you looking to install custom bodywork on the rear of your BMW? Need to
replace the bumper mounts? Well In either case you will need to remove the
rear bumper. In this follow-up article to removing the front bumper, I will
go over the steps involved with removing the rear bumper. Removal is
relatively easy and should take no more than an hour with the right tools.
Keep in mind that this article applies to all E36 models with the
exception of the 318ti. That said, letís begin.
first step is to raise and secure the rear of the vehicle. Before you raise
the rear end, be sure to chock the front wheels to keep them from rolling
and causing a potential accident. Take it from me, you donít want a car
falling on you, I know how much it hurts. Be sure to use common sense and
quality jack stands. For those of you not familiar with jacking up the rear
of the E36, I highly recommend checking out Wayneís article on jacking up
the BMW E36. Hereís a link to the article.
you have the car properly secured on jack stands, Crawl under the car and
look up at the lower panel in the center of the bumper. Along the edges of
this panel, you see screws holding it to both the chassis and bumper Remove
these screws along the corners and middle and pull the panel towards the
front of the car to remove it. Store the panel in a safe place to avoid
scratches or damage.
look inside the right and left rear wheel wells. We will need to remove the
expansion rivets and screws that hold the bumper to the chassis. Take out
these screws and store them in a safe place.
behind the bumper. You will see that the bumper assembly is held on to the
car by two impact absorbers. Essentially they are shocks that compress
horizontally in the event that something hits the bumper. Follow the ends of
the shocks to where they connect with the bumper. You will see a small hole
through the bumper assembly. Inside these holes are the bolts that secure
the bumper to the shocks. Use a ratchet with an extension and remove these
a helper, friend, wife, or basically anything that has use of arms to help
you remove the bumper. This
will prevent you from accidentally dropping the bumper and scratching or
damaging it. Have the helper grab one side while you grab the other. Now
simply pull back. The bumper
will now come off the shock absorbers.
re-install the bumper, first line up the mounting brackets on the back of
the bumper with the shock absorbers on the car. Next, using your helper,
push the bumper back onto the shock absorbers. This may take a few tries to
get it absolutely right, as the shock absorber sit somewhat tight in the
mounts. Put a small dab of anti-seize compound on the mounting bolts
and re-install them. BMW recommends that you torque them to 31ft/lbs.
the bumper cover expansion rivets and screws holding the bumper cover to the
chassis on the right and left rear wheel wells. Now take the lower bumper
panel, and re-install it by pushing it in towards the rear of the car. Once
you have positioned the panel in place, Re-install the screws and expansion
rivets that hold it place.
Well, there you have it - it's
really not too difficult at all. If you would like
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