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Old 26 May 2016, 11:23 am
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Default Front Bumper Energy Foam Clip Removal

Hi Folks,

I need to remove the energy foam inside of the front bumper fascia in order to repair the tear and dings the front bumper.

There are two metal clips that hold the energy foam in place (circled in red). Do these remove by simply pulling them out, or is there something else to it?

I messed with them a bit, but the metal was very soft and I almost broke one of the ears off of the clip. I want to remove them without having to replace them.

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Old 26 May 2016, 03:58 pm
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I've never seen those clips on one. I've removed 3 at the junkyard and one at home and as soon as I removed the "bumper" the Styrofoam just fell out when I pulled the assembly off.
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Old 28 May 2016, 04:17 pm
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Is that what they officially call it? "Energy Foam" Pffft. I was really surprised to even find it in there last week when I replaced my headlights and fitted new fogs to the lower. I was like cheap ass b*st*rds, where's the steel?
I think the only reason it's there, is to stiffen the flimsy plastic to stop it drumming as you drive on smooth road
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Old 28 May 2016, 08:09 pm
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Yup, they call it energy foam. Sounds like a sports energy drink you'd buy at the gym.
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Old 28 May 2016, 08:40 pm
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Well, I guess they had to call it something, somehow "flimsy bumper stiffener" doesn't quite have the same ring to it as "energy foam". It must do something though, in terms of impact absorption, because the steel bumper they did put on it was made from bean cans by the look of it
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Old 29 May 2016, 07:11 am
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Looking at my parts catalog, I don't even see a part# for the clip. Interesting.

Time to see what I can find online. If I do bust a clip, from what's been posted, I can re-mount the bumper without the foam, but I would like to have it in there overall.

I want to repair the tear in the bumper by using my plastic welder to add a piece of wire mesh to the back side of the tear, to give it some stiffness, then to fill the front of the tear, then paint.

I could just forego the mesh in the back, but I think it will be too flexible, and my filler would eventually crack.
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Old 29 May 2016, 08:44 am
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In my parts catalog, the part number for this clip is: 05303389AA



Sorry for the over-sized pic, but it was the only one I could find. But it is also shown in the link below:

CLIP. Molding made by Mopar. #05303389AA

It looks like it would just be a friction fit over a tab on the fascia.

In my parts catalog, they changed the name of the foam to: FOAM, Front Bumper Fascia.
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Old 29 May 2016, 09:21 am
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In my parts catalog, the part number for this clip is: 05303389AA

Sorry for the over-sized pic, but it was the only one I could find. But it is also shown in the link below:

CLIP. Molding made by Mopar. #05303389AA

It looks like it would just be a friction fit over a tab on the fascia.

In my parts catalog, they changed the name of the foam to: FOAM, Front Bumper Fascia.
Thanks for the part #, buddy! Much appreciated.

Yeah, they do look like a simple press fit over the tab. I was concerned about breaking them, though, because they are very flimsy and the ears of one bent with no pressure on it.
I wanted to know that I could replace them in case of breakage.
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Thanks for the part #, buddy! Much appreciated.

Yeah, they do look like a simple press fit over the tab. I was concerned about breaking them, though, because they are very flimsy and the ears of one bent with no pressure on it.
I wanted to know that I could replace them in case of breakage.
I think the key to removing them would be to use a hook tool, like an awl or 90 degree pick and using two of them pushed into each side at the center of the clip, then pulling strait up to remove them from the tab. The ears are on the clip to provide extra pressure to the foam support to hold it in place, but not meant for pulling on as you found out. But if you did break them, they are cheap enough and you only need two.
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If I do bust a clip, from what's been posted, I can re-mount the bumper without the foam, but I would like to have it in there overall.
If you do break the clips removing them, you can just fashion something up to hold the foam in place, or just replace the clips, they won't be expensive from the dealer. Whatever else you do, you need the foam in there, so don't fit the bumper fascia without it
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