If anybody out there told you that an LE500 bumper fits straight on to a TF, then they lie like a cheap watch.
The idea was to update the front of the TF with the more shapely LE bumper, and would be an easy fit, or so I thought.
While I like the TF front, the rectangular black bit always looked a bit out of place.
So I bought the LE500 bumper which has a bit more shape to it. You can see the difference here.
The good news is that the screws along the top of the slam panel are the same, and the fastenings to the wings are the same.
Unfortunately, the bad news is that the rest of the fittings are different
The adaptor that secures the fog light to the bumper has six screws (See above). They are different spacing on the LE500 bumper, although the foglight is probably the same unit.
Found out since that the fog lights do fit. The spacing on the bottom of the bracket is different to the top, so make sure that you have the foglamp the correct way up. Hey, it was dark.
The grill and air dam securing points are different. They need some "modifying" to fit.
But the biggest problem that I found is that the holes in the front of the bumper where the 2 splined bolts secure the bumper to the armature didn't line up.
On the old bumper, the holes lined up with the second hole up (you can see it has a nut welded on the back). The LE500 bumper holes line up with the very bottom hole, which has no nut.
So, off came the armature, opened up the bottom hole with a drill
Found suitable nuts
and out came the welder
then a coating of Hammerite to stop the old rust
and back on with the armature
The bumper now fits.
Got to admit, when I took it for spraying, I was tempted to go with the orange, but I resisted and went with the Royal Blue and an LE500 MG badge.
The finished article