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Join Date: Feb 2006
Re: GTV - advice on replacement for rotted bumper posts?
Hi - I would be concerned about over engineering the tubular section of the bumper support. Take it to the extreme, and replace it with a solid bar of steel. In the event of an accident the full force of the impact will be transferred into the structure of the car, rather than partially crumpling.
I'd much prefer that the bumper support assist with absorbing some of the impact, than put more energy into the main structure of the car.
My recommendation - replace like for like. I'd hope Alfa designed the component to contribute as part of the overall crash protection. If there are concerns with corrosion, spend some extra on good paint, or galvanise.