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Below are installation pictures for the R32 rear bumper cover on to a 2008 4dr GTI. All-in-all, a pretty straight forward installation. With the right tools, you really don't have to take off the wheels, but it helps. The installation would probably take an hour to do, now that we've done it and had to pull the bumper cover off once or twice during the process.

This is for informational purposes and may not contain all the details necessary to complete (most of the big things are listed) - attempt at your own risk as we are not responsible for anything that may or may not happen during your specific installation experiences.
Items of note:
- one person could do the installation but two make it go much quicker and less frustrating
- installation time - about and hour to hour and a half. Now that we've done this, the hardest part was separating the lower stock GTI piece from the bumper top.
- Recommend removing the entire bumper cover (top & bottom together)
- be sure to install the new R32 foam properly. The foam does not rest on top, it goes underneath. The part number in the license plate area should not be upside down.
- If your hatch does not securely shut, check to make sure the foam is on properly.
- If your red reflectors do not sit securely, check to make sure the foam is on properly.
- Torx 25 and 20 - screwdriver version as well as 1/4" socket are handy.
- The cover does fit with the stock GTI exhaust still on. You can install the cover at home and head to a muffler shop to have the exhaust mods done later.
Rear Bumper parts:
Foam Absorber 1K6-807-251-A
Lower Spoiler 1K6-807-433-E-GRU (primered)
Tail pipe surround 1K6-807-568-9B9
Tow Hook Cover 1K6-807-441-E-9B9
LH Support 1K6-807-739
RH Support 1K6-807-740
LH Reflector 1K6-945-105-A
RH Reflector 1K6-945-106-A


Step 1: Gather all of the parts - make sure you have everything needed






Step 2: Jack up the rear and use a jack stand for safety


Step 3: Remove the taillights


Step 4: Remove the screws from the fender well, across the bottom, & top:




Remove the wiring harness for the license plate light:



Step 5: pull off cover - give a pull, you may hear a popping sound, that's ok



Step 6: Separate the GTI cover top from the bottom:

Set the cover, face down. Start on one end to pop the clips out and then "roll" across the cover pulling out the plastic clips. Once it starts to go, you will get the hang of it and it will come apart.


Step 7: Attach the R32 bottom
Much like the removal, start at one end and "roll" around to the other side pushing the clips together. be sure to seat them completely, if you do not, you may see a slight line (we did) on the painted side of the cover indicating that the clips are not fully seated.

Pull off a couple of the screw clips from your GTI cover and slide on to the R32 cover:








Step 8: Remove the GTI's foam


Expect it to break:



Clean the surface, prep for the adhesive tape:




Step 9: install the R32 foam - it wraps around the bottom, not top





Step 10: slide on the R32 bumper cover:
There are "channels" on the both sides that the top cover support plastic will slide into.







The two support pieces that are down on the bottom (near the muffler) need to be lifted around the metal allowing the bumper cover to fully slide on.

Replace all of the Torx screws you removed:


Step 11: install reflectors and button everything back up




Stock Exhaust:
The GTI exhaust clears the plastic by a 1/4" or so, enough for you to make it to a muffler shop









Once the exhaust has been modified, snap on the center piece and enjoy.




 

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sweet. I may or may not be doing this in about a week. Thanx alot. Any possibility on a complete tool list? I saw the torx bits and rachet, just wondering if anything else was needed? Also, you obviously got this from bud, so did it come with everything you needed? I'm assuming it did since he seems to be very thorough. Thanx again
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Re: (focuz04)

If you've got two people - double the hand tools to speed things along.
Hand tools:
Torx 20 & 25 ( socket and/or screw driver style )
Flat head screw driver
10mm socket for the tail lights (careful not to drop the nuts)
gloves to limit cuts (they always seem to happen no matter what)
flashlight
Garage stuff:
jack stands
wheel chocks (place at the front wheels) - you never know if it will roll slightly forward
floor jack
torque wrench
17mm socket for lugs
VW wheel lock socket - if you still have the 5th lug as the wheel lock on each wheel
the "hook" tool to remove the black lug caps.
Having a wireless laptop with Vortex at your finger tips can be helpful.

ETKA parts diagrams or a Bentley manual aren't necessary but may be helpful
I think that's about it.
We didn't have any extra parts, so that was a good sign.
 

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Re: DIY: Detailed R32 rear bumper cover installation on to a GTI (83Caddy16v)

nice.. brings back memories. your car almost looks like mine!
 

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Re: (absoluteczech)

dayam, that car is turning out nice!!!
thanks for your selflessness, garage, and time, chris! this mod will have much more of an impact on your CW GTI.
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we'll post more diy on the votex front lip and R32 side skirt install soon. c, you did that part so fast you might have to post it yourself -- i can talk about scratching sticky stuff off the sides... http://****************.com/smile/emthdown.gif
 

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Great DIY!
Can anyone confirm if you need to run the rear foam specific to the R32? I know the part numbers are different for the GTI / R32, but I haven't had a chance to install mine yet. I know there have been a few others that have... just curious if it was a necessity.
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Re: (JonnyKuhns)

http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif thinking of doing this soon also, what are you doing about the exhaust tips? keeps the stock catback and getting the muffler shop to fabricate something??
 

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Re: (JonnyKuhns)

Quote, originally posted by JonnyKuhns »
Great DIY!
Can anyone confirm if you need to run the rear foam specific to the R32? I know the part numbers are different for the GTI / R32, but I haven't had a chance to install mine yet. I know there have been a few others that have... just curious if it was a necessity.
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I dont know about the US-Spec R32 rear, but with my Euro-Spec rear, there was no way to fit the regular gti foam behind the bumper.
 

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Re: (ranasinghe.nuwan)

I had BmFTechnik in Annapolis, MD fabricate the axleback part of the exhaust -- they did it based on a couple measurements I sent them. I didn't trust the local Midas/Meineke to do it b/c there was always a "head scratch moment" when they saw my car. I went out and bought some very affordable/ghetto exhaust tips from the local AdvanceAutoParts, made by "3A Racing." Total installed cost me $200 -- w/ better fitment out the box than the Eurojet product, imo. Here's the result:






Modified by ktreg at 12:59 PM 3-30-2008
 

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Nice job.
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Looking forward to hearing how it sounds.
 

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Re: DIY: Detailed R32 rear bumper cover installation on to a GTI (83Caddy16v)

well done http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif when you purchased the r32 rear bumper, did it come with that replacement foam?


Modified by jMkV at 4:04 PM 3-30-2008
 

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WOW. That looks awesome and I really like the exhaust tips. They remind me of my old MillTek on my Audi A4. Will you post pics of the exhaust underneath the car. I would like to see how you have done things.
 

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Re: DIY: Detailed R32 rear bumper cover installation on to a GTI (jMkV)

Quote, originally posted by jMkV »
well done http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif when you purchased the r32 rear bumper, did it come with that replacement foam?

I purchased the R32 rear bumper from [email protected] for $390 (w/c is a sick price). At least from Bud it came w/ everything below, w/c is everything you need:
Rear Bumper parts:
Foam Absorber 1K6-807-251-A
Lower Spoiler 1K6-807-433-E-GRU (primered)
Tail pipe surround 1K6-807-568-9B9
Tow Hook Cover 1K6-807-441-E-9B9
LH Support 1K6-807-739
RH Support 1K6-807-740
LH Reflector 1K6-945-105-A
RH Reflector 1K6-945-106-A
 

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Re: (Oh Mr. Rabbit)

Quote, originally posted by Oh Mr. Rabbit »
WOW. That looks awesome and I really like the exhaust tips. They remind me of my old MillTek on my Audi A4. Will you post pics of the exhaust underneath the car. I would like to see how you have done things.

Ha! That's exactly what we said, "looks like a Miltek w/ the rolled edges on the tips..." You know something else that was unexpected was the way the exhaust sounds b/c you have to cut out the stock suitcase muffler that sits behind the rear axle -- that really reminded me of a Miltek! Save maybe 15-20 lbs w/o that muffler, too.
Stupid, but I didn't take underneath pics when the car was up
. The setup was pretty much the same as in the pic below (everything above the pink line).

Finally, let me be sure to give props to the guys who have done this mod long ago. I feel like we're taking credit for doing this conversion but we're just really copying what's been shown here on vortex over the past 10 months or so. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif


Modified by ktreg at 8:07 PM 3-30-2008
 
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