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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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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!

So much for my idealistic dreams of European civility.

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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HAA HAA !!!! sorry to laugh, but THAT is the funniest story i've heard in quite some time.
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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I just followed some of these instructions to remove the plastic bumper cover off the rear bumper of my 2003 X.

Here are some things that were confusing which I wish someone else posted:

1. There's a screw on the inside of the wheel well that screws into the bumper. Use a 10mm socket on this one. (This is not the one that you can see on the rim of the wheel well. It is on the inside of the wheel well and screws to the top of the bumper cover.)

2. Again, at the bottom of the wheel well, there's a screw that bolts the bumper cover to a smaller piece of plastic that wraps around the bottom of the fender. Use an 8mm socket. You don't have to remove this smaller piece to get the bumper off.

3. To pry off the plastic clips, pry up the middle circular head, then keep prying. These are like the clips that hold the cover to the oil filter up front. Be gentle and it won't break. You might want to rinse off the crud before putting the clips back in. The crud will prevent the prongs from closing enough to fit back in the hole.

4. The middle of the bumper cover, below the center of the hatch, is attached to a metal bracket from below. You can't see this metal bracket until you remove the bumper cover. This metal bracket has 4 long screws that attaches to the body of the car. You have to remove your stuff in the trunk to get to the nuts holding the 4 screws in place. So, take off the cover to the spare tire and remove the spare tire. You should be able to see 2 to 3 of these 4 screws. You have to pop off the two styrofoam "containers" (one of these holds the jack) on either side of the spare tire. These styrofoam pieces should just pop out when you lift them up. Now you should see 4 screws. Use a 12mm open end wrench to remove the nuts.

5. Removing the plastic bumper cover (without removing the bumper itself) is a fairly straightforward job as long as none of the bolts have rusted shut. Once the bumper is off, you have better access to whatever dents you want to try pounding out.

Hope this helps someone.
 

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Awesome post. Some idiot pushed in the corner of my X bumper - if I can't push it back out without removing it, these instructions will be a big help. Thanks for the pics and the tips! :icon_biggrin:
 

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Cool you should post the pics on scoobymods in the contributions section, nicely done. BTW those flaps are to let the pressure out when you slam the door and also help vent if the airbag goes off so your head does not explode, I mean your ears pop ;)
 
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