Do I have to drop my bumper to replace my headlights?

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Discussion Starter · #1 · Jan 19, 2018

I think I read where someone was describing changing their headlight lenses and they had to drop the bumper cover in order to get to one of the retainers.

I’m hoping someone has some procedure (FSM) if this is the case. I pulled the trigger on a new set of Depo black/clear lenses.

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Just the bumper cover. Procedure is remove plastic fasteners, remove bolts, find dead fauna.

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It’s pretty easy actually. You only need to remove the “bumper face.” It kinda comes off in a big sudden drop, so be careful when you tug on it after all the clips are out.

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Its easy a warm bumper helps. The hard way is through the fender well I’ve done the fender wrestling match twice Ive done the bumper cover drop twice. I wont be doing the fender liner approach any more

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Probably a good idea to buy new clips. They tend to break and are tough to re-install.

Don’t have the number handy, but you can get them from ebay, Amazon, and clipsandfasteners.com. They’re fairly inexpensive and handy to have around since they are used in many places on the car.

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Has anybody here replaced one of the HID headlights? Is the procedure the same?

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Discussion Starter · #7 · Jan 24, 2018

It’s pretty easy actually. You only need to remove the “bumper face.” It kinda comes off in a big sudden drop, so be careful when you tug on it after all the clips are out.

Thanks Logie, This will help a lot! My headlights just came in this morning and I’m pretty excited to get them installed since it’s like driving with a flashlight now!

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I did mine a few days ago, don’t forget about the clips at the ends of the bumper. They’re reached through the wheel well, you have to ‘pry away’ the fender liner to get to them. I suggest jacking up the side of the car to give you more room, it’s a little tight while the wheel is on ground/shock is compressed. Once the clips are out start at the ends and lift up and out to disengage.

Don’t forget to adjust the lights when you’re done! I pissed off a lot of people on my way home from work haha.

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And don’t forget to re-connect the fog lights when you’re re-installing the bumper cover.

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And don’t forget to re-connect the fog lights when you’re re-installing the bumper cover.

I didnt fully remove the bumper just pulled it loose from the head lights. Why create more work?

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I didnt fully remove the bumper just pulled it loose from the head lights. Why create more work?

Excellent to know it can be done that way. Did you have to undo the clips on the bottom of the bumper cover, or were you able to leave those in place?

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Discussion Starter · #12 · Jan 26, 2018

Excellent to know it can be done that way. Did you have to undo the clips on the bottom of the bumper cover, or were you able to leave those in place?

I want to know too! I’m headed out to do this job this morning!

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I really doubt you can do it without removing the bumper cover. If you could, you’d have to bend a lot of plastic and risk cracking it.. Which I don’t think is worth it considering how easy it is to remove the cover.

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Excellent to know it can be done that way. Did you have to undo the clips on the bottom of the bumper cover, or were you able to leave those in place?

Start by just removing all the fasteners, with the corner screws at the fenders then work around the bottom edge those are the pop pin style note there are two types of pop pin. Have two bowls to put them in.

Then across the top along the radiator

There are two bolts each side of the radiator just under the head lights accessed through the air gap in the grill from the front of the car ie reaching through the bumper and another pop pin. Dont force the bumper if it takes more than just easy hand pressure to get it loose then there is a pin or bolt still holding it in place. Once its loose all the way around just set it down on the floor resting against the car no need to disconnect rally lights etc.

The cover will come loose pretty easily

The caution part is to be very gental on the zipper type top edge of the bumper from the fender across under the head light. You dont want to tear up that zipper. Just using hands maybe light weight soft gloves work the zipper section loose take your time.

The bottom edge of the headlight has a plastic bracket that is the car side of the zipper, that gets unbolted once the cover is loose. Head ligts have a couple of bolts then they pop right out. Again no need to totally remove the headlight just unplug and replace the bulbs needing replacement leaving the rest alone. Set the headlight back in, bolt up, zipper back up and refasten the bumper etc.

I found a few damaged pop pins and bought a generic kit on amazon and went back a few days later and replaced the damaged pins it was like $13 kit on Amazon same pins etc

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I found a few damaged pop pins and bought a generic kit on amazon and went back a few days later and replaced the damaged pins it was like $13 kit on Amazon same pins etc

Thanks for the detailed instructions. Do you happen to have a link to the specific pin kit you ordered?

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Dr Roc Subaru fasteners it should come up

Dr.Roc Subaru Push Type Retainer Fasteners Rivets Clips OEM Upgrade 3 Sizes -..

These are the clips:

http://a.co/3w68yah

or

http://a.co/6MPDfXN

The last one is the bigger one.

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Discussion Starter · #19 · Jan 26, 2018

New Headlights!!!

It wasn’t as big of a job as I had anticipated….do this when it’s warm or inside a heated garage! Plastic pins are already brittle and the cold just makes them worse!

I bought the DEPO brand assemblies and they fit perfectly. The $300 doesn’t hurt so much now!

I like the look of not having the amber turn signal lenses.

Here are some before, during and after pics:

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Do I have to drop my bumper to replace my headlights?

On the 2008 there are a few tabs that clicks underneath the headlight housings and the garnishes along the top of wheelwell

Do I have to drop my bumper to replace my headlights?

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Do I have to drop my bumper to replace my headlights?
Do I have to drop my bumper to replace my headlights?

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