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Cupra 280 (2014) rear bumper removal

Discussion in 'Guides' started by theoldboy, May 7, 2018.

  1. theoldboy

    theoldboy The Beast from the East

    Dec 24, 2015
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    I was in the process of fitting a new rear diffuser to the car and it became obvious that i would have to remove the bumper to do this.

    I took a few photos and the rest is wordy but hopefully it will help you if you have to take off yours.

    HEADS UP - to remove the rear bumper you have to remove the outside light units as well - be careful.

    Step one
    I had a look at the various documents i have on the car, the following picture gives the best view of whats involved.


    So there are a lot of bits to the whole assembly but to remove just the plastic bumper there is less to worry about.

    Step two
    Undo the three bolts on the bottom of the bumper (marked as 13 on above picture)
    Undo the two bolts on both left and right hand side (marked as 15 on above picture)
    Undo the the three bolts that hold the inner lining in place (marked as 16 on above picture)
    Finally undo the bolt that holds the bumper to the body work (not marked but show just above the 16)

    be warned there is a lot of dust / mud being dropped at this stage so if you can put on goggles to protect your eyes

    Step Three
    You now need to remove the rear lights.
    this shows the following

    In the boot on the left and right hand side there is a flap that you can open and then you will have access to unscrew the bolt that holds the lights in place. WARNING DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN WHEN PUTTING BACK IN. When you remove the flap you will see a big bolt hole, dont worry a flat ended screwdriver will go in the hole and undo it with no issues.


    The light unit is now free and as per the instructions you have to carefully move the light out and pull it clear (if you look at the picture below you will see there are two bolt holes that the light clips into to keep the lights in place). Please note the hard plastic that sits in the water gully will need to be moved to allow you to do this. Just take your time and dont apply to much pressure.

    Once the light is out, disconnect from the electrics (sorry did not take a pic but its obvious what to do) and then the light fitting will be free and you will see a whole like this

    Youtube vid on what to do for lights


    Step Four Remove the Bumper

    You have now undone all the screws/bolts that are visible, Now you can undo the ones that have been revealed as you have taken the lights out. If you look at the picture in Step three you will see that there are two bolts, (One at the top of the bumper and one next to the boot opening) undo these two bolts and the bumper is now free to remove. As you can see in the pictures below the bumper is help in place with clips all you have to do is carefully (starting on the outside edge first) and from the bottom pull out, you will hear some clicking as the clips become free.

    Please ensure you have help or something raised to put bumper on as elec wires are stretched when bumper on the floor.

    Once you have freed up the bumper you will see three wires (if you have reversing sensors).
    Two of these are for the number plate lights and one is for the reversing sensors. Just unplug the three connectors (sorry no pictures) and then you can move the bumper away.

    Before we go to pictures, now is the time for you to clean your bodywork and most importantly the rear of you exhaust because its very easy to get to the whole end, make the most of this.

    Bumper removed - with descriptions of various components.


    And here is the back of the bumper

    #1 theoldboy, May 7, 2018
    Last edited: May 8, 2018
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  2. theoldboy

    theoldboy The Beast from the East

    Dec 24, 2015
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    Just adding some links to other how to guides that may be useful to people looking at this thread.

    Battery Types and what they mean https://forums.seatcupra.net/index.php?threads/battery-completely-dead.439948/#post-4737776 and how to code a new one http://forum.obdeleven.com/thread/2041/battery-replacement

    How to upgrade you boot struts so the boot opens with button push https://forums.seatcupra.net/index.php?threads/boot-gas-struts.439497/page-6#post-4775225

    How to upgrade your bonnet with gas struts https://forums.seatcupra.net/index.php?threads/boot-gas-struts.439497/page-6#post-4775225

    Centre Consol Removal instructions https://forums.seatcupra.net/index.php?threads/middle-console-remove.438664/#post-4727519

    How to hardwire a dashcam https://forums.seatcupra.net/index.php?threads/diy-hardwire-dashcam-installation.415052/

    Engine Fan keeps running after engine off - Yes its supposed to https://forums.seatcupra.net/index....ne-fans-on-after-journey.446988/#post-4802690

    How to remove the front bumper - https://forums.seatcupra.net/index....ont-bumper-removal-guide.430190/#post-4659028

    Where can i find the Fuse box layout https://fuse-box.info/seat/seat-leon-mk3-5f-2013-2018-fuses

    What happens when you have Component protection removed https://forums.seatcupra.net/index.php?threads/navigation-system-updates.388586/page-58#post-4795777

    Heater Matrix change https://forums.seatcupra.net/index.php?threads/aircon-and-heater-doesnt-work.432793/

    Interior trims removal Guides - https://forums.seatcupra.net/index.php?threads/diy-5f-interior-trims-removal-guide.417747/

    LED Bulb replacement guide - https://forums.seatcupra.net/index....tive-led-bulb-replacement-parts-guide.395255/

    Map Updates - https://forums.seatcupra.net/index.php?threads/navigation-system-updates.388586/

    Offline car manuals (PDF) http://www.seat.com/owners/your-seat/manuals-offline.html for all Seat Cars

    Points of Interest / Speed Camera https://forums.seatcupra.net/index....f-woe-vw-pulled-the-update-site-again.444799/

    Pollen Filter (cars with Tech Pac) - https://forums.seatcupra.net/index....-pollen-filter-on-leon-with-tech-pack.412782/

    How do i find Radio code https://forums.seatcupra.net/index.php?threads/radio-code.440169/

    Where do i look to see if there are any recalls on my car https://www.dft.gov.uk/vosa/apps/recalls/default.asp?tx=

    How to Soundproof your Doors https://forums.seatcupra.net/index.php?threads/how-to-soundproof-your-doors-mk3.446900/#post-4801993

    How to remove Soundtrakor physically not with code https://forums.seatcupra.net/index.php?threads/soundaktor-disconnected-bliss.446272/#post-4794226

    Steering Wheel Removal https://forums.seatcupra.net/index....wheel-removal-swap-guide.444396/#post-4777872

    Rear wiper removal guide - https://forums.seatcupra.net/index.php?threads/rear-wiper-removal-guide.406421/

    Workshop Manuals - https://forums.seatcupra.net/index.php?threads/leon-mk3-official-seat-workshop-manuals-link.442353/

    MK1 & 2 Workshop Manuals https://workshop-manuals.com/seat/ afraid there are calls for donations but other than that helpful.
    Wheel size - what do all the numbers mean https://forums.seatcupra.net/index.php?threads/wheel-size.444667/

    Towbar coding https://forums.seatcupra.net/index....n-from-odis-to-obdeleven.445458/#post-4788274

    Thanks to all the members who did the hard work putting these guides together.

    If you manage (as i did) to break your locking wheel nut give these guys a try https://www.lockingwheelnutkeys.co.uk/ they do offer next day delivery (not cheap) but just from a photo of the wheel and proof of ownership they got me a replacement key out.

    Retrofitting stuff - check out this link http://forum.obdeleven.com/thread/3238/retrofitting

    VCDS https://forums.seatcupra.net/index.php?threads/vcds-how-to-guides-mk3-leon-5f.393714/

    OBD11 https://forums.seatcupra.net/index.php?threads/obdeleven-modifications.432976/

    Seat Option Codes (as shown on the sticker by the spare wheel) http://vag-codes.info/vag-option-codes

    Paint Code - where do you find it http://www.avrmobiles.co.uk/acatalog/seat-paint-colour-codes.html

    Part Number Finder / Component Pictures http://www.oemepc.com/seat/, select the model you have and then the year and then select the part of the car you are after.

    Do you have to notifiy the DVLA if you wrap the car https://forums.seatcupra.net/index.php?threads/had-the-cupra-wrapped.446214/page-2#post-4793973

    transfer your number plate from one car to another - not just private plates https://forums.seatcupra.net/index....ersonalised-original-plate-to-new-car.447057/
    #2 theoldboy, May 8, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2019
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  3. paddy6789

    paddy6789 Moderator
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    Used this for helping remove my bumper - came in handy and helped a lot! Cheers

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  4. Daire92

    Daire92 Cupra 290 DSG

    Jan 6, 2016
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    Big thank you @theoldboy for the guide! Wouldnt have chanced it without your great pics. Got my Rieger diffuser installed today!
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  5. Smyg

    Smyg Full Member

    Apr 26, 2018
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    Is it really necessary to remove all this stuff just to change diffuser!? Even on a 300 ST Cupra
  6. theoldboy

    theoldboy The Beast from the East

    Dec 24, 2015
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    No the ST Has a different bumper setup and from memory some guys have fitted the Rieger one without the need to take it off.

    However on the 290 3 / 5 door I am pretty sure they had to remove it to fit the Rieger one.

    Its not a hard job to do I did it on my own.
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  7. theoldboy

    theoldboy The Beast from the East

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