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Old 11-12-2010, 10:27 PM
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Lightbulb 09-11 Rear Bumper Removal and Replacement

I swapped out my chrome rear bumper for a Mineral Grey Metallic painted one with the exhaust cut-outs. Below is a quick "how-to" to remove and replace a bumper for the 09-11 1500 Ram's.

Goodbye chrome...

There are three electrical connectors (if you have the trailer plug) to disconnect. Two plugs for the license plate lights (center and right pic) and one for the trailer plug receptacle (left pic). The light plugs have a red tab that needs to be pulled out before you try to unplug them from the bulbs. You could just as easily remove the bulbs while still connected to the wires, but with my luck Id break one. I just kinda wiggled the plug for the trailer receptacle till it came out, it was rather easy to unplug. None of the wires are connected to the bumper.

The bumper is connected to the truck by six bolts (head size of 15mm if I remember correctly). Four of the bolts are located on the back side of the bumper just outside of the hitch, and the other two are behind the license plate along with two plastic fasteners, just above the bolts, that you will need to remove. Once all of the bolts are removed, using a little elbow grease and some wiggling of the bumper, the bumper will come right off.

And there you have it, bumper free.

At this point you can either remove the step pad or the bumper brackets next. I removed the brackets first to make it easier to access the step pad tabs that you have to crush and push out. For each bracket there are six bolts that you will need to remove. The bracket for each side of the bumper actually comes apart to make two pieces for a total of four bracket pieces. I kept the two pieces bolted together to better assist with realignment when I get ready to put the new bumper on. All twelve bolts are carriage bolts, so you will need to keep pressure on the bolt to keep it in the square hole. Otherwise you will be turning your wrench or ratchet for a while. Eight of the nuts are size 15mm and the smaller four are 10mm.

If you notice the green WTF in the pic on the right; I backed into a steel box about nine months ago and it left a dimple about the size of a dime in the chrome. Where all of that rust is inside the green box is where the dimple is... All I can say is WOW...

To remove the step pad, first you will need to remove the license plate light housings and the trailer plug receptacle. For the receptacle, you need to push in on the two silver tabs on the side of the receptacle (where my fingers are in the right pic) and it will fall right out. For the light housings, if you look at where the red arrow is pointing, take a flat tip screwdriver and pry that silver tab up. That silver tab is actually a rather long fastener to keep the housing in place. Once you remove the silver fastener the housing will fall right out. Repeat 1X. Now to remove the step pad itself you will have to take some pliers and crush and push out these plastic tabs (left pic), there are about 14 of them.

Once all of that is completed, reverse the process with one exception. Bolt on the brackets before you put on the step pad as three of the bolts on each side go underneath the pad.

And there you have it. Yes I know the cut outs look a little wierd with the single out exhaust. The new dual exhaust is going on next weekend.

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