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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

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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.

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    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
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    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.

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    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


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    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.

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    And here is the back of the bumper

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    #1 theoldboy, May 7, 2018
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  2. paddy6789

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


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  3. Daire92

    Daire92 Cupra 290 DSG

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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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  4. Smyg

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    Is it really necessary to remove all this stuff just to change diffuser!? Even on a 300 ST Cupra
     
  5. theoldboy

    theoldboy The Beast from the East

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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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    theoldboy The Beast from the East

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    Hi, I need to replace the lower trim section of the diffuser after the wife reversed into some rocks :(. Do you need to remove the bumper to just replace that part (the pice that has the cutouts for the exhaust?) TIA
     
  8. paddy6789

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    The stock diffuser required the rear bumper to be removed. It's held in with so many little clips which will induce much swearing when trying to remove.
     
  9. theoldboy

    theoldboy The Beast from the East

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    Here are a couple pictures to give you some idea what it looks like

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  10. Smyg

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    2018 CUPRA ST 300 (Stock vs Rieger):

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  11. paddy6789

    paddy6789 Moderator
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    That looks the business!!!
     
  12. theoldboy

    theoldboy The Beast from the East

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    +1 and thanks for how to pics.
     
  13. rp12492

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    great thanks for that. Am thinking of using the multi tool to try cut the clips off from underneath, can peel the diffuser back enough to get at most of them,
     

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