Removing and installing complete rear bumper BMW Z3 Roadster, M Roadster, Z3 Coupé, M Coupé

51 12 000

Remove spare wheel, refer to Owner’s Handbook. Remove and install rear wheel housing cover, left and right, refer to 51 71 041.

BMW Z3 roadster only: Unclip lamps (1) from license plate lighting on broad rib. Unfasten connector and remove license plate lighting.
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BMW M roadster only: Release lamp (1) of license plate lighting towards rear and lift out upward. Unfasten connector and remove license plate lighting.
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Unscrew bolts (1). Installation: Tightening Torque, refer to Technical Data 51 12 2AZ.
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BMW Z3 roadster with 4-cylinder engines only: Unfasten expanding rivet (1) in left/right wheel housing.
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6-cylinder engines only: Push bumper (1) forwards until clips (2) are located in assembly opening.
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6-cylinder engines only: Press bumper (1) downwards/towards rear until clips (2) are out of assembly opening (3).
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Carefully press bumper (1) from wheel housing over tail lights (2) on left/right (risk of damage to tail light rubber) and remove bumper (1) towards rear.
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6-cylinder engines only: If necessary, replace defective clips (1).
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Adjust bumper: Ideal setting (dimension): Transition (A) should be flush on left/right side. (B) 5.5 mm (tolerance + 0.5/-1 mm) (C) 1 mm (tolerance + 1.5/-0 mm) (D) 5 mm (tolerance + 0.5/-1 mm)
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Loosen nut (1) from wheel housing and adjust bracket (2).
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Note: Adjustment at shock absorber is also possible with bumper installed if spare wheel is removed (remove spare wheel, refer to Owner’s Handbook). Unfasten left/right screws (1). Installation: Tightening Torque, refer to Technical Data 51 12 2AZ.
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Insert special tool 51 1 130 on standard extension (1) through bore with reversible handle into shock absorber (2).
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Height of bumper (in rear area) is now set by twisting socket head cap screw (1) in shock absorber (2). Note: Adjustment only possible when bumper is fitted using special tool 51 1 130.
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