View Full Version : DIY: Clear Corner Mod/Removal of Bumper

09-09-2008, 09:36 PM
first of all, READ THE ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS AND PICTURE CAPTIONS BEFORE STARTING, they will prove helpful on not breaking anything.

Now, I would like to say thanks to my BMW technician buddy Nate (Mr. BMW) for the help with everything. OK, i have seen many threads about clearing corners and taking off the bumper, though most of them are extremely helpful, i have found some information between them to be convoluted. though taking the bumper off is not necessary, we found it to be very helpful for doing your first set of headlights. another helpful tip is to use jack stands to lift the car up to an easier working level,this is not necessary but it is easier. also, have key near by and have someone ready to turn wheel for you as you may get dirty. the tools you use are very important as well to ease of r&r (removal and reinstallation), the thinner your extensions the better! these are the tools we used.
ok, so first of all on removing the bumper(if you choose to do so) you must remove the 3 screws under the bumper, 5 in each wheel well, 2 tens on each side, and then the 3 torx above the grill.

to remove the 3 screws under the bumper use a flat head screwdriver, these should only have to turn about a quarter turn before they come out.
to remove the five screws in each wheel well first take out the two torx, then use a flat head to take out the quarter turn screw, peel back the inner wheel well liner and get the other two torx.
after all screws are out of wheel well, you need to gain access to the two ten mil. nuts holding the bumper in. use a quarter inch ratchet with extensions and ten mil. socket and reach directly behind the washer fluid reservoir, they are easy to spot.
the 3 torx around the grill are very self explanatory, here is a pic. to show where they are.

now the bumper is ready to come off, from the top corner by the wheel well pull the bumper directly out. make sure everything is out and you can grab ahold of the bumper around the grill and pull directly out HARD! do not yank, but apply solid pressure and bumper should come off easily,if not, something isn't right. keep a good hold of the bumper so you do not drop it and scratch it, but also be careful not to pull bumper to far away form car before unplugging the two connectors located above the left fog light.
you now have the bumper off (Mr. BMW)
now you have super easy access to the headlights, remove the two screws on the top of the headlight, an then put the extensions on the quarter inch ratchet and reach down the hole, find where the screw is located and with your finger guide the torx bit into the screw head. after the screw is loose(but not removed) finagle the headlight out to the point you can disconnect the plugs. So you have the headlights out.
with the headlights out we went our own way and didn't clear the headlight in any way we would recommend, for our own personal benefit of not being publicly bashed on the forums we recommend you follow Phil's (fly300kts) cc mod DIY. It is one of the most thorough and excellant cc mod DIYs we have come across. http://www.audizine.com/forum/showthread.php?305049-CC-Mod-The-DIY
This is an old previous link for the clearing of the lights. But is missing the pictures. http://forums.audiworld.com/a4b7/msgs/88996.phtml
Many people are impatient and just pound/pop out the orange caps in the headlights. This is an option and it sometimes works and sometimes causes damage to the headlight. We were able to just drill through the cap, crack it in half and it falls off, but Phil's method is definitely the safest way.

Note: with bumper off there is very easy access to front emblem for anyone who has thought about painting the front rings. Be very careful the tabs are extremely brittle, we found out the hard way - we broke a couple.

After the lights have been cleared and put back together, reinstall everything the exact way it came out.

note: there are two "bolts" used to adjust the bumper height, don't screw around with these as you will end up with gaps around where bumper/grill
meet hood, it doesn't look good, very tacky.

some hints on re-installation-
-make sure fog lights are plugged in (we forgot this, it sucked)
-make sure everything fits and you saved all the nuts and bolts.
-make sure everything is right and tight.
-double check everything
-once everything is back together, loosen headlight screws and realign headlights to line up with bumper.

Finished Product:

After, wash car (especially around headlight area) and make sure there is no condensation or leakage. If there is no problem finish washing car. If there is you may need to go back and reapply some sealant to the headlight. (We recommend NOT using an epoxy but rather a silicon aquarium sealant or something of the like)

And your done!! Enjoy.

10-12-2008, 12:06 PM
"ok, so first of all on removing the bumper(if you choose to do so)"

So are you saying you can remove the headlights without removing the bumper????

10-21-2008, 09:24 PM
Hey first of all nice job and the car looks sick! Thanks for the DIY im planning on removing that orange piece a crap too haha. do you know what type of bulb those were im sure you got the chrome bulbs right?

12-01-2008, 08:57 PM
I noticed this was called 'A4/S4 bumper removal' but it doesn't appear that this A4 has headlight washers...wouldn't that be an extra pain in the ass

12-26-2008, 12:45 AM
Black rings in front and the clear c's look deadly!!

01-14-2009, 11:02 PM
Thanks for the directions man, you helped me a lot with this. Also, painted the chrome piece that was inside the housing black. I think that came out great. Again, thanks for the write-up.[up][up]


03-07-2009, 07:31 PM
wow..just painted the filler plate black on my ibis non-sline, i could not have done it without this thread! thanks buddy.

Betty Humpter
03-08-2009, 03:54 PM
the black out rings look sweet! nice job[up]

06-18-2009, 10:28 AM

07-11-2009, 05:35 PM
i am doing this right now and have taken out 18 screws which include the 3 on top for the grill, but i am not able to take the bumper off. the grill is loss as well as the corners by the wheel wells, but it seems like under the headlights is where it is still tight. have i taken all the needed screws out? or am i missing something here? i dont want to pull too hard and break something! if some one could direct in my the right way that would be great. hope to hear from some one soon. thanks

07-21-2009, 08:58 PM
Awesome write-up! I'll be printing this up and using it for when I do this soon. ;) Thanks!

10-03-2009, 09:39 AM
how are there no replies to this? thank you.. I suppose no replies is an indication of a great DIY

11-17-2009, 02:12 PM
just wondering... how did you guys do the black window trim??

12-09-2009, 01:31 PM
where did you get your clear corners? did you buy a replacement cover or just remove the orange one?

and about how long does this take?

12-22-2009, 02:17 PM
sweet write up man. thanks alot was a good help

02-08-2010, 04:26 PM
thanks for this post it helps alot im going to put in yellow fogs soon. Just one question when the bumper comes off what wires will i have to disconnect and how far do they stretch when i pull the bumper out?

07-07-2010, 09:07 AM
awesome DIY!!!

12-03-2010, 08:19 PM
ok guys ive removed my bumper in the past without raising it and remove the wheels, but i had 18s on then, i now have 19s on and wanted to see if anyone else has do it just like that with 19s on.....im thinking it will be a little tougher to do? i am doing this tomorrow morning so i can install new fog bulbs and my new headlights.

09-30-2012, 07:11 AM
Awesome DIY but i need help asap. one of my lenses are glued with a different epoxy or something. it s like rubber/silicon and when i heat it up it doesn't let go. the plastic around burns faster then the glue inside. there is no way i can open it. any ideas on how i can get get inside?

09-30-2012, 01:21 PM
take a small scalpel and dig away the silicon from the lens, like a dentist scraping away at your teeth. do not burn the plastic!

09-30-2012, 02:53 PM
i didnt burn the plastic yet except one little spot i noticed roughness. il give it a shot. the lens is really tight with the housing. a razor barely goes through though. i need some magic lol