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    HOWTO remove the front and rear "bumpers"
    (from memory):

    The front bumper (actually just the cladding) goes off like this:
    Two bolts have to go off, one in the left and one in the right part of the black part of the "bumper" visible from the front. You need either a size 12 or 14 wrench, dont remember which. Then remove the inner wheel linings, those half-round black plastic things around the front wheels. They are clipped on with fasteners, and these need to be used again later, so dont wreck them. After that look at the pointy tip of the bumper pointing into the wheel housing. Another fastener there. There are fasteners all around the perimeter of the bumper waiting to be taken off. Put some carton on the floor under the bumper before taking all the fasteners off, and have a second person hold it to the car. When all fasteners are off, the bumper simply comes off forward, and readily without any force. Have a second person hold it onto the car, and take it off very slowly so you dont get scratches. Actually very easy and simple once you've done it.

    How to remove the rear bumper:
    More or less as the front, but with a few minor differences.
    Remove both taillights first, just as if you needed to chang a bulb.
    There two bolts, one on either side now becoming visible. They need to come out.
    Remove the inner fender linings, the lining around the rear wheels. They are clipped with fasteners. The pointy top parts of the bumper, pointing into the left and right wheel housing has one fastener each end.
    I dont remember if the numberplate-lights have to come off now, or if they are mounted on metal, but I think there on metal and can be left be.
    Now all other fasteners have to come off. Just as with the front bumper, have someone help you in order not to avoid making any scratches.

    Note:
    On the front and also on the rear bumper, you need zero force to actually take them off once all fasteners are off. Actually the bumpers will probably fall off and get scratched if a second person doesn't hold the bumper in place. If it won't readily come off, you've forgotten a fastener somewhere. Its all very easy once you've done it, and shouldnt take more than five minutes.



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    That's brilliant - Thanks Foama! Will come in useful when I get mine - eventually!!

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    Thanks, foama! Copied your post to a dedicated thread where it will be more easily found for future reference.

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    Good info Foama, thanks! I added this to the Mods & DIY list.


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