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1972 107 Euro Bumpers -reassembly

I was lucky enough to pick up a set of euro bumpers at my local boneyard. I pulled them apart for paint and polish, now I have them reassembled; except for the rubber trim pieces. How do these reassemble? Do they slide on from some point? Is a rubber mallet necessary? Ambient temp is about 35F, do I need to warm them up?
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Please complete you profile with 107 year, model and your location.
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Sorry, tried, can't seem to manage it.
My car is a '76 450SL, location, Massachusetts. The bumpers referenced are, of course, '72-3
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Euro bumpers were standard on all ROTW model 107s '71-'89. The '72-'73 North American models were a bit different.
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Euro bumpers were standard on all ROTW model 107s '71-'89. The '72-'73 North American models were a bit different.
I am not presently concerned with mounting them on the car. Just difficulty in remounting the "rubber" facing strips on the bumpers. It appears they should slide on, but I am not having any luck.
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There are are pictures here somewhere. You need to gradually fold the rubber backward and work around the length of the bumper. The rear North Americans are easier because you don't have to put the whole piece on.
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There are are pictures here somewhere. You need to gradually fold the rubber backward and work around the length of the bumper. The rear North Americans are easier because you don't have to put the whole piece on.
That sounds pretty much like what I have been attempting. Maybe I will set them in the sun for a bit and try a little silicone spray. I'll look around for the pictures. Thank you.
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I tried finding the pics and failed. My faulty memory thinks it was Fonzi that posted them.

There are some members that have bought the stainless repros and done it. Maybe one of them will chip in.
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I tried finding the pics and failed. My faulty memory thinks it was Fonzi that posted them.

There are some members that have bought the stainless repros and done it. Maybe one of them will chip in.
YouTube to the rescue, there is film of the whole operation, apparently from Viet Nam

The locale of filming suggests a warmer climate, so perhaps I will attempt warming them. As you say roll back and press.
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The stainless repros are from Vietnam. Glad you found it. Hair dryer or heat gun on low.
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