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T25 Pilot
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 7:58 am    Post subject: Bumper End Caps-installation repair Reply with quote

Bumper end caps very often have their inner mounting tabs broken off leaving you with a very loose piece ready to fall off. This repair involves drilling holes into the cap's "hole markings",
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which line up perfectly with the bumper holes, then installing them with the hardware shown. No redrilling of the bumper holes was required.
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Using the side OEM screw further helps to stabilize the end cap.

Hope this helps, and Happy Thanksgiving!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice job, well done. Funny how some bumpers have a carriage bolt in that square hole, and some don't.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks good.
My black bumpers have a hole in them that lines up with the carriage bolt hole on my end caps, so that's how I attached mine.

...and if you do use carriage bolt, don't over tighten Cool
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 10:45 am    Post subject: bumper caps Reply with quote

Looks great good cost and less calories its a winner. Now only if I still had stock bumpers. Blue Bay Bus
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

from experience i'n not bother with the screw into the body, i've had to replace many, when i lived in london
without the screw into the bodywork, if it gets bumped something breaks, it it's only fixed to the bumper it's got more flex

more flex = less breakage = less $$
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I installed mine to the body as well and have a tip for that to add.

Due to me straightening the bumpers before putting them back on, the holes were sometimes a quarter inch out of line and I frustrated myself trying to pull on the bumper and screw it in. Hit on the idea of using a motorcycle strap (ratcheting type) or a hand winch. That way you can pull it into position, then in a leisurely fashion put the screw back in the body. Much less drama. Less filling.

That's a good point on the allowance for flex. However, I'll be driving my Syncro offroad and was worried the unsecured bumper tips would easily hook on brush and get pulled away from the body - cracking my new tips. So I put a little time into securing them agains that.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IdahoDoug wrote:
However, I'll be driving my Syncro offroad and was worried the unsecured bumper tips would easily hook on brush and get pulled away from the body

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yes, that happens, grr.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heh- thought so. I was going to leave them unsecured and then a revelation in the form of an extension cord hooking a rear one as I walked around the van made me go "Hmmm, that would suck if it happened in the brush..."

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 24, 2011 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rubbachicken wrote:
from experience i'n not bother with the screw into the body, i've had to replace many, when i lived in london
without the screw into the bodywork, if it gets bumped something breaks, it it's only fixed to the bumper it's got more flex

more flex = less breakage = less $$

Good point - rust place as well. Some modern cars have a plastic tab that snaps into a square hole in the sheet metal. Then a thread forming screw for plastic threads into the a round hole in the center of this plastic tab. I was thinking that would have been a better way to attach to the body.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:49 am    Post subject: bumper Reply with quote

T25 pilot: what is the source of the plastic "harware" used? Nice tip; thanks.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 12:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Might be easiest to ask your Ford dealer, else try here http://www.pointe-products.com/itemclass/Ford-Fasteners-and-Clips

Edit - sorry, I thought you were asking about my post with the square clip for the fender, even though you said T25pilot and meant the clips into the steel bumper Embarassed
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IdahoDoug wrote:
... I'll be driving my Syncro offroad and was worried the unsecured bumper tips would easily hook on brush and get pulled away from the body - cracking my new tips.


You need to fab up some separate Bull Bars -- just for the bumper end caps.

(who designed these things anyway?)
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 5:45 pm    Post subject: Bumper End Caps-Installation Repair Hardware Reply with quote

WVVWFERG,

I'm pretty sure I got these from Autozone. Don't have the packaging for them but I think the brand was Dorman. Dimensions are approximately
1/4" diameter by 7/8" in length(bottom of "cap" to tip).

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2011 6:56 pm    Post subject: bumper Reply with quote

Many thanks Pilot; that will be an easy item to find (Auto Zone & Advance Auto both nearby)> Kim
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