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VZ SV6/SS Bumper Removal

Discussion in 'VZ Holden Commodore (2004 - 2006)' started by Troy711, Jul 20, 2006.

  1. Troy711

    Troy711 Retired Old Fart Staff Member

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    First of all, forgive me for all of the dirt on my car. I haven't had time to wash it and I have been getting dirt and mud on it from worksites.

    Removing the front bumper is easier then you think. First time may be a little tricky but once you know how to do it you will be able to remove and refit it yourself in under 15 minutes. The following is a series of pictures taken by me. I will try to describe as best i can, what is happening in each picture and when you need to do.



    REMOVAL


    STEP 1
    Pop the bonnet. Locate and remove the 3 screws as circled in red.
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    STEP 2
    Turn the wheel full lock left (this gives you better access). Locate and remove the 2 screws circled in red. Sorry you can not actually see the screws in the picture, but trust me, they are there!
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    STEP 3
    Turn the wheel full lock right. Locate and remove the 2 screws circled in red. Once again, sorry you can not actually see the screws in the picture.
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    STEP 4
    Put your fingers in between the bumper and plastic inner gaurd (as shown).
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    Pull back, then away from the car. This may require some force. You should hear it unclip and it should sit as shown in STEP 6.


    STEP 5
    Repeat STEP 4 with right side of bumper.
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    STEP 6
    The front bumper should now be sitting like the picture below on both sides.
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    STEP 7
    All you need to do now is gently wiggle and pull the bumper until it comes off. You may need to pull the sides out a little more as you do this. This is where two people comes in handy.
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    STEP 8
    Disconnect fog lights (if fitted). You should have enough length on the wiring to sit the bar on the ground to disconnect the lights (Thanks to VZGEN4 for that info).
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    NOTE
    Some versions may also be fitted with 2 more screws located underneath the number plate.
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    REFITTING

    Refitting is simple, just reverse the steps shown. To reattach the bumper to the body just get it into position and give it a gentle tap with the bottom of your fist. You should hear 2 snaps as it clips back in.


    Please also note that this guide may not work for other bumper versions on the VZ


    If you need more information on this, feel free to ask here or send me a PM. If this has helped you in any way, feel free to give me positive feedback points (sorry, I couldn't resist).



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  2. Andre's SS

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    You serious?

    My bumper is just clipped on OH CRAP!!!!!!!

    Cheers Troy for the info
     
  3. Troy711

    Troy711 Retired Old Fart Staff Member

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    there is no screws down the side of it in the wheel arches..?
     
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    anyone who drives their commodore remotely hard, or up steep driveways a fair bit, wont hh ave these anymore.

    mines held in with the 3 at the top and thats it.
     
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    Troy711 Retired Old Fart Staff Member

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    i have to do the mega wog crawl up my driveway now :p. its a pain cos if i dont come up at the right angle i cant get up at all
     
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    Geez Troy I'm going to do a DIY: how to wash ya car thread :p. Ok jokes aside nice and detailed, I like to add what I do with mine is lay down a big blanket or sheet as not to scratch the bottom of the bar, only takes the slightest movement or bump. :) Troy did you have the little black self tapping plastic screw underneath which attaches to the inner guards (on both sides)?
     
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    Troy711 Retired Old Fart Staff Member

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    yea i have them in there. ive had to rescrew them in different places cos the front has been off and on that many times it isnt funny :p
     
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    Cheers Troy!

    I just took my bar off and put the bottom grill in...

    Also as for the spotties there's enough length on them to sit the bar on the ground.

    Also found the 2 horns behind the bumper... So it looks like I've got three of them??
     
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    cheers for that. positive rep points for the info :thumbsup:
     
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    Ive found leaving the middle screw in the top in but not tight stops the bumper falling onto the ground when youre taking the sides off. Well that was the case with the VT should be the same with the VZ ??
     
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    Troy
    Great thread, and a bit of time and work putting it together. Well done!
    There should be more of these DIY tips etc on this forum?
    Keep it up Troy. Ian
     
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    NOTE
    Some versions may also be fitted with 2 more screws located underneath the number plate. If someone can confirm/deny this for me, it would be appreciated.




    Troy

    My 2004 VZ S pack Ute has the screws under the number plate
     
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    regardin the clips behind the number plates, all models of the commodore from VR-VE have them as they holde the front bar 2 the reinforcement bar
     
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    mines got the two clips behing the number plate. there the annoying type that either come out really easy or have to be destroyed to get them out
     
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    Just a quick question, I'm thinking of putting an SS bumper on my executive ute. VZ of course. Will the SS bumper fit on with no worries, or are screws in different places etc.? Thanks, and I will be using this guide to help me to do the work, so just saying thanks again for the usefull guide.
     
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    i cant see why it wouldnt fit..
     
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    Cac, straight bolt on, just some fiddling with the foglights if you wish to wire them up. Those plastic clips can stay where they are, I just pulled my bar off and then put it back aligned it up and slipped it over the clips, I found no need to undo them at all.
     
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    they only thing that i could see been different is the plastic thing behind the bar that seem to dirrect air to the radiator.
    have a look at troys step 7(the one with the bar on the ground in front of the car). the bit that looks like a big smily mouth looks to be the same shape as the lower air intake on the ss bumper.
    maybe the exective one is different??? and might not fit 100%
     
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    It looks like it does go straight on, I went into holden tonight, got my SS bumper, and made sure before I paid for it that they confirmed it was a straight changeover. The guy was sure it did, so if it doesnt i'll be taking it back there for them to show me how to do it :) I just need to get the foglights for it now, its just a shame my dash wont have the icon that lights up when they're on. Oh well. Thats what i get for not buying an SS in the first place! thanks for your advice everyone.
     
  20. andyman

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    can i add on how to remove a rear bumper on a wagon?

    1, remove the phillips head screws from as listed, the 2x on the inside lip in the wheel arches, the mud flaps, on the under side of the bar where the mud flap meets the bar there is an extra screw, remove them too,

    2, grab a flat blade screw driver and underneath at the back there a two clips, pry out the centre and remove,

    3, open the tail gate, and at the top of the bar there are several screw-centred clips, remove these,

    4, now on both sides pull the bar outwards with a bit of force to release the clips, including the ones in the top corners, now, from the back of the car pull the bar backwards and remove from the car,

    fitting is the same in reverse,

    note, if your pandantic about scratches wrap a a layer of cloth around the tow bar if fitted
     
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