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Rear Bumper Rubber Trim Clips?

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Just ordered a number of new rear trim clips that hold the rubber trim to the metal bumper (15 per bumper). 51111826895

They do not look like my original clips, which are essentially screws with a unique double angled rectangle head that is tightened on with a nut and washer.


Original is on the right...


On review, one side wing of the bumper was replaced many years back due to a parking brake not being put on many years ago. Note the wide slots for the trim mount clips...(new part is too the left).


Note the original bumper has round bolt holes only... No room for clips. Photo post rust protection on inside of bumper.


So i have solved my above question... Late/or maybe early bumpers used clips to mount the rubber trim. my car is a late summer 73 tii... So i assume my bolt clips were a late design? But then the replacement bumper piece was newer than the car...

My solution is to put clips on the newer bumper side piece, and switch the bolt clips to the old bumper pieces.

1. What year did this transition occur?

2. Can you still get the bolt clips for the rubber trim?

1973 2002Tii (Pacific Blue)

1984 911 3.2 Carrera (Platnum Metallic)

2009 328xi (Black Sapphire Metallic)

2010 Mazda Speed3 (Black Metallic)

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BMW 2002 Bumper Trim Fastener
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BMW 2002 Bumper Trim Fastener
BMW 2002 Bumper Trim Fastener. Fits all years for 1602, 2002, 2002tii.
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According to the factory parts book, the threaded retainer with the angled head, P/N 51 11 1 815 611 shows only two per back bumper:  one at each end.  Four more are used on the front bumper, at each end of the rubber trim pieces that go on the front bumper ends. 


At the rear, the parts book shows that all the remaining rubber trim retaining clips are the P/N 51 11 1 826 895--fifteen per back bumper and twelve for the front.  Make sure the clips you received were that part number.


The rear center bumper blade shows two different part numbers for 72 and 73 cars:  51 12 1 815 656 for Euro cars--it has the cutouts for license plate lights in the bumper, and 51 12 1 816 006, US cars with no license plate light holes.  But both bumper blades show the same number of threaded retainers and clips for all Modell 71 cars (VINs beginning with 257/8/9) that have bumpers with the rubber inserts. 


I seem to recall that when I replaced a bent center bumper section on my Dec '72 production car, all the mounting holes had threaded retainers, but I replaced all but the two end ones with clips because that's what the factory parts book showed, and I didn't want to wrestle with 17 rusted and stuck retainers.  And the clips fit where the retainers previously went. 


Of course the factory parts book (and shop manual) aren't always correct, and I seem to recall seeing the later chrome bumpers with both oval and round holes for mounting the rubber trim.  Two different suppliers perhaps?


Yet another 2002 mystery!



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