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Old 04-22-2013, 12:22 AM   #1
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After having the bumper off a bunch of times the clips weren't holding it as well as they used to. On the track the corners pop out at high speed and near the passenger head light the edge was always misaligned. I found a picture of a time attack car on nasioc that had used Dzus fasteners to hold the bumper on so I decided to try it myself.
Some of you may be familiar with these clips but I've never really messed with them.

I replaced 4 of the 6 under hood plastic clips with dzus self ejecting fasteners. The holes needed to be opened slightly using a step drill bit.




under view



For the corners that were popping off, I had to install them on the outside of the bumper. Here's what I used:




I used the existing screw hole with a longer screw to mount the backing plate.




back side of bumper with washers to give the rivet something to grab:




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Driver side tightened:

Passenger side:


I can now take the bumper off with nothing more than a flat head screwdriver or a quarter in about 30 seconds and it's held on a lot better than it was with the plastic clips.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:45 AM   #2
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Great job! This is how a removable bumper should look!
I'll be doing a fmic soon and might have to do this as well!
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:35 AM   #3
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Looks good. Way better than those stupid latches that are an eyesore, but why not put them on another part of the bumber that is not a body line? Also, do they come in black?
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:27 AM   #4
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Latches are toolless.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:31 AM   #5
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Where did you order the Dzus fasteners from?
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:32 AM   #6
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Jon I found a huge box in my garage if you want some.
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Old 04-22-2013, 11:41 AM   #7
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Good write-up and nice work on that.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:44 PM   #8
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Latches are toolless.
you can take these off with a penny and they look much cleaner than a latch in my opinion.

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Where did you order the Dzus fasteners from?
This place:
http://www.bryke.com/Dzus_Fasteners.html
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:45 PM   #9
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Latches are toolless.
You don't have a a coin or key anywhere in the car or the immediate vicinity? No one around you has one either? You are that tool-less??

Any if you're that tool-less, why are you taking your front bumper off in the first place?
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:06 PM   #10
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what size are they
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:06 PM   #11
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what size are they
5/16" with long plates.
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Old 04-24-2013, 01:26 PM   #12
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looks great! wish I did these before I put my bumper on/off 6 times
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Old 05-08-2013, 02:53 PM   #13
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Did using these eliminate everything else? I'm trying to figure out what I would need so that I could eliminate having to unbolt the bumper to the fenders, those bolts behind the fender liners are a pain.
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Old 05-08-2013, 03:31 PM   #14
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Jon I found a huge box in my garage if you want some.
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you can take these off with a penny and they look much cleaner than a latch in my opinion.



This place:
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You don't have a a coin or key anywhere in the car or the immediate vicinity? No one around you has one either? You are that tool-less??

Any if you're that tool-less, why are you taking your front bumper off in the first place?
Depending on the tension of the fastener, a coin doesnt always work.

I never said I was toolless. But sometimes I forget to keep a flathead handy, or in haste one gets lost or ends up at the bottom of the toolbox. I dont always take the bumper off to work on it. Most of the times its to get the car on a trailer. At night, in the dark.

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Did using these eliminate everything else? I'm trying to figure out what I would need so that I could eliminate having to unbolt the bumper to the fenders, those bolts behind the fender liners are a pain.
You can eliminate everything if you want. You dont have to use any fasteners besides the ones at the corner of the bumper/fender.
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:01 PM   #15
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I really like the functionality and clean look. I've taken my bumper off so many times that I had to get a body shop to glue it back on at the clips connecting to the fender. No adding fog lights in the future for me
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:10 PM   #16
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nice work!
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:28 AM   #17
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Whats the best way of properly drilling through the bumper and getting it aligned with the bracket?
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Old 09-09-2013, 05:56 PM   #18
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sweet set up man
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:35 AM   #19
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Whats the best way of properly drilling through the bumper and getting it aligned with the bracket?
I install the bracket first, without the spring in place. Then I mark the back side of the bumper through the center of the bracket hole. Drill a small pilot hole from the back, then put the bumper in place and drill toward the bracket with step bit. The step bit will self center in the hole of the bracket.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:39 PM   #20
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Do they make these for the 05 wagon?
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:50 PM   #21
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Do they make these for the 05 wagon?
They don't make a kit for any of our cars. I just ordered some fasteners from bryke racing and did a custom install. You can do it on any year.
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:30 AM   #22
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Well looks like I found my next mod glad I didn't add the latches yet
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Old 09-11-2013, 09:46 AM   #23
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This is how a removable bumper should look!
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:29 AM   #24
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Good write-up and nice work on that.
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Old 09-12-2013, 09:34 PM   #25
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I really like this too. I may follow your foot steps here. I've been trying to figure out how to QR the bottom though? Maybe a rod that holds the bottom to the frame somehow with a dzus.

Thanks for the great idea!
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