|1999 Rover 800 825 V6 Coupe Front Bumper Brackets.|
Car: 1999 Rover 800 825 V6 Coupe
Colour: Zircon Silver
The bumper brackets on both the front and rear bumpers on the Rover 800's were never meant to last! Although the design of the brackets allows for small movement of the bumpers for any minor nudges or re-alignments, the brackets themselves tend to become pretty useless over time!
The bumper brackets are made from reinforced plastic, the trouble is the steel that reinforces them tends to rust and over time the brackets swell so much that they become of little use.
The brackets are very easy to replace though and can quite easily be swapped over with new ones. The back bumper brackets can very easily be got to simply by removing the rear bumper. The trouble is, you really need the wheel arch liners out to replace the bumper brackets behind the front bumper!
As we had the wheel arch liner out on this car (fitting cold air feed), we decided that now was a good time to change the passenger side front bumper bracket. The bracket was not that bad when compared to most others we had seen and we could of just squeezed the old one back together a bit with some mole grips for it to hold for a few more years!
Taking the old bracket out is pretty straight forward as you simply undue the bolt holding the mounting plate to the car and remove the bracket together with the mounting plate and then separate the two, once they are off the car. (That depends on how badly rusted the bolts are that hold the bracket to the mounting plate though!)
New Brackets (Rover Part No. DPL10022)(around £10 each at the time!) are easily fitted. It is worth buying new bolts as well, although you should be able to re-use your plastic wedges that slide in to grip the bumper peg.
We had bought two brackets so that we could replace them on both sides of the front bumper. After jacking up the drivers side of the car and supporting on axle stands we thought that we would be able to reach up and undo the mounting plate from below, unfortunately the windscreen washer bottle made this impossible to do.
Therefore we had to move the wheel arch liner out of the way, fortunately, we were able to pull the bottom bit out of the way enough for us to remove the mounting plate, without removing the wheel arch liner completely.
Once we had swapped the old bracket for the new one, we simply refitted everything back, although it was a little more difficult trying to push the liner back in now that the front bumper was not as loose.
The bumpers are now more secure and definitely do hang better and higher once you have replaced the bumper brackets, although on this car the difference was not all that much as we were just replacing them at a time that was convenient, rather than letting the old ones get bad.
Well worth replacing though, it means another thing less to do in the near future!
Front Bumper (Passenger Side) with Rusty Swollen Bumper Bracket.
(note: The Upside Down Plastic Wedge Has Helped Hold the Bumper Better. This was Done on a Previous Occasion, When we just Tried Squashing the Bracket Back Together a Few Years Previously. It had worked and Had Always Held the Bumper in Place Better).
You cannot undo the screws holding the bracket on to the mounting plate, but you can undo the bolt holding the mounting plate, which saves having to remove the front bumper, which is not an easy task.
Rusty Swollen Bumper Bracket Compared to New Bumper Bracket.
New Bumper Bracket Fitted to Passenger Side of Front Bumper. (Plastic Wedge Correct Way Up Now Too!).
Make sure the peg is 'clicked' fully into position.
Wheel Arch Liner Pulled Back on Drivers Side of Car to gain Access to Bumper Bracket.
By removing the lower trim too (still fitted in photo) you can gain access from underneath to undo the mounting plate bolt, again this save having to remove the front bumper just to change the brackets.
Old Rusty Swollen Bumper Bracket Removed from Drivers Side of Front Bumper.
New Bumper Bracket Ready to be Fitted to Drivers Side of Front Bumper.
New Bumper Bracket Fitted to Drivers Side of Front Bumper.