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Old 01-04-2009, 11:34 PM   #41
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i'm guessing it's this one?
16 CLAMP 2 01/1999 51124015053 $1.53
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:12 AM   #42
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i'm guessing it's this one?
16 CLAMP 2 01/1999 51124015053 $1.53
that's it dude. my car has the same clip. i did not have to replace mine. i had my rear bumper painted and all i did was push the clip out when i removed the bumper, pushed it back in place. then when can time to put the bumper back on after painting, it just clicked right in place. so you might be able to bend your clip back into shape if it's not [too] damaged. just pray that you don't have a problem with your bumper instead.
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Old 04-06-2010, 11:11 AM   #43
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Old 05-03-2010, 03:34 PM   #44
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Anyone have more recent experience or photos of the bumper and mounting points - particularly the area right at the rear wheel well opening? Trying to get a sense of what the pieces should look like for an M tech II facelift bumper....

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Old 09-06-2014, 06:32 AM   #45
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Trying to get my 04 coupe rear bumper out. I figured I need t50 torx (I bought a set a year ago which has up to t40 ) I'm clear from the sides and know about the lower torx.

&, did somebody mention nuts in the luggage compartment on a facelift?

Oh and I did remove the plastic trim, no access for the torx from there. I can only undo these from under the car.

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Old 09-06-2014, 02:20 PM   #46
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Trying to get my 04 coupe rear bumper out. I figured I need t50 torx (I bought a set a year ago which has up to t40 ) I'm clear from the sides and know about the lower torx.

&, did somebody mention nuts in the luggage compartment on a facelift?

Oh and I did remove the plastic trim, no access for the torx from there. I can only undo these from under the car.

Cheers folks
Are you trying to remove the bumper or the bumper cover?

I had to buy a t50 torx also but it was for the cover removal, not the bumper.
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Old 09-06-2014, 04:18 PM   #47
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Old 09-07-2014, 03:02 AM   #48
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The painted part actually.
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Old 09-07-2014, 03:32 AM   #49
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Thanks for the vid @duss46
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Old 10-28-2014, 07:09 AM   #50
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Sorry to come to this thread late, but I'm about to take mine off and mine's like the 'after' picture iof the MTec sport rear. I think a lot of the confusion is because there are quite a few variations in bumpers/ models / years, but one thing I worked out is that there is a choice:
You can EITHER take out the two vertical T50 bolts at the outboard end of the shock OR remove the 6 nuts inside the boot (trunk if you must!) and the shocks will come away with the bumper. The latter sounds a bit more work but a lot easier.
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Old 10-28-2014, 06:04 PM   #51
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Sounds like my option since I have both t50's nuts cut off from welding..

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Old 10-29-2014, 04:45 PM   #52
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Can you point out on how and where can i find these 6 nits from the trunk please? what should i remove to find them?

cheers in advance!
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Can you point out on how and where can i find these 6 nits from the trunk please? what should i remove to find them?

cheers in advance!
These are covered with 1-1 plastic cover. Lift up the trunk carpet, remove the 2 trays right and left side, and you should see them there.
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Old 10-30-2014, 05:53 PM   #54
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Cheers mate! will see to this as i get my 46 from the garage!
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Old 11-08-2014, 01:01 PM   #55
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Are these the 6 bolts you guys mentioned earlier? because I slackened them and the bumper didn't even budge...
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Old 12-06-2014, 07:30 PM   #56
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Are these the 6 bolts you guys mentioned earlier? because I slackened them and the bumper didn't even budge...
I only glanced through this thread, as I can here from a Google image search for something else, and found it odd there was a 3 page thread to remove the bumper lol. But, there are 2 ways to the remove the bumper. You can take just the bumper and cover, or you can take the shocks, bumper and cover. If you want to leave the shocks in you need to access the two larger torx bolts from below, and the shocks will stay on the car. If you want to remove the shocks with the bumper, you take the nuts off that you are showing in your picture. Make sure the bumper is loose from the clips near the wheel wells, and make sure all of the splash guards are loose. Then, it might still take a little bit of a yank to get the shocks to come loose and it will come right out.
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