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Old 04-04-2020, 05:33 PM   #1
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front bumper ripped off at the corner. Need Input please

Well my fairly new E46 just had its face ripped off. My fiance decided to get into a fight with a parking curb.

Here are some pics.

I think I can put some self tapping screws into the plastic bracket into the bumper cover from the bottom or I could drill some holes and use zipties but I really want a good way to make the repair without zipties or self tapping screws. Does anyone have any input. Here are some pictures of the damage.

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I noticed that it looks like some tabs in the middle of the bumper aren't attached to anything and the tab at the corner of the bumper cover is cracked all the way through.


Any ideas on an affordable way to fix this right? I don't really have the cash for a new cover and paint right now since I'm out of work like most of the world.

Thanks in advance,

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Old 04-04-2020, 07:06 PM   #2
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I can't see the pictures, they're too small.
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Old 04-04-2020, 07:20 PM   #3
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I can't see the pictures, they're too small.
LOL, Sry I tried to resize but couldnt make it happen through imgur....
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Same. All I could see was one hairy knuckle!! Delete and retry?
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Okay I got the pics resized. Please help.
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Old 04-04-2020, 09:45 PM   #6
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You could use rivets, fender nuts, well nuts, C clips, etc.

https://www.amazon.com/Fastener-Moun.../dp/B07G8B13SB

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32832045666.html

https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/4pcs-Me...RD18CCX8CE2MZP
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Much better on the pictures. Looks like the better half REALLY took out that bumper. You need to pull the bumper off and get a better assessment of what is broken in the center. The side mount bracket looks like it is broken or bent as well but that can be replaced. Once the bumper is off, you can look at the other side for reference.
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looks to me that only the tabs at the fender are broken and only on the fender.

Help!!!!
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A small and well-placed self-tapping screw will secure that for you.

Also, the bumper cover should not separate from the bumper that easily. Good bet to remove the assembly (easy DIY) and rivet them together for extra reinforcement.
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Having just done an M Tech conversion for the SAME REASON as your bumper, here's what I would do. The cover attaches to the aluminum reinforcement with plastic rivets that come in from the back side (through the back of the cover, into the aluminum. That will hold the bumper to the aluminum. You can get the rivets on ebay for next to nothing. Then, my OEM cover had a slot for the "old style" brackets at the corner. The old style will hold the corners in near the fenders. So....a few plastic rivets and one old style bracket, you should be good to go. Here's a link https://www.ecstuning.com/b-genuine-...BoCK2sQAvD_BwE to the bracket.
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I guess I misspoke above.....the rivets go through the aluminum and then into the plastic. Here's a video where you can see how everything is mounted:
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Ha ha, my better half tagged an island in the snow and I had to deal with the passenger corner.
I pulled the corner light, drilled the rivets underneath, then unbolted the plastic brackets so I could get to the plastic bracket with tabs that holds the corner of the bumper skin.

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