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Removing front bumper caps.....

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by cfred70, Jun 6, 2018.

  1. Jun 6, 2018 at 6:51 PM
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    cfred70

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    I've seen a couple links on here with step by step and have watched a couple videos. Looks like quite a process. Is there a way to just remove the end caps? Looks like the video I saw the whole front end was torn apart. Just wondered if there was an easy way to remove the front bumper caps to paint without taking the whole front end apart???
     
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  2. Jun 6, 2018 at 7:26 PM
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    Just comparing notes here, but from what I’ve seen you basically have to take the whole bumper off to easily get to the bolts you need to to take off the end caps.

    Sounds like it’s about a 20 minute or so job.

    I’m sure someone with first hand experience will chime in soon.
     
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  3. Jun 6, 2018 at 9:10 PM
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    It was a PITA. And I am a pretty patient and handy guy, but it was a PITA. It may be possible to get them off without taking the whole front bumper balance and what not off, but it will probably take you longer to figure out how to do a short cut than just taking it all off in the first place.
     
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  4. Jun 6, 2018 at 9:15 PM
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    I've done it a few times and I think it's easier to just remove the grille and entire bumper assembly.
     
  5. Jun 6, 2018 at 9:59 PM
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    Agree, it's really not that bad.
     
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  6. Jun 7, 2018 at 3:30 AM
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    +another, I tried to take the ends off without pulling grille. Not worth the effort required. It is not a big deal at all to pull the whole bumper.
     
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  7. Jun 7, 2018 at 5:50 AM
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    It’s not that bad to take it all apart and my tundra is the first car I’ve ever taken apart myself. Taking the grill off and putting it back on should take 5 minutes really.and that’s where you’ll see the top screws and clips and everything
     
  8. Jun 7, 2018 at 9:31 AM
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    I took off the bumber when i did mine. Took me a couple hours.
     
  9. Jun 7, 2018 at 10:22 AM
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    The front ones aren’t bad. Taking the whole bumper off is pretty easy.
    The back ones are a beeyotch though.
     
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  10. Jun 7, 2018 at 10:25 AM
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    must have included a few beer breaks
     
  11. Jun 7, 2018 at 11:12 AM
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    Fog light fitment issues (yes stock) and just overall process. It's a lot of hardware to take off.
     
  12. Jun 7, 2018 at 12:59 PM
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    I've taken mine off twice now. Best to remove the whole front bumper, then pull the ends.
     
  13. Jun 7, 2018 at 12:59 PM
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    My son and I just did this. We removed the whole bumper and didn’t touch the grill. All of this just to get to the chrome end caps.

    There’s 8 bumper nuts, 6 wiring harness fasteners, 2 parking sensors, 4 tow hook bolts, 2 fog lights and a handful of inner fender fasteners to remove and the bumper will slide off.

    Once off, everything is straight-forward. And yes, there are lots of nuts/bolts. It’s easy to do, especially if you take pictures.

    John
     
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    Yes, not difficult. Just requires attention to detail. Make sure you allocate plenty of time to take it nice and slow so you can do it right.
     
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    this is exactly what I needed.
     
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    So I take it that everyone here (who has posted a comment) is taking the end caps off to paint. I've seen videos regarding covers for these. What is the reason for bypassing the covers and going through the troubles to remove and paint? I am simply asking an honest question, I have thoughts of doing the same thing, just curious behind everyone's decision process.
     
  18. Oct 4, 2020 at 6:36 AM
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    $$$ vs $

    DIY is cheaper and more rewarding. Painting also eliminates an extra piece of plastic on the truck with chance of cracking, pulling away or trapping moisture behind it.
     
  19. Oct 4, 2020 at 7:15 AM
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    I ordered the color matched front bumper caps from Sparks Parts a few weeks ago. They’re now completed and on the way to me, so I plan on tackling this task this coming week. The confusing part for me is that some people are suggesting to remove the bumper completely to get to the bumper caps, and others are removing the entire grille. Is it simply two different approaches to achieve the same result?
     
  20. Oct 4, 2020 at 7:29 AM
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    The overlays you put over your existing chrome bumper caps. You don't have to remove the bumper.

    The replacement caps, you have to remove the bumper and then chrome bumper caps and replace with your plastic replacement pieces. Then you sell your stock chrome bumper caps to recoop some money.
     
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  21. Oct 4, 2020 at 12:57 PM
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    I ordered the replacement plastic painted caps. I guess I’ll be removing the entire bumper. Anyone have a link for a good step by step video for removing the bumper?
     
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  22. Oct 4, 2020 at 2:53 PM
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    From what I've seen (YouTube had a bunch of videos), it is doable, take your time, label your bolts and washers etc.

    I don't want to take it on, so will be buying bumpershellz covers
     
  23. Oct 4, 2020 at 3:56 PM
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    I took then end caps off the back bumper and plasti-dip'd them. Wasn't difficult.

    Got half way into to removing the front bumper ends and stopped. It is a ROYAL PIA. If taking the whole bumper off makes it any easier, take the bumper off.
     
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    I will bring this back... you have to take the whole front end apart to get the caps off?
     
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    Yup. That's the general consensus

    If you find a way to do it without, please let us know
     
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    Confirming what my lazy side was not wanting to hear haha
     
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    it is probably easier and faster to take the whole thing off. Not hard. Theres a few how tos. I posted one as well
     
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    I completed this task last week. As long as you have basic sockets and wrenches, it’s not that bad. For me, the two most difficult parts were unplugging the parking sensors and removing the eight nuts that attach the bumper to the truck. Otherwise, it wasn’t that bad. My suggestions would be, take your time, and take lots of pics before you remove any bolts/screws, it might be helpful when you try to put it all back together again.
     
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    Yes remembering how it all goes back together is always the hard part haha
     
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