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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:14 pm    Post subject: Tips for removing rear fiberglass bumper cover Reply with quote

I have removed the four bolts that hold the rear fiberglass bumper cover onto my '89 carat (two behind wheel wells, two above the tow clips), however the thing won't budge.

Anything else I should be checking here?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You have to remove the two bolts on each frame rail that hold the bumper bracket to the frame rail. That actually isn't a bumper cover - it's the whole bumper, so the brackets are bolted directly to it. Once those big bolts are out, the whole bumper will slide out. There are additional bolts on the inside of the bumper that you can't see when it is mounted.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bumper cover...lol

yeah, believe it or not that pos made it past DOT and NHSTA

were you able to remove it?
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep.
And just to clarify.

There are 4 large bolts (2 each side) in the frame members (can be seen from under side near the wheel well).
These attach to brackets that slide INTO the frame members (bolted to the from inside).. the brackets slide out with the bumper AFTER you detach the items below...


There are two bolts (one each) side that attach end caps to side brackets bolted up on the inside body panel..

AND, there are two smaller, kinda rinky-dink, brackets (one each side) that are visible from under the bumper just behind the rear wheels.. these are secondary side brackets that help align and stiffen the assembly when bolted to the van.. These two also manage to slice my knuckles up almost every time I have to deal with them.

If the bumper won't budge?
You've missed one of these.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

j_dirge wrote:
Yep.
And just to clarify.

There are 4 large bolts (2 each side) in the frame members (can be seen from under side near the wheel well).
These attach to brackets that slide INTO the frame members (bolted to the from inside).. the brackets slide out with the bumper AFTER you detach the items below...


There are two bolts (one each) side that attach end caps to side brackets bolted up on the inside body panel..

AND, there are two smaller, kinda rinky-dink, brackets (one each side) that are visible from under the bumper just behind the rear wheels.. these are secondary side brackets that help align and stiffen the assembly when bolted to the van.. These two also manage to slice my knuckles up almost every time I have to deal with them.

If the bumper won't budge?
You've missed one of these.


gosh I have done this so many times I think I can do it blindfolded
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 28, 2014 1:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

madspaniard wrote:

gosh I have done this so many times I think I can do it blindfolded

No doubt, eh?
I've done it so many times I have left a few bolts off, figuring I'd just be doing it again, soon enough. Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 11:54 am    Post subject: Re: Tips for removing rear fiberglass bumper cover Reply with quote

I know, it's an old thread. It would seem, from the lack of threads that came up in a search, that I am the only one ever to have trouble getting the bumper off.

Anyone have issues with getting the bumper off a Doka? I've taken the 2 bolts that hold it to the frame and it moves up and down a centimeter when I pull up and down on the hitch but that's about it.

I know there isn't anything else holding it that I can see and it looks like it should just pull back but nothing so far. I will attach it to a hand winch and see if I can't pull it off.

But nothing different on a Syncro Doka I might have missed?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 12:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Tips for removing rear fiberglass bumper cover Reply with quote

The tow bars have a 3rd bolt further up on the frame Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 2:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Tips for removing rear fiberglass bumper cover Reply with quote

ALIKA T3 wrote:
The tow bars have a 3rd bolt further up on the frame Wink


Doh! Came right out. I thought the bolts were just fillers for something else. Now getting that new plate steel bumper in is proving difficult. Those holes just do not want to line up. Will use a little force with the floor jack to hold it up.
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