Installing a Rear Bumper Using a Bumper Mounting Kit
We've all heard those tales of rear bumper collisions in a traffic-jammed highway. Since bumpers absorb most of the impact, they tend to become dented and scratched over time. A damaged bumper is not only unsightly, but its shock-absorbing quality is also greatly reduced. Remove and replace a worn-out bumper right away to provide your vehicle full protection against rear-end collisions. Use a bumper mounting kit to make the job easier for you.
Here are the tools you need and the steps to follow in installing a new rear bumper on a truck/SUV:
Difficulty level: Easy
Tools that you'll need:
- Phillips screwdriver
- Socket set
- Bumper mounting kit
Step 1: Position the new bumper to the vehicle's rear. The two metal brackets hinged on the bumper must be aligned to the frame underneath your vehicle. Locate the holes pre-drilled on the frame and on the metal brackets.
Step 2: Keep these holes lined up and carefully push a bolt through each one. If your bumper mounting kit comes with a set of bolts, you may use this to ensure proper fit.
Step 3: Make sure the bolts are fitted through the holes properly before placing a nut on their ends. Tighten the nuts and bolts by hand. The new bumper is now installed, but the hand-tightened bolts need to be reinforced first before you can drive your vehicle. Secure the bolts and nuts firmly using a ratchet and socket.
Step 4: Wipe off any fingerprint marks or dirt on the new bumper's surface. Do a test drive to ensure proper installation.
With a bumper mounting kit, installation can be done in less than an hour for an average DIYer. The steps above are specifically for truck and SUV rear bumper installation only.