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    Thread: B5.5 front end conversion

    1. Member riceslayer's Avatar
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      05-21-2013 09:50 AM #1
      I'm looking into getting my first passat which is an 98 wagon. My question is, is it possible to do the b5.5 front end on these?

      I apologize if this is a redundant question, I'm trying to learn the world of passats
      Also I did search and found very little helpful info.
      Last edited by riceslayer; 05-21-2013 at 10:11 AM.
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      these pics make me wanna punch baby monkeys

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      05-21-2013 01:12 PM #2
      Yes it has been done before, but I only know of one. I can't find any pictures of it but I believe the owner called it a b5.25. I do not know what all it consists of but im sure its a matter of brackets and mounting points.
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      05-21-2013 02:57 PM #3
      You have to swap the front bumper, upper and lower grilles, headlights, fenders, hood, and radiator support. A few brackets and such, and modify some wiring. I think you may have to do something with the hood latch, too. Also, when you're done, the rub strip on the front bumper won't match the rest of the car. It's been done more than once.

      Personally, I like the older B5 front end; looks trimmer and sleeker. The integral fog lights on the B5 work better than the separate B5.5 ones. But to each his own.

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      05-22-2013 01:54 AM #4
      I also think you should stick with the b5 front end and refresh it with some headlight lens correction etc. I like the b5 look a lot, at least as much as the b5.5, maybe a tad more. Very sleek.

      It's a pain in the ass you switch all that stuff. It's not as easy as some cars, say a honda accord, where all you had to do was change front bumpers and maybe a bumper support.
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    5. 05-25-2013 09:13 AM #5
      Its been done.

      B5 to B5.5 with W8 headlights, Rieger lip and smoothed and painted euro rubstrips. Pics show unpainted still.



      Last edited by 59eurobug; 05-25-2013 at 09:15 AM.

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      05-25-2013 11:30 AM #6
      Why not just buy a B5.5?
      "My timing belt is like all shredded on the edges...is that normal?"

    7. 05-25-2013 08:20 PM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by IanInOhio View Post
      Why not just buy a B5.5?
      Black on black manual. Couldn't find a b5.5 with the same options close enough. after all i spent I'm still under ab5.5 price.

    8. 05-25-2013 08:48 PM #8
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      05-25-2013 09:36 PM #9
      "My timing belt is like all shredded on the edges...is that normal?"

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      05-26-2013 12:17 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by 59eurobug View Post
      Its been done.

      B5 to B5.5 with W8 headlights, Rieger lip and smoothed and painted euro rubstrips. Pics show unpainted still.



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      05-26-2013 09:31 AM #11
      I like the B5 front end better. Personal opinion and bias.
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      05-27-2013 01:28 PM #12
      I appreciate the replies! I've just been a little torn between the front ends but have always liked the b5.5 better. I've done a bit more research on the passat world forum and they do call it a b5.25. I may just be on the fence because I haven't seen as many well done b5 front ends (as I'm new to passats) but if I could see some examples you all may convince me to stay b5.

      I'm looking to do something badgeless with some sort of simple valance like the Reiger one above. I've been searching and learning a lot so I feel that I'm on the right track here. Feel free to post some front end shots!
      Quote Originally Posted by 90dub View Post
      these pics make me wanna punch baby monkeys

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      12-18-2013 12:56 PM #13
      Thought this was an appropriate thread to bump...i have a b5 wagon and need a new rear bumper..
      .theres a b5.5 rear available...will they swap simply?

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