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Replacing 2011 rear bumper for towing


racockrell

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Hello:

I just bought a 2011 Explorer XLT - no tow package. So, I'm thinking of adding it in piece meal. First the rear bumper. there are about 5 main parts that need to be added/change in order to upgrade to the tow bumper: inner bumper, couple of cover panels, wire harness and connector.

My question is has anyone done that? What did you discover? Do the larger bumber pieces (upper and lower bumper) split, or have they been welded/glued together?

I assume the lower rivets will have to be replaced, but if the upper bumper also has to come off - I will need to replace any rivets there as well. Do both have to come off?

I'm going by what I see on parts lists.

thanks in advance, Regards, Rich
 




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