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Front Bar Replacement for the Holden VE II Commodore

  • The following document describes the tools required, and proceedures used to remove and replace the front bumper bar.
    This includes the steps required to remove the front wheel inner guards, removal of the bumper mounting bolts, as well as unclipping the front bar, and disconnecting the front bar wiring loom.
    This document also outlines what front bars are available for replacement, as well as what is required when upgrading / changing front bars.
  • To completely remove the front bar, you will require the following tools

    12mm Socket
    8mm Socket
    Small Ratchet Wrench
    Phillips head screwdriver
    Flat bladed screwdriver
    Long nose pliers
    Jack and car stands
  • To gain access to the front bumper bar mounting bolts, you will need to remove the inner plastic guards inside the front wheel wells.

    The easiest way to complete this task is to jack the front side of the car you are working on, up in the air,
    so as you can obtain access to the 9 plastic clips, and 2 phillips head screws used to affix the ineer guard in place.

    1) Jack up one side of the front of the vehicle. That will allow easy access to the wheel well plastic shroud.
    2) Remove the 2 Phillips head screws and the 9 plastic clips holding the wheel well plastic guard in place, located in the image shown below.
    Note: this is probably the hardest step in the whole process. These plastic clips/plugs will be very mailable and will take some effort to remove.
    4) Remove the plastic shroud by pulling it downwards, and pulling the top part of the shroud outwards.
    5) Complete steps 1 through to 4 for the other side of the vehicle.
    6) You should now have access to the back of the bumper bar on both sides of the vehicle.
  • With the inner guards now out of the way, removing the front bar is now a relatively painless task.

    1) Locate the 2 x 12mm Bolts used to hold the bumper to the fender assembly, as seen in the image below.
    2) Remove the 2 x 12mm Bolts, and ensure that you remove the 2 hex nuts used to hold these bolts in place.
    Keep these hex nuts in a safe place.
    3) Remove the other 2 Bots and nuts from the other side of the bumper.
    4) Using the 8mm Socket, remove the 4 Self tapping screws used to hold the bumper to the bottom air deflector assembly.
    These bolts are located under the car, and can be found using the image below.
    5) Remove the two 12mm bolts holding the bumper in place at the top of the radiator assembly, as shown in the image below,
    6) Remove the 2 Plastic clips/plugs holding the grill assembly in place, as shown in the above image.
    7) The bumper clips on to two plastic bracket located directly under the headlights.
    To remove the bumper, carefully pull the bumper away from these clips, first on one side, then on the other side.
    See the following picture for information on the bumper clips
    8) Once the bumper is unclipped, it should be easily removed from the vehicle.
    9) Place the bumper gently on the ground, and unplug the bumper wiring harness by pushing the wiring connector tab in firmly, and removing the wiring harness plug.
    The front bumper wiring harness plug is located on the right hand side of the radiator, as shown in the image below,
    10) The front bumper can now be completely removed from the vehicle.
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