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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Bumper Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$350

Talent:

**

Tools:

T20, T25, T30 Torx

Applicable Models:

VW Golf (2004-06)
VW GTI (2006-09)

Hot Tip:

Have a friend help

Performance Gain:

Gives you more room to work

Complementary Modification:

Clean out all the road debris

The rear bumper cover on the GTI MkV can be removed rather simply. If you are careful you can do it by yourself and not damage the paint. The cover is more cumbersome than heavy, but if you are worried about damaging it get a friend to help.

You will need to remove both of the rear taillights to remove the cover. Please see our article on removing your rear taillights for additional assistance.

You do not need to lift the car or remove the wheels to take the bumper off, but it will give you more room to work if you do.

Begin by removing the three T25 Torx screws holding the lower rear wheel well liner to the bumper cover (red arrows).
Figure 1

Begin by removing the three T25 Torx screws holding the lower rear wheel well liner to the bumper cover (red arrows). You do not need to remove the liners as you can bend them out of the way enough to get access to the T20 screw for the next step.

Remove the single T20 Torx screw on the inside of the wheel well that connects the bumper guard to the body (red arrow, one on each side).
Figure 2

Remove the single T20 Torx screw on the inside of the wheel well that connects the bumper guard to the body (red arrow, one on each side).

On the lower rear section of the right wheel well disconnect the wiring harness for the license plate lights and any back up sensors (red arrow).
Figure 3

On the lower rear section of the right wheel well disconnect the wiring harness for the license plate lights and any back up sensors (red arrow).

Remove the two T30 Torx screws from the lower bumper cover (red arrows).
Figure 4

Remove the two T30 Torx screws from the lower bumper cover (red arrows).

With the taillights removed, remove the two T30 Torx screws from the taillight assembly area (red arrows, each side).
Figure 5

With the taillights removed, remove the two T30 Torx screws from the taillight assembly area (red arrows, each side).

Gently pull the bumper away from the body (red arrows), checking to make sure all wires are disconnected.
Figure 6

Gently pull the bumper away from the body (red arrows), checking to make sure all wires are disconnected.

With the bumper cover off the vehicle you can see the wiring for the license plate lights (red arrow).
Figure 7

With the bumper cover off the vehicle you can see the wiring for the license plate lights (red arrow). Our project vehicle did not come with back up lights. Make sure you have all electrical connections disconnected and clear before fully removing the bumper cover.

This photo illustrates the rear of the car with the bumper cover off.
Figure 8

This photo illustrates the rear of the car with the bumper cover off. Installation is the reverse of removal.


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