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For your convenience, I've documented my steps in removing the front bumper to swap out the OEM chrome/grey S-Line grille for the OEM blackout grille and plate holder.

This is how I did it, although I'm sure there are many different ways.
If you're wondering if it's necessary to remove the front bumper to swap the grilles, YES, it is necessary, you'll see why.
Tools used:
Torx-25
Torx-30
ratchet and 10mm socket
jack and two stands
flat head screwdriver
philips head (a.k.a. "+" head) screwdriver
Time used:
A little over 3 hours at a fairly leisurely pace, giving myself time to wipe down some dirty crevaces and stumble through the initial bumper removal, as I didn't know exactly which screws needed to be removed (i.e. a bit of trial and error)
Note:
steps 4) to 11) are explained for one side of the car only, the other side is simply a mirror image. I always did both sides before moving to the next step.
Process:
1)Put down something soft under the front of your car, both for your own comfort and to keep the bumper from being scratched when you remove it.
2) Jack up the front of the car high enough so you can easily manoeuvre under there.
3) Pop the hood and get to work! Remove the THREE screws just at the mouth of the engine bay.

4) Slide under the car and remove the FOUR torx screws (all torx screws are size 25 from here on) that follow the line connecting two plastic under body pieces.

5) Remove the torx screws closer to the front bottom of the bumper. THREE screws in total.
Note: green "C" is in the middle of bumper, so no mirror image for this one screw.
6) The front underbody piece should now be loose. Pull it out of there.

7) With that piece removed, you can now see green "D". Remove it.

8) Now to the wheel well. Remove these FIVE screws pictured.


9) These next TWO screws don't need to be removed, but I did just so that I could get easier access to some screws in the upcoming steps. This one is the infamous "rubbing" screw that many of you have experience with, hehe. It's at the arch of the wheel well.

And this one below is near the arch of the inner wheel well.

10) The bumper is almost off! Pull back the wheel well liner to get access to these TWO bad boys, blue "A" and "B". You have to access them from below what's labeled.

After you remove these two, the red arrow in the picture above is pointing to the 10mm screw, so break out the ratchet and 10mm socket to get at this screw. You may or may not need a socket extension piece to reach it. I used one to make things easier.

11) That should do it, IIRC. Look at the picture below, grab hold around the red dot area and carefully pull in the direction of the arrow. Make sure there's something soft on the ground beneath the bumper.

A different angle of blue "A" and "B" after removal of the bumper.

12) Pull out fog light connectors so that you're not constrained when trying to pop out/in the grilles.

13) There are a couple philips head screws holding the grille to the bumper, remove those. Take your flat head screwdriver to help you push against the many tabs to separate the grille from the bumper. Let me warn you, this was a b!tch, you have to use force, but you also don't want to break anything. Just be patient. This step alone took me about half an hour!

14) Go get one, you deserve it!

15) Out with the old, in with the new!

Pop in the blackout grille. This is a million times easier than the removal! Make sure all your tabs pop into place. Screw in the philips head screws onto the blackout grille where they were removed from the original grille.

16) Once you've double checked everything, mount the bumper back onto the car. It should be able to sit in place on its own (with no screws) if properly set.
17) go through steps 12) to 5) in decending order to get all those damn screws back into place and to re-mount your bumper.
18) Test the bumper to make sure it's secure and check that there are no loose torx screws left lying around.
19) Put the car back on the ground and enjoy!


Comments and questions are welcome. Good luck



Modified by kwanja_a3 at 11:20 AM 1-13-2008
 

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Re: DIY: front bumper removal and blackout grille install (kwanja_a3)

stunning DIY!! http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
grille looks great!
 

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Re: DIY: front bumper removal and blackout grille install (kwanja_a3)

You can leave everything on the car to replace the front license plate bracket with the front license plate delete right?
 

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Re: DIY: front bumper removal and blackout grille install (elevine17)

Quote, originally posted by elevine17 »
You can leave everything on the car to replace the front license plate bracket with the front license plate delete right?

Yes. Just need a Philips screwdriver and 2 min of time.
 

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Re: DIY: front bumper removal and blackout grille install (burnttoast)

hey ..is ur license plate cover..a "HARD" plastic...or is it kinda "soft-ish" ....i was looking for one @ pacific mall....but i can only find the HARD ones
 

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Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Thanks for the comments guys! This seems like a pretty popular mod, hopefully this will give people more confidence to roll up their sleeves and tackle this installation themselves.
Sifutghost: it's a hard plastic cover. Smoke colour. I've had it on for close to half a year and so far no cracks from rocks/pebbles. I got it from FMP, but they should be the same as the ones at pacific mall.
 

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Re: (Audifollow)

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sweet set up how much was the grill and how long did it take you to do it

Thanks! The grille plus licence plate holder came out to a little over $250 from ECS. Took a little over 3 hours for everything.
 

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Re: (kwanja_a3)

Thanks ...btw nice job in getting the black grill in...it looks perfect...
i think i gonna get it sometimes this week...
is the shipping expensive??
 

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Re: (Sifutghost)

yes, shipping cost hurt pretty bad, $87.85 CDN, but at least no other hidden brokerage or duty costs. In the end, it's still cheaper than purchasing locally.
If you're interested, I would go visit a few GTA dealers and ask them how much it would cost to order from them. If it's under $300.00 for everything, then that's a better deal by about 30 something bucks.
 

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Re: (Ultimatetaba)

Thanks a lot Ultima!
I will explain through pictures

The fog light housing was actually my most enjoyable DIY mod, since it's so custom http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif



one tip, make sure you trim the mesh VERY close to the edge of the fog light housing, or else it will stick out and you won't be able put your fog light housing back in completely. What I did was I glued it on, then after the glue dried, I did the fine trimming. This was perfect glue for the job, btw. Marine goop. I used a toothpick to neatly get the glue where I wanted.
Now that I think of it, the fog mesh mod and the blackout grille are great mods to do at the same time since you can easily access to the inside of the bumper to see exactly where you need to further trim the mesh to allow all the fog housing tabs snap back into place properly http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif


Modified by kwanja_a3 at 11:31 PM 1-13-2008
 

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Re: (Ultimatetaba)

Ahhh, let me calrify. The back of the fogs are actually a separate piece of plastic, so they pop right off. Once the back is wide open, I did some measuring and cut the mesh slightly larger than the opening size, then used the marine goop to glue the mesh to the opening, then let it dry, then I trimmed the excess mesh that went past the edge of the opening.
 
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