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This has to be one of the most common concerns for late model ST220/ST Tdci's, the dropping rear bumper issue. We all know early ST220's don't suffer from this issue, Ford issued a TSB but people still say they have problems. After much digging i found out that Ford used to fit two foam supports. This is how my car came straight out of Genk :-





The gap had remained constant and no cracking was evident. However after reading about later cars well outside of the TSB window having the same issues i decided enough was enough and duly ordered FINIS 1300790 & 1300788(£36.89 + VAT each). It's worth noting that according to Ford's part system these are "Zetec S" parts and not ST220 parts-but early 220's had them fitted!!

First stage is to remove the bumper :-

(1) Remove 2 x TORX bolts in boot shut panel.
(2) Remove 1 x Philips screw & 1 x bolt head screw from arch liner, also remove bottom Philips screw and silver push on washer from arch liner.
(3) Slide arch liner out of the way to reveal 1 x Philps screw securing bumper to side bracket :-



(4) Remove 5 x screws at bottom of bumper.
(5) Unclip bumper at sides and slide bumper back, it hangs on this central support :-





Next it's time to fit the foams, you will need strong PU adhesive(same stuff rear spoiler is bonded on with) :-

Secure the foams in place :-







 

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Bead the glue around the top edge and back of the foam block, push into place then bead a seam around it, here's some fitted from the factory :-





Job done :-

 

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Let the PU go off(couple of hours) then refit the bumper, finished job has closed the gap right up and made the bumper more solid.









For the sake of a few quid i think it is worth it, i never had an issue with gap as all cars had one, however these blocks make the gap MUCH smaller!(about 4-5mm).Hope this helps some people out..........
 

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Thats a great guide, thanks very much for the time to make it and shares with others
 

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No probs Jim, i did it ages ago when i got the car (IIRC July 2007). Worth doing before it is too late if you have a gap!!!!!!!
 

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Bead the glue around the top edge and back of the foam block, push into place then bead a seam around it, here's some fitted from the factory :-

hi regarding the rear drooping bumper issue-please note that ford no longer supply the foam blocks-but dont worry as there is an alternative way. unclip your rear bumper grill to expose your rear impact bar,you will find that there are 5 holes on your rear bumper.simply jack up your bumper (using 2 jacks either side with a towel on the jacks to prevent damage to your bumper) untill you have your bumper level.screw through the 5 holes with a metal drill piece and insert raw plugs and screw into them.try to use big headed screws if not use washers.when you have tightened all the screws into place remove your jacks. job done



Job done :-

 
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