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Rear Bumper Cover Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Bumper Cover Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$3 to $1,300

Talent:

***

Tools:

Philips, flat head screwdriver, 8mm, 4mm Allen, T25 Torx, 8mm socket, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

Porsche 993 Carrera (1995-98)
Porsche 993 Carrera 4 (1995-98)
Porsche 993 Carrera 4S (1996-98)
Porsche 993 Carrera S (1998)
Porsche 993 Targa (1996-98)
Porsche 993 Turbo (1996-97)

Parts Required:

Bumper Cover

Hot Tip:

Get a friend to help

Performance Gain:

Better looking vehicle

Complementary Modification:

Check your taillight bulbs

As the 993's get older there is going to be a very good chance that you will get some form of damage to your bumper cover; whether it's a nick, scratches or small dents. If you own the car long enough something is going to happen to it. The cover is made of plastic, so if you park the car unprotected in the sun there is also a chance the paint will fade. If you are going to have the cover touched up by a body shop save yourself a lot of money and remove it from the vehicle first. This will not only save you money but also make sure that the entire cover gets painted rather than just masking it off on the car.

Whether you are removing the cover to repair, re-spay it or preform work on the systems behind it, this article will show you how.

Over the years your car may have been serviced by multiple people including previous owners and this can lead to parts replaced with different size fasteners and hardware. 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. If something is different on your vehicle please let us know and share your info to help other users. If you have any questions or comments or even a different procedure you would like to share please leave it below and please leave your vehicle information.

To remove the bumper cover you will need to also remove the reflector and tail lights.
Figure 1

To remove the bumper cover you will need to also remove the reflector and tail lights. See our tech articles for more info.

While the hardware that holds the reflector in place is accessed from above, you will also need to move both tail lights slightly out of the way as they sit in a channel on each side of the reflector (yellow arrow).
Figure 2

While the hardware that holds the reflector in place is accessed from above, you will also need to move both tail lights slightly out of the way as they sit in a channel on each side of the reflector (yellow arrow). Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the single screw (red arrow).

With the screw removed you can pull the tail light assembly out from the chassis.
Figure 3

With the screw removed you can pull the tail light assembly out from the chassis.

I recommend twisting each bulb base 45 degrees and removing the bulbs from the assembly, this way you can store the tail lights some place safe and you do not have to worry about them falling out of the chassis and damaging them or the paint.
Figure 4

I recommend twisting each bulb base 45 degrees and removing the bulbs from the assembly, this way you can store the tail lights some place safe and you do not have to worry about them falling out of the chassis and damaging them or the paint.

Next, there are four plastic clips in the top trim piece above the reflector (yellow arrows).
Figure 5

Next, there are four plastic clips in the top trim piece above the reflector (yellow arrows).

Use a flathead screwdriver and turn each tab 45 degrees.
Figure 6

Use a flathead screwdriver and turn each tab 45 degrees.

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry up the plastic trim piece and remove it from above the reflector.
Figure 7

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry up the plastic trim piece and remove it from above the reflector.

With the trim piece gone you can access the three retaining bolts (yellow arrows).
Figure 8

With the trim piece gone you can access the three retaining bolts (yellow arrows).

Use a 4mm Allen and remove the bolts and the plastic protectors they sit in.
Figure 9

Use a 4mm Allen and remove the bolts and the plastic protectors they sit in.

You can now lift the reflector up and out from the rear of the vehicle.
Figure 10

You can now lift the reflector up and out from the rear of the vehicle. There are three small posts mounted to the rear of the reflector that sit in grommets on the bumper covers. You need to lift these out from the grommets before you can remove the reflector. These are also what you use to adjust the fitment when installing the reflector.

Loosen the Philips head screw that holds the wiring connection to the reflector.
Figure 11

Loosen the Philips head screw that holds the wiring connection to the reflector.

Gently pry the tabs on the reflector outward and separate the connectors.
Figure 12

Gently pry the tabs on the reflector outward and separate the connectors.

Remove all of the bulbs and their bases from the wiring harness; you are going to be passing the harness through an opening in the bumper and it will not fit with the bases and bulbs on it.
Figure 13

Remove all of the bulbs and their bases from the wiring harness; you are going to be passing the harness through an opening in the bumper and it will not fit with the bases and bulbs on it.

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the four screws holding the two license plate lights from the bumper.
Figure 14

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the four screws holding the two license plate lights from the bumper. Separate the two wiring connections on each light (red arrows) and remove the light, base and hard plastic surround. The rubber protector stays on and will pass through the opening no problem.

Unclip the wiring harness from the rear of the vehicle (red arrows) and pass the license plate wiring up and through the grommet on the bumper cover (yellow arrow).
Figure 15

Unclip the wiring harness from the rear of the vehicle (red arrows) and pass the license plate wiring up and through the grommet on the bumper cover (yellow arrow).

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the screws and washer holding the bumper cover to the cross member (red arrows).
Figure 16

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the screws and washer holding the bumper cover to the cross member (red arrows).

As you start to remove the right side of the cover you will pass the wiring harness through the opening after pushing the grommet out of the way (red arrow).
Figure 17

As you start to remove the right side of the cover you will pass the wiring harness through the opening after pushing the grommet out of the way (red arrow).

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the four screws (red arrows) holding the rear fender liner in place and remove it from the wheel well.
Figure 18

Use a Philips head screwdriver and remove the four screws (red arrows) holding the rear fender liner in place and remove it from the wheel well.

Reach inside and remove the three 8mm screws that hold the bumper cover to the rear quarter panel (red arrows).
Figure 19

Reach inside and remove the three 8mm screws that hold the bumper cover to the rear quarter panel (red arrows).

Remove the lower Philips head screw on each side of the bumper cover.
Figure 20

Remove the lower Philips head screw on each side of the bumper cover.

Use an 8mm Allen and loosen the bolt that holds the bumperette in place.
Figure 21

Use an 8mm Allen and loosen the bolt that holds the bumperette in place. Use care as the bumperette will fall once you loosen the bolt enough.

Here you can see how the ridge on the top of the bumperette sits in a lip on the mount.
Figure 22

Here you can see how the ridge on the top of the bumperette sits in a lip on the mount. Once the bumperette is gone make sure to fully remove the mounting bolt so it does not damage the cover as you remove it.

The rear lower section of the cover is connected to the inner shield by a series of Philips head screws (red arrows).
Figure 23

The rear lower section of the cover is connected to the inner shield by a series of Philips head screws (red arrows). You need to remove these but they can get really rusted so it is a good idea to hit them with some penetrating oil first.

You are going to start removing it by sliding the corners back and out.
Figure 24

You are going to start removing it by sliding the corners back and out. The plastic upper part of the cover can stick behind the quarter panel sheet metal so be prepared with a trim removal tool to help it out.

With everything clear and the wiring harness passed through you can remove the cover from the vehicle.
Figure 25

With everything clear and the wiring harness passed through you can remove the cover from the vehicle.

Now is a good time to give the area behind the cover a good detailing.
Figure 26

Now is a good time to give the area behind the cover a good detailing. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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