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Old 03-21-2021, 12:01 PM   #1
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Front bumper removal problem

Iím removing the front bumper to install a heritage grill and tranny cooler but I ran into a problem. The top bolt on each side just keeps spinning. The bumper is just hanging on by those 2 bolts and I see in the gap of the fender and bumper the threads that are inside the bumper are just spinning. Is there a easy way to get them out? All I have is a saws all to cut them but canít fit the blade inside fender wall to cut them.
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Old 03-21-2021, 01:10 PM   #2
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The only way that I know you could get these out besides cutting them is to apply a little pressure outwards on the head of the bolt with something to get the threads started backing out. It’s a very tight place though.
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Old 03-21-2021, 02:27 PM   #3
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Or outwards pressure on the bumper might work. Good luck.
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Old 03-21-2021, 02:46 PM   #4
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Can't wait to see pics! Ive been thinking of doing that to my car. Did you paint it to match?
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Old 03-21-2021, 03:08 PM   #5
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I tried using a screwdriver wrapped in rags to try and apply pressure to the bumper and try to get pressure to get it out to no avail. I also tried a screwdriver in the back but it’s such a tight place I couldn’t get it good enough using hand tools. If I had a air ratchet it would maybe be easier.

I put my car back together for now and will retry in a few days when I get some good ideas to try lol.

I dident paint to match I left it the stock color just like my old OEM grill.
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Old 03-21-2021, 03:42 PM   #6
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I tried using a screwdriver wrapped in rags to try and apply pressure to the bumper and try to get pressure to get it out to no avail. I also tried a screwdriver in the back but itís such a tight place I couldnít get it good enough using hand tools. If I had a air ratchet it would maybe be easier.

I put my car back together for now and will retry in a few days when I get some good ideas to try lol.

I dident paint to match I left it the stock color just like my old OEM grill.
I have taken some fast setting glue and glue the socket to something like this that I could not get behind. It shouldnít be so tight that it breaks the glue loose before catching the threads. Just another thought.
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Old 03-21-2021, 04:53 PM   #7
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I have taken some fast setting glue and glue the socket to something like this that I could not get behind. It shouldnít be so tight that it breaks the glue loose before catching the threads. Just another thought.
That might be a idea. I got it half way out the bolt so when the bumper and fender separates I can see the nut spinning. Maybe I can try and glue it and try again.
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Old 03-21-2021, 04:56 PM   #8
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If they are the ones way up in the front. I had one do that. So I got a pair of needle nose vise grips and a small blade screw driver and put pressure under the head of the bolt when turning it. When I take mine off I jack the car up and take my tires off and the inner wheel well off. A lot easier to get to the screws.
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Buy new brackets to put in and saw of the old.
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If they are the ones way up in the front. I had one do that. So I got a pair of needle nose vise grips and a small blade screw driver and put pressure under the head of the bolt when turning it. When I take mine off I jack the car up and take my tires off and the inner wheel well off. A lot easier to get to the screws.
Ya I removed the wheels to and made the access as good as it can get. Maybe Iíll try that I used just a screwdriver to add pressure and couldnít get enough to apply pressure and work a ratchet at the same time.
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Buy new brackets to put in and saw of the old.
Thatís why I was trying the sawsall but the location is horrible. Know any mini saws that would fit? I donít mind drilling out the old and making it work again.
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Thatís why I was trying the sawsall but the location is horrible. Know any mini saws that would fit? I donít mind drilling out the old and making it work again.
You may can use a pneumatic saw if you have a strong enough compressor to run it.
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Old 03-21-2021, 06:48 PM   #13
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That I don’t just some hand tools and time on my hands lol. A small cutting wheel would do it in a second.

I even tried to retighten time and snap the bolt that way to no avail.
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Would something like this work? I have a good drill

https://www.amazon.com/Rotary-Cuttin...s%2C154&sr=8-6
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