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Impact bumper assembly order of operations...

Assembled the front end of my 88 carrera without too much drama, but by the end of it I was admittedly over fishing around trying to tighten tiny hardware and stuffing bellows into places they shouldn't fit.

With that in mind...is there a suggested best practice as far as order of assembly for the rear end?

As an aside, although I love the stock look, I'm finding myself pretty upset as I bolt several tens of pounds back onto the car...not to mention the fact that I'd be money ahead had I gone with 'glass bumpers vs. all new small bits!

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From memory:
1. Unscrew the license plate lights and disconnect the wires.
2. From the backside, pull each license plate wire out of the bumper and pull back th metal tabs on the impact shocks that hold the wires in place, tuck them out of the way.
3. Unbolt the bumperettes from behind, remove the cosmetic caps on the rubber strip and remove both strips. The side screws have a bolt on the backside so you must hold the back with a wrench.
4. Remove the 4 10mm bolts that hold the bumper extensions to the car. Remove the six 8mm bolts that hold the top of the extensions to the body. The oil tank side is tricky. Use various extensions and universal joints to get at ‘em.
5. Unbolt the 4 bolts that hold the bumper to the impact shocks.

The bumper can come off in one piece with the bellows and extensions together.

Reverse for reassembly (so attach bellows and extensions to bumper before attaching bumper—do not over tighten the bellow nuts-just snug—it’s a self locking nut)

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....With that in mind...is there a suggested best practice as far as order of assembly for the rear end? !
Make sure you thread the wires for the license plate lights into the bumper pads before you button it up. I usually do the threading first so I don't forget.

Also don't tighten everything up until you have the rubber side skirts attached on all the studs. Also leave these loose until the bumper is tightened then return to them.

Visually check the alignment and side-to-side height before final tightening. You can use your knees to tweak/re-align as needed.

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Thanks guys!


Anyone have a clever way to hold the impact strips down without the bumpers?
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There are small bolts holding the strips down.
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Thanks guys!


Anyone have a clever way to hold the impact strips down without the bumpers?
They have metal within the rubber....just bend them inward (at the tips) and they will stay that way.
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Impact bumper assembly order of operations...

I really like it better without the bumperettes. Time to find a donor bumper to mess with!








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