Bumper Gap TSB from Ford

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  1. GT350/BT55

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    Thanks for the post. I have not seen the TSB yet. I've heard about new tabs, but not the bulletin.
     
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    There’s no way I’m doing that TSB!...
     
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    LOL would it come out worse?
     
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    He is referring to having the dealer do the work. I am also not doing it.
     
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    Even though you can see some of the tab on my Shelby my dealership service department said as many things involved with the TSB they wouldn't touch it or have there body shop they use do mine either. Your talking drilling, screws, rivet cutting with scissors trimming some of tab off etc. You would have thought Ford would have came up with a simple fix of complete different style brackets that would pull it up snug. My understanding on other forums the new brackets in the fix it kit are basically same as ones already on car.
     
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    If you take the bumper cover off the car, you will see the problem isn’t the brackets but merely how they’re attached to the car.

    This is reinforced by the concept that 95% mustangs leave the factor with decent panel gaps that deteriorate over time.

    The hardware simply comes a loose. Some people have even stated that they did not have all screws in the brackets, which means quality was not “Job 1” at the factory.

    The screws in my brackets were loose and not even finger tight. Since, I’ve added a lock washer under the screws at pivotal points (at least three to each side) and we shall see if they can help resist the NVH and prevent the screws from backing out.

    I’d much rather take this chance than the one in the TSB... that’s garbage.
     
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    IMO the problem is the shape of the panel, not the attachment method. The sides of the bumper cover interfere with the body of the car, which prevents the bumper cover from coming up completely flush in the back.
     
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    Just left my local dealer's body shop for another issue (broken emblem). I know a few guys in the body shop. He showed me a new car he just completed this TSB. I Must say it actually looked perfect. I know a lot of guys don't want the dealer doing anything to their car's but in my case they have always done good work. I might have this done.
     
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    Even my service writer was skeptical of it's effectiveness. I'm going to wait until the last minute before I do this TSB. I don't want to do permanent modifications to the bumper and later on find out it still doesn't fix the problem.
     
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    My dealer ordered the kit for me...they will farm out the work to a local body shop (provided they will accept the compensation, 1.7 hrs if I recall)...I’ve noticed the gap increase just over this winter. I can’t see it improving!
     
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    My service manager advised against it... said cutting tabs drilling holes in the car was a shady fix.

    I’m happy with how my fix looks... gaps are better than new.
     
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    I am going to roll the dice on this one and will let you guys know how it turns out. Dealer is taking the car to the body shop they use this morning to follow the tsb using the ford kit.
     
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    I wasnt aware of this tsb so thanks for that
     
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    Anyone have pics of what they consider "bad" rear bumper gaps? Would like something visual to compare to and monitor as I put more miles on
     
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    You got it pal :)
     
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    I would rather wait to hear if my dealer has done one yet.
    Also, I noticed a piece of black cloth coming out the front bumper around where the black fang meets the body gap. Has anyone seen this?
    :cheers:
     
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    Just picked up my car after having the bumper gap TSB repair done. It is way better than I was expecting. The panels are in perfect alignment and the gap is now too small to even fit my fingernail in. First one the bodyshop my dealer uses has done so I was pretty nervous. The TSB says 1.7 hrs using 2 people at times. It actually took them 4 hours using 4 people for the last 2 hrs. I guess now I just gotta keep an eye on it and see if it lasts!!
     
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    these shots provided by [MENTION=22444]smsgt350[/MENTION] LOOK at that flush fit!! 31969758_1286951114772511_8621854166173614080_n.jpg 32104802_1286951124772510_8965001755108573184_n.jpg 32116665_1286951138105842_791913152437551104_n.jpg
     
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    Wow, that looks great.
     
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