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Guide to removing the rear bumper.
« on: October 12, 2013, 21:48:51 PM »
Hi - well there's a few how-to guides on this already but none I've found with pictures. Seeing as I'm mega-simple and I like to see what I'm in for beforehand on most projects, and the Haynes manual is pretty much useless for absolutely everything at any time or place, I thought I'd put this together.

Right, removing the rear bumper eh? You NUTTER! But seriously, not that hard. Less than an hour I reckon.

I found it easier to jack the car up at the back, so got the axel stands out and did so. OH top tip btw, leave your hand on the jack while you crank it for a nice big blood blister on your thumb. Yeah anyway, car with ass in the air:



Notice I've started putting duvets and stuff down already, just in case the bumper slips from my grasp later it'll have a soft, scrape-free landing. And it gave the cat which peered at the whole process something to sit on.

You'll see underneath the bumper on each side now, there are two brackets that go down to the bottom of the bumper each side near the rear of the wheel arches off of, well, let's call it the chassis as I don't really know. And well, let's call them brackets because they're really now just mis-shapen lengths of rust with bolts rusted to them. To remove, crumble like cornflakes and they'll come off:



Yes I did replace that tyre shortly after, sharp-eyed sausage you! ;)

Slightly easier one now, screw in rear of wheel arch:



Okay now onto the rear number plate lights. You'll see looking at them there are little holes on the right side, into which you'll need to insert an electric screwdriver and push down to release a small clip in there, so you can pull them out. The thing to avoid is letting them age 17 years, because if they are they might WELL snap in the process like mine did. Note right side. F*ck sh*t w*nker:



Note the wires here too, which will need poking back in BUT kept in range for when they need to come back through afterwards.

Now then, get under the bumper and you'll see three of Vauxhall's favourite little plastic rivets! If you've never taken anything off before your car is pretty much made of these. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD get a packet of spares in beforehand. They look like THIS and can be had off ebay for peanuts. Remove by knocking the centre through, and fit by knocking the centre into it. No pitcure of these but there are three.

When those are out, rear panel in the boot is coming off! Some little plastic nuts and some more awkward little plastic spikey trim clip bits and it lifts out:




Three bolts now exposed. Unbolt their bolty boltness! Bumper will be v loose after this as there's only gravity and its shape holding it! Remove:



Now, work the shape of the bumper out of it's position slightly on either side and it'll gradually push back. When both sides are 'freed' from their position take the weight of it before removing by taking it backwards off the car.

Congrats! Putting it back is the reverse. :)
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Re: Guide to removing the rear bumper.
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2013, 22:26:23 PM »


Been there! Love your posts  ;D Have a karma.
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Re: Guide to removing the rear bumper.
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2013, 12:28:58 PM »
Oh wow Alz, within an hour of posting the guide you got your bumper off. Well done! :)

Lool, thanks! Reps back.
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Re: Guide to removing the rear bumper.
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2013, 22:06:48 PM »
Just found this post using the search, something I plan to do very soon. Reading the guide makes it in my head seem simpler.

Thank you.

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Re: Guide to removing the rear bumper.
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2013, 09:54:15 AM »
No worries brah! Glad it's helped out. :)
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Re: Guide to removing the rear bumper.
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2013, 12:19:54 PM »
Hi -And well, let's call them brackets because they're really now just mis-shapen lengths of rust with bolts rusted to them. To remove, crumble like cornflakes and they'll come off:



 :)

Whoa...  :o

Check out the shocking condition, of them rear bumper brackets...

Mine look like 'Brand New' and still with the original paint black on them...
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Re: Guide to removing the rear bumper.
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2013, 12:24:29 PM »
Yours probably would, you don't suffer the same weather conditions as we do in the UK.
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Re: Guide to removing the rear bumper.
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2013, 12:28:03 PM »
Heh, yeah I don't think I can call them 'brackets' anymore; 'strip of rust A and B' is more accurate.

Finding some strips of metal and cutting some holes is on Miscbrah's spring jobs goal list. Might put a rush on that though if I get near the workshop sooner.
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Re: Guide to removing the rear bumper.
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2013, 15:09:55 PM »
Yours probably would, you don't suffer the same weather conditions as we do in the UK.

Craigyboy from Scotland recently visited Australia, and was absolutely stunned at how little rust, was on my car...


Heh, yeah I don't think I can call them 'brackets' anymore; 'strip of rust A and B' is more accurate.

Finding some strips of metal and cutting some holes is on Miscbrah's spring jobs goal list. Might put a rush on that though if I get near the workshop sooner.

I recently Imported 3 Pairs to UK... They're not hard to make, but you'd need to bend the metal at the correct angles...
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