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Bumper Chrome Removal

Hi all,

It would be great if someone could explain how to remove the chrome pieces from a US spec front bumper. I am removing bolts (probably unnecessairly), but the chrome isn't coming loose.

The rear was easy - the fronts - I need your help. Many thanks!
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The process for the front and rear bumpers is essentially the same. Remove the bumper (you knew that), then I think you need to remove about twenty clips on the inside of the bumper, each with I think an 8mm bolt/screw. If that's not right, you need to remove the metal/foam piece that the big mounts are set into first. Either way, getting all the chrome off is not hard, just tedious.

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Ok - then I'll do the following for the front.

1) Remove the 4 bolts on each absorber (remove the absorber)
2) Remove all of the bolts that run along the top underside of the ceramic mount and the chrome piece (14 or so)
3) Remove the two side bolts

So basically I am going to undo every screw and see where that leaves me.

I also notice retaining clips that come through the ceramic mount. Looks like you can just squeeze those and poke them back through the hole.

BTW - my bolts are a combo of 10MM and 11MM

I'll let you know how it turns out.
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Ok - then I'll do the following for the front.

1) Remove the 4 bolts on each absorber (remove the absorber)
2) Remove all of the bolts that run along the top underside of the ceramic mount and the chrome piece (14 or so)
3) Remove the two side bolts

So basically I am going to undo every screw and see where that leaves me.

I also notice retaining clips that come through the ceramic mount. Looks like you can just squeeze those and poke them back through the hole.

BTW - my bolts are a combo of 10MM and 11MM

I'll let you know how it turns out.
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Hi all,

OK I have removed or loosened every bolt I can find, and nothing is coming apart on this front bumper. I have searched and searched for a "how to" on this forum but can find anything - please help!

Once again - I'm just trying to get the chrome off to replace it with a better looking piece.

Please help and thank you!!!
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Hi all - just an update here that I finally got the front bumper taken apart. There are four mounts for the bumper. Behind the outer most two mounts is a single retaining bolt that holds the bumper chrome on to the ceramic support.

These two bolts are basically hidden unless you remove the outer mounts. Once that was done - its was all good. FYI for anyone looking to do the same.

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I knew it wasn't some cryptic thing-- I guess I'd forgotten about the mounting bolts. I truly don't recall mine being hidden though...but then again it was a while ago.

Glad all is well and you got it figured out!!

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This job appears easy on the surface (chrome replacement) but it can quickly turn into a much bigger job. I am in the process of removing the chrome piece off the old bumper and install a new one (sourced from Mclare) and virtually ALL of the mounting screws are rusted and have deteriorated heads. Put PB blaster on them and started to remove them. First two snapped right off and a lot of the others have corroded heads to the point you can't get a wrench on them. Damn, I thought this was going to be a one hour job!

I sure hope the little mounting clips that fit inside the chrome and screws are still available from the dealer 'cause mine are completely shot.

Has anyone had this issue and if so, where did you get the mounting screws and clips?

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Are we talking about Euro or US type bumpers in this thread? Doesnt sound like mine, no ceramic mounts or absorbers on mine.
Graftdesign, those little clips, last time i checked they were rather expensive i'm afraid. They can be really annoying cant they. Last time i took chrome off i soaked the clips for a week before trying, and some still broke.

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Are we talking about Euro or US type bumpers in this thread? Doesnt sound like mine, no ceramic mounts or absorbers on mine.
Graftdesign, those little clips, last time i checked they were rather expensive i'm afraid. They can be really annoying cant they. Last time i took chrome off i soaked the clips for a week before trying, and some still broke.

I have a US bumper, but I would image the Euro is similar.

Actually every single bolt broke off and I still don't have the chrome off. I have to cut off the last 4 bolts holding the side brackets so I can get at the 2 hidden screws behind the bracket. I didn't have the proper tools for that so I am going to resume later.

I was planning on getting several things done today and didn't get to finish one as this has turned into a major PITA.

Next w126 I get is coming from a no snow, no rust climate!

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