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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Bumper Removal

Casey Gervig

Time:

15-20 Minutes

Tab:

$0

Talent:

*

Tools:

Philips screwdriver, T25 driver or socket, T30 driver or socket, socket wrench.

Applicable Models:

Porsche 996 GT2 (2002-05)
Porsche 996 Turbo (2001-05)
Porsche 996 Turbo S (2005)

Parts Required:

Fasteners

Hot Tip:

Use a helper when removing and refitting the bumper.

Performance Gain:

Access to components

Complementary Modification:

LED license plate light bulb upgrade

Maybe you don't trust your body shop to use the right fasteners when they put your car back together, and you'd rather take them a bumper instead of a car. Maybe you're going in to do the spark plugs, or going to install an intercooler upgrade? Whatever the case is I am going to show you how to remove your rear bumper.

Begin by removing the taillights.
Figure 1

Begin by removing the taillights. There are four T25 screws that hold the taillights in place. Remove these four screws (green arrows). Be careful. Many of these are cracked where the screws go through the plastic, and there is a metal insert, which can be easily lost. NOTE: The engine air filter housing was removed for another project. You DO NOT need to remove the engine air filter housing to remove the rear bumper. 

Slide the taillight assembly back (green arrow) off of the fender stud (blue arrow).
Figure 2

Slide the taillight assembly back (green arrow) off of the fender stud (blue arrow).

Now depress the locking lever (green arrow) on the electrical connector, and pull the vehicle harness (red arrow) out of the taillight connector.
Figure 3

Now depress the locking lever (green arrow) on the electrical connector, and pull the vehicle harness (red arrow) out of the taillight connector. Put the taillights in a safe place.

Remove these four Philips screws (green arrows) that hold the metal trim piece to the top of the bumper.
Figure 4

Remove these four Philips screws (green arrows) that hold the metal trim piece to the top of the bumper.   

Carefully remove the metal trim strip from the bumper paying close attention to the ends, making sure you don't scratch the trim piece on the taillight brackets (green arrows).
Figure 5

Carefully remove the metal trim strip from the bumper paying close attention to the ends, making sure you don't scratch the trim piece on the taillight brackets (green arrows).

Next, remove the screws in the rear fender areas.
Figure 6

Next, remove the screws in the rear fender areas. There are Philips head screws (one in each fender), which hold the bumper to the rear fender (green arrow). The fender liners can stay on the car.

This picture shows the right half of the underside of the bumper.
Figure 7

This picture shows the right half of the underside of the bumper. You will need to remove these three screws on the left and right sides of the bumper - one Philips screw (red arrow) and two T30 Torx screws 999-073-227-09 (green arrows).

Remove the access covers (green arrows), and use a long 6mm hex socket (inset) to loosen the bolts for the bumperettes.
Figure 8

Remove the access covers (green arrows), and use a long 6mm hex socket (inset) to loosen the bolts for the bumperettes. Hold the bumperettes against the bumper while you loosen the bolts or they will fall off. Once the bolts are sufficiently loose, remove the bumperettes. 

Now you are ready to pull the bumper cover back.
Figure 9

Now you are ready to pull the bumper cover back. I usually pull the bumper out of the channel (green arrow) that holds it tight to the fender first. Make sure to pull the sides away from the fender without pushing the bumper off the back of the car.

Now pull the bumper back away from the car, and detach the license plate light electrical connector (green arrow) by pressing the release tab and separating the two halves.
Figure 10

Now pull the bumper back away from the car, and detach the license plate light electrical connector (green arrow) by pressing the release tab and separating the two halves. Then pull the bumper off of the car. Installation is the reverse of removal. 

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