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How does one remove the front bumper

Discussion in 'Model 3: Interior & Exterior' started by Randy Spencer, Aug 9, 2018.

  1. Randy Spencer

    Randy Spencer Member

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    Having to redo the film spray on my front bumper, this time I don't wanna mask and try to spray at odd angles. I wanna remove the bumper and spray it on a pair of saw horses.

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    I have taken out all the clips and 10mm bolts and yet I am unable to remove the bumper. It seems to be held at either side of the frunk where the body panels come past the headlights. Has anyone done this yet?

    Video on Imgur

    I do see that there appears to be a bolt that I cannot get to, perhaps running thru the black piece that can be seen around both the metal body and the plastic bumper. Not sure if that needs to be removed because it is completely inaccessible.

    Ideas??

    -Randy
     
  2. zackmilo

    zackmilo 2.2M+ Youtube views on my Model 3

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    Which spray film? Want to do that before my 2k mile Road trip
     
  3. Randy Spencer

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    Brave, I wouldn't touch the bumper due to the sensor array.

    Do you have access to a workshop manual?
     
  5. Yonki

    Yonki Deep Blue Metallic LR Model 3

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    For those of you that don't have the inclination to watch the video, this is the only part of the front bumper we couldn't separate from the rest of the car:
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    The plastic bumper is attached to the steel fender via some sort of black plastic piece in-between. The black connection piece appears to be screwed onto the fender, and has two "prongs" that go into the bumper and latch We have to assume there's an elegant way to disconnect the bumper, but we couldn't figure out how to release the offer.
     
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    Randy, here is a pic of a bumper for sale on eBay. Take a look at the part that is not coming out for you. It looks like you need to pull that part of the bumper up and out.
     

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  7. Randy Spencer

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    There are two square holes in that part that match the place where I am unable to get the bumper apart. There may be a tool that goes over the 4 (2 per side) square pins and makes them release the clips. Just could not do it after a half a day of trying. Everything else on the car has been SO EASY to take apart it is shocking that I cannot figure this out.

    -Randy
     
  8. Yonki

    Yonki Deep Blue Metallic LR Model 3

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    Thanks, that looks like what we imagined it would. We just couldn't figure out how to release the two clips in the square prongs that go through those square holes. There was a release on the top of each prong that we could get to, but there was a complementary release on the bottom that we just couldn't get to. Hard to even imagine a custom tool that would work.

    We must be missing something simple, because as Randy said everything else was so well-designed and easy to disassemble/reassemble.
     

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