I figured I'd post this up since I got the idea off this site. I recently had to replace the bumper on my wife's EX sedan, so after reading the multiple threads on this forum I decided to go with the Koup front bumper. I did a lot of reading and would like to give back some specific details about the swap. First, here are some pics:
This conversion was done on a 2011 Kia Forte EX Sedan. The parts came new from Kia, and were for a 2012 Koup. Here's what was needed:
Koup Front Bumper Cover: 86511 1M301
Lower Grill For Bumper: 86560 1M300
The splash guards underneath the car are the same for a sedan vs. a Koup, however the wheel well splash guards that attach at the corners of the bumper are slightly different. That's where the trimming takes place (very minor).
Here are a couple minor snags:
-Trimming of the splash guards mentioned above
- The center grille with the Kia logo does not match the screw holes in the bumper, so mine was left unsecured to the bumper. There's still a bunch of screws in it, so it's fine, but I'll probably get the Koup grille in the future.
- The bumper "cushion" (piece of styrofoam) was longer/wider on the sedan so it had to be trimmed.
-The clips for the bumper-to-fender connection are different on the Koup, so in order for it to attach correctly and sit flush with the fender, the Koup clips are needed. If you don't use them then you'll see that it doesn't line up perfectly (see pic below). I'm getting the Koup clips for it now.
Anyways, I hope this helps someone in the future.