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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Bumper Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$200

Talent:

****

Tools:

Phillips screwdriver, 8mm socket, 10mm socket, a helper

Applicable Models:

R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2007-11)
R56 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2007-11)

Parts Required:

Bumper mounting brackets

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

MINI R56 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 by following the steps used 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 R56. 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.

MINI R56 models use a plastic bumper cover over a rigid strut-supported bumper (red arrow).
Figure 1

MINI R56 models use a plastic bumper cover over a rigid strut-supported bumper (red arrow). Start by removing both rear wheel well arch trim pieces. See out tech article on wheel well arch trim replacing.

Working in the rear of the wheel well above the tire, remove the Philips head screw along with the plastic rivet from wheel well liner (red arrow).
Figure 2

Working in the rear of the wheel well above the tire, remove the Philips head screw along with the plastic rivet from wheel well liner (red arrow). The left side is shown. Repeat this step for the right side.

Working in the rear of the wheel well behind the tire, remove the Philips head screw along with the plastic rivet from wheel well liner (red arrow).
Figure 3

Working in the rear of the wheel well behind the tire, remove the Philips head screw along with the plastic rivet from wheel well liner (red arrow). The right side is shown. Repeat this step for the left side.

Working behind the rear bumper cover, disconnect the bumper light electrical connectors.
Figure 4

Working behind the rear bumper cover, disconnect the bumper light electrical connectors. Squeeze the release tab and pull the connector straight out. The left side is shown. Repeat this step for right side.

Working at the bottom center of the rear bumper just to the right of the tailpipe (red arrow), remove the 8mm fastener (green arrow).
Figure 5

Working at the bottom center of the rear bumper just to the right of the tailpipe (red arrow), remove the 8mm fastener (green arrow).

Next, remove the Phillips head screw at the upper corner of the bumper cover (red arrow).
Figure 6

Next, remove the Phillips head screw at the upper corner of the bumper cover (red arrow). The right side is shown. Repeat this step for the left side.

Next, remove the Phillips head screw at the inner corner of the bumper cover (red arrow).
Figure 7

Next, remove the Phillips head screw at the inner corner of the bumper cover (red arrow). The right side is shown. Repeat this step for the left side.

Lift up (red arrow) and detach the bumper cover from the center mount (green arrow).
Figure 8

Lift up (red arrow) and detach the bumper cover from the center mount (green arrow). The mount is located in line with the hatch latch. Then with help from a friend, slide the bumper off the vehicle.

Once the bumper cover is removed, you can replace the bumper support.
Figure 9

Once the bumper cover is removed, you can replace the bumper support. Remove the four 10mm fasteners (green arrows). Then remove the support (red arrow) from the body.

If the corner mounts (yellow arrow) are damaged, replace with new one.
Figure 10

If the corner mounts (yellow arrow) are damaged, replace with new one. To replace, remove the Phillips head screw (red arrow). Then remove the plastic rivet (green arrow). When installing the bumper, slide the bumper onto the center mount and snap it into place. Then align it with the corner mounts. Once the bumper corners are installed correctly, install the bumper fasteners and check the alignment with the body. Install the fasteners and tighten them.


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