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Rear bumper off, just for a look

It’s been a few weeks, there’s been plenty of thought & planning in relation to the layout and the van’s booked in in early June for a pop-roof & windows 🙂

So in the meantime I’ve decided to fit a towbar, reversing sensors and also a reversing camera.

I’ve decided on the Westfalia Detachable towbar and having read-up on it there’s mention of some VW extras that are needed (To guarantee an optimal fit of the bumper it is necessary to mount – 1 x plastic rail 7HO 807 723 – 8 x gasket 357 853 586 B – 8 x clip 7HO 867 299 01C).

In relation to the plastic rail apparently some vehicles have this already but you need to remove the bumper to see if you’re lucky.

It’s not too difficult to remove…

Start by taking the rear lights off, removing 2 bolts and then carefully slide the unit sideways away from the vehicle.
My truck is a tailgate version so it has the plastic in-fill pieces between the lights and the bumper. These lift off after you remove the 2 bolts and carefully unclip the bottom.
Next you need to remove the two bolts in each wheel arch and then move the cover slightly to get to the single bolt which is hiding behind it.
Finally there’s the bolts on the top & bottom of the actual bumper, once these are off then the bumper itself can be easily slid off/back.  Once it was off this is what I can see, trouble is I not sure if this is the “plastic rail 7HO 807 723” item or not?
Also, as an aside I saw this sticker inside my bumper, not sure what the relevance of this is?