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73 to 70 challenger rear bumper swap

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  1. 1973challenger

    1973challenger Member

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    Alright, I've sifted through the forums here and wanted to get a general consensus from the group. I'm looking at purchasing a new rear bumper for my 73 challenger. I'm not running the bumper guards currently and have no plans to.

    From what I have read, it looks like I have a couple options in order to get away from having slots for the bumper guard 73 factory bumper.
    1. Fill/weld slots & re-chrome on 73 bumper.

    2. Purchase 70 bumper brackets + 70 bumper.

    Does this sound about right?
     
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  2. challenger6pak

    challenger6pak Well-Known Member

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    Sounds right. If you go to the 70 style bumper, you need to remove the tag extension on the rear valance. If you move the bumper without removing the extension the tag light will shine on the back of the tag. Where I live you will get stopped. It may be different in your area.
     
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  3. Adam

    Adam Well-Known Member

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    Or fill/weld slots and paint them body color to look like the rare rubber bumpers.
     
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    As far as I know all the bumpers are the same, the difference is the lack off slots for a 70,. I am sure you can bolt on a 70 bumper to your 73 by using your 73 brackets and not having to cut out the tag "extension"
     
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  5. challenger6pak

    challenger6pak Well-Known Member

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    Rear bumpers are different because of the brackets. You can't even switch a 73 and 74 rear bumper without adding holes etc.
     
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    I'm doing 70 bumpers on my 73. I Bought 70 brackets to bring the bumpers in closer to the quarters & fenders. Much cleaner appearance too.
    I'm also using the '70 tail panel and '70 front grille & lites for the full 70 look with a T/A hood, too.
     
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  7. 1973challenger

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    Here are the before and after pictures

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