|Rover 800 Rear Bumper Brackets.|
Car: 1999 Rover 800 820 Auto Fastback
Colour: Charcoal Grey / Black
Rover 800 bumper brackets have always been doomed to failure. Having already replaced the front bumper brackets on this Rover 800 recently, it was now time to replace the rears!
The rear bumper on this car was in need of repair, after suffering from another series of small knocks! These big cars do have a very high tendency of having their bumpers scuffed, bumped or scraped by owners of tiny cars that just cannot carry out simple maneuvers!
The knocks to the rear bumper had not only caused the rear of the bumper to crack and split, but it had also caused the sides of the rear bumper to stick out a little, as the now swollen rusty old bumper brackets had no way left of holding the bumper in it's correct place!
We combined the fitting of the new bumper brackets on the rear, with the repairs to the rear bumper, to minimise the amount of time the car would have to be kept off the road.
The rear of the car was jacked up and supported on axle stands. and the rear wheels were removed.
As you can see in this photo the rear bumper was already undergoing some repair. At this stage the rear ABS plastic bumper had been soldered back together with a soldering iron!
Anyway back to those bumper brackets. & now is the time to get those all important 'before' photos!
Here is the drivers side...
...and here is the passenger side!
both sides are stuck out way to far!
Removing the rear bumper is easy, start by removing the carpet and the rubber bungs and undo the bumper bolts found beneath.
You may need a screwdriver, to help release those bungs!
These bits of trim on either side of the car are just held in place by two screws each. These were easy to remove without the rear wheel in the way.
There is also one more screw under either side of the bumper that must also be removed before the bumper will simply pull out from off the back of the car!
Removing the trim shows you just how bad those old bumper brackets have swollen. The securing peg is hanging free. Luckily it has remained clipped to the bumper itself though.
Even the bumper peg on this side is no longer serving any use!
Anyway pull both pegs out, and then you can easily remove the rear bumper.
Rear bumper removed!
Oh no! ...as normal it's not just those bumper brackets that have gone rusty, but as usual those bolt heads have rotted too!
The same thing has happened on this side, so all four bolts will have to be drilled out, before new bolts can be fitted.
Comparing old & new!
The part number for New brackets is DPL10022!
The M5 x 12mm bolts we will substitute with stainless steel allen key headed ones, to make them easier to remove next time!
After having to drill out the old bolts from the car, when it came to fitting the new ones, one of the bolts would not tighten up correctly as the hole was now a fraction too big!
We simply put a nut on the bolt on the inside of the panel. We made a note of this on the bracket, so that the day anyone comes to remove the bracket it will be completely clear, how to!
The other new bumper bracket was bolted on on this side with no problem...
...and the bumper was lifted back into place!
When reinserting the pegs, they have to be fully clicked home on either side of the car. To do this we gave them a few short sharp taps with a small hammer and screwdriver.
The bumper bolts were reinserted.
Make sure the bumper is lined up okay everywhere and then tighten the bolts fully up!
Ah, much better!
This side certainly is!
Replace the trims!...
...and don't forget to replace the final screw located under the edge on either side.
Then just replace the wheels and you're done!