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The rubber corners on my front and rear bumpers on my W123 are in bad shape and I was planning on taking some off of a junked car to replace mine. A few questions...

Can I remove the rubber corners (from front and back) without removing the entire bumper?

Also, if I do need to remove the rear bumper in it's entirety, do I need to have access to the trunk?

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I just recently removed some off the front of a parts car and had to remove the metal bumper first. There are 3, I believe, 19mm nuts on each side. From there you can access the screws that mount the rubber guards.
 

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To get the front bumper off there are two 19mm nuts to remove which you access from below, which you can see to the left in the below image.

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You can get the corner rubbers off without removing the brackets, but you will probably need to removed the brackets first to get them back on, I am a way off trying that yet!
There are two fixings on each bracket and you need access to the back via inside the wheel arch to hold the nuts.
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The rear is similar, two 19mm nuts to remove the bumper accessible from the outside, but to remove the corner brackets there is a nut to access from inside the boot which requires you to remove the plastic bool liners from each side.
 

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Yeah, I ended up completely removing both bumpers from the junked car to get all the rubber corner pieces. Removing the bumpers is easy, in theory, but... literally every bolt and fender/panel was rusted to death so it end up being somewhat of a pain in the ass. I had to break a handful of the bolts just to get the bumpers off. Still worth it because all the rubber parts were still way better than the ones on my car.
 
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