Replacing front bumper brackets?
I bought replacement brackets. Now I need to install them.
F150 involved in a "slight" rear-ender. Yep. Totally my fault. Not much physical damage done. Airbags deployed -so I figured more damage had been done. But not much, really. The other driver took off... so no insurance claim necessary. Just had to get my F150 fixed.
So I assessed the damage and figured it's a good time to replace some stuff anyway. The front bumper valance had been a little loose, etc...
I ordered a New chrome bumper, New grill (and Ford emblem!), New bottom air-dam & bumper valance. Had to replace the passenger side bumper brace. The bracket to bumper mounts were fine so I didn't have to replace them. And I ordered the plastic push-pin clips to mount the valance onto the bumper. The airbags also deployed so I bought replacements for bot the driver & passenger side -along with a new control module for that.
Once the bumper was off, I saw why the airbags deployed on such a low impact "tap." The previous owner had previously tapped someone too. It bent the brackets a good bit. One side bracket was torn completely. The other was bent back.
So anyway, I have everything off and ready to go. I've replaced the airbags myself and am fully confident I can put it back together... except for this one question...
The bumper brackets are exact replacements for whats already on there. So I need to take the old ones off. The old ones appear to be spot welded on. The one bracket that tore off still left the weld spots intact. The new bracket has a couple of holes.
So I'm assuming you break off the old welds and bolt the replacement bracket on? Well, my bracket kit didn't come with any bolts. What would I use? Also, is this the point where I could just take it to a body shop and pay them to remove the old welds? Seems like that might be the most hassle free way of getting it done.