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    SC2 Gen3 -- Correcting Bumper Droop

    I've been shopping for a 01-02 SC2, and finally got a great deal on a cosmetically very nice one.

    What I have been seeing is that every single one I've looked at, the front bumper droops.

    Is there a known way to correct this?

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    Like the lower lip? They are like that, part of GMs early 2000's catfish design mantra. See: Camaro of that time.
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    Here is what I mean by "bumper droop"

    SIX_7A7A98E9-99E0-4B05-8B2D-032DC11D1541.jpg


    You can see that the gap between the body panels increases as it approaches the front of the car.
    I roughly measured each side and there is a noticeable difference between them.


    If you look at the stock photos of new cars, you can see that the gap is consistent front to back.
    https://www.autoblog.com/buy/2001-Saturn-SC2/

    I would like to restore that consistent gap to mine and then keep it that way.

    I think it must be fasteners wearing out, or the holes in the body panels wearing into bigger holes. I haven't taken the bumper off to examine yet, as I am hoping someone already knows the answer.

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    Oh, that's likely because the slotted bumper cover bracket isn't seated correctly on the 2 locating bolts there. It's just held on by a few nuts, pushpins and screws along the front radiator support, wheel wells, and along the front.
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    You can kinda see the two bolts hanging out of the bracket along the bottom of front fender in this pic. It's a SL, but they are designed the same.
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    If you live in an area prone to rust, it might have something to do with the fender supports rusting away to oblivion. Its part number 2 in this diagram which ties in the lower fender to the bumper and provides support. They completely rust and break away; especially on the passenger side. Here are photos of the left one for a sedan. The coupe has a similar part shaped accordingly.

    Edit: Not applicable in this case; I see the OP is from SoCal, SF.


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