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Old 05-17-2009, 04:35 PM   #1
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Please Help locating all conection points on rear bumper i have missplaced my haynes manual. Im trying to remove rear bumper to put a camera in it. if anyone knows please pass the information to me.
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Old 05-17-2009, 06:16 PM   #2
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The rear bumper has just four large bolts holding it onto the frame. Start by spraying all four completely with a penetrant like PB Blaster, they can be very tight.
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Old 05-17-2009, 06:25 PM   #3
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where are the four large bolts located at? I see 2
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Old 05-17-2009, 06:31 PM   #4
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There are two on each side, and those about three inches apart I'd guess. You can just see the two holes at the very back of my frames below. One is a 1993 Explorer frame, the other is a 99 frame.
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Old 05-17-2009, 08:54 PM   #5
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According to my Haynes Manual for the 2002 and 2003 Explorer:



1. Unplug any electrical connectors, which would interfere with bumper removal and remove the spare tire.

2. Remove the screws or clips and detach the bumper cover.

3. Working from the backside of the bumper, remove the retaining bracket bolts securing the bumper brackets to each frame rail. Then remove bumper from the vehicle.



The images Don posted above should be pretty spot on. He mentioned there being two holes at the end of the frame rail, but if you look closely, it appears there are three holes; the Haynes Manual points out three as well.
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Old 05-18-2009, 08:00 AM   #6
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Ouch, I looked in his profile to see if there was mention of his model year. I thought that he had a pre-2002 Explorer.



In general there will be two bolts on each side. Yes do remove any wiring like the reversing sensors have, and the spare may or may not need to come out to make it easier.



There is a thread somewhere on EF of a member fabricating a rear bumper for his truck. Donner is his name I think, he had lots of pictures. So maybe one of them will show the mounting points. It is not hard to find them, just look around the frame for a minute or two. You will find them.
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Old 05-18-2009, 08:56 AM   #7
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Not sure where they are at....but remember the hitch is a support for it, might be something around there?
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:19 PM   #8
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sorry guys i guess i forgot to mention it is an 02. i found the bolts u guys are refering to. Is there a way just to take off the plastic part of the bumper without removing everything. I want to drill a hole right above the hitch in the middle of the plastic part of the bumper, but in order to flush mount the camera to the bumper i need to get behind the bumper to tighen the nut to the camera. if his makes any sense.
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I'm not sure though if there is an easier way.
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I think that you should be able to remove just the cover if that's what you need.
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