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B210 Bumpers

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Category: Datsun B210

North American B210s have "park bench" safety bumpers capable of 5 mph collision without damage. Other countries use a stylish chrome small bumper.


Worldwide Style


H5000 -7701
H7400 7702-
H5800 L16
with upper overrider bar
H7510 A14T twin carb
H7512 *A14T.GX 7702-
overriders 7702-, except DX

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PB210/GB211.early (no overrider)

GB211.from_7702 H58 (with overrider)

H50 Front bumpers stays -- All years A12/A14 JAPAN (H58 is for L14/L16)


Some countries used a narrow license plate cutout (e.g. Japan) and other countries used wide plate cutout (e.g. Australia)

Wide Plate

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Cutout for rear light
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World Bumper doesn't quite cover holes on North America rear body

Narrow Plate

Malaysia | Japan
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North America

USA and Canada market. For 1974, USA models got large safety bumpers to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards regulation 215(b). The mandate that created the "park-bench" bumpers were not about safety, but part of the Cost Saving Act. The idea was to reduce the cost of repair of minor accidents (below 5 mph) and so benefit the consumer. For more details, see FMVSS 215.

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  • 1974 non-chrome, no rubber overriders, black sight shield
  • 1975 different color, rubber overriders, black sight shield
  • 1976 chrome beam with rubber ends, rubber overriders, Coupe has body color-keyed rear sight shield.
  • 1977-1978. The external appearance of the bumpers has been improved

1974 - no overriders

1975 - non-chrome with overriders (grille is 1978)
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1976 - Chrome beam with many bolts (grille is 1977)

1977 - Chrome beam bumper with fewer bolts

Front sight-shield
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1976 Sedan Rear

Rear panel

A rear panel is used in USA instead of a beaver panel.

  • 1974-1975: body color-keyed
  • 1976-1978 Sedan: body color-keyed
  • 1976-1978 Coupe: black

Retrofitting Worldwide Bumpers

You will need make up new custom brackets to mount the bumpers.

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SEDAN REAR: When fitting the smaller bumpers there's two holes, from where the 5mph bumper shocks/brackets mount. And the new bumper covers the top half of them. So a new beaver panel is not really needed.

USA: large holes. Worldwide: small holes
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COUPE REAR: A new beaver plate should be fabricated.

Fabricate a mesh panel:

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NOTE: 1200 bumpers don't quite fit the B210. They need to be bent a little bit, and are narrower.

Barracuda sells B210 bumper in steel about $300

The wide-cutout bumper has just happens to line up perfectly the with lower valence on a North America B210, but the JDM bumper has a smaller plate cut-out, about the size of a US license plate. the JDM bumper makes for a cleaner install, but the wide-cutout bumper may be cheaper and easier to obtain out of Australia.

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