Clive Aintree wrote:I have replaced the in-bumper rear fog lights with proprietary stainless-steel items and am currently working on something similar for the front side/indicators.
The advice above about reflectors is correct. I'm certain a car has to have reflectors fitted on the rear to be legal to use on UK roads. They should be checked as part of the Mot test. I'd also worry about whether an insurer would quibble about liability if these were not fitted to a car involved in a night time accident.
I like the idea of these all metal bumpers as an alternative to keeping the original ones on my Jag which people round here would just end up damaging. Those side pieces can be broken so easily they're almost unfit for purpose and when an XJ40 has tatty bumpers they really let the car down. People hitting other cars is such a big problem round here, I've stopped using my Jag for local trips. The bumpers on these cars are really easy to remove, so you could keep the originals and get a set of stainless ones changing them depending on what duties the car has ahead of it.
I don't know why manufacturers make bumpers that can be damaged after a small impact. When I go to the supermarket, I use my other car because it's got large steel bumpers and a hitch fitted at a much higher level than most cars so it doesn't get damaged. However, it still annoys me when I see a car parked 2 inches away from my bumper, or someone tells me they saw it get hit. Once I even had an old man tell me there was no contest between his car and mine. He then proceeded to demonstrate how flexible his painted bumper was by deforming it excessively with his hand. He then wanted to strike up a conversation with me about my car and his previous cars! A woman who hit my car (while someone was in it) obviously had no concerns whatsoever about bumping into another car, and obviously couldn't care less that she'd just damaged her reasonably new Audi.