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Need help with my front clipper bumper cover

currently replacing my front wing on my 1983 golf which is actually a hard top but has clipper bumpers skirts and arches on, when taking the wing off I had to obviously take the front bumper off to avoid scratching new wing, when the bumper was off I had to take the cover off the actual metal bumper to fix one of the bolts that had broken off and now I can't get the cover back on the actual metal bumper :(( I took it off by removing the numerous black clips but due to my shocking memory I can't figure out what way they went in and how I could put them back in. Does anyone know how to reattach the cover properly or another easier way of doing it as a couple of the clips snapped anyways :(Got a picture to show what I mean, excuse the horrible rusty metal bumper  image.jpg image.jpg

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They are a wedge, and go in to spread the fingers tight against the steel.



From the first picture it looks like the Bumper cover isn't fully inserted in to the Bumper support bar.

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Oh nice I see what you mean so if I get the metal part into the cover then just hammer the wedges in and they should stay tight?

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You don't have to "hammer" them in, they usually will insert and hold with a good push of your hand.

I suppose a couple of taps on a it with a Pliers would suffice.

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I'll try again tomorrow morning but it wasn't holding when I tried that before 

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Should I put the clips in before I put the metal bar in or put it in and then the clips?

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When I replaced the clips I had the car Jacked on the front and on stands.  I could then push on the bumper cover, and insert the clips. and see what I was doing.



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how do you even get the bumper cover off?! ive removed the locking clips, but im not sure how to get all of the pinchy things undone at the same time…  ive tried starting at one end and pulling the metal away from the plastic but that didnt seem to work… any tips please…

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With the weight of the re-bar on the cover you will never get it off.

Turn the cover on edge or place it back on the car loosely.
With your finger squeeze the tabs in a bit and work the cover out from one end to the other.


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I found my rear bumper had some tiger seal on top of the metal bar and plastic bumper cover, I used a long craft knife to cut the sealant then was able to remove the cover. It was hard work on the fingers and took some time to remove the cover.

I also used lots of screw drivers and pliers on the clips to wedge/push them in and worked from 1 end on long the bumper.

1988 Mk1 Golf GTi Cabriolet 1.8cc DX, K-jet. Daily drive. 290,000 miles and counting
1978 Mk1 Scirocco GLS 1.6cc FR, Webber carb. Weekend toy.

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Thanks for the advice. I'll have another crack at it…
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