As it was fairly nice today (wind below 60 knots and no sleet) I decided to crack on with prepping for the removal of the engine/gearbox/subframe.
This give me the opportunity to do a how to for removing the rear bumper so that I can have a matching pair of bumper removal how to's.
The first thing I did was to get the car off the ground to make access a bit easier (not necessary for bumper removal).
There are a total of 9 screws, bolts and nuts holding the bumper on.
There are 2 cross headed screws on the rear of each wheel arch. One is right at the bottom, holding the plastic liner
And one towards the top of the bumper wheel arch section.
It is in a recess out of view and took me a while to realise they were there.
It is easily removed with a screwdriver.
Once these screws are out, the sides of the bumper are free to move.
Next you should disconnect the 2 electrical connectors that go through the rear of the boot to the number plate lights. You can push the grommets through the holes with a screwdriver.
Next, remove the 2 Torx bolts (T-50), one above each exhaust finsher.
I found it easier to remove the exhaust finishers as I have the superior quad setup. If you have the inferior single finishers then you might not have to.
This just leaves the 3 x 13mm nuts inside the boot.
There is one each side, under the rear light clusters.
And one central one under the boot lock.
The middle one is recessed and a pain to get to with a spanner. Best bet is a deep socket and a ratchet with an extension.
Once the last nut is removed it is just a case of sliding the bumber rearwards. You might want to put a blanket on the ground in case you drop it. This should stop it getting scratched.
Congrats, you are now minus a bumper.