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e92 Front Bumper Removal DIY
Published by AU335
08-25-2007
Arrow e92 Front Bumper Removal DIY

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1. 8mm Socket
2. T30 Torx Driver


Required Screws that hold the bumper on.




Step 1:
Remove 4 T30 Screws





Step 2:
Remove 7 8mm Screws under the bumper (You will have 9 screws if you dont have the Aero Lip)



Step 3:
Turn Wheels to the Left

Step 4:
Remove 5 8mm Screws in Right Fender Arc



Step 5:
Remove 2 8mm Screws in Left Fender Arc



Step 6:
Turn wheels to the Right



Step 7:
Remove 4 8mm Screws from Left Fender Arc









Step 8:
Remove 5 8mm Screws from Right Fender Arc





Step 9:
Remove Oil Cooler Backing



Step 10:
Pull back on Fender Lining and Use the tire to hold it back.





Step 11:
Remove 2 8mm Screws located behind the lining towards the top of the Right Fender Arc







Step 12:
Turn Wheels to the Left

Step 13:
Pull back fender lining of Left Fender Arc and use the tire to hold it back.





Step 14:
Remove 2 8mm Screws located behind the lining towards the top of the Left Fender Arc





Step 15:
Unclip Foglight housing cables from both right and left sides.



Step 16:
Unclip bumper and pull off .







Congrats!!! You have now removed your bumper.
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  #1  
By picus on 08-25-2007, 03:01 PM
31 screws. Seriously, what the hell. Nice writeup.
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By RRGOO7 on 08-26-2007, 08:21 PM
nice writeup man but why did you remove the bumper?
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By yamazaho on 08-26-2007, 10:07 PM
Oh wow I haven't seen such DETAIL (WITH PICTURES) write ups for a while now.... awesome job bro!!!

Oh and you did not remove the bumper just for the write up right? If you did, that's a A LOTTA effort for such request man!!!
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By AU335 on 08-26-2007, 11:24 PM
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Originally Posted by RRGOO7 View Post
nice writeup man but why did you remove the bumper?
I had to re-paint my lower mesh
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  #5  
By Chesmu on 08-26-2007, 11:45 PM
THAT is an impressive DIY write-up
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  #6  
By SKBMW on 08-26-2007, 11:47 PM
Nice work mate.
Pin this bad boy!
Last edited by SKBMW; 08-27-2007 at 12:22 AM.
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By AKbmw on 08-27-2007, 12:56 AM
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I had to re-paint my lower mesh
..why was it chipping?
how did you paint it?
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By l4wr3nc3 on 08-27-2007, 03:19 AM
Thanks for the writeup! Didnt see it till now. I plan on removing my bumper and painting the mesh as well.
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By Fartpimpson on 08-27-2007, 04:00 AM
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By DrewKo on 08-27-2007, 07:30 AM
Wow man...but you forgot to include the 2 buds in the instructions.
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  #11  
By AU335 on 08-27-2007, 10:19 AM
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Wow man...but you forgot to include the 2 buds in the instructions.
oops... Yeah dont forget about those! The buds are crucial to the project.
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By Spool on 08-28-2007, 03:08 PM
WTF? That's a lot of screws to undo...


Nice write up man, the most detailed, step by step DIY i've ever seen.
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By e92phreak on 08-28-2007, 03:21 PM
Very nicely detailed! Thanks for the writeup.
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By txusa03 on 08-29-2007, 07:43 AM
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oops... Yeah dont forget about those! The buds are crucial to the project.
nice work, but at which step to you drink the buds and how many buds do you recommend
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By AU335 on 08-29-2007, 01:01 PM
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nice work, but at which step to you drink the buds and how many buds do you recommend
I recommend drinking as many buds as you can during step 11, because those 2 top screws can be a bitch, especially if you have big hands
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By graham999au on 08-31-2007, 02:04 AM
Fantastic writeup, thanks!
Is it possible to remove just the left or right kidney grill, or the middle lower mesh without removing the whole bumper? I'm trying to install a radar detector unit behind there somewhere!
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By AU335 on 08-31-2007, 11:58 AM
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Fantastic writeup, thanks!
Is it possible to remove just the left or right kidney grill, or the middle lower mesh without removing the whole bumper? I'm trying to install a radar detector unit behind there somewhere!
Thanks man,

Yes, you can remove both kidney grilles and the middle lower mesh without taking the bumper off.

The best way to take the middle mesh off is to tape up the bumper around where the middle mesh is - This will protect the paint from being scratched. Then unclip the mesh and bend/twist it in a way that will allow it to come through the middle. Just be patient and careful and it will come right out.
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By graham999au on 09-01-2007, 12:07 AM
Cool, and how do you remove the kidney grills?
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By Gen_E92 on 09-12-2007, 10:02 PM
The clip that hold the H3 bulbs down just fell into the headlight housing, so I'm thinking about removing the headlights to get it out. In order to do that I need to remove the front bumper first right?
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By NPDAN on 09-15-2007, 01:31 AM
I have a question? Do these lower mesh pieces clip in like the kidneys do? My reason for asking is if I dont give a crap about salvaging them I would opt to just cut them out and snap in new ones. Would this work?
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By AU335 on 09-16-2007, 04:32 PM
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I would definitely advise against cutting them out, but thats up to you. Here is a picture of how the mesh clips in!!



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