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Rusty front bumper...

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by mkwl, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    Hi all-

    Over the last few months, my front upper part of the bumper on my truck (the chrome part) has developed some rust- starting to rather severely flake off the chrome from right to left. I will need to (probably in the spring) replace this part of the fender. My question is- how hard is it to replace- can I take off the whole front bumper (lower valance and the upper chrome), or does it have to come apart on the truck? Has anyone ever replaced this part- how hard is it to do? Do I need any special body repair tools?

    Thanks,
    Matt
     
  2. te snow

    te snow Member
    Messages: 46

    its not to hard at all. i dont recall what size socket is needed to replace it, but im pretty sure i only needed one size. also a pair of side cutters to remove the retaining clips that hold the valance to the chrome bumper. you might want to remove the bumper brackets then transfer them to the new bumper. it was easier that way. be sure to remove any fog light wiring that might be retained to the bumper.
     
  3. deere615

    deere615 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,919

    I was under my truck a few months ago and saw that the back of both of my bumpers were fairly rusty, I drenched them in Fluid film, I figure thats how it starts I have seen a good amount of chevy/gmcs rusting bumpers
     
  4. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    Okay- where exactly do I start to go about removing the bumper (like an outlined list of steps)- was out looking at it and I'm pretty much lost in regards to where to start. Also- anyone know a good place to get a replacement?
     
  5. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    it will rust again.

    my Uncle's brother have GM 2500 HD I think year was 04. He told me that gm dealer replace front bumpers 2 times because rust. It not plow truck it for his wife drive. He is very mad.
     
  6. ahoron

    ahoron Senior Member
    from here
    Messages: 422

    Simple to replace just unbolt old braces off frame and remove bumper with braces 6 bolts I beleive. I sprayed undercoating on the inside of mine. These bumpers are junk. bumper on a 80's ford escort is tougher than on trucks these days
     
  7. AbsoluteH&L

    AbsoluteH&L Senior Member
    Messages: 573

    Isn't that your uncle too?! Sorry had to. lol
    Yeah thats freaking ridiculous. 2 bumper already on an 04. WOW!
     
  8. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    Are you insult me Plus it was under warranty so dealer bite and replace for free.

    And they replace step bar 2 times and if it rust again they are done with it. Cost $230 for step bar both side.
     
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2009
  9. ahoron

    ahoron Senior Member
    from here
    Messages: 422

    Might be his dad?
     
  10. te snow

    te snow Member
    Messages: 46

    Theres a company called Certi Fit near you that i have personally delt with hear in illinois and the parts are cheap and they deal with all consumers not just businesses. Not sure which one you need but the web site is easy to use just look at catalog. sorry couldnt find step by step R+R instructions.

    http://www.certifit.com/
     
  11. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    Can someone take pics of the bolts I need to remove to take the bumper off (take it off the truck's chassis)- I was looking at it and I'm lost :confused:

    Thanks,
    Matt
     
  12. Bigcat99

    Bigcat99 Senior Member
    Messages: 126

    Are you always responding from your phone? If so, you might want to look into one with a qwerty keypad on it. Makes it much easier to type full sentences.

    Good luck!
     
  13. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    These trucks are one of the easiest to remove the bumpers from Matt.

    1) Pop the headlights and grill out (don't even need any tools for that)

    2) Look into the fender well on each side and you'll see a bumper brace bolted to the rad support mount. Remove the two 15MM headed bolts from there (two per side). Or you can remove the brace to bumper bolt instead, either way is fine.

    3) With the grill already out and standing facing the truck, look directly down behind the bumper, you'll see two 18MM headed bolt attaching the bumper to each frame horn. Remove those four bolts and pull the bumper off. A long extension makes it easy to reach the bolts.

    Note: If your truck is equipped with driving lights don't forget to disconnect them at the light housings.

    The bumper job really is easy. Shouldn't take you more than 20 minutes MAX with hand tools to remove it.
     
  14. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    Thanks B&B- so there's no way to do it without taking apart the whole grill/headlights assembly?
     
  15. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Nope. You have to pull the grill to get at the bumper bolts. And you have to first pull the headlights to remove the grill. It's very easy to do though. Takes about 2 minutes and no tools to pull the lights and grill. You will need a small screwdriver to remove the push in clips holding the upper rad support to grill shroud. Still a very very easy job though..
     
  16. Kevin Kendrick

    Kevin Kendrick Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    Have you tried just getting the rust off. Take Coca-Cola and aluminum foil and it will come right off. Seriously, I did this and it works like a charm. Read it on the wierdest house remedies.
     
  17. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    I wish lol- it's rusting through from the back to the front- I can see through the bumper so I don't think any polishing will solve it lol
     
  18. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    Okay thanks for the info- I guess I'll need to re-aim the headlights then- after re-assembly?
     
  19. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Don't even need to do that as removing the light housings from the truck doesn't affect their adjustment. Just pop them out and pop them back in.
     
  20. Kevin Kendrick

    Kevin Kendrick Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    Yeah, I guess your past the point of polishing it. Just thought I would throw that out there.