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Old 12-07-2005, 08:10 AM   #1
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Removing Front Bumper

I need to pop off the front bumper of the wagon (I was an idiot, and I'll just leave it at that).

I haven'g looked yet, but what's it take to pull it off? Where are the nuts/bolts, etc. Anything to be careful of? How long will it take to pull it off, and put it back on.

And yes, I did a search, and though about 5 pages I didn't see anything, so I thought I'd take the liberty for a change, to ask a question that's probably been asked 20 times before.

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Old 12-07-2005, 08:17 AM   #2
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http://www.e46fanatics.com/howto/how...hp?howto_id=41
its for sedan so maybe it'll work
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Old 12-07-2005, 08:28 AM   #3
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That looks like what I was looking for - hopefully a quick project this weekend.

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Old 12-07-2005, 11:03 AM   #4
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its easy dont worry the rear is fun putting back on though
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Old 12-07-2005, 11:57 AM   #5
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I think I'm only going to need to loosen up the one side, and get it put back into postion. I hope... maybe, I have to take a closer look tonight - I didn't feel like crawling around on the ground to see what I "really did" while I was on the way to work this morning. If nothing else, by taking it off I'll be able to see for myself if I screwed up more than just pulling the one side out of postion.
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Old 12-07-2005, 12:01 PM   #6
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I think I'm only going to need to loosen up the one side, and get it put back into postion. I hope... maybe, I have to take a closer look tonight - I didn't feel like crawling around on the ground to see what I "really did" while I was on the way to work this morning. If nothing else, by taking it off I'll be able to see for myself if I screwed up more than just pulling the one side out of postion.
If you have some Rhino ramps, just drive your car on it and work. Its makes it alot easier to move around under the car too.
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Old 12-07-2005, 02:39 PM   #7
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With the correct tools it's about 5 minutes to pull it off and about the same to reinstall. An assistant helps but is not absolutely necessary; have something like a blanket ready to put the bumper face down on to disconnect the electricals once you get it free.

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Old 12-13-2005, 02:41 PM   #8
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i have a 2005 330xi and i followed the guide step by step but was not able to pull the bumper forward... not sure what i'm messing up, i feel like i have to rip the bumper out! are the two long bolts supposed to come out? or just stay in there but loose?
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i have a 2005 330xi and i followed the guide step by step but was not able to pull the bumper forward... not sure what i'm messing up, i feel like i have to rip the bumper out! are the two long bolts supposed to come out? or just stay in there but loose?
The 2 long bolts have to come out completely. You might also want to check the hex screws in the wheel well, I think one or two is attached to the bumper as well.
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ah ha.... that's the problem, i don't know how it comes out completely, i loosened the bolts and it just dangles inside, but how is it supposed to come out? i can't see into it so im not sure what i have to do.
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Old 12-13-2005, 09:11 PM   #11
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ah ha.... that's the problem, i don't know how it comes out completely, i loosened the bolts and it just dangles inside, but how is it supposed to come out? i can't see into it so im not sure what i have to do.
Jiggle and pull, they'll come out eventually. One of mine was stuck some but it came free with a light tug. Once the bolts are out all the way the bumper will be free to slide forward and off the guides.

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