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Old 06-27-2006, 10:32 AM   #1
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Has anybody put one of the rear bumbper protection pads on yet? They're on Ebay for $37. How does it get applied? Is it 3M double stick tape or some kind of fastener? Is it a good fit and does it do what it should to protect the bumper? Has anybody found something better? Thanks.
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Old 06-27-2006, 11:26 AM   #2
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Yes, I have one on my Redline. It attaches with 3M double stick tape. I ordered mine from www.saturnaccessories.com
Despite what the ad says it fits well on my 06 Redline bumper. It was made primarily for 02-05 VUE's.
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Old 06-27-2006, 12:01 PM   #3
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tape dosen't stay at temps below 0. I used a special epoxy compound to make mine stay after having it come off.
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Wow... 0 degrees... Any problems with the polymer panels?
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Old 06-27-2006, 02:24 PM   #5
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My VUE has been in temps that cold and my bumper pad hasn't come loose- although I don't know if it was ever touched when it was that cold.
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Old 06-27-2006, 04:44 PM   #6
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Mine was applied using a clear liquid nails type adhesive
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Good information. Thanks guys.
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Old 06-27-2006, 09:25 PM   #8
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Bumper Protection Pad is a great item. Every Vue owner who puts "stuff" in the back of the vehicle should get one.

Mine was attached with the 3M tape and it is still stuck on there great. Of course, we don't too close to 0 degrees around here. That would be scary!!!

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Old 06-28-2006, 08:34 PM   #9
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Default Re: Rear Bumper Protection Pad

Well mine went through the tail end of winter no problem, (put on with the supplied and already atached to the cover, 2 sided tape)

NOTE: The temperature when the tape is APPLIED is where the issue becomes more critical. Supplied directions say ambiant air temp and SURFACE (meaning the bumper) MUST be over 65dF(IIRC) and properly PREPPED.
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Old 06-30-2006, 07:55 AM   #10
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I just ordered the bumper protector and mud guards from the Saturn Accessories store. I guess all of the parts are the same and, in the end, the prices come out the same too. Does the rear window air deflector really work? I've read the spoiler is more for looks than for actually keeping the window clean. I know from past experience that keeping the window clean is almost an impossibility on moving boxes.
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Old 07-02-2006, 08:33 PM   #11
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Yea, I scratched/dinged up my rear bumper and then bought the pad. Went in just fine and lookes great. I like the look of it better than without it.
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Old 07-02-2006, 08:41 PM   #12
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a good addition, do it
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Old 07-02-2006, 11:09 PM   #13
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I plan on getting one soon. Had a couple other things to put on first...
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Old 07-05-2006, 04:16 PM   #14
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I plan on getting one soon. Had a couple other things to put on first...

Better before you get "the scratch". I loaded a chair and put a huge scratch.........on the bumper cover that is.
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Default Re: Rear Bumper Protection Pad

got the pad and the air deflector right after we got our '04 new. I like the looks of the deflector better than the spoiler, and I think it does help a bit w/ keeping the window clean.
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Old 07-06-2006, 08:57 PM   #16
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I should get the protection pad and mud guards, according to tracking info, tomorrow. The wind deflector for the back is a consideration then if you say it works.

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got the pad and the air deflector right after we got our '04 new. I like the looks of the deflector better than the spoiler, and I think it does help a bit w/ keeping the window clean.
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The bumper protection pad was a no-brainer. With temps in the mid-80's today, it should stick down pretty good. Three of the four mud guards were so simple, I was amazed. I thought I would have a problem getting out the plastic fasteners (I thought they would be the old Christmas tree type), but it was very easy. On the rear, they shorted me 2 screws. No wonder they tell you how to order more hardware! The very last screw that needed to go into one of the "spring clips" would only go in 1/2 way and refused to go in any further. I even tried a second washer and it just didn't tighten down like it should. I think the mud guards are needed around here and the bumper protector is also a necessary accessory. Makes you wonder why it wasn't there to begin with.
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I installed the bumper pad, rear wind deflector and mud guards. All are great additions to protect the Vue.
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Old 07-19-2006, 11:58 AM   #19
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I'd be interested in hearing if the rear wind deflector keeps the rear window clean for you. Was it also a double-stick tape installation?
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Old 07-19-2006, 06:27 PM   #20
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It's held on with metal brackets. Very easy to install and it does keep the rear window cleaner. I didn't see any decrease in mpg.
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