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    Front Bumper Brackets Won’t Line Up — What’s the trick??

    Hi Everyone:

    I endeavored to replace the front rub strip on my bumper today. What a job.

    Having finally replaced the trim strip, I went to reinstall the bumper only to find that the bracket in front of the passenger battery box won’t line up to accept the bolts. I’m about 0.5” too low. No amount of wiggling or pushing seems to close the gap.

    Note: The other four bolts are in place.

    What’s gives? Is there a trick to this?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grantmax View Post
    Hi Everyone:

    I endeavored to replace the front rub strip on my bumper today. What a job.

    Having finally replaced the trim strip, I went to reinstall the bumper only to find that the bracket in front of the passenger battery box won’t line up to accept the bolts. I’m about 0.5” too low. No amount of wiggling or pushing seems to close the gap.

    Note: The other four bolts are in place.

    What’s gives? Is there a trick to this?

    Thanks in advance!
    Been a while since I’ve removed my bumper but I recall needing to line up all the bolts and tightening them incrementally. Required wiggling

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    Agreed - don’t tighten any until they are on started
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    Quote Originally Posted by camarilla View Post
    Been a while since I’ve removed my bumper but I recall needing to line up all the bolts and tightening them incrementally. Required wiggling
    Quote Originally Posted by Simonjjb View Post
    Agreed - don’t tighten any until they are on started
    Thank you, gentlemen! I took a break due to tired arms, but will take your advice and loosen the four bolts I have started before trying to tackle the remaining two bolts again.

    It seems so easy . . . but it hasn’t wanted to budge.

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