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Bumpers for Volkswagen GTI

The Volkswagen GTI is a small car first introduced in 1976. It is a high-performance hatchback derivative of the Volkswagen Golf. If you need to replace or upgrade the front or rear bumpers in your Volkswagen Golf GTI, you can find a wide selection to choose from.

How strong of an impact do GTI bumpers protect against?

The front and rear bumpers are designed to protect the car from damage caused by collisions up to about 5 miles per hour. They absorb the brunt of the impact so it doesn't affect the rest of the Volkswagen GTI. The headlights, taillights, exhaust, hood, and cooling system are particularly prone to damage from collisions. It is always a good idea to invest in a high-quality Volkswagen GTI bumper if your old one is damaged. Some of the factors you should consider in your purchasing decision include the energy absorption, stability, and overall shape of the new bumper.

What kinds of materials are GTI bumpers made from?

Many of the important characteristics of a bumper are determined by the quality of the materials used. Most bumpers today are made with a thermoplastic material reinforced by a steel or aluminum bar. In decades past, they were made with chrome-plated steel. The outer shell of the bumper may incorporate different types of thermoplastics such as polycarbonates, polyesters, polypropylene, and polyurethanes. The plastic material is good at dissipating energy away from the structure of the vehicle. And because it is molded at high temperatures, the thermoplastic also allows manufacturers to shape the bumper to match the aesthetic quality of the vehicle.

Some premium bumpers are made with a combination of plastic and fiberglass, resins, and other high-quality materials for extra strength and structural rigidity. If you feel your Volkswagen GTI bumper doesn't protect your vehicle well enough, there are many premium aftermarket bumpers you can choose from, as well.

What should you consider when looking for a GTI bumper?

Compatibility is a vital factor to consider in your purchasing decision. Most bumpers are only designed to fit on certain vehicles. Before you make your purchase, you should check first that the new bumper is compatible with the model year of your Volkswagen Golf GTI. If you are unsure about what kind of bumper is compatible with your car, follow the recommendations of your original equipment manufacturer. Replacement parts that match or exceed the standards of the original manufacturer should ensure that they can be fully relied upon to protect your Volkswagen GTI from damage.