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Refitting 996 front bumper issue - any ideas?

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Hi guys

I'm trying to refit my 996 front bumper.

I start at one corner, screw it in (behind the indicator) no problem. Then the bit between the headlights lines up and screws in no problem.

However when I get to the far corner, it won't line up with the screw holes. Almost as if I can't get it to wrap around the body tight enough. Any ideas?

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theyre a pain to do by yourself. if you can , try to start the fit in the center. those 4 screw points should hold its positions so the gaps at headlights etc are correct looking. Id then check to see if both wheel wells line up. and finally do the underneath points.

hope this helps.

I presume you are cleaning the radiators, etc. if you have the headlight washer, good time to check connectors and hoses. AND make sure to route the hood latch wire so that it pops out just under the right headlight unit. if you should ever need to use it, you'll appreciate this tip :-)

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I pulled my front as well by myself and had the same problem. the gap at the hood/lights is just a tad larger then it was. I started in the center, did the wheel wells and then the bottom screws. All of mine lined up though. I'm going to pull it again when I can get someone to help by forcing it while I attach the top screws to try and get that reveal back where it should be.

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IMHO - this is a job for one person and a helper.

One person holds the bumper at it's proper position - while the other tightens the screws moderately.

Make any final adjustments and then fully tighten them down.

AND the bumper needs to be even with the front hood if the hood sticks up higher - you will get obnoxious wind noise.

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It's right about one person and a helper. One thing to watch out for is the fitting under the headlights where there is a plastic piece. If you get the cowl on the wrong side of this it sticks out.

Also watch out for the emergency release wire and make sure it is working and its route is free. There are a number of options for this and it can be extended with some nylon cord to a known location behind the wheel shroud or to a point behind the pop out indicator light.

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