pins.

Oh really?! Any pics, write ups or tips??

okar
02-05-2011, 12:18 AM
Looks good in the photo, but damn when you get the thing.... ?? I bought something similar on the forum almost 2 years ago,,, it was a floppy mess.. I ended up selling it for 100 bucks.. If you glue the thing correctly and securely, what is to say the rest of the thing wont be flopping around when you drive?
I was actually considering buying the side clips and mounting them (fiberglass epoxy??) anyway I gave up and got rid of it. bought a stock bumper instead and looked great after I painted it. Oh yeah , i forgot about mesh that you need to buy and epoxy to the openings. if you have the gumption and lots of time I say go for it. It is nice to start something with all the components needed though. Something you don't get when you buy some kind of knock off. I know what it is like to get excited about an idea, but sometimes it is worth saving up the extra dough and getting a quality product.

fred2ka4
02-05-2011, 07:17 AM
I bought my bumper off of eBay and although the finish was not the best as far as pitting, the fitment was good. I had the shop fiberglass some metal supports into the fenders to give it a more secure attachment point and to resist cracking. Also the fiberglass bumpers do not attach to the bumper support in any way other then just sitting on it. Here are some pictures of my eBay bumper and it has been on the car for about 2 years now.

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j91/fred2ka4/frontbumper005.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j91/fred2ka4/frontbumper003.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j91/fred2ka4/frontbumper006.jpg

http://i78.photobucket.com/albums/j91/fred2ka4/frontbumper008.jpg

biketsai
02-05-2011, 09:35 AM
Fred!! Where have you been sir?!

fred2ka4
02-05-2011, 12:40 PM
Im still here in NM and I still have the Audi, just havent been on the forums in a while. But I am still alive [:D]

onemoremile
02-05-2011, 08:33 PM
FRED!

fred2ka4
02-05-2011, 08:37 PM
Yes sir Mr. Mile!! [:D]

Polski
02-05-2011, 08:51 PM
The bumper holds on to the metal bar via tabs.
My bumper tore off completely when i was reversing, and all those tabs broke on the plastic side. (i.e. The metal bar stayed on the car, the bumper shell on the ground)
I simply replaced the snap in tabs with screws, holds perfectly. (Worst case scenario for you)

I luckily found a picture with those tabs to show you (red arrows point to them)
http://i53.tinypic.com/209rnh4.jpg

BlackLock_A4
02-06-2011, 01:17 AM
You pulled too far forward over a curb thingy? ^^?

Polski
02-06-2011, 11:31 AM
No, but it was the same principle.
My dad had put some wood platforms over my muddy driveway against my strong disagreement. (He thought i would get stuck in the mud lol)
So when I came home one night, I saw the platforms, but was too tired to remove them.
The next morning when I was backing out, exactly as I had predicted, one of the platforms caught the inner part of my bumper, and tore it off.

flashburn
02-07-2011, 07:23 AM
Wow great updates, thanks from everyone! I think it will be workable and I'm going to take the plunge. If it doesn't work out I can mash around my stocker.

Dan[FN]6262
02-07-2011, 08:57 AM
I have that bumper mounted flushly with quater turn fast pins.

could you PM where you got the pins? I'd appreciate it. Thanks

John_JRP3
02-07-2011, 09:02 AM
http://www.swracecars.com/store/Quarter-Turn-Fasteners-OSCAR_79.aspx

some their

A4Rob
02-07-2011, 02:58 PM
Fred!! Where have you been sir?!

My thoughts exactly! Good to have an old timer back in the forums!

keeganhartman
02-07-2011, 03:35 PM
My car came with an ebay rs4. It fit well but felt like junk and mounted poorly( I had some bolts through the lip on the fender). From the day I got it I wanted a stock one. I feel like the ebays are a hit or miss.

fred2ka4
02-07-2011, 04:56 PM
Thanks Rob, and as always your car is looking sweet.

Wait, did you just call me old?!? [:D] Are you still working at the same place?

ballinb5
04-24-2011, 02:14 PM
Wow great updates, thanks from everyone! I think it will be workable and I'm going to take the plunge. If it doesn't work out I can mash around my stocker.

I am guessing it hasn't quite worked out if you haven't updated it for over 2 months?

malanca
04-25-2011, 02:47 AM
Yes, but you can't find them new anywhere anymore - unless they have come back into production?

Might help if you look for 'Rieger' instead of 'Reiger'. They still make it...

http://shop.rieger-tuning.com//index.php?XTCsid=1414c22b634899f695e836bf913b7734&cwi_va=1&cwi_kfzherst=2&cwi_kfzmodell=13&cwi_kfzkarosse=7&cwi_kfzbaujahr=14&cwi_prodherst=87&cwi_artikelgruppe=101&cwi_spoilermerkmal=10&XTCsid=1414c22b634899f695e836bf913b7734&cwifiltergo.x=74&cwifiltergo.y=9

NorCal1.8T
04-25-2011, 09:36 AM
http://lltek.com/riegrtek_A4_B5.htm

http://lltek.com/A4_B5_RSR.htm

http://lltek.com/caract_A4_B5.htm