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The rear bumper reinforcement on my 04 Pilot is completely rusted and looks like brown flaky Swiss cheese. Everything else on the car is in good shape except that, and I see that it seems to be a common problem with Pilots in the northeast. I'm guessing they just used a bad bunch of steel for those parts, or just didn't rust-proof them properly?

My question is, do you think there's any chance I can find a salvageable rear bumper reinforcement off a Pilot in a scrap yard, or should I just order new, since there's a pretty good chance that every Pilot from my generation has a rusty bumper? There are a few Craigslist/Facebook ads in my area for people parting out Pilots in my area, but I don't want to waste my time driving around just to find out there are no good used bumpers. Looks like new ones run about $130-150.
 

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If you're planning on keeping your PIlot for a good while longer, go with a new one. I don't know what your time's worth to you, but you may end up going around visiting a lot of bumpers before you find a good one.
 

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Buying used inner bumper beam might be just as bad or worse than your own. Ebay may be another source for new bumper beam replacements. The steel was a bad choice as all the snow, ice, mud collects in there. The Toyota Highlander has an aluminum beam and it won't rust like the Honda.
 

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I ordered a new one from a seller on Ebay for $125 with free shipping. It was delivered 3 days later via FedEx. I pulled Curt hitch off temporarily since I need to scrape the rust off it and repaint it next week, and that made it easier to get to a few of the screws that hold the bumper on. Here's the comparison photo showing how bad the original was. The new one bolted right in with no fitment issues.
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I ordered a new one from a seller on Ebay for $125 with free shipping. It was delivered 3 days later via FedEx. I pulled Curt hitch off temporarily since I need to scrape the rust off it and repaint it next week, and that made it easier to get to a few of the screws that hold the bumper on. Here's the comparison photo showing how bad the original was. The new one bolted right in with no fitment issues.
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If you're satisfied with the eBay seller and his product, post a link.

What a difference. (y) Oh well, we're all subject to entropy in one way or another. :)
 

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I had the same exact problem on an 03 Pilot I recently bought from Ohio. I got a decent used beam off another Pilot at the salvage yard but they lost the bolts and mine were so rusted I threw them out before looking at the thread pattern. Does anyone happen to know the bolt size & thread pattern for the bottom bolts for this beam that bolt into the frame rail underneath? Thanks
 

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I had the same exact problem on an 03 Pilot I recently bought from Ohio. I got a decent used beam off another Pilot at the salvage yard but they lost the bolts and mine were so rusted I threw them out before looking at the thread pattern. Does anyone happen to know the bolt size & thread pattern for the bottom bolts for this beam that bolt into the frame rail underneath? Thanks
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If you order this bumper support new or used, you might consider a rust inhibitor....
 

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This would be a good time to rust proof bumper beam, inside rear suspension cross member and floor box sections under bottom of tail gate.
 

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This would be a good time to rust proof bumper beam, inside rear suspension cross member and floor box sections under bottom of tail gate.
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I ordered a new one from a seller on Ebay for $125 with free shipping. It was delivered 3 days later via FedEx. I pulled Curt hitch off temporarily since I need to scrape the rust off it and repaint it next week, and that made it easier to get to a few of the screws that hold the bumper on. Here's the comparison photo showing how bad the original was. The new one bolted right in with no fitment issues.
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Looks like the same bumper reinforcement I got off ebay!. Also looks like the one I took off of our 06 LX.
Does anyone happen to know the bolt size & thread pattern for the bottom bolts for this beam that bolt into the frame rail underneath?
12mm X 1.25 pitch.
 
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