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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Rowan, Oct 19, 2011.

  1. Rowan

    Rowan Copenworld Newbie

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    Hi All!

    I just bought a 2003 Copen on Sunday. Was a complete impulse buy as I was shopping for a Mini. Completely love it and am really happy with my gut feeling so far! Mini's are boring in comparison!

    I am looking to chrome it up a little, firstly with small replacement parts, then if monies permit some larger changes - such as a chrome front and back bumper. I have seen pictures of this Aston Martin style Copen (I would not go extreme copy as the below picture) but would love to add shiney metal parts and wire spoke wheels. If anyone has any ideas as to where I can source these parts (especially the bumpers) then I'd be very grateful!)

    http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/9130/231fu5.jpg
     
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  2. Adam K

    Adam K Copenworld Guru

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    Hi Rowan, Welcome to Copenworld & congratulations on your purchase.

    The Chrome parts you refer to are from a Japanese company called Kumoi Motors. The parts are very expensive.

    http://www.km-copen.com/

    There is a company in Germany that does chrome parts.

    http://shop.chromdesign.de/index.php?cat=c283_Daihatsu--Copen-283-daihatsu--copen.html

    On the front & rear of the new Fiat 500 there are some chrome parts on the front & rear bumpers. I have read on (I think) the German Copen club that these can be fitted to the Copen.

    Also chrome bumper parts from the original VW beetle can also be retro fitted with a bit of work. Again I think I read this on the German Copen Club.

    http://www.micro-roadster.de/
     
  3. scooty

    scooty Copenworld Regular

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    1 x Daihatsu Trevis
    Hi Rowan,

    the bumpers are from Kumoi Motors.

    Anyhow you will have to buy parts you mentioned directly from Japan.

    Here (click me) I listed some companies you could contact.

    Andreas
     
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  4. scooty

    scooty Copenworld Regular

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    1 x Daihatsu Trevis
    Here's the direct link (you have to register to see all the pics):
    http://www.micro-roadster.de/wbb2/thread.php?threadid=2766

    This time more information in the french forum:
    http://www.copenclub.net/viewtopic.php?t=937

    Another alternative: someone in Japan fitted bumpers from the old Mini Cooper:
    http://www.micro-roadster.de/wbb2/thread.php?postid=27987#post27987
    http://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/144590018

    (Thanks Donnie Darko for the find).

    So, your choice now.
    ;)

    Andreas
     
  5. Rowan

    Rowan Copenworld Newbie

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    Thank you all for the quick reply!

    I have sent for a quote on the bumpers from KM Motors and will keep you posted.

    I am looking into alternatives because the KM one is made from Carbon Fibre and I'm expecting somthing really expensive. I didnt like the mini version and after 2 days of research I have settled to looking into the Morris Minor bumper blade (rear bumper looks more promising as a candidate that will fit). I've looked at the tech drawings of both the Copen and the Minor and they seem to be a pretty good fit (Minor is 5cm wider). The Minor has that same curve that the Copen has - its just a question if its the right curve....

    I will see if I find an old Minor Bumper blade and see if sits right. Let me know if I have missed something obvious with my research / or if someone has already looked into this to suggest it won't fit - otherwise I will keep you all posted.

    Thank you again.

    Rowan:)
     
  6. Rowan

    Rowan Copenworld Newbie

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    Also - Morris Minor parts are very easy to get hold of and are very cheap!
     
  7. Rowan

    Rowan Copenworld Newbie

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    Hi All,

    Here is my quote from Boom Enterprises for the bumpers, Aston Martin style:

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    You need to purchase Bumper Protector to install Bumper Guard.

    1. Front & Rear Bumper Protector: JPY173,000.
    You will need to low down your muffler with Hanging Rubber.
    Hanging Rubber / 3 pieces: JPY3,000.


    2. Grille and Trunk Guard / set of 4: JPY84,000.


    Local freight charge from Kumoi Motors to Boom is JPY3,000.
    Air freight charge to your address in UK will be approximately JPY48,100.

    Production time will be about 4 weeks after we receive the funds.
    As to payment, we only accept payment by a bank wire transfer in JAPANESE YEN or payment by PayPal.

    For PayPal payment, we will charge you additional 5% to total amount for handling charge.

    No credit cards are available.

    -----------------------------------------------------

    This comes out to be about £2,500 excluding any import Taxes.

    .....Ouch!
     
  8. Adam K

    Adam K Copenworld Guru

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    Nice!

    Not suprised though. You could probably get a set custom made by hand for half that.
     
  9. BevB

    BevB Copenworld Newbie

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    Fiesta
    Seduced by Copen!

    Am thinking of buying a 2007/8 1.3L Copen. How difficult to get them serviced? Are they warm in the winter? Will my cocker spaniel fit on the passenger seat?

    I'm panicking a bit!

    It's not our main car but I will need to use it every day. Is it just tooooo small?

    I'm in Love with the Copen!

    Bev:p
     
  10. Rex

    Rex Copenworld Pioneer

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    Copen - small? No way! It's just compact. :p

    Lovely and warm - especially if you go for the leather seat option with the electric bum warmers ;)

    In my view 1.3 is the easiest to service.

    Life's too short to not have a Copen.... and I'm sure your spaniel will approve.

    Rex.
     
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