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Old 05-26-2017, 04:43 PM   #1
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Special tool needed for bumper cover plastic rivets?

So yeah... my front bumper cover has become completely detached from the plastic carrier that holds it to the bumper itself, obviously necessitating the entire assembly to be reassembled. My plan is to epoxy the carrier back onto the bumper cover where the plastic welded tabs are, but then I will still need some kind of expanding lags/rivets/etc to mount that onto the bumper itself. So is there a special tool needed to install the oem plastic rivets? I would prefer to get the right parts and fix everything correctly if at all possible. Or should I just punt and figure out another way to attach everything?
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So yeah... my front bumper cover has become completely detached from the plastic carrier that holds it to the bumper itself, obviously necessitating the entire assembly to be reassembled. My plan is to epoxy the carrier back onto the bumper cover where the plastic welded tabs are, but then I will still need some kind of expanding lags/rivets/etc to mount that onto the bumper itself. So is there a special tool needed to install the oem plastic rivets? I would prefer to get the right parts and fix everything correctly if at all possible. Or should I just punt and figure out another way to attach everything?
They should be expanding rivets. There are several types and sizes. Do you have any of the old ones? They are pennies at the dealer (Hendrick North Lake), you just need to get the right size. It should take about 15 - 20 of them.
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Old 05-26-2017, 09:15 PM   #3
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Wellll.....The dealer is 45minutes away and Lowes hardware is around the corner. I went there and found some plastic 'push pins' in the automotive fasteners bin that fit perfect. They had the advantage of not being permanent - you can disassemble them easily if you don't like the result. They worked fine for me. The bumper cover is securely attached in the right place.

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Old 05-27-2017, 05:06 PM   #4
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Yep they are the expanding molly style rivets. I actually found out that harbor freight has a kit that comes with a gun and an assortment of POM (plastic) rivets. I was like $12 and they are the actual oem style rivets. They also had a larger assortment of the POM rivets that I picked up just to keep on hand for any future needs.

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