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855 rear bumper question

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855 rear bumper question

Post by echosierra » Thu May 21, 2020 12:07 pm

How do i fix this alignment

Should this bumper be level?

Its currently pointing slightly downward
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Re: 855 rear bumper question

Post by scot850 » Thu May 21, 2020 1:50 pm

If it has not been dinged, it is likely the rear mounting brackets that are rotted through. I believe they are still available new, but in Texas yo may still be able to find good used ones. The later 98-00 if I recall correctly are the same.

The other thing that can happen is the aluminum of the bumper itself can corrode and leave a hole with no support onto the hanger.

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Re: 855 rear bumper question

Post by erikv11 » Thu May 21, 2020 4:31 pm

Should be level yes.

Get under the bumper and look straight up at the two black mounting plates scot850 is talking about. You'll know right away if they are bad, as is super common. Looks like they are shot.
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Re: 855 rear bumper question

Post by abscate » Thu May 21, 2020 7:33 pm

Pictures here...

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And here

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Re: 855 rear bumper question

Post by jreed » Fri May 22, 2020 5:35 am

My bumper looked like that after a small hit. There was lots of corrosion on the brackets.
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I wrote up a step-by-step here:
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Re: 855 rear bumper question

Post by abscate » Fri May 22, 2020 7:07 am

YEs, but when we write our thread and then link to jreed's awesome thread in it, we get all the MVS points.

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It looks like the same guy hit you, echsierra. And you are both in TX.


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Re: 855 rear bumper question

Post by Chuck W » Fri May 22, 2020 9:17 am

Had to take care of this a couple months ago on the wife's '97 GLT. The DS bracket was basically non-existent, due to corrosion.
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Re: 855 rear bumper question

Post by abscate » Fri May 22, 2020 5:51 pm

Long term maintenance .....it might be worth dropping those long bolts once A year and anti seizing them.
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Re: 855 rear bumper question

Post by Chuck W » Sat May 23, 2020 6:30 am

abscate wrote:
Fri May 22, 2020 5:51 pm
Long term maintenance .....it might be worth dropping those long bolts once A year and anti seizing them.
One of mine was seized in the threaded insert (DS), so I just wound up sourcing (non-original) bolts.They got a judicious coating of anti-seize going back in.

We've got to find a new rear bumper cover, though, as the bad mount caused it to rest on the exhaust tip...and melted it a bit. Still having no luck finding a replacement.

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Re: 855 rear bumper question

Post by abscate » Sat May 23, 2020 11:10 am

abscate wrote:
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Long term maintenance .....it might be worth dropping those long bolts once A year and anti seizing them.
Well practiced my preaching this morning

Right one fine, lubed it heavily, reinstalled

Left one over the exhaust the head was horribly rusted removed muffler hanger rubbers, moved muffler, impacted screw out with a 13mm M8. I had a new bolt in my stash so lubed and replaced. Thought about putting two fiber washers above head to allow space to burn out then Dremel off.

On both side, about 150 ml of rusty water came out of the bolt a holes, ugh

Added a exhaust hanger clamp to my FCP cart for next order
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