I wanted to write about the difference in quality with the 3 major types of bumper available on the market for your VW Beetle. Luckily, John Henry has already done this! His wealth of knowledge on the subject deserves a shining light. I could not agree more with his very last comment:
“If you ever find an old warehouse with a stack or two of German bumpers, guarded by an old 80-year old former VW mechanic who is willing to talk for cash… drop me an e-mail…”
I did want to point out what Wolfsburg West had to say about the bumpers they produce. You can read the full interview I did with them here. Great guys!
Tell me a little about the Wolfsburg West bumpers. How close are they to the original German units?
“This is one of our hallmark items, and one that we are very proud of. Firstly, our bumpers are pressed to the same shape and contour as the original. If you notice other aftermarket bumpers, you will find black plastic wedges placed between the bumper blade and tube. Our bumpers are made as the original German version, in that the tube mates the blade flush. Secondly, our bumpers are plated in the U.S.A. using a 5x plating regimen: 3x layers of nickel, one layer of copper and one layer of chrome. This enhances durability, and makes the chrome shine better than original.”
In summary. When you’re buying parts for your vintage VW Beetle, make sure to do your homework and get quality items. If not, you’re going to be replacing them. Trust me, I learned the hard way when I began work on my ’67.
Photo credit: Wolfsburg West