Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog Tech Info Tech Forums
 
Follow Pelican Parts on Facebook Follow Pelican Parts on Twitter Follow Pelican Parts on Instagram Follow Pelican Parts on YouTube Follow Pelican Parts on Pinterest Follow Pelican Parts on Tumblr
  Search our site:    
View Recent Cars  |   Cart  | Project List | Order Status | Help    
 >  >
Rear Bumper Replacement
 
Bookmark and Share

Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Bumper Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$100

Talent:

**

Tools:

Plastic prying tool, plastic rivet tool, socket set (8mm, 10mm, T45 Torx)

Applicable Models:

BMW Z3 (1996-02)

Parts Required:

Bumper cover

Hot Tip:

Have a friend nearby to help lifting bumper on and off.

Performance Gain:

Store bumper in safe place once removed

Complementary Modification:

Install aftermarket bumper cover

The rear bumper is quick and easy to remove. Remove a few fasteners and plastic rivets, and you can slide it off. The mounting brackets that bolt to the body can break from impact or improper installation. If this is your issue, you will have to replace the nuts that hold the brackets on and maybe the bracket. A lot of time I have seen just the plastic nuts fail, saving the brackets. 

In this article, I will go over removing the rear bumper. Have a friend over to help slide the bumper on and off more easily. Have plastic rivets on hand before beginning the procedure. They tend to break when removing. If you are removing only the bumper and not separating the cover from the bumper support, you will need two plastic rivets. If you plan to replace the cover, you will need 16 plastic rivets.

Avoid marring the trim. Work with a plastic prying tool or wrap a screwdriver tip with masking tape before prying out trim panels, switches or electrical accessories.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches. 

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Do not work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability. 

Vehicle models change and evolve, as they grow older, so the vehicle shown in our illustrations may vary slightly from yours. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Working at the lower left corner of the bumper cover, remove the 8mm wheel well liner fastener (green arrow).
Figure 1

Working at the lower left corner of the bumper cover, remove the 8mm wheel well liner fastener (green arrow).

Working at the lower right corner of the bumper cover, remove the 8mm wheel well liner fastener (green arrow).
Figure 2

Working at the lower right corner of the bumper cover, remove the 8mm wheel well liner fastener (green arrow).

Using a plastic prying tool, lever the wheel well liner away and detach it from the bumper cover.
Figure 3

Using a plastic prying tool, lever the wheel well liner away and detach it from the bumper cover. Peel back wheel well liner and hold it out of your way. This photo shows the left side, repeat the same steps for the right side.

Working inside rear wheel well at fender and bumper connection, remove the plastic rivet using a trim panel or rivet tool (green arrow).
Figure 4

Working inside rear wheel well at fender and bumper connection, remove the plastic rivet using a trim panel or rivet tool (green arrow). It can be a tight fit, if you are having trouble accessing it, removing the wheel well liner. I usually leave the liner in place and sneak the rivet out. This photo shows the left side, repeat the same steps for the right side.

Working at the left side bottom of rear bumper, remove the T45 bumper cover Torx fastener (green arrow).
Figure 5

Working at the left side bottom of rear bumper, remove the T45 bumper cover Torx fastener (green arrow).

Working at the right side bottom of rear bumper, remove the T45 bumper cover Torx fastener (green arrow).
Figure 6

Working at the right side bottom of rear bumper, remove the T45 bumper cover Torx fastener (green arrow). Here is another case of a tight fit. I can get this fastener out no problem using a long extension and a T45 bit. However the spare tire does interfere a bit. If you are having trouble, drop the spare down and get it out of your way.

Now it is time ti slide the bumper cover off the vehicle.
Figure 7

Now it is time ti slide the bumper cover off the vehicle. This can be done without removing the tail light, however it can be tricky. If you are having a hard time, remove the tail lights as doing so will allow you more clearance. Grab corner of bumper cover and unclip from mounting bracket. Lift up and pull away from body to disconnect. The bumper cover is fragile and the hooks for the clips can tear if not properly disengaged. Be careful not to scratch vehicle paint. You can use masking tape to protect paint in area in which you have to lever clip. Left side shown, repeat step for right side. Once unclipped, slide bumper cover off enough to access wiring behind it.

Remove license plate light bulbs from bumper cover (green arrows).
Figure 8

Remove license plate light bulbs from bumper cover (green arrows). Twist socket 90° to remove. Then with help from a friend, slide bumper off vehicle. When installing bumper, slide bumper slots onto bumper mounting bracket on body. Once bumper corners are installed correctly, install bumper fasteners and check alignment with body. Install fasteners and tighten. See step below for removing bumper cover from bumper support.

If you need to replace the bumper cover and separate it from the bumper support, use a trim panel tool to lever out the plastic rivets, there are 14 in total.
Figure 9

If you need to replace the bumper cover and separate it from the bumper support, use a trim panel tool to lever out the plastic rivets, there are 14 in total. Once out, separate the cover from the bumper support. Install new bumper cover with new plastic rivets and reinstall bumper.

Bookmark and Share

  Search our site:    

View Cart & CheckOut | Project List | Order Status |  Help    

 

[Home] [Customer Service] [Shopping Cart] [Privacy Statement]
 [Contact Us] [About Us] [Shipping] [Map to our Location] [Careers]

Copyright © Pelican Parts Inc.

Page last updated: Mon 12/5/2016 02:07:39 AM