|1999 Rover 800 825 V6 Coupe Rear Bumper Brackets.|
Car: 1999 Rover 800 825 V6 Coupe
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Got loose or sagging bumpers, if so then it's about time to change your bumper brackets.
Although the front bumper brackets can be changed on the car without removing the front bumper, to change the rear bumper bumper brackets requires removal of the rear bumper!
Fortunately the rear bumpers are very easy to remove, but it does help if you remove the rear wheels and the plastic trim that is behind the rear wheels on either side of the car first.
As soon as you remove the plastic trim you can usually see how bad the old bumper brackets have rusted and have swollen.
New bumper brackets can be bought from your local Rover/X-part dealers using the part number DPL10022.
(At the time of writing this page the cost of new brackets was around £10 each + VAT.)
The brackets are the same on either side of the car, front or rear, throughout the entire Rover 800 Mk2 range (91-99). So one bracket fits all! Fastback, saloon or coupe!
Normally as the rear bumper brackets begin to rot & swell the sides of the rear bumper will begin to get loose and the gap between the bodywork and the bumper will begin to increase.
The passenger side on this bumper was not bad though because the bracket was still in a very reasonable condition as it had been replaced in recent years.
The drivers side of the bumper was also solid and at the correct height.
...but this side was in need of a new bracket, it was only due to the fact that I had repaired it so well in the past that it was still like this as the next photos will show!
This is the passenger side one that was still in a reasonable condition having been replaced a few years earlier.
...this was not the case with the one on the drivers side though! This one was bolted together to stop the swelling of the bracket.
When the brackets have swollen a little, you can usually squeeze them back together for another few years use. ...but this one was so bad the last time, that we put bolts through the front & rear of it, to clamp it back up enough to hold the peg & it worked!
We took this photo just after cutting through one of the bolts we had fitted. This enabled us to remove the peg.
The rear bumper is attached by four bolts located underneath the carpet in the boot, two bolts are hidden on either side of the car, underneath the rubber bungs.
Here are the other two bolts.
With the help of a second person simply withdraw the rear bumper.
This can be done alone, but if two people withdraw the bumper whilst holding it at the sides, it saves any damage to the paintwork.
As you can see the bracket on the passenger side does not look to bad.
Although the Torx head bolts have rusted, the heads were just good enough to be able to undo the bolts.
Comparing old and new, the bracket on this side of the car had not swollen too badly.
Rather than replacing the bolts with new ones from the Rover parts dealer, which do tend to perish, this time we would fit some much better stainless steel bolts with allen key heads.
This is what a bad bracket looks like, but not only has the bracket rusted and swollen, those Torx head bolts have too!
Nothing would fit the bolt heads and make them turn, and so we were going to have to drill the bolts out!
After drilling off the heads of the bolts we were able to remove the old bracket, but then we still had the body of the bolts to remove.
The masking tape was just used to prevent any accidental damage being caused to the paintwork of the car.
The first bolt had to be drilled all the way out, and required the threads re-tapping.
The second bolt was drilled in the same way, using increasing drill sizes, although this time we were able to pull the last bit of the bolt out.
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