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Old 01-02-2011, 02:01 PM   #1
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Default Radiator support removal?

I tried posting under service and maintenance but it seems not many people post in there.. Hopefully this can still count under exterior work..

I had an accident in my bugeye and got a new bumper support and radiator support.. But can seem to figure out how it comes off my car.. There are both bolts and tac welds?.. Just wondering if anyone has replaced their's, how they did it, pics help if available!

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Old 01-02-2011, 02:06 PM   #2
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theres tac welds all around the support, best to drill them out ( they have drill bits to do just this) or you can drill strait thru and use the holes on the back side to roset weld the new one back on for a stock looking weld You can use somthing to separate it from the front of the car(pry bar maybe) make sure you disconnect your battery unless u want to replace your airbags and sensors too
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Old 01-02-2011, 02:35 PM   #3
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I heard something like that, sounds good I'll find that drill bit thanks!
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Old 01-02-2011, 03:02 PM   #4
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Check Eastwood for spot weld drill bits.
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Old 01-02-2011, 03:04 PM   #5
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Yup just a bunch of spot welds. I just swapped to the 06 front end from 04. Little tip, use the correct size drill bit and make sure its center or you'll have a hard time getting it off.
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Old 01-03-2011, 11:29 PM   #6
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I also had a recent collision with my bugeye. I had the bumper skin off today and was looking at the rad support.

1. I can see that the upper tie bar is welded to the sides of the rad support, but is it also welded at ends? It looked to me like it was just a single bolt on each end through the fenders.
2. Can the entire rad support (I believe that's an upper, two lower, and L&R sides) come out without breaking any welds?
3. Are there any welds for the bumper beam? It looks like it is just 8 bolts. Damage to my beam was limited to some push-back of the top strip that the skin is pinned to--think I got it straight enough it won't need to be replaced.

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Old 02-10-2011, 10:02 PM   #7
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is the upper tie bar easy to remove? just a couple of bolts and some spot welds along the way correct? not trying to remove the whole support just the tie bar...
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