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Front bumper trim

PostPost by: elanner » Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:10 am

Well, a couple of years pass and I'm futzing with the front bumper again - getting it painted to fix some nasty scratches.

When removing the bumper getting the nuts off the bumper bolts was impossible because the bolts simply rotated and there's no way to hold them. When I refitted the bumper a couple of years ago I had carefully tightened the nuts to not much more than finger tight because I realized that this could be a problem. But they apparently corroded slightly so in the end I had to cut them off.

So when I come to refit the bumper, what is the best approach? The holes in the bumper bobbins are round so don't provide any grip on the bolt. I was thinking of using nylon nuts?

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PostPost by: TroonSprint » Sun Apr 19, 2015 1:53 pm

I've just fitted my front bumper and the holes in mine were flat sided to hold the bolt head. I'm not sure what your options are if the holes are rounded off.

I found some stainless steel dome headed bolts with the square shank. They are slightly larger than standard but look fine and won't rust. But annoyingly I couldn't get the bumper right back enough to line up with the wheel arch profile. I suppose since both car front and bumper have been repaired after a collision it isn't too surprising.

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PostPost by: racer417 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:49 am

The bumper trim stuff mentioned by elanner is also available in 5/8".
I've used RDs newer style with good results lately, but shipping is $$$.
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