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Has anyone ever removed a lower valence or fog lights from a 2006 + bumper?
This is the bumper that's 90% plastic.
Right now I'm trying to remove the fog lights and there's one 10 mm bolt on the left side that is covered up by the plastic cover.(I removed one of the fogs by removing the two plastic pins from the bracket and removing the adjusting screw but I had put pull back on the bracket but I almost broke the bracket so I'm not going to do that to the other side.)
I see that there's all kind of plastic rivets holding the painted bumper cover on and I'm not sure if I should drill those out with a 1/4 drill or what. (I don't know what Ford was thinking when they came up with this design)

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Seriously? Nobody on this site knows about the front bumper that Ford has been putting on the Rangers for 5 years now?
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I havent messed around with it that much but it just looks like its clipped to the painted part.
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Yeah, It's just clipped in, but it's clipped in real good.
I learned today from "the other Ranger site" that the key to this whole puzzle is removing the bumper cover (the painted part) and you need to drill out the 16 plastic rivets holding it on. You can't really use one of those clip removal tools because the head of the rivet will just break off 99% of the time.
I also learned that without the fogs there's 5 different pieces to this bumper. There's actually a cheap metal bumper behind the plastic cover.
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Are plastic rivets and push pins one in the same?
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Doubt it. Shouldnt have to drill push pins
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Yes, they were plastic rivets and I was able to use a wire cutter to cut them off but I had to use panel push pins to fit the two new fascia's to the bumper . I have and 07 but put the 08 fog lights and paintable upper fascia on. I could not find those plastic rivets anywhere the push pins did the job but didn't snug the two pieces tight to the bumper. There was sag near the end of the fascia where it is closest to the front wheel.
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Yes, they were plastic rivets and I was able to use a wire cutter to cut them off but I had to use panel push pins to fit the two new fascia's to the bumper . I have and 07 but put the 08 fog lights and paintable upper fascia on. I could not find those plastic rivets anywhere the push pins did the job but didn't snug the two pieces tight to the bumper. There was sag near the end of the fascia where it is closest to the front wheel.
Finally ... someone else that has had to deal with one of these crazy *** bumpers. Was your lower valence stuck on the bumper pretty good?
I ordered some plastic rivets from LMC, and UPS should be dropping them off tomorrow.
I need to get one of those plastic rivet setters to put the front cover/ fasia on. The dealership is suppose to be getting the new valence in tomorrow.
I can't wait to get this thing back on my truck.
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Yeah, mine came with those same knock out egg crate covers but after I ordered the oval lamps there was nothing behind the lower fascia to bolt them into....nothing. I ordered the 08 set up with the paintable upper fascia and a new lower textured fascia and a new license plate frame. The 07 frame didn't match the 08. Make sure you get all those tabs in the upper fascia because the rivet holes wont line up to the holes in the metal bumper. I'd wait till the weather warms a bit, its easier to get the two pieces together when they are warm.
How much were those rivets???
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Yeah, mine came with those same knock out egg crate covers but after I ordered the oval lamps there was nothing behind the lower fascia to bolt them into....nothing. I ordered the 08 set up with the paintable upper fascia and a new lower textured fascia and a new license plate frame. The 07 frame didn't match the 08. Make sure you get all those tabs in the upper fascia because the rivet holes wont line up to the holes in the metal bumper. I'd wait till the weather warms a bit, its easier to get the two pieces together when they are warm.
How much were those rivets???
Thanks for the tips John
I think the hardware kit was $7.98 + shipping, I went ahead and ordered a new license plate frame too. I prefer the square fogs in the 06 and 07 Rangers, but I know it's just a personal preference.
I need to buy a fog light wiring harness but I don't know if I should get a 2004 harness or a 2006 harness. Do you know anything about that?
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I ran them with the factory harness to a separate toggle switch tapped into a "key on only circuit" so the go off when the truck is off.

Show me the back of that lower fascia that held those lamps....I had just as smooth surface on the back as I had on the front.
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The lower valence/fasia doesn't hold the fog light in at all, they're mounted in the bracket that's mounted to the main metal bumper.
After I seen the pictures of your 2WD Ranger, I understand why you went with the round fogs.
I think the square fogs look good on the 4X4 and visa versa
I see that you just had the square knock outs (like my 2004) when you first got your truck. Was it pre-wired for fogs or did you have to run all the wiring? (Did you have to buy a fog light wiring harness?)
I like where you put that toggle switch. Wish I could do that, but I have a manual transmission so my set up is totally different.
Here's the back side of the lower valence and a pic of where the fog light bracket bolts in at.

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Here's a pic of the 2004 bumper that's on my truck now. I like the chrome bumper, but it has a big ding in it, it's bent up and I have no lower valence for it.
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i slid through a fence and knocked a hole in mine 2 years ago. getting the old one off i just cut the lil plastic tabs off the back with a razor knife. putting the new one on was a bit of a bear though.
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I had to order all of it, I knew something was wrong when I tried to figure out what actually held the lamps to the bumper because the lower part was so thin. I do see the lights shake a bit when I go over rail road tracks but they point straight and light the road well. I didn't want to buy the new light switch that had the fog light in it, I would have to buy the correct dash panel to do that. The first time I had the fog lights on and my wife was in the truck to, she looked down in her foot well and asked" where is her light at" LOL... The switch has a led light in it and lights up the foot well. I went out and got one to put in on her side of the cab. Do you know of any light package for the foot wells? The only light in my truck is behind and above my right shoulder, so when I lean over to get something out of the glove box I block the light. I looked under both foot wells up into the bottom of the dash and can't find any place to hang any type of lighting.
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