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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Bumper Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$200

Talent:

****

Tools:

Phillips screwdriver, 8mm socket, 10mm socket, floor jack, jack stands, wheel chocks, safety glasses, torque wrench

Applicable Models:

R56 MINI Cooper Hatchback (2007-11)
R56 MINI Cooper S Hatchback (2007-11)

Parts Required:

Bumper cover

Hot Tip:

Have a friend nearby to help lift bumper on and off. Store bumper in safe place once removed

Performance Gain:

Better looks

Complementary Modification:

Install aftermarket bumper cover

MINI R56 models use a plastic bumper cover over a rigid strut-supported bumper. This cover is painted to match your vehicle. It is frequently scratched and damaged. The bumper cover can be replaced quite easily following along in this tech article. You can replace a bumper cover with a factory part, or an aftermarket one if you want to upgrade the look of your R56. Remember to plan to have it painted before you install it, so leave yourself extra time.

The front bumper is quick and easy to remove. Release a few fasteners and two clips, and you can slide it off. The mounting brackets that bolt to the body can break from impact or improper installation. In this article, I will go over removing the front bumper cover. Ask a friend to help slide the bumper on and off easier.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

MINI R56 models use a plastic bumper cover over a rigid strut-supported bumper (green arrow).
Figure 1

MINI R56 models use a plastic bumper cover over a rigid strut-supported bumper (green arrow). Start by removing both front wheel well arch trim pieces. See out tech article on wheel well arch trim replacing. Next, remove the radiator grille. See our tech article on radiator grille replacing.

Working in the rear of the wheel well near the tire, remove the Philips head screw along with the plastic rivet from the wheel well liner (red arrow).
Figure 2

Working in the rear of the wheel well near the tire, remove the Philips head screw along with the plastic rivet from the wheel well liner (red arrow). The left side is shown. Repeat this step for the right side.

Lift the vehicle and remove the lower splash shields.
Figure 3

Lift the vehicle and remove the lower splash shields. Loosen the three Phillips head screws (red arrows) and remove the shield (green arrow). The right side is shown; the left is similar.

Working beneath the front bumper cover, remove the five T25 Torx fasteners (green arrow).
Figure 4

Working beneath the front bumper cover, remove the five T25 Torx fasteners (green arrow).

Working at the corners of the front bumper, remove the T25 Torx fastener (red arrow).
Figure 5

Working at the corners of the front bumper, remove the T25 Torx fastener (red arrow). The left side is shown. The right side is similar.

Next, remove the T20 Torx fasteners at the front of the bumper cover (red arrow).
Figure 6

Next, remove the T20 Torx fasteners at the front of the bumper cover (red arrow). The right side is shown, while the left side is similar.

If you have the optional bumper driving lights, you need to remove the light-mounting bracket.
Figure 7

If you have the optional bumper driving lights, you need to remove the light-mounting bracket. First, remove the T20 Torx screw (green arrow). Then remove the 13mm bumper support fastener (red arrow). Then remove the driving light mounting bracket from the radiator support.

Slide the bumper cover (green arrow) off enough to access the fog light connectors (red arrow).
Figure 8

Slide the bumper cover (green arrow) off enough to access the fog light connectors (red arrow).

Disconnect the fog light connectors.
Figure 9

Disconnect the fog light connectors. For the top bulb press the release tab (green arrow) and pull the connector straight off. For the main bulb, squeeze the connector (red arrows) and pull the connector straight off.

Slide the bumper cover straight off to remove it.
Figure 10

Slide the bumper cover straight off to remove it. When installing, replace any damaged or missing fasteners. Leave the fasteners loose until you have the cover aligned; then tighten.


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Comments and Suggestions:
G Comments: Is there really two splash shields? My 2007 R56 non-S just had one on the right, and I couldn't see any fixings for a left one.
April 3, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Yes. Yours may be missing. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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