BimmerFest BMW Forum banner
1 - 11 of 11 Posts

· Registered
Joined
·
1,175 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
I love DIYs with pictures so this is my attempt at making one. There was no particular motivation for removing the rear bumper carrier other than having fun. My excuse was that, while replacing an old seal, a metal clip fell into the nether regions... so the whole thing had to be removed!

Outline:
- Recommended Tools
- Definitions
- Removal
- Installation Tips
- Parts
- Miscellaneous
- Gratuitous Photos
- Can You Identify the Part?

Recommended Tools:
- Torx 10 screwdriver
- 16mm box wrench
- Tack remover
- Prying tools

Definitions:
For directions I will use words like: upward, rearward, leftward. Imagine an arrow pointing from the center of the car direction-the-car-is-pointing-ward. Outward means away from the center of the car at any given point. Component names are from the online part catalog unless a more descriptive name is required.

Removal:
1. Remove tail light cover, left / right (optional)
2. Remove rear bumperguard sealing cap, left / right (optional)
3. Remove rear bumper seal, center (optional)
4. Remove bumper cover
5. Remove bumper guard, left / right (not required)
6. Remove whole rear bumper
7. Separate rear bumper carrier from rear bumper trim
8. Remove towing eye flap (not required)
(optional) - makes your work easier
(not required) - unnecessary task included for completeness

Let's get to it!


Image 1: Here is the victim: BMW E39 530d Touring.

1. Remove tail light cover, left / right (optional)


Image 2: Use a Torx 10 screwdriver to remove screws from the tail light covers, two on each side (red arrow). To remove cover, pull upwards (blue arrow).

2. Remove rear bumperguard sealing cap, left / right (optional)


Image 3: The caps are held in place by two clips each. Use both hands to grab the upper part of the cap and pull rearwards until the upper clip is released (red arrow). Repeat for the lower clip (blue arrow).

3. Remove rear bumper seal, center (optional)


Image 4: Pull rearwards to remove the seal (red arrow).

4. Remove bumper cover


Image 5: Release outer tab (red arrow) and pull rearwards on the bumper cover (blue arrow) just enough so the tab does not reengage.


Image 6: Work your way to the other side releasing tabs (red arrow) and pulling rearwards on the panel (blue arrow) just enough so they do not reengage. On the inner tabs I used a bicycle tire removal tool.


Image 7: Pull rearwards to remove the bumper cover (red arrows) after all the tabs, two outer and five inner, have been released.

5. Remove bumper guard, left / right (not required)


Image 8: Start at the rear by pulling outwards and slightly upwards (blue arrow). There are five pairs of tabs spaced equally along the whole length. The lower tabs precede the upper tabs (red arrow) slightly. So continue pulling outwards and slightly downwards / upwards depending on the position of next tab still engaged.

6. Remove whole rear bumper


Image 9: Use a tack remover to remove expanding rivets, three on each side (red arrows), joining the bumper and the wheel well cover.


Image 10: Use a 16mm box wrench on the slightly recessed bolts (red arrow) holding the bumper on the shock absorbers.


Image 11: The bumper rests on two shock absorbers. It is held in place by two slide-in brackets and two tabs, one of each per wheel well. Push the bumper rearwards at both wheel wells over the wheel well cover. Then grip it at the center, pull rearwards, and remove (red arrows). It is not heavy.

7. Separate rear bumper carrier from rear bumper trim


Image 12: The bumper carrier is joined to the bumper trim by 7 expanding rivets on top and 6 on the bottom. Remove the expanding rivets (red arrow) with a tack remover and separate bumper carrier from trim.

8. Remove towing eye flap (not required)


Image 13: Pry flap out from the top. Help the loop at the end of the band (red circle) through the hole.

Installation Tips:


Image 14: When installing the bumper, first set it down on one of the shock absorbers, then slide it into place on the opposite side. The bumper slides into the bracket (red arrows) and the tab on the upper edge (green arrow). Three expanding rivets go through the holes (red circles) and join the bumper with the wheel well cover.


Image 15: Orientation of clips on the rear bumperguard sealing cap.


Image 16: Tab overlap on installed bumperguard sealing cap and tail light cover.

Parts:

Some bumper parts were not in the online catalog. I assume the bumper is part of some optional package.





Images 17, 18, 19, 20:
Bumper trim panel - 51 12 8 183 170 (not in catalog) - PP EPDM TV20
Unknown part fused with bumper trim panel left side - 51 12 8 183 737 (not in catalog) - PP EPDM TV20
Unknown part fused with bumper trim panel right side - 51 12 8 183 738 (not in catalog) - PP EPDM TV20
Towing eye flap - 51 12 8 213 683 (not in catalog) - PP EPDM





Images 21, 22, 23, 24:
Bumper carrier - 51 12 8 159 371 (guess) - metal
Bumper insert, left - 51 12 8 246 077 - PP EPDM TX20
Bumper insert, right - 51 12 8 246 078 - PP EPDM TX20
The top of the bumper carrier has four dense foam buffers glued to it.



Images 25, 26:
Hex bolt - 07 11 9 900 518 - M10X110-8.8-ZN
Expanding rivet - 51 11 8 174 185 - PP (guess)
Ideally you pulled out 19 unbroken rivets in this DIY.




Images 27, 28, 29:
Bumper guard, left - 51 12 7 005 879 (not in catalog) - ABS PC
Bumper guard, right - 51 12 7 005 880 (not in catalog) - ABS PC
Bumper cover, center - 51 12 7 005 913 (not in catalog) - ABS PC
Bumper seal, center - 51 71 8 204 699 (guess) - PP (guess)


Image 30:
Bumperguard sealing cap, rear left - 51 71 8 222 461 - PP TPO
Bumperguard sealing cap, rear right - 51 71 8 222 461 - PP TPO
Clamp - 51 71 8 232 647 - metal
The new cap I ordered already came with two clamps.



Images 31, 32:
Tail light cover, left - 51 71 8 218 925 - PP TX20 (TE SEBS)
Tail light cover, right - 51 71 8 218 926 - PP TX20 (TE SEBS)
Screw - 62 11 8 375 035 - TX10 metal
 

Attachments

· Registered
Joined
·
1,175 Posts
Discussion Starter · #3 ·
... continued

Miscellaneous:


Image 33: The tools used: TX10 screwdriver, M16/M17 box wrench, bicycle tire removal tool as a prying tool, and a 'tack remover' which looks suspiciously like a dinner fork. A proper tack remover works much better.


Image 34: Most of the struts on the bottom of the bumper trim were broken.


Image 35: Polypropylene based parts can be repaired with a hot glue gun.


Image 36: The poor BMW with no ass.


Image 37: One way breather flap. If you look through the right side breather flap, you will see the battery.


Image 38: Right side shock absorber bracket with hole for towing eye.


Image 39: Rubber band suspended silencer. There's a circular imprint where it occasionaly hits the rubber stop.

Gratuitous Photos:










Images 40 through 48

Can You Identify the Part?


Image 49: What are the two pipes (red arrow, green arrow) behind the right side rear wheel well cover?


Image 50: What are the blue things (red arrow) behind the rear wheel well covers?
 

Attachments

· Registered
Joined
·
3 Posts
First thanks for an excellent DIY, will do it myself just now.
The red arrow on image 49 is a drainage for the fuel filler, if you spill when you fill. It goes upwards along the plastic wheel housing and connects just below the fuel filler pipe.
 

· Wish I was in Toronto
Joined
·
2,886 Posts
hvala Pudl!

this came in very handy and made removal of the bumper cover a near breeze, now getting it back on after the body shop cleans it up (wifey got hit from rear at low speed, left 4 screw marks) and repaints it will be another story.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
1,956 Posts
Much easier to remove a few interior pieces, unbolt the bumper struts (3 nuts per side), 3 side plastic push rivets and pull bumper off. When we tried to do it as above, so much disassembly and the captive nut on the bottom of the bumper substructure sheared off and the bolt simply rotated in place.
 
1 - 11 of 11 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top