2nd Gen R59 Roadster Metal bumper frame bent - what to do now?

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  1. Dave.0

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    1 long chain with hooks on the ends.
    1 large tree

    Hook the chain to the bumper and around the tree and pull it back into place slowly.

    Easy and Free. :ihih::Thumbsup::popcorn:
     
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    The method David.0 is describing....

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    pull it back into place slowly.
     
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    #24 TG., May 6, 2014
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    Blah ha haaaaa . . . that's too much.
    After watching this it's funny how I can imagine all sort of ways Dave's scenario would end up wrong . . . both coming to a dead stop and the driver getting completely knocked out, The tree falling on the car, a bunch of fruit crashing down at once, etc... This could make for a fun short series :lol:
     
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    That was the "How to improve the front bumper" video for the F56. :rolleyes: :p:lol:
     
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    I feel I shouldn't be liking this :arf: :D
     
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    Okay, back to serious stuff though .

    Can anyone provide me with torque specification for all the bolts holding the bumper brace frame to the car chassis and to the lower crush tubes, as well as the lower crush tube bolts to the chassis? Again this is for a 2013/2014 MINI cooper S (I don't think model types differ for the front end. Just a guess... I could be wrong :confused5:).
     
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    YES....:D
     
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    ^^^ 22 Nm (16 ft-lb).......:D
     
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    Doesn't sound like much :eek6: :crazy: . . . I was surprise too when I remove the rear one to install a hitch receiver...
    I'll probably be tempted to add a little none permanent loctite for fasteners.

    Is that for all of them?
    thx btw :Thumbsup:
     
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    Yup..... 8mm bolts...
     
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    thank you so very much sir! :cornut:
     
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    The parts arrived today. It looks like I get my Saturday or Friday evening booked for me . . .

    They are surprisingly light!
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    #34 TG., May 24, 2014
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    Okay, mission accomplished! The car is back to its new self. I spent the entire evening replacing the bumper inner frame...

    Replacing the frame itself was pretty easy.
    Removing and remounting the bumper wasn't so much fun.
    But everything considered it wasn't too bad since I was able to do it in one evening. I was prepared to finish in the morning but that did not happened so over all that was definitely worth doing myself...

    Oh, and I could not use the lower crushed tube since for some strange reason the bolts were not threaded :confused5: . . . maybe they are self threading but since I wasn't sure I decided not to take the chance to damage the bolt.
    Of course I checked very well the current one and it seemed perfectly fine with no deformation so I feel fine about not having been able to replace it.
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    The last thing I didn't do tonight is cleanup the garage and put the car back on the ground :arf:


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    The weld nuts on the crush tubes should have been threaded.... Looks like they slipped through QC without being caught..... Original look undamaged... Return the new and get your money back.... Or keep them, get them tapped and save them for the next adventure...

    So, now you know how to remove the bumper.... The toughest part are all those plastic fasteners and clips.... But special tools are available to make that part go easier...

    You just moved up the ladder... Good job...:D
     
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    Ha ha :biggrin5:


    Here's how bent the frame was:

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    I'll be putting the bumper and front spoiler on sale I think for hobbyist out there. Except for the bend the rest of the frame seemed in good condition. Perhaps some one might find to useful



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