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Pelican Technical Article:

Front Bumper Cover Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$15 to $65

Talent:

**

Tools:

T30 Torx driver, trim removal tools, hook

Applicable Models:

Porsche 987 Cayman (2007-08)
Porsche 987 Cayman S (2006-08)

Hot Tip:

Get a friend to help

Performance Gain:

Access to other systems

Complementary Modification:

Change engine air filter

Over the years the front bumper cover on your Porsche Cayman can to start to look pretty tattered. They get exposed to a lot of dirt and debris and if you drive your car in the winter it is going to look bad sooner. The front bumper cover is one single piece. The fog lights and headlight washers are incorporated into the cover. The actual bumper itself is behind this cover along with a bunch of other systems like the hood actuator.

Whether you need to replace or freshen up your cover, need to access the systems behind it or just want to take it off to see what it looks like off, this article will show you how to do it.

The cover is not heavy; it is made of plastic and can easily be removed and installed by one person. If you have never done it before, it might be a good idea to have a friend around to help. If you have any concerns, place a few towels down in front so you have someplace soft to lay it or if you drop it, it will not get damaged.

You will need to access a few components behind the wheel well liners when removing the cover. There are two trains of thought on this: one is to remove the wheel well liners, or two just loosen them. If you are doing this job for the first time I recommend removing the liners.

If you are doing this for the first time and will be removing the liners, safely lift up and support the front of your car. Please see our article on safely raising and supporting your Cayman

Start by removing the fasteners that connect the lower bumper cover from the under trays (red arrow).
Figure 1

Start by removing the fasteners that connect the lower bumper cover from the under trays (red arrow). If you are removing the wheel well liners you will want to disconnect them as well while you under the car (yellow arrows).

Use a T30 Torx and remove all of the lower fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 2

Use a T30 Torx and remove all of the lower fasteners (red arrows). If you are removing the wheel well liners remove the additional screw on each side (yellow arrow)

Pay attention when removing the screws as some of them have a lip (red arrow) that sits inside a recess in the cover.
Figure 3

Pay attention when removing the screws as some of them have a lip (red arrow) that sits inside a recess in the cover. Make note of these and be sure to reinstall them in the correct spots.

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry the side marker back (red arrow) and away from the fender.
Figure 4

Use a trim removal tool and gently pry the side marker back (red arrow) and away from the fender.

Remove the unit and separate the wiring connection by pushing down on the connector and pulling them apart (red arrow).
Figure 5

Remove the unit and separate the wiring connection by pushing down on the connector and pulling them apart (red arrow).

Use a T30 Torz and remove the single screw inside the leading edge of the opening (red arrow) on each side.
Figure 6

Use a T30 Torz and remove the single screw inside the leading edge of the opening (red arrow) on each side. Push the wiring back into the opening.

If you have done this many times before you can remove the plastic push pull pin and access the Torx screw (red arrow) and disconnect the hose but if you have not I recommend removing the liners.
Figure 7

If you have done this many times before you can remove the plastic push pull pin and access the Torx screw (red arrow) and disconnect the hose but if you have not I recommend removing the liners.

To remove the liners use a T30 Torx and remove the fasteners and remove the liners.
Figure 8

To remove the liners use a T30 Torx and remove the fasteners and remove the liners.

With the liners removed use a T30 Torx and remove the single screw (red arrow) holding the bumper cover from the fender (red arrow).
Figure 9

With the liners removed use a T30 Torx and remove the single screw (red arrow) holding the bumper cover from the fender (red arrow). On the left side you will need to disconnect the fluid line that supplies washer fluid to the head light washers (yellow arrow).

On the right side disconnect the wiring harness for the fog lights (red arrow) and clear it of the other wiring so it is hanging clear.
Figure 10

On the right side disconnect the wiring harness for the fog lights (red arrow) and clear it of the other wiring so it is hanging clear.

Move to the front of the car, open the hood and pull back the molding around the hood.
Figure 11

Move to the front of the car, open the hood and pull back the molding around the hood.

Use a trim removal tool and pry up the center trim piece and disconnect it from both side trim pieces (red arrow).
Figure 12

Use a trim removal tool and pry up the center trim piece and disconnect it from both side trim pieces (red arrow). Remove the center trim piece.

You will need a small hook to reach in and pull/slide the retaining clips out from both sides.
Figure 13

You will need a small hook to reach in and pull/slide the retaining clips out from both sides. They are between the gap in the cover and fender and will simply slide right out (red arrow).

Use a T30 Torx and remove the three Torx screws holding the center of the cover in place (red arrows).
Figure 14

Use a T30 Torx and remove the three Torx screws holding the center of the cover in place (red arrows).

You can now pull the complete cover straight back and off.
Figure 15

You can now pull the complete cover straight back and off. Make sure you check that all wiring is inside the cover before you begin.

With the cover off you can see how both headlight washers are fed from the left side (red arrow) and that both fog lights are controlled from the right (yellow arrow).
Figure 16

With the cover off you can see how both headlight washers are fed from the left side (red arrow) and that both fog lights are controlled from the right (yellow arrow).

You can now access the systems behind the cover.
Figure 17

You can now access the systems behind the cover. This is also a great time to clean out your radiator inlets and give the area a good cleaning. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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