Took my rear bumper right off

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Ouch. A large utility company truck parked next to me caught my rear bumper as he was pulling out of his parking spot. The driver did the right thing and reported it. However, he was on company property where he works with video monitors all over the place. I have no damage to the body, just the bumper and all the clips and retainers. This car is assembled like Lego block.

I have a Corvette collision shop in town and know that they do high quality work, so I have no concerns about the outcome. It's just the hassle of it all. I'm planning a road trip in March and hope to get the car back by that time.

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Yikes! Looks like it did a number on the car, but I'm glad it's all just cosmetic. You'd think it would be pretty quick to repair.

PS How you like those A/S 3+ tires on the Vette? ;)
 

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Everytime I see a damaged corvette it physically hurts me, I hope you get your car back before your road trip, I would give them 2 / 3 weeks max to fix the bumper and if they took more than that you should go check on them :)
 

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PS How you like those A/S 3+ tires on the Vette? ;)
The car is amazingly smooth out on the highway at any speed. I have no point of reference about the tires because they are the original tires. The car has only 8K miles and no other tires for comparison. However, given its great ride, I give these tires a thumbs up.
 

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Sorry to hear!
 

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Well it's a chance to get some slack in the cables for the ALP so we can finalize the placement :).

At least it's just the plastic bumper and no body damage!
 

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That is exactly what I was thinking. And while I'm at it, I'll install the rear remote RD.
They just saved you having to carefully remove the bumper :)
 

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They just saved you having to carefully remove the bumper :)
yeah for sure, if he was having any apprehension about removing the rear bumper for an install, now is definitely the time.
 

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Depending on parts (which would only take a day or 2), i cant see that repair taking more than a week. Thankfully he reported it!
 

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Last week I ordered a NetRadar front and rear system. Since the rear bumper is being replaced on my ride, I took advantage to install my rear remote radar detector. My mounting bracket is not the most glamorous. However, lacking a 3D printer my alternative does the job. The paint on the rear bumper is the same as the car’s and appears to be metallic; it may give my rear remote radar detector reduced performance. I’ll accept it since it is the rear detector.

I also pulled cable slack for my rear mounted laser jammers so I can figure out where best to place them.
I initially had the splitter inside the rear of the car. Now my splitter will reside inside the cavity just behind the bumper with plenty of slack to find the optimal placement of my two RX sensors.

After I get my car back from the body shop, I’ll finish the NetRadar installation.
 

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Very cool! With its bumper cover missing and from that angle, it looks a lot like something Batman would be driving :D

Do you have radar guns to test rear sensitivity? A relatively easy way to test is with two vehicles, where you park the detector car on a road and have a radar car moving toward it and see how it does. Comparison to open air would be nice, but if nothing else you’ll get to see how it looks. If you or testing buddies have access to a V1 or R7 or 360, you can turn off the NR setup and see how it compares.
 

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@dcova I’m O-town and I have my Stalker if you want to come pick it up to test.
 

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@dcova I’m O-town and I have my Stalker if you want to come pick it up to test.
Hello @Bocephus
Thanks for the offer. That is most kind. My car is still in the shop and may be another 10 days before I get it back. Parts were back-ordered. Then when I get it home I'll need to wire it and install the NetRadar module. So, it's going to be a while. I'll test it at out next meetup.

Thanks again. I appreciate it.
 

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Hello @Bocephus
Thanks for the offer. That is most kind. My car is still in the shop and may be another 10 days before I get it back. Parts were back-ordered. Then when I get it home I'll need to wire it and install the NetRadar module. So, it's going to be a while. I'll test it at out next meetup.

Thanks again. I appreciate it.
Be sure to remove your countermeasures in the rear if you have any . They have been known to disappear after Collision work
 

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I was not happy with my initial rear mounting of my remote radar detector. So, I went to the body shop today and replaced the mount. The new mount allowed the RD to set farther back by 0.5 inch. Attached is version 2.
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Hello Everybody

Repairs on my car are completed, and the new rear bumper is perfect. Now that I have my car back home, it is time to complete my new Net Radar installation. I am glad that I was able to install my rear Net Radar antenna while my car was in the body shop with the rear bumper off. The guys at the body shop were great to work with. This weekend I completed wiring the rear Net Radar antenna, and during the week I’ll pull the front bumper to install the front antenna. So far so good.

My car will soon be ready for the next South Florida meetup. My rear ALP sensors I placed farther outward on my new bumper, because I was getting PT last time it was tested. Now I have enough slack wire behind my license plate in case I need to reposition the sensors. Looking forward to the next meetup.

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Glad you got it all put back together.
That has to be a relief.
Looks a little better with the rear fascia on ! 🤪
 

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