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#1 OFFLINE   Light66

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 02:19 PM

I suffered a garage door incident on my 08 GT500. The bumper cover and bumper stripe got damaged. I need to remove the cover. Will I be able to reuse all existing fasteners or are there some plastic fasteners that may break along the way that I need to order to reinstall?

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 02:32 PM

I just replaced my rear bumper cover on my GT-H a couple months ago (should be same attachments on the 500) and was able to re-use all the fasteners. You will have to re move the inner trunk plastic housings and you will see 4-5 nuts from the inside which attach there (bolts come through from bumper side). There are a couple push pins from underneath on mounting tabs. Once you remove the screws from the wheel liner, the bumper cover un attaches from the sides with a slight pull. The sides snap in to the rear quarters. Wires for the marker lights are attached to the bumper cover fasteners once you pull away, you will have to get to those. I think that was about it.
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 02:34 PM

If properly removed and you are careful, most of the time you can reuse them but its not a given. Some times, just because they brake or when refastening them they are loose and will not go back in tightly enough for comfort. Best to check your local auto store, if for no other reason to see who has the size you need.
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 02:35 PM

Thank you both. From what I can tell, the body side curved section that wraps around to the front of the car is attached by some sort of friction fit clips. Is that correct?

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 03:52 PM

Sorry, I thought you were talking about the rear cover. Now that I re read your post, you're talking about the front. I have mine off right now while installing the intercooler. Yes, the sides are the same as the back cover sides. Once you have all the screws from underneath and the clips on the top, yes, friction clips. Give a little tug from the side and they will unsnap.
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:09 PM

Jeff I apologize, you are correct it is the rear cover I am talking about.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 04:28 PM

Ah yea, right in the title. Sorry, I'm being mental. But that's normal!
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Posted 15 November 2012 - 05:28 PM

Go to your nearest harbour freight store and pick up a set of plastic pin removers (set of 5) they will make the job sooooo much eaiser and less chances of scratches.

Edit for link. Here is the set I was referring to: http://www.harborfre...-set-67021.html

Edited by Firekiller, 15 November 2012 - 05:34 PM.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 08:11 PM

Go to your nearest harbour freight store and pick up a set of plastic pin removers (set of 5) they will make the job sooooo much eaiser and less chances of scratches.

Edit for link. Here is the set I was referring to: http://www.harborfre...-set-67021.html

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 10:08 AM

Go to your nearest harbour freight store and pick up a set of plastic pin removers (set of 5) they will make the job sooooo much eaiser and less chances of scratches.

Edit for link. Here is the set I was referring to: http://www.harborfre...-set-67021.html


Thank you for the fine advice. Will do that.

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:34 AM

There is the cover and a frame to support it that is factory pop riveted together. You can only buy them separately as of a couple years ago. If you are going to repair your existing bumper then no sweat. But if you end up replacing your bumper cover then you can drill out the pop rivets and reattach to your new cover. But the holes in the plastic get a bit enlarged from the rivets. So I would advise biting the bullet and getting the cover, frame and rivets from Ford and doing it all fresh. BTW the wiring harness you need to move over is only about $15 from Ford if your clips get a bit munched. Also, be careful about reusing the nuts that attach the frame to the body that you access from inside the trunk. They are a nut with a captive washer that is packed with sealant from the factory. They are cheap and the sealant keeps water from getting into your trunk so you might consider replacing those too, or at least adding some sealant to them when you bolt it up. Also don't go gorilla when you tighten them or all you will do is distort the body.

Edited by SkyPilot, 03 December 2012 - 04:44 AM.


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Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:31 AM

There is the cover and a frame to support it that is factory pop riveted together. You can only buy them separately as of a couple years ago. If you are going to repair your existing bumper then no sweat. But if you end up replacing your bumper cover then you can drill out the pop rivets and reattach to your new cover. But the holes in the plastic get a bit enlarged from the rivets. So I would advise biting the bullet and getting the cover, frame and rivets from Ford and doing it all fresh. BTW the wiring harness you need to move over is only about $15 from Ford if your clips get a bit munched. Also, be careful about reusing the nuts that attach the frame to the body that you access from inside the trunk. They are a nut with a captive washer that is packed with sealant from the factory. They are cheap and the sealant keeps water from getting into your trunk so you might consider replacing those too, or at least adding some sealant to them when you bolt it up. Also don't go gorilla when you tighten them or all you will do is distort the body.


Thank you for your input also about the sealant. I just received the Harbor Freight molding tools. I have a scratch on the bumper that must be repaired. Garage doors can be very painful to a GT500. So my plan is to remove the cover only, then have it repaired / cleared.




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