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« on: February 13, 2005, 09:51:06 PM »

A guy named AtlantaDave sent methe following, perhaps it would be a good post for the "FAQ and How To" section.

I wondered if the only way to modify the rear bumper.

here it is:

QUOTE AtlantaDave:
Greg -

I went to Chad (of Enthuza) and he installed it for me at his house
since we both live in the Atlanta area.  I helped...alittle.

Anyway, he did not want to cut my lower rear bumper.  He gave me a
printed paper template and I used that to trace an outline of the opening
that I was going to cut out on the bumper on the driver's side.  I did
careful measurements to ensure that it was equidistant from the existing
exhaust opening on the right hand side.

I used a pencil to do the outline (the pencil lead showed up really
well on the black lower lip) and then used a very sharp utility knife to
do the cutout.  The black plastic is very easy to cut, but as you cut
higher into the bumper, it goes from 1 layer to 2 layers.  Also, we
encountered a spacer clip between the layers and ended up using a hammer and
screwdriver to knock it out and finished the cutting.

Once the opening was cut out, we removed the old muffler and then
mounted the new one.

The hardest and longest process of the installation was the cutout. 
Install of the muffler was a breeze and a perfect fit.

Here's the link to the muffler at Enthuza:
http://www.enthuzacar.com/img/m2duals.jpg

Also, on their new homepage, that's my MSM:
http://enthuza.com/

Be advised that it's no where near as 'growling' as I thought it'd be
due to the MSM's turbo.  Just a smidge louder than stock.  BUT...it's a
beautiful piece.

Hope all this helps.

AtlantaDave
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2005, 10:33:45 PM »

Hey AtlantaDave, could you post a pic of the cut you made in the bumper, a real nice tight shot. I see how the bumper molds around the pipe from the factory, and would like to compare the cut you did to it, maybe a nice side by side shot comparing  the two.

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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2005, 06:30:58 AM »

Another member (brentikus) did a bumper cut, and described his method in this thread:

http://mazda-speed.com/forum2/index.php?topic=369.0

mgb
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