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    Thread: HOW TO: remove front bumper cover and headlights

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      01-24-2012 07:38 PM #1
      I accidentally deleted these pictures from my flickr account which is why they weren't viewable. I have reposted the ones i had saved on my computer but will have to re-take a few. sorry for the inconvenience.

      Tools Required:
      T25 torx bit
      T30 torx bit
      ratchet or screwdriver

      First you need to pop the hood(duh) and remove the four T25 screws that hold the grille to the radiator support

      [IMG]IMG_0255[/IMG]

      At this point if all you want to do is remove the grille it can be removed by pulling out on it to release the tabs holding it to the bumper. However IT CAN be left on the bumper to remove the bumper and grille as an assembly.*note* on some cars i have noticed that two extra screws either t20 or phillips head were added at the factory behind the grille but were obviously not in the original design.if your bumper will not separate from the car where the grille is you may have to remove the grille and check for these extra screws.

      [IMG]IMG_0263[/IMG]

      Next in each wheel well remove four T25 screws that hold the fender liner to the bumper and one T25 screw that hold the bumper to the fender.(pay attention to the two screws that attach the bumper to the fender because they are slightly different than the rest and be sure to put them back in the correct spot)

      [IMG]IMG_0264[/IMG]

      [IMG]IMG_02641[/IMG]

      Next remove the eight T25 screws from along the bottom of the bumper cover.

      [IMG]IMG_02631[/IMG]

      Now you are ready to remove the bumper cover. It may be wise to get a friend to assist you from this point on so you dont scratch anything. Pull each side of the bumper cover away from the fender to release it from the retaining bracket.

      [IMG]IMG_0267[1][/IMG]

      Now you and your friend can each grab a side and finish pulling the bumper off the car and your done. be sure to set it aside somewhere safe so it does not get damaged.

      [IMG]IMG_0268[1][/IMG]

      Its a good idea to remove the grille from the bumper (if you left it on during removal) to ensure the bumper clips in the center bumper guide between the headlights. repeat these steps in reverse order to install. A second person is also recommended to help offer the bumper up to the car.
      Last edited by Fendermender; 04-01-2012 at 04:43 PM.

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      01-24-2012 07:45 PM #2
      Now for the headlights

      Start by removing the two T30 Torx screws and plastic washer on of the radiator support

      [IMG]IMG_0269[/IMG]

      next remove the T30 torx screw at the back of the headlight

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      next remove the T30 torx screw at the front of the light

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      now you can unplug the headlight by pulling back on the tab located on the plug and remove the light.

      [IMG]IMG_0277[/IMG]

      repeat these steps for the other side and install in reverse order. good luck
      Last edited by Fendermender; 04-01-2012 at 04:49 PM.

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      01-24-2012 07:51 PM #3
      Good work
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      01-24-2012 08:13 PM #4
      Great post! Thanks!!!

    5. 01-24-2012 09:16 PM #5
      At first I thought that was my car
      Than I remembered I have fogs

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      01-27-2012 06:06 PM #6
      I can't believe this was allowed to get in this deep on the pages without being made a DIY entry!

      How much force is needed to remove the grill? I attempted to earlier and it didn't seem to want to come off that easily after taking off the screws on top. Don't want to break it. Is it a nice tug from the bottom/side and work your way across? Pry bar?

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      01-27-2012 08:40 PM #7
      when im doing it i put four fingers in the bottom opening of the grille and push off the bumper with my thumbs if that makes sense. it takes a decent amount of force also a wiggling motion helps not just an all out pull. ive removed several and havent broken one yet but if your nervous about it the bumper comes off pretty easy without removing the grille and from there your can see what tabs need to be released.

    8. 01-27-2012 10:32 PM #8
      good post!!

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      01-27-2012 10:52 PM #9
      Flyin18T -- Sticky This!

      Great thread! Well done and well explained.


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      01-28-2012 07:47 AM #10
      Thanks so much Mr Mender

      STICKY ASAP PLEASE :-)

    11. 03-26-2012 02:21 PM #11
      dead pics

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      04-04-2012 05:05 PM #12
      awesome, modifying grill this weekend, and this was the last thing i needed. thanks for the thread
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      06-02-2012 11:33 PM #13
      so i can take off my headloghts without taking off my bumper like most cars! cool!

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      06-03-2012 07:33 AM #14
      Your supposed to take the bumper off first but you can cheat it by just loosening the bumper. However if your removing both headlights it's easier to just go ahead and remove the bumper completely because you'll be loosening both sides any way.

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      08-10-2012 12:49 PM #15
      I tried removing my GLI bumper last night but it wouldnt budge.

      took off the grill and saw three additional screws that were screw on the the frame.

      and yeah that grill is a btch to remove, especially thinking it will break.
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      Today i brought the car to the body shop and plasti diped the rear emblem on my jetta.

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      11-03-2012 05:03 PM #16
      Sorry to bump this thread, but I wanted to reiterate fendermender's comment about the bumper removal being easier with two people. Tried this by myself today to install my new headlights, and getting the bumper off by myself wasn't too hard. Putting it back on by myself was a pain though. In the process I thought I was going to have to give up. After some fighting I did manage to get it back on though. Would have been so much easier with two people.


      Also: why is it so hard to get the headlights aligned?
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      02-11-2013 07:54 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by Fendermender View Post
      [IMG]IMG_0263[/IMG]
      what a pain in the ass. I took those screws out of mine today, they were further out though, almost an inch from each headlight.
      I was able to keep the grille on and use a T20/universal joint/6" extension.

      to the front bumper installers in the assembly line, at least they weren't phillips screws.

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      04-26-2013 03:26 PM #18
      If I want to remove the lower fog grilles on a GLI, do I have to take off the whole bumper?

      Or is there a way to get to the clips holding the fog grille covers, without removing the whole bumper?

    19. 11-08-2013 12:50 AM #19
      I saw this thread last week it looked pretty easy so i ordered the apr carbonio intake for my mk6. Was excited to do this work. Tried doin it today but had a little trouble with filter. And i wanted to know which would be more helpful by taking off the bumper or the driver side wheel or taking them both off. Going to try again tomorrow with this! Wish me luck!

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      05-08-2014 04:33 PM #20
      In case no one has thought of this.....I just wanted to add a quick tip that helped me A LOT when removing the grille.

      After you remove the 4 screws. Take a zip-tie (the longer and thicker it is, the easier) and thread it through 2 holes in the bottom corner of either side of the grille close to the headlight. You may want to space out the holes you thread through just to make sure they don't break. Then grab both ends of the zip-tie and pull gently until the clip releases. You can repeat and release each clip along the grille.

      When I did this, I pulled a little harder than I should have and my entire grill came off at once, but it worked!

      Disclaimer - I have only tried this on the GLI honeycomb grille

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      05-09-2014 12:01 AM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Riceguy View Post
      In case no one has thought of this.....I just wanted to add a quick tip that helped me A LOT when removing the grille.

      After you remove the 4 screws. Take a zip-tie (the longer and thicker it is, the easier) and thread it through 2 holes in the bottom corner of either side of the grille close to the headlight. You may want to space out the holes you thread through just to make sure they don't break. Then grab both ends of the zip-tie and pull gently until the clip releases. You can repeat and release each clip along the grille.

      When I did this, I pulled a little harder than I should have and my entire grill came off at once, but it worked!

      Disclaimer - I have only tried this on the GLI honeycomb grille
      lower or upper grille?

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      05-09-2014 02:45 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by Anshu View Post
      lower or upper grille?
      Lower

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      05-09-2014 10:38 AM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by DangerousTacos View Post
      Sorry to bump this thread, but I wanted to reiterate fendermender's comment about the bumper removal being easier with two people. Tried this by myself today to install my new headlights, and getting the bumper off by myself wasn't too hard. Putting it back on by myself was a pain though. In the process I thought I was going to have to give up. After some fighting I did manage to get it back on though. Would have been so much easier with two people.


      Also: why is it so hard to get the headlights aligned?
      Next time done take off the bumper.
      just loosen the fender well screws and the 3 in the front behind the grille then just pull the bumper away a little bit and youll have clearance to pull the beadlights out no problem

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