Front bumper trim

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Has anyone recently fitted the three piece black front bumper trim pieces?.I fitted these today and the gaps between the pieces is excessive to say the least,i was expecting a flush fit.
They're genuine Citroen parts but can't see how they would fit better due to no play in the slots in which they fit.
Any thoughts appreciated.
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davec wrote:Has anyone recently fitted the three piece black front bumper trim pieces?.I fitted these today and the gaps between the pieces is excessive to say the least,i was expecting a flush fit.
They're genuine Citroen parts but can't see how they would fit better due to no play in the slots in which they fit.
Any thoughts appreciated.
The bumper spoiler?
Citroen C3 bumper spoiler strip - 3 parts
Citroen C3 bumper spoiler strip - 3 parts
Like this set on ebay. I have refitted mine more than once as they are easily knocked off if I get too close to the kerb at my parking place. There are linking-in tabs at each end of the centre part to tie-in the two side pieces and everything fits together very snugly.

Getting the rubber spoiler back into the bumper groove needs the correct angle and a good push to get fully home.
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Those are the ones that cost me £45 from Citroen. :evil: As you say the centre part clips into the two outer ones and I expected a close fit.
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davec wrote:As you say the centre part clips into the two outer ones and I expected a close fit.
Yes, they join close so I can't see they are 3 separate parts from standing at the car, if I get closer I can see the join, but its is also an old and well battered spoiler on mine which probably doesn't help.
front bumper spoiler citroen c3 2002
front bumper spoiler citroen c3 2002
front bumper trim spoiler on a Citroen C3 2002
front bumper trim spoiler on a Citroen C3 2002

Just an idea, did you try fitting the centre piece first, then the side pieces, working from the centre of the car, to the wheels. This way you can butt up the joins and link them together so you can't see a gap. Then at least, any shortness in the rubber will only show up at the wheels and won't be so noticeable.


This is what happens when I manage to catch the spoiler on the kerb stone
bumper trim pulled off a Citroen C3 bumper and difficult to refit.
bumper trim pulled off a Citroen C3 bumper and difficult to refit.
Its a bit tricky to get the top tab in the slot in the bumper.
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I think the centre section first is the way to go, as you say.We started with the drivers side to begin with and this is were it's gone wrong Thanks very much for your replies and pics.
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I think the centre section first is the way to go, as you say.We started with the drivers side to begin with and this is were it's gone wrong Thanks very much for your replies and pics.
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I tried a set of the ebay ones, they're OK for the price and given where they are and the likely damage they'll manage, however if buying again I'd look at spending the extra on OEM parts.
If at first you don't succeed, destroy all the evidence and pretend you never tried :lol:
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