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Old 03-23-2003, 07:34 PM   #1
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Help can't get the rear bumper off, having problems with 2 bolts

Ok, I have been working on my 97+ conversion all day and I got the sideskirts done quick, and what appears to be every bolt on the bumper off except two. One on each side, and it is located where the bumper contacts the quarter panel in the wheel well area. I have taken the panel off in the wheel well, and I can get to the bolt, but it will just spin and not actually come out. When I look at it on the inside of the trunk it appears that there is a rubber piece that connects to the back of the bolt, basically holding keeping the bolt from coming out. WHat the heck do I need to do to get these bastards out?
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Old 03-23-2003, 09:31 PM   #2
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spray some good ol' WD40 on there, see if that loosens things up a bit.
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Old 03-23-2003, 11:46 PM   #3
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No, these things are loose, they are spinning, just there seems to be something on the backs of them keeping them from coming out.
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Old 03-24-2003, 10:24 PM   #4
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shred off that rubber piece and find out what it does. i'm sure u really dont need it to keep the bolt in place if u put the bolt back on tight enough (just make sure u dont strip the bolt)
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Old 03-26-2003, 11:10 AM   #5
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Im assuming you mean the bolt closest to the wheel on each side, if so those are just plastic housings that the bolts thread into. Basically do whatever you have to to get em off, i cut mine out and then replaced it with a bolt/nut combo when reinstalling it. Its a little tight to work under the bumper but it works fine.
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Old 03-27-2003, 06:16 AM   #6
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I just did my talon-97+ eclipse conversion the other day. The rear bumper was by far the worst part to do. I do not remember seeing any plastic or rubber piece connecting to the bolts in the quarter panel. If I were you I would take a flat head screw driver and pry some pressure on the bolt and what it is threaded into. That should help you thread the bolt out instead of it just turning.
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