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Old 11-06-2019, 03:41 PM   #1
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Default 1998 SL1 rear bumper skin compatibility with other models?

Hey guys,

Yesterday I was rear-ended. Not a big deal, their fault, and I may take a payout.

But was thinkin' of replacing the stock ugly grey unpainted rear bumper skin of my '98 SL1 with the painted version from the later years. Looking at jy parts.

Anyone know what years work with my car? I know the front bumpers are diff for coupes, SL,s etc. but how about the back? So will say a 1999 SC2 rear skin fit my SL1? Thanks in advance...

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Old 11-06-2019, 03:54 PM   #2
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Default Re: 1998 SL1 rear bumper skin compatibility with other models?

96-99 sedan bumper only as I understand it. Coupes are definitely not compatible. I don't think wagons would be either.

You're looking for 96-99 SL2 bumper.

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Old 11-07-2019, 12:56 PM   #3
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Default Re: 1998 SL1 rear bumper skin compatibility with other models?

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96-99 sedan bumper only as I understand it. Coupes are definitely not compatible. I don't think wagons would be either.

You're looking for 96-99 SL2 bumper.
Awesome Trottida, thanks your input. I'd guess that the '99 bumper skin was the one that they colored body color not bare grey plastic, right?

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Old 11-07-2019, 01:06 PM   #4
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Default Re: 1998 SL1 rear bumper skin compatibility with other models?

'91-'99 only the SC/SC1/SC2/SL2/SW2 got body color bumpers. '00-'02 they all got body color bumpers.
Same with the door handles, though I don't think 1st gen SC1's got body color door handles like they did bumpers.

For a '98 you need a '96-'99 sedan (pretty sure wagons are too different to work while there's no chance a coupe will fit without major work).

Most body parts from a Wagon work on Sedans and vice-versa, they only changed behind the rear doors and the roof for a given generation.

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Old 11-07-2019, 05:59 PM   #5
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'91-'99 only the SC/SC1/SC2/SL2/SW2 got body color bumpers. '00-'02 they all got body color bumpers.
Same with the door handles, though I don't think 1st gen SC1's got body color door handles like they did bumpers.

For a '98 you need a '96-'99 sedan (pretty sure wagons are too different to work while there's no chance a coupe will fit without major work).

Most body parts from a Wagon work on Sedans and vice-versa, they only changed behind the rear doors and the roof for a given generation.
Ok so an SL2, '96-'99, if it's got a body-color rear bumper cover it'll fit? Sounds like the simplest thing for me will be to make do with another grey plastic one

Yup, I had a '91 manual SC2 with pop-up lights, and all bumpers and door handles were painted body color. That was a fun handling car with a revvy little motor. Miss that one compared to this SL1, boy, way different motor, everything, leather seats, sr, pw, pdl, better gear ratios...!

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Old 11-08-2019, 01:22 AM   #6
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'91-'99 only the SC/SC1/SC2/SL2/SW2 got body color bumpers. '00-'02 they all got body color bumpers.
Same with the door handles, though I don't think 1st gen SC1's got body color door handles like they did bumpers.

For a '98 you need a '96-'99 sedan (pretty sure wagons are too different to work while there's no chance a coupe will fit without major work).

Most body parts from a Wagon work on Sedans and vice-versa, they only changed behind the rear doors and the roof for a given generation.
The 2000 base SL (not 1 or 2) also had a grey bumper. I'm not sure if the base SL was dropped in 2001, but they where all painted by then

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Old 11-08-2019, 12:33 PM   #7
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Ok so an SL2, '96-'99, if it's got a body-color rear bumper cover it'll fit? Sounds like the simplest thing for me will be to make do with another grey plastic one
Yes, any bumper cover from a 1996-1999 sedan (SL, SL1, SL2) will fit your SL1.

Not sure why it would be simpler to make do with another gray plastic one other than it is easier to find than a color match. But sites like car-part.com make finding colors a bit easier.

If you find a car that matches colors at the JY, you can also take the front bumper cover (96-99 sedan or station wagon), too.

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