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I made an instructional video for removing the front bumper cover as I replaced my stock grille with a Z06 grille.


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1) I used a second set of hands, particularly when removing and re-installing the bumper cover.

2) The process took about two hours, but now that I have done it, I could do another one in about an hour or possibly less.

3) If you get stuck, stumped, or want additional advice, PM me. I'm glad to help anyone who wants assistance.

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Nice work Thank you :cool:
 

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Thanks Jag for another great DIY video!!!!Would you mind, in your non-existent spare time, taking the entire car apart/putting it back together, all 5,000 pieces, and making us another 100 great DIY videos?

Thanks to your DIY excellence, its methodical, step-by-step instructions, feel I could now that entire process comfortably. If GM were smart, they would hire you to make those 100 videos!
 

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good job--that takes some skill as I would not possess. It does look like with the video that any one could do it. Charlie aka cutnout
 

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Great job jagamajajaran! Well shot, clear instructions and easy to follow. One suggestion I would add is that I have found it helpful to put the bolts directly into a cup (or spray can cap) as I take them off so none get accidentally kicked or misplaced. Thanks for posting :cool:
 
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Thanks to all! I'll have better pics, more details, and answers to questions later today. Very busy day at work today, so I haven't had time to do anything else yet.
 

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I know this videos purpose was to help people understand how to remove the bumper/grill, but I was able to use it to identify what part I need to order since I had a bolt ripped from a section of the plastic under the car which the front splitter was connected to. I'll be ordering a passenger side wheel well, haha! Thank you for making this video.
 
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Wow. You made that look easy. Thanks. I just got home with mine last night and the front grill is one of the mods I am considering.
 
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Thanks for taking the time to document this.
 
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Do you have any detailed guidance on how to release the upper bumper clips, next to the headlight, as show in this photo? These appear to be the most difficult item to deal with. Upper Bumper Clips.jpg
 

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Do you have any detailed guidance on how to release the upper bumper clips, next to the headlight, as show in this photo? These appear to be the most difficult item to deal with. View attachment 17438
Someone else provided this insight on this:

There are two spring clips that holds the bumper cover in place adjacent to each headlight. In my case, simply pulling up on the bumper cover was unsuccessful. Once you remove the two corner plastic pieces from under the hood, as Jeremy alludes to, you can see one of the black clips holding the top of the bumper cover in place. I used a flathead screwdriver to push and bend the clip back. The other clip is not visible from either side. It was not until after I removed every screw and bolt possible and lifted the cover up and towards the windshield that I saw the two screws which hold the clip plate in place. I used a 9/32" socket on a extension handle to back out the two screws which them freed up the bumper cover and allowed me to remove it. Just remember to retighten the screws and push back the one clip if you decide to bend it back like I did.
Hope that helps! :)
 
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If you lift the bumper cover up about 45 degrees, you should be able to get a socket on it to loosen it up.
 

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It looks like once the clips below the headlight are released that you just lift up to release the upper ones. But if you look closely at the clips I wonder how you insert it back in? Maybe with one guy holding the clips open with a screwdriver and guiding the tabs! But it looks like from the video that Jagamajajaran did this by himself??? I have a Racemesh grille on order so I may attempt this myself like he did.
Upper front facia clips.JPG

Jagamajajaran, Did you do this alone? If so did the clips under the headlights come out easily or did you have to pry them with something. How did you get the tabs back into the upper clips?
 

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Yes, I did this on my own (with my son holding one side of the bumper cover once I had detached it so that there wasn't any stress on the cover while I detached the other side). The clips under the headlights just pop out. It's not an easy pop out, but it's not like you have to crowbar it either. Just pull firmly.
 

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Thank you. Can you send your son to my house when I do mine?
 
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How about putting it back on? Was it difficult to get those upper clips inserted?
 
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Just used your video and blew through it pretty quickly. Your video was spot on with tools, number of bolts and everything else. I was able to pull the bumper, install the grill and place the bumper back on (without installing bolts) in about 45 minutes. I had to stop due to my youngest waking up from a nap, I'll finish it up tonight. Unfortunately I have to pull the bumper back off due to the grill not fully clipped in on the bottom (center) so I need to fix that, but man did this thread make it so easy. If I could add anything to this I would say this.

Tools needed
T-15 Star bit
T-30 Star bit
7mm socket
10mm socket
ratchet (small 1/4 socket wrench)
fastener removal tool
***Electric drill WITH a Dewalt DWARA50 Right Angle Attachment (or similar item by another manufacture) It speeds up removal and makes it so easy!
 
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