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B5.5 Front Bumper Cover Removal

I wrote this becuase the information on removing the B5.5 Front bumper was sparse, and everyone kept pointing me to Airwalk's diagram.
Pictures are cool, but experience is better. Sorry no pictures, if you do this and remember to take them, please let me know.
I've put Airwalk's pictures at the end of this post for reference as to where the screws are located.

Please be careful whenever working on your car, safety goggles and gloves will keep you from burns and getting things in your eye.

Note: I waited until the bumper was off the car to remove the side markers, it was easier that way and I couldn't get them off from the outside.



Tools Required
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T25 Torx Screwdriver
Phillips Head Screwdriver (if equipped with fog lights)
Small Flathead screwdriver
Wide Flathead Screwdriver


Bumper Removal
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1. Jack the car up on both sides and remove the front wheels. Use Jackstands and please observe all safety procedures. I'm sure it's possible to do this by turning the wheels to each side as you work in the wheel wells, but this was easiest for me to do.

2. Remove the hood release lever.
Pry out the plastic guide on the front of the grill, and looking directly down on the hood release lever attachment point, you'll see a metal clip. Using your small screwdriver, flip that clip up so it's off of the plastic lever and place your wide screwdriver in the Y of the plastic, turn the large screwdriver to spread the Y off the pins that it is holding on to. This can be VERY frustrating, so take your time. If you need to remove the latch cover in frustration, it's a $6 part from Liberty (experience)

3. Remove the front grill.
Just a T25 torx screw on each side and clips underneath, be careful not to break the clips as you pull it off. If you have an aftermarket grill you might have to pull through or cut off your double-sided tape

4. Remove the 3 lower grills (they just pop out, the middle one is a little tricky, just take your time and make sure all the plastic clips release)

5. Remove fog lights (if equipped) 3 screws each and disconnect

5. Remove the 4 T25 screws from the top of the bumper (under where the grill just sat)

6. Remove 4 T25 Screws from each wheel well, one is pointed straight up, you'll have to feel under the wheel well where the bumper meets the fender to find it.

7. Climb under the car and remove the 3 flat head screws (they just twist out)

8. With your helper, pull the bumper straight towards you from each side, and remove the connections from the side markers. The bumper should now be free.

Installation is basically the reverse of removal HOWEVER, there are tabs on each side of the car that line up with tabs on the bumper, be absolutely sure that these line up, they will center the bumper for you and hold it on while you screw it in.

Removing Bumper strip
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1. Looking at the back of the bumper that you just removed, find the 4 tabs and 4 hooks holding the strip on. The hooks are down by the side marker holes, and the tabs are on the front of the bumper.

2. You'll see a black pin holding one of the hooks in place, if you push with a small screwdriver on the bottom of this pin, you'll see another, smaller pin come up, pull this pin out as far as you can and the large pin will pop right out.

3. With your screwdriver, carefully pry back the tabs and pull on the strip from the front of the bumper, releasing it in sections.

4. After all the tabs are removed, pull the strip away from the bumper (as if you were pulling it from off from the front of the car, and it should come right off)


 
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