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BMW E39 Rear Bumper Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

BMW E39 Rear Bumper Replacement

Kerry Jonsson

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

Door panel clip removal tool, 10 & 13mm socket set

Applicable Models:

BMW E39 5-Series (1997-03)

Parts Required:

Fasteners, bumper shocks

Hot Tip:

Have someone nearby to help lifting bumper on and off.

Performance Gain:

Replace bumper shock for improved crashworthiness.

Complementary Modification:

Refinish bumper paint defects

Although the bumper seems like a big job to remove it is actually relatively easy. You can remove the bumper to replace components that have accident damage or simply to get it out of your way for bigger jobs. In this tech article we are going show the steps to remove the rear bumper. Since it is a big part you should probably have someone else around to help move the bumper around. If you find a water leak into your trunk, the source may be the bumper support rubber gaskets. You can use this tech article to remove and inspect them. Replace if they are dry rotted or cracked.

Here we are in the trunk on the right side.
Figure 1

Here we are in the trunk on the right side. Pull down the battery access cover to expose fasteners.

On the left side of the trunk pull down the CD Changer access cover to expose more fasteners.
Figure 2

On the left side of the trunk pull down the CD Changer access cover to expose more fasteners.

Remove the trunk sill cover.
Figure 3

Remove the trunk sill cover. This photograph is from inside the trunk, looking back towards the sill cover. In the next few steps we will show you what clips have to be removed to do this.

This photo illustrates the right side of the trunk by the tail light housing.
Figure 4

This photo illustrates the right side of the trunk by the tail light housing. Remove the plastic 10mm fastener (green arrow).

This photo illustrates the left side of the trunk by the tail light housing.
Figure 5

This photo illustrates the left side of the trunk by the tail light housing. Remove the plastic 10mm fastener (green arrow).

This photo illustrates the trunk sill cover again.
Figure 6

This photo illustrates the trunk sill cover again. Remove the 4 inserts (green arrows) by levering out the plastic clips. We will show you how to do this in the next step. Photo shows inserts already removed.

This photo illustrates the rear trunk sill cover.
Figure 7

This photo illustrates the rear trunk sill cover. Use a door panel clip removal tool to lever out the insert now that the center pin is pushed in.

Here we are in the left side of the trunk.
Figure 8

Here we are in the left side of the trunk. Remove the three panel clips (green arrows) that mount the left side CD Changer access cover with a door panel removal tool. Once you remove the clips get the access cover out of the way.

This photo illustrates the right side of the trunk.
Figure 9

This photo illustrates the right side of the trunk. Remove the three clips (green arrows) that mount the battery access cover to the body. Once you remove the clips get the access cover out of the way.

The trunk sill cover is loose now.
Figure 10

The trunk sill cover is loose now. Pull the trunk sill cover (green arrow) forward, toward the front of the car and then lift it up and out of your way.

We are now looking at the inside of the trunk on the right side.
Figure 11

We are now looking at the inside of the trunk on the right side. Remove three 13mm fasteners (green arrows) that hold on the bumper.

We are now looking at the inside of the trunk on the left side.
Figure 12

We are now looking at the inside of the trunk on the left side. Remove three 13mm fasteners (green arrows) that hold on the bumper.

Here we are looking at the back of the left side rear wheel well.
Figure 13

Here we are looking at the back of the left side rear wheel well. Remove the three plastic clips (green arrows) that mount the plastic wheel house cover to the bumper. The right side wheel well has the same three clips. Remove those clips as well.

This photo illustrates the left side of the bumper.
Figure 14

This photo illustrates the left side of the bumper. Move the bumper assembly (green arrow) back in the direction of the blue arrow away from the body (yellow arrow) of the car. You can pull is out a few inches and it will still stay up resting on the bumper shocks. Pull the bumper shocks out all the way to remove from the vehicle.

ThisPicture shows the bumper off the car and we are looking at the left side shock.
Figure 15

This picture shows the bumper off the car and we are looking at the left side shock. There are two rubber gaskets, one for each bumper shock. DonÂ't forget to make sure these are in good shape and in place before installing the bumper.

When installing the bumper make sure that the guide channels on each side of the bumper fit into their slide on the body of the car.
Figure 16

When installing the bumper make sure that the guide channels on each side of the bumper fit into their slide on the body of the car. This photo illustrates the right side of the bumper bellow the rear fender looking at the inside of the bumper. Pictured here is the guide channel (green arrow) on the bumper.

Here we are looking at the right side guide located behind the wheel well and below the fender.
Figure 17

Here we are looking at the right side guide located behind the wheel well and below the fender. The guide channel on the bumper fits into the slide green arrow) on the body off the car. This holds the outer portion of the bumper in place. Push the outside of the bumper in towards the middle of the car and at the same time slide the bumper forward until it is fully seated. Installation is the reverse of the removal steps.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Corb Comments: Rear bumper removal: I did it! Swapped a broken 540i bumper for a replacement that I had. Thank you for the DIY.
June 17, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the additional info and feedback. We appreciate it.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Dylan Comments: Thanks for this clearly instruction, it makes my job done so easily.
April 21, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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