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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Bumper Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$200

Talent:

****

Tools:

Flathead screwdriver, 8mm socket, T30 Torx

Applicable Models:

BMW 525i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 528i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 530i/xi Sedan (2004-07)
BMW 530xi Wagon (2006-07)
BMW 535i/xi Sedan (2008-10)
BMW 535xi Wagon (2008)
BMW 545i Sedan (2004-05)
BMW 550i Sedan (2006-10)

Parts Required:

Bumper mounting brackets

Hot Tip:

Have a friend nearby to help lift bumper on and off and store bumper in safe place once removed

Performance Gain:

Better looks

Complementary Modification:

Install aftermarket bumper cover

BMW E60 models use a plastic bumper cover over a rigid strut-supported bumper. This cover is painted to match your vehicle. It is frequently scratched and damaged. The bumper cover can be replaced quite easily following along in this tech article. You can replace a bumper cover with a factory part, or an aftermarket one if you want to upgrade the look of your E60. Remember to plan to have it painted before you install it, so leave yourself extra time.

The rear bumper is quick and easy to remove. Release a few fasteners and two clips and you can slide it off. The mounting brackets that bolt to the body can break from impact or improper installation. In this article, I will go over removing the rear bumper as well as replacing the mounting brackets. Ask a friend to help slide the bumper on and off easier.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts 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. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. 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.

Remove the rear fender mounted taillights.
Figure 1

Remove the rear fender mounted taillights. See our tech article on taillight replacing.

Working in the rear of the fender well, remove the four 8mm fasteners from the wheel well liner (red arrows).
Figure 2

Working in the rear of the fender well, remove the four 8mm fasteners from the wheel well liner (red arrows). The left side is shown. Repeat the step for the right side.

Working at the lower corner of the rear bumper, behind the tire, remove the plastic rivet (red arrow).
Figure 3

Working at the lower corner of the rear bumper, behind the tire, remove the plastic rivet (red arrow). Lever out the center pin, then remove the rivet from the bumper cover. The left side is shown. You'll want to repeat this step for the right side.

Check that the corner of the bumper is free once the rivets are removed.
Figure 4

Check that the corner of the bumper is free once the rivets are removed. The right side is shown. The left side is similar.

Working at the bottom center of the rear bumper, remove the plastic rivets (red arrows).
Figure 5

Working at the bottom center of the rear bumper, remove the plastic rivets (red arrows). Lever out the center pin, then remove the rivet from the bumper cover.

Using a flathead screwdriver, lever the bumper cover out of the retaining tabs (red arrows).
Figure 6

Using a flathead screwdriver, lever the bumper cover out of the retaining tabs (red arrows). See the next step for detailed instructions.

Start at the right side.
Figure 7

Start at the right side. Open the tab and pull the bumper out. Hold it away from the tab as you work your way down the bumper cover.

Working inside the trunk, near the taillight opening, remove the two T30 Torx fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 8

Working inside the trunk, near the taillight opening, remove the two T30 Torx fasteners (red arrows). The left side is shown. Repeat this step for the right side.

Grab the corner of the bumper cover and unclip it from the mounting bracket.
Figure 9

Grab the corner of the bumper cover and unclip it from the mounting bracket. There are three clips (shown in detail in the next step) on the bumper support holding the bumper on. Lift up and pull away from the body to disconnect it. The bumper cover is fragile and the hooks for the clips can tear if not properly disengaged. If you have one that won't release, unclip it by pressing down using a plastic prying tool. Be careful not to scratch the vehicle paint. You can use masking tape to protect the paint in the area in which you have to lever the clip. The left side is shown. You guessed it. Repeat this step for the right side. Then with help from a friend, slide the bumper off the vehicle.

When installing the bumper, slide the bumper slots onto the bumper
Figure 10

When installing the bumper, slide the bumper slots onto the bumper- mounting bracket on the body and snap it into the retaining tabs (red arrows). Once the bumper corners are installed correctly, install the bumper fasteners and check the alignment with the body. Install the fasteners and tighten.

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