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Old 08-11-2014, 07:21 PM
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JDM Mazdaspeed Front bumpers.

Ive been on the hunt for a MS front bumper, Ive resorted to Yahoo Japan Auctions as I was able to obtain my side skirts from there.

My question is why do all/most the JDM MS bumpers that are up for auction have the front center piece missing and some times the oil cooler ducts are also not present.

A MS front in the US:

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J6-4 H15 SE3P RX-8 ??????? ???? ???? /?Buyee? ????????????????????????????????

SE3P?RX-8??????????????????[4EG1] /?Buyee? ????????????????????????????????

As you can see the "JDM" MS Fronts are missing the items circled in yellow. Some of the JDM bumpers have one duct and one block off plate... others are missing everything entirely.

Are these well made fakes or what? Any insight or explanations will be appreciated.
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Old 08-11-2014, 10:50 PM
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The JDM bumpers don't always have the black piece, one of our SARX members owns an RX-8 in Japan and has a full dealer installed MS kit and it does not have the black piece. But on the USDM kits they do.
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I have also seen Euro market cars with authentic kits that do not have the black piece, I assume they get the JDM parts.
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Alright thanks 9k, damn this is probably one of the few times where having the JDM vs USDM part sucks.

IMO the black center piece is a great final touch, and I imagine it blocks the crash bar from view as well. As to WHY the JDM models choose to go without the center piece is beyond me.

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They have different crash standards in Japan so they use a smaller front bumper crash beam. Since the JDM car has a smaller beam it doesn't need the finish piece to hide it. The finish piece on the USDM bumper covers the larger beam.

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I never thought about the crash bar, good info.
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Stubbs is correct, the bar on JDM RX8 is in fact smaller, and unlike the USDM (actually, ALL LHD) version, the back of the JDM impact beam (crash bar) is actually hollow, on the USDM bersion it's more like a "rectangle" shape.

I have my JDM rx8 bar out a while ago, maybe when I go to the car next week I will snap a pic of it, u will notice the difference right away. and I'm gonna get myself a USDM bar for this reason, no matter how much I love the 8, I rather let my 8 to take all the impact than my body
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