In Part 1 of this 2 part series we removed the bumper cover, the crash bar and the beam. Now it’s time to re-center the tailgate and put everything back together.
It’s been about a month since the actual install so I’ll let the pictures and descriptions do the talking.
tailgate cover removal
These bolts allow for adjustment of the lights and side panel
The gap is a little different, I’ll make the passenger side match
Now it matches
Better but not there yet.
a little tighter
Starting to remove the interior trim
pop out the side pop pins then remove the weatherstripping
Feeling for the pop pins, just pull firmly and evenly
this kind of pops out, would have been better to at least remove the screw holding it on.
Showing the clips
Underside of the trim, notice the locations of the pop pins.
A towel protects the paint as i remove the pins stuck in the car
The screw that should have been removed sooner
Tailgate without the covering plastic. Wrench hanging on a bolt that didn’t have to be removed since the cover was broken there.
Checking the gaps
Tighter, slightly different angle though
Comparing the gap
other side, angle doesn’t do it justice
not sure what i was trying to capture here
Bumper cover back on
Lower bumper clips. Remember to secure the glow tubes.
That pretty well covers it. The bumper cover has still yet to be replaced. It hasn’t even been washed since then so as long as it stays dirty, you can hardly tell it’s damaged.