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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-23-2006, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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so i accidentally backed into an immovable object made of brick, so now there's a dent in the right corner of the rear bumper... anyone know how or have helpful diagrams to remove the entire bumper...? i'm gonna take a look underneath and around the bumper soon to see how it may come off, but was wondering if anyone could share any helpful info.... i'm thinking of pushing/pounding out the dent from the inside... anyone have experience with this type of fix...? Thanks...

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These are for an 05 XT, buth should be similar

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Awesome- Thank you so much...!!

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Expect to replace many or all of the plastic connectors since they can get damaged during removal.

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My suggestion for removing your rear bumper is to drive the NJ Turnpike. Someone will remove it for you, no problem-o.

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My suggestion for removing your rear bumper is to drive the NJ Turnpike. Someone will remove it for you, no problem-o.
I recommend a nice heavy car from behind too... I had a lady in a little peugeot 106 run into me a few months back it wasn't enough... ;-)

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Thought the traffic in France was more civilized than it is here..........at least you guys haven't caught the road rage bug.....yet.

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Don't believe it... I got 'attacked' by a retired couple, both well into their sixties, the other morning after they cut me up from a side turning (at 7.50am!!!). I seems like they didn't like me hooting at them, so after slamming on the brakes several times to try and get me to rear end them, they came storming out of their car. The wife (!) yanked the driver's door open and started screaming at me... while the husband tried to get in through the passenger side! Luckily I had my de-icing spray under the seat and she got a quick shot of that in the face to calm her down... needless to say the 'Gendarmes' gave them a good talking to!

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Don't believe it... I got 'attacked' by a retired couple, both well into their sixties, the other morning after they cut me up from a side turning (at 7.50am!!!). I seems like they didn't like me hooting at them, so after slamming on the brakes several times to try and get me to rear end them, they came storming out of their car. The wife (!) yanked the driver's door open and started screaming at me... while the husband tried to get in through the passenger side! Luckily I had my de-icing spray under the seat and she got a quick shot of that in the face to calm her down... needless to say the 'Gendarmes' gave them a good talking to!
HAA HAA !!!! sorry to laugh, but THAT is the funniest story i've heard in quite some time.

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Did the old couple think you were an American, per chance? So much for my idealistic dreams of European civility.

Maybe New Jersey isn't that wild?

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Did the old couple think you were an American, per chance?
I think they just saw red... ! Although I do have a small Union Jack enamel badge on the back of the Forester, they only saw the front!

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Maybe New Jersey isn't that wild?
At least they weren't armed! A slap with a fresh loaf of french bread can cause untold havoc...

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Looking back on it now, I'm sure that Monty Python had a hand in it somewhere...

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Expect to replace many or all of the plastic connectors since they can get damaged during removal.
Thanks...! i'm gonna try to work from the outside before removing the entire bumper... so do you get those connectors from the dealer...?

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ok, so i wasn't able to pound out the dent from the outside, so i went ahead and took the bumper off... was pretty straight forward, a lot(18?) of the plastic connectors to take off... happy to say i didn't break any...! i used mostly my foot to push out the dent from the inside; after i put the bumper back on, i realized i had 5 extra connectors- doh! had to take it all off again, cuz the 5 went into bumper upper beam, but it was all good... including two photos of vents i found just behind the rear wheels, thought they were interesting, with thin rubber flaps... guess they keep the trunk area ventilated...? repair is not perfect- bumper didn't go completely back to its original shape, and i used touch up paint as well for the scrapes... but i'm pretty happy- much cheaper than getting a whole new bumper...! i'll soon take "after" photos...
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