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    Default Newb Help: Rear Bumper

    My rear bumper got lightly clipped by a Uhaul and took the rear bumper off, I'm lucky it was such a light hit. Anyway, no body shop will touch it because they say it will be a total loss, so it looks like I am on my own. I have looked at how it was attached and I feel like it wouldn't be too difficult to put a replacement bumper on without taking it to a shop. But when I am looking for bumpers online, I am confused because the bumpers I find all say "bumper cover" and I am not sure if that's what I need.

    So, my question is, what should I be searching for when I am searching for a replacement bumper? Should I be looking for a bumper cover or maybe a bumper assembly? Or are they the same thing? And is that all I need?

    I have attached a picture to show how the bumper is broken off.


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    By the looks of it, you need an entire bumper assembly. The cover is glued onto the bumper and is a PITA. You're "lucky" it came off clean. Best bet is to hit the local pull-a-part and get one there. This will get you prepared to see how it is installed by removing it from the donor car, yourself. be sure to remove the 2 scres that hold the front corner of the cover FIRST. This area is prone to cracking, so be careful removing those screws.
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    bumper and bumper assembly are two in one. assembly isn't too difficult, as long as it's not rusted to hell
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    This is easy as hell to remove. Remove the screws on the sides first as Doug said, then remove the other 4? from inside the trunk after removing the interior trim. So easy to

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    The z bumper was the first ever I replaced.....like Gitt said "easy as hell".

    Lay under the car so you can see where it bolts up in the rear. And like Dougie said, start with the two mount screws in the rear tire wells.

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    Your best bet would be a junk yard bumper. If you can happen to find one in black in decent condition, even better. But you'll probably have to do the repainting yourself because it's hard to find a rear bumper in good condition, let alone in the right color. '98-'03 all fit, '98s have Escort ZX2 instead of just ZX2 on it which is the only difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JaredJEstes View Post
    Any luck with this? I am working on this next...
    no luck needed, except maybe the luck of what's in your local pick n pull.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pextor View Post
    no luck needed, except maybe the luck of what's in your local pick n pull.
    I was more looking for an update pic from the OP.

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    IMG_6888.JPGIMG_6888.JPGWell if you would like, I actually have a black 98 bumper in my garage! I got rear ended a few years back and put a black bumper on until I found a red one to match my car. The bumper has no cracks, a little bit of paint scuff but that's it. I live in north Texas, Idk how close you are to that but if you want to come pick it up you can have it for free. Just pm me if you are interested

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    Lol, never mind just realized how old this thread is

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    I can't for the life of me find the final screws for taking off the bumper? The ones on the sides, near the wheel well, have been taken off with a 10mm but if anyone knows exactly where the ones, apparently inside the trunk are... would you kindly take a picture for me? THANK YOU!

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    I can't remember (it's been a while)...but..IIrc I think they're in the trunk under the carpet or you have get on your back, under the car/trunk, look up.

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    I just took one off @ the yard today, so removal is fresh in my mind, even though this thread aint so fresh.

    8 fasteners all together.
    2- 10mm head screws at corners in wheel well.
    6- 14mm nuts, 2 under the car, 4 inside the trunk at floor level behind the plastic trim that goes side to side and around the trunk latch. You have to remove the 4 panel fasteners and then pull the panel forward to release the push in fasteners in the body


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    Quote Originally Posted by ZX2.0 View Post
    I just took one off @ the yard today, so removal is fresh in my mind, even though this thread aint so fresh.

    8 fasteners all together.
    2- 10mm head screws at corners in wheel well.
    6- 14mm nuts, 2 under the car, 4 inside the trunk at floor level behind the plastic trim that goes side to side and around the trunk latch. You have to remove the 4 panel fasteners and then pull the panel forward to release the push in fasteners in the body


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