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    DIY: Removing Rear Bumper/Valence

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    For those of you who want to safely remove your rear valence or need to remove the rear bumper for some reason here you go:

    Only tools you'll need are deep 10mm socket and #25 torx.

    First, remove three (3) torx bolts from right and left wheel well (you don't need to remove the wheel unless your ride is so slammed you can't get to the torx bolts.).



    Second, remove the three (3) torx bolts from the bottom of the rear valence.



    Open the trunk and you'll see a compartment on each side. Open both the left and right compartments. You'll see a black square shaped plastic piece with four holes. This plastic piece holds the rear light housing. Place a rod in the holes on the plastic piece and turn it counter clock wise to remove it. The light housing should just pull out.





    Unplug the light housing and you'll see a white plastic rod driven into a plastic housing. Wedge the rod out of the plastic housing. Once the rod is pulled out, the plastic housing has a hinge that swings open. Repeat this on the other side.





    Directly underneath the plastic bolt that holds the rear light housing, you'll see a hole with a long threaded stud. Use the deep 10mm socket and remove the nut holding the bumper to the car's body. Repeat this on the other side.



    Grab the side of the bumper next to the rear wheels. The sides of the bumper is held on by tabs, pull with little pressure and the tabs detach easily. Do this on both sides of the bumper.




    The Bumper is now free.
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    Here are some detail pics of the bumper and the rear of the car with the bumper removed.






    As you can see, the rear valence is held on by various tabs. You can remove the rear valence without removing the rear bumper but you run the chance of snapping off one of the tabs. If you remove the bumper, you can go from the back side of the bumper and remove the valence tabs by wedging open the slots.





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    This is going to come in handy for me this weekend.

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    This is an awesome DIY! thank you so much! One of my rebars got bent from someone rear ending me while i was parked in a parking lot. I am assuming the black impact bar from your third pic (second post) comes off easily too? If you can do me a favor and just take a look and see how complex replacing those two bars will be? the rebar bars connected to the black impact bar and the car? or any photos would be much appreciated.

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    I removed the valance, for painting, without removing the bumper cover & one needs be very careful unzipping the valence from the bumper cover, this way. It goes back together easier than it comes apart. For removal, unzip the left & right ends first. The corner area is the trickiest part.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wwhan View Post
    I removed the valance, for painting, without removing the bumper cover & one needs be very careful unzipping the valence from the bumper cover, this way. It goes back together easier than it comes apart. For removal, unzip the left & right ends first. The corner area is the trickiest part.
    Did the same start at each end then its easy just work slow. It took me 15 minutes. I painted mt rear valance red with the center painted satin black perfect match looks much bettter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wwhan View Post
    I removed the valance, for painting, without removing the bumper cover & one needs be very careful unzipping the valence from the bumper cover, this way. It goes back together easier than it comes apart. For removal, unzip the left & right ends first. The corner area is the trickiest part.
    Quote Originally Posted by fasttoys View Post
    Did the same start at each end then its easy just work slow. It took me 15 minutes. I painted mt rear valance red with the center painted satin black perfect match looks much bettter.
    Any tricks to actually removing it? I.e., which direction to pull the clips, how much force, etc. Thanks in advance!
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    Fantastic writeup, just what i need for the aftermarket acustic parking sensor install in my non-navi Premium Plus.
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    Great write-up. i know this is a old thread but is the removal any different if you have the rear parking sensors intstalled?

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    Bumping this - any tips for removing the rear bumper with the rear parking sensors installed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdm5 View Post
    Bumping this - any tips for removing the rear bumper with the rear parking sensors installed?
    Same removal instructions... You just need to unplug your sensor harnass of the sensors from your module in the trunk right side. I forgot if it is the left one or right plug but easy to check if you follow the wire. Once unplugged, pull it completly out through the water tight seal cap. If you install it back, make sure the seal is properly sealed again so you don't get water inside the trunk.
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    That's pretty good! Thanks for the write-up!

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    When you put the bumper back on did the edges of the bumper stick out? (the tip, sharp end of the bumper)
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    Audi A5 Rear Bumper Removal - Same instructions

    Great instructions. It also applies in a Audi A5 rear bumper removal.

    To add to this great thread is that my A5 did not come with a plastic rod driven into a plastic housing that you after removing the lamp, instead it has a vertical screw that moves up or down the housing that secures the bumper. Just unscrew it until bumper is free. (Screw will not come out, it just releases the bumper). As posted, repeat on the other side.

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    One thing to note, however, is if you have the backup sensors they have a cable harness that is pretty tough to remove and extends along the entire back of the bumper as one long piece that's zip tied in several locations. I just finished putting on my DEVAL Valence and had to be careful to work around the bumper hanging off the back (used lots of blankets).
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    Any avant/allroad guys out there that have tips on pulling out the bumper bolts by the tail lights? Last time I did this I dropped both bolts in the structure of the car and could only recover one of them with a long, bendable magnet. I just bought an S-line bumper and have been hesitant to install it because I don't want to drop anymore bolts in the there...

    I guess a good option is to buy a magnetic socket insert??
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    Quote Originally Posted by fasttoys View Post
    Did the same start at each end then its easy just work slow. It took me 15 minutes. I painted mt rear valance red with the center painted satin black perfect match looks much bettter.
    its funny... its because of this thread i found out that fasttoys was the original owner of my s4. my car has been from dallas texas all the way to the middle of no where PA
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    Quote Originally Posted by crash1121 View Post
    Any avant/allroad guys out there that have tips on pulling out the bumper bolts by the tail lights? Last time I did this I dropped both bolts in the structure of the car and could only recover one of them with a long, bendable magnet. I just bought an S-line bumper and have been hesitant to install it because I don't want to drop anymore bolts in the there...

    I guess a good option is to buy a magnetic socket insert??
    I didn't have a magnetic socket, but I'm sure that would be super helpful. Luckily, the bolt is only half way threaded, and the other half is a tip which the nut slides on. Therefore I carefully removed it while it was still in the socket and didn't drop it. And putting back on I used needle nose pliers to get in the tip. I was still sweating because of the possibility of dropping it. It's hard to stick your head and flashlight in there and see the tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crash1121 View Post
    Any avant/allroad guys out there that have tips on pulling out the bumper bolts by the tail lights? Last time I did this I dropped both bolts in the structure of the car and could only recover one of them with a long, bendable magnet. I just bought an S-line bumper and have been hesitant to install it because I don't want to drop anymore bolts in the there...

    I guess a good option is to buy a magnetic socket insert??
    Funny enough, I put a hidden hitch on the GF's GTI the other day and one of the steps involved moving bolts into the frame rail and pulling them out of a separate hole. The tool used was a bolt fish wire thing where you thread the bolt with the wire to avoid losing it. Not sure if this helps, or if you already know about these, but maybe it might help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by YelloJello View Post
    And putting back on I used needle nose pliers to get in the tip. I was still sweating because of the possibility of dropping it. It's hard to stick your head and flashlight in there and see the tip.
    Yes, it is indeed very hard to see. I will attempt with needle nose pliers. Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by drob23 View Post
    The tool used was a bolt fish wire thing where you thread the bolt with the wire to avoid losing it. Not sure if this helps, or if you already know about these, but maybe it might help?
    I'm a moron and typed "bolt" when I meant "nut", but I appreciate your research! I'm sure I'll find this ridiculously helpful sometime in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crash1121 View Post
    Any avant/allroad guys out there that have tips on pulling out the bumper NUTS by the tail lights? Last time I did this I dropped both NUTS in the structure of the car and could only recover one of them with a long, bendable magnet. I just bought an S-line bumper and have been hesitant to install it because I don't want to drop any more NUTS in the there...

    I guess a good option is to buy a magnetic socket insert??
    Last edited by crash1121; 10-18-2013 at 07:37 PM.
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    Great write up! I want to see about installing parking sensors. I have found a company back in my native England that supply a very good kit that looks OEM. It is actually the dealer installed kit just without the branding etc. http://vag-shop.co.uk/index.php?_a=p...product_id=116

    My question is does the bumper cover have the markings for where the sensors should go? My Wifes BMW X3 had this which made the install go that much better. Last thing i want is holes to be off.

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    Someone backed into me in a parking lot and hit me JUST hard enough to bust a bracket for one of my backup sensors, it didn't even scuff the paint! The sensor was dangling loose inside the bumper and driving me crazy every time I shifted into R. Grrrrr.

    Great write-up and this worked perfectly on my car ('09 A4). A quick word to those dealing with backup sensors: I did NOT have to unplug the harness to do this. I followed the directions and popped the bumper off and there was enough slack to lay the bumper on the ground and service the busted sensor. Just be sure to lay a couple of towels or something down first so you don't scuff or scratch the bumper by laying it on the concrete. The backup sensors themselves are about $30 from various online re-sellers.

    Otherwise the bumper popped off it's tab very easily, almost too easy once you got started. The darn thing almost fell off the car!
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    Thanks all for the thread, didn't have much problems getting the bumper off, a little annoying getting it on. The CF tabs that screw into the bottom with the torx screws weren't lining up *perfect* oh well, seems to work...

    For the people with backup sensors, I snipped a few of the zip ties that held down the cable, which gave some extra slack. Especially useful if you're putting on a CF diffuser, which is more rigid and thus harder to snap in. I can't imagine doing this without taking off the bumper, those tabs hold the stock valence in there tightly.

    Bumper off
    20140614_144639 by sasfasdf, on Flickr

    Here's a pics of my zip ties snipped:

    20140614_144933 by sasfasdf, on Flickr

    20140614_144939 by sasfasdf, on Flickr

    And the final product

    14441927643_6f496422a3_o by sasfasdf, on Flickr

    20140614_155359 by sasfasdf, on Flickr
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