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Rear Bumper Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Bumper Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$500

Talent:

****

Tools:

Flathead screwdriver, 8mm socket, T50 Torx

Applicable Models:

BMW X5 (2000-06)

Parts Required:

Bumper

Hot Tip:

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

Performance Gain:

Better looks

Complementary Modification:

Install aftermarket bumper cover

BMW E53 X5 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 X5. 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 four 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. Ask a friend to help slide the bumper on and off easier; it is quite heavy.

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 include your vehicle information.

The rear bumper (red arrow) is quick and easy to remove.
Figure 1

The rear bumper (red arrow) is quick and easy to remove. Release a few fasteners and four clips and you can slide it off.

Some models have plastic trim surrounding the tail pipes.
Figure 2

Some models have plastic trim surrounding the tail pipes. My subject vehicle did not (red arrow). If you have the trim pieces here, pull them straight off and remove them.

Working in the rear of the fender well, remove the two 8mm fasteners from the wheel well liner (red arrows).
Figure 3

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

Working at the center bottom of the rear bumper, between the mufflers, lever the retaining tabs (green arrows) out with a flathead screwdriver (red arrow).
Figure 4

Working at the center bottom of the rear bumper, between the mufflers, lever the retaining tabs (green arrows) out with a flathead screwdriver (red arrow).

Next you have to remove the two bumper fasteners (red arrow).
Figure 5

Next you have to remove the two bumper fasteners (red arrow). The right side is shown. The left side is similar.

Using a T50 Torx bit and a six-inch extension (red arrow), remove the bumper fasteners.
Figure 6

Using a T50 Torx bit and a six-inch extension (red arrow), remove the bumper fasteners. Put some masking tape on your tailpipes to prevent scratching them. Remove the bolts (inset).

Pull the rear wheel well liner (red arrow) out of the lip of the rear bumper (green arrow).
Figure 7

Pull the rear wheel well liner (red arrow) out of the lip of the rear bumper (green arrow).

Slide the bumper off the vehicle (red arrow).
Figure 8

Slide the bumper off the vehicle (red arrow). Angle the front of the bumper cover down so the trim (green arrow) clears the tailgate. Have an assistant nearby, as the bumper is heavy. Remove it just far enough to access the parking distance electrical connectors (if equipped). Unplug the connectors by pressing the release tab (yellow arrow) and pulling them straight off. Then detach and feed the wiring harness out of the bumper. Then remove the bumper from the vehicle.

Once off, you can remove the surrounding trim clips (red arrows) to separate the bumper cover from the bumper support.
Figure 9

Once off, you can remove the surrounding trim clips (red arrows) to separate the bumper cover from the bumper support.

When installing the bumper, angle the front of the bumper down and feed the trim under the tailgate (red arrow).
Figure 10

When installing the bumper, angle the front of the bumper down and feed the trim under the tailgate (red arrow).

Slide the bumper slots (red arrows) onto the bumper mounting bracket (green arrows) on the body and snap them into the retaining tabs (red arrows).
Figure 11

Slide the bumper slots (red arrows) onto the bumper mounting bracket (green arrows) on the body and snap them 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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Comments and Suggestions:
X5 Comments: thank you!
July 5, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: No problem. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Heirforce7 Comments: Excellent!
June 9, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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