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Old 02-24-2013, 02:54 PM   #1
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How to remove this piece?

Ok I have my first can of plastidip so its time. And of course the first and only piece I want o do I cant figure out how to remove. I assumed there were two phillips screws then it would come right off but no those are rubbery plastic things that strip out with ZERO pressure!!! Tried popping them up with a flat head and it didn't seem to like that approach either. So before anger sets in and I rip the thing off, anyone know the right way? This is the piece between the bumper and grill. It has turned the weird looking blue/black color.
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:57 PM   #2
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I could not figure out how to get them off either. I tried the phillips and like you stripped with no pressure. I gave up on mine.

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Old 02-24-2013, 02:58 PM   #3
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Use a flathead (or something) to put upwards pressure on the screws while you back em out.

Although, if they're stripped, might have to use pliers and extra force on the screws, then reattach with replacement screws.
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Use a flathead (or something) to put upwards pressure on the screws while you back em out.......
^This. Put the head of the flat tip under the Philips head and pry up as you turn the screw.
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:17 PM   #5
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I had to drill almost ever one of mine out. There are like 6 more of these holding the (so called) skid plate under the bumper too. I think only one of them came out with prying and the screw head held up enough to come out. The screws seem to be made of some frangible soft metalic looking stuff that shatters when looked at. The most worthless fasteners on the vehicle. Every person putting on a new bumper runs into this. It is the worst part of a bumper install
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:18 PM   #6
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^This. Put the head of the flat tip under the Philips head and pry up as you turn the screw.
Yes well that didn't work either. It doesn't budge. If you press down hard enough not to strip screw the your nulling the fact your pressing up with the flat. I have know totally mutilated one side so I don't want to try the other side till I know for sure. Now how do I get the mutilated one out? Lol my angry side is drawing near. How hard would a freakin real screw had been to put here. I mean good grief!!!!!
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Old 02-24-2013, 03:20 PM   #7
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I had to drill almost ever one of mine out. I think only one of them came out with prying and the screw head held up enough to come out. The most worthless fasteners on the vehicle. Every person putting on a new bumper runs into this. It is the worst part of a bumper install
Ok what size bit would I use and what am I drilling into? I don't want to mess anything up here. I cant get new clips/fasteners when Im done breaking things lol
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I don't recall... I just eyeballed the bit until it to be large enough to take the heads off the screws. Something around 1/4 comes to mind. Then I took a punch and punched what was left the screw threw. This left only the plastic which pried out with some effort after the road block of the metal was gone so they plastic could collapse and pull out.
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Old 02-24-2013, 04:31 PM   #9
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Use a flat head screwdriver on each side of the rivet head and lever them upwards, it takes some force and that's a but of a tight area. Using one screwdriver only causes it to bend and farkles it up once you do get it out, and then it doesn't want to reseat tightly when you reinstall it.
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Old 02-24-2013, 04:37 PM   #10
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drill them out, go get some new ones from the auto parts store. I dont have the part number handy but it's a gm part number.. listed under plastic body fasteners. I think i paid 2 dollars for 6 of them.
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No need to drill em out. They are reusable. Just have to outsmart them to get them out.
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Old 02-24-2013, 04:58 PM   #12
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Use a small screwdriver or fingernail to pop out the inner core from the backside. I had a lot of trouble with the first two on the filler panel, ended up using the 'pry up with a flathead screwdriver', the others I could reach from underneath and I was able to reuse all of them.
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Old 02-24-2013, 05:39 PM   #13
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Once they been in there a few years.... its over. They degrade. Fresh ones no problem. 2 year old or older... drill em out and replace them.
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We just took mine off today. Wouldn't come out... We put a flathead between the rubber part and the actual bumper part and hammered it in till it started prying up... then we either just cut the thing or used pliers to pull it out.
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Does anyone have a way to remove these screws and be able to re use them once removed?
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:19 PM   #16
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Does anyone have a way to remove these screws and be able to re use them once removed?
No need to drill em out. They are reusable. Just have to outsmart them to get them out.

Place a small flathead against the screw head and pry up as you turn the screw. Another method is to hold the outside of the retainer while you turn the screw. Apply light pressure to the screw as you turn and it will back out.
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Get pissed off and rip it off with brute force and install ACE bumper!
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Old 02-24-2013, 07:47 PM   #19
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You don't have to drill them out people,i took this piece off in like a minute to get behind the bumper to my fog lights. You need a phillips head and flat head screw driver. The screw in the middle isn't really tight,all it is intended to do is screw down through the middle of the clip and separate the flanges which keeps the clip in place. That being said remove the screw and pop out the clip.
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Screw a drywall screw in to center. Pull up to pop center plastic up. Fastener will pop out and can be reused. Found this tip on other threads.
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I haven't tried it on the jeep but on another vehicle I used a dandylion puller to pry up. It pulls up on both sides evenly then unscrew. It wasn't this exact one but very similar.


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On my 13 I used a small screw driver just to see if I could. They just popped right out. They are similar to a drywall expansion screw. Maybe they upgraded the design. Does your local dealer maybe have a few extras to spare?
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Screw a drywall screw in to center. Pull up to pop center plastic up. Fastener will pop out and can be reused. Found this tip on other threads.
X2. This is how I pulled mine when I put on my lightbar. They are cheap, just pick up a couple extras, they are not really meant to be re-usable.

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