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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-22-2005 Thread Starter
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Question Need help with removing and replacing front bumper

Hey everyone, I need help finding a guide or explanation on removing the front bumper from a 1997 eclipse. My friend's bumper got ripped up pretty bad when her mom drove her car and i'm trying to help her replace the bumper. If someone could give me some info on replacing the front bumper or guide me in the direction of where i may find some help it would be appreciated.

I know it's an eclipse and i'm posting on a mustang forum but I cant find any information and this is the best place i know of to get help, if it helps... she loves the stang

I would like to know what all i will have to take off and where all the bolts/screws are, i'm pretty sure this would be easy enough to do by myself or with another person.

Also, when purchasing the front bumper cover, is there anything i should look out for, like seperate parts i may need to find? I'm trying to save her a lot of money, an acquantence of her family said he could get the bumper for $600 and he would charge more for the installation (seems like a rip off?)... I looked on Ebay and the bumpers ran from $80 - $200, and i'm sure the dealership would ask around $400 (Ford does for new mustang bumpers).

So please any information would be awesome and thanks ahead of time for the replies =)

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Alright, Im not sure where on the eclipse the bolts are but I might be able to send you in the right direction. In the fenderwell up front, about 3inches there should be either one or two nuts that are connecting the bumber to the rest of the car. you will have to loosen and remove those on both sides to unsecure the bumper. Once the is done you have to take off the bolts from underneath the car if they are there, if not they might have some sort of clasp on them holding it in place.

When your trying to find a replacement bumper you can either find one with the hardware or without. If you get one with it makes things alot easier but if you get one without then you will have to transfer the harware from the old bumper to the new one and secure it down and bolt it back in place. Where to find a bumper, Im not sure about eclipses, the only thing I have from them is the turbo on the 1st Generation. Other then that you might do a google search for Mitsubishi Eclipse (year) and find a parts store somewhere out there that wont charge you an arm and a leg for shipping (around 100 or so)

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you will have to loosen and remove those on both sides to unsecure the bumper. Once the is done you have to take off the bolts from underneath the car if they are there, if not they might have some sort of clasp on them holding it in place.
I dont know about an eclipse really, but with my stang I tried to remove the side bolts first and then the bottom ones and it kinda warped my bumper. So when removing it do the ones in the fender last. I havent ever really touched an eclipse, so I could be wrong about this, but it was a little frustrating when I was trying to take off the bumper and there was too much stress on some of the bottom bolts to get them out. I was also doing it all myself, so maybe if you have help it would go a little easier.
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Do i have to take her headlights out or anything?

I'm trying to find an online guide somewhere but all i run into are body kits for sale and very vague "install guides" on Acura's but no eclipses show up.

Also are the front bumpers on Ebay good quality? I wouldn't want to give her bad information and have her buy a knockoff or something cheaply made.

Sorry if some of my questions are dumb, i dont really have her car to look at or anything yet. We are going to go search some local salvage yards to see if there is a front bumper in good condition there, and we will go by some shops to get prices on painting the bumper and possibly having a shop install the bumper if for some reason i can't do it well enough.

Thanks a lot.
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Also are the front bumpers on Ebay good quality? I wouldn't want to give her bad information and have her buy a knockoff or something cheaply made.
eBay is complete anarchy... usually, you get what you pay for. Try finding out the names of quality manufacturers, and searching for those on eBay and you may be able to get a bargain on a good part, but I wouldn't go to eBay first without knowing who makes good stuff.

Check for misspelled auction titles; I once bought a rare book (worth about $100) for $29 because the author's name was misspelled in the auction, so no one found it but me!

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