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Bumper Plugs(?)

Postby The Hairy Camper » 13 Sep 2018, 15:01

Most likely a daft question, but anyone know of a good way to remove these plugs from the bumper wings?

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I ended up using a hammer and the thinnest flat head screw driver i could find. I made a mess and broke the plug in the end :roll:

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Re: Bumper Plugs(?)

Postby Jeff J » 14 Sep 2018, 05:14

I drill the smallest hole & screw in the smallest screw I can get away with , in the centre of the plugs then wiggle the plugs out holding the screw with pliers or pipe grips.You may need to increase screw sizes as they sometimes pull out. Remove the screw & fill hole with black silicon so that plug can be re-used
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Re: Bumper Plugs(?)

Postby The Hairy Camper » 14 Sep 2018, 16:00

Thanks Jeff, that's not a bad idea. I thought of gorilla gluing a nail to it, but the glue would take a while to set and chances are the glue would just break off when wiggling/pulling?

I will probably try you're technique over the weekend :ok

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Re: Bumper Plugs(?)

Postby RogerT » 14 Sep 2018, 17:38

And the alternative is to not screw them into the body if fitting from new, just the bolt to the bumper. Or is there a reason why that’s a bad idea?
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Re: Bumper Plugs(?)

Postby 300CE » 14 Sep 2018, 18:44

I’m not to fussed about the caps sitting flush so just push them in halfway. They stick out slightly but are easy to remove without damaging the cap or the bumper end.
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Re: Bumper Plugs(?)

Postby Smcknighty » 14 Sep 2018, 19:56

Bolt is the way forward, BUT you aren’t getting them off still unless you use a long bolt that you can grab the other end with pliers


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Re: Bumper Plugs(?)

Postby george2490 » 14 Sep 2018, 21:22

RogerT wrote:And the alternative is to not screw them into the body if fitting from new, just the bolt to the bumper. Or is there a reason why that’s a bad idea?
Agreed

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Re: Bumper Plugs(?)

Postby CJH » 15 Sep 2018, 12:30

RogerT wrote:And the alternative is to not screw them into the body if fitting from new, just the bolt to the bumper. Or is there a reason why that’s a bad idea?


My rear bumper has been like that since I got the van several years ago, and it's not been a problem. I guess one issue is that the end cap is touching the bodywork and may rub away the paint if it's not screwed firmly in place. The end caps on my front bumper were screwed in, and were very difficult to remove a couple of days ago - cross-head screws that had rusted away. On balance I'm inclined to not screw them to the body.
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Re: Bumper Plugs(?)

Postby itchyfeet » 15 Sep 2018, 12:44

I nerver fotted mine at all
I really don't notice

One van also has no.screws the other does
the van with no screws will wear the paint off eventually as they vibrate.
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Re: Bumper Plugs(?)

Postby CJH » 15 Sep 2018, 12:52

itchyfeet wrote:the van with no screws will wear the paint off eventually as they vibrate.


I little square of gaffer tape should solve that.
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Re: Bumper Plugs(?)

Postby itchyfeet » 15 Sep 2018, 16:23

any body else keep reading the title as Bum plugs :lol:
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Re: Bumper Plugs(?)

Postby CJH » 15 Sep 2018, 16:42

Nope - just you.
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Re: Bumper Plugs(?)

Postby clift_d » 15 Sep 2018, 21:33

^ this
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Re: Bumper Plugs(?)

Postby The Hairy Camper » 23 Sep 2018, 17:26

Cheers for the advice everyone, drilling in a screw worked a treat :ok Can't help but think it's a pretty poor design though?
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Re: Bumper Plugs(?)

Postby silverbullet » 03 Oct 2018, 09:16

The Hairy Camper wrote:Can't help but think it's a pretty poor design though?

Its a 1970's designed Volkswagen!



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