I’ve recently had a few requests for information on how to remove the front bumper from a 360, hence this post. Please excuse the photos – I’ve had to find them in my files and they weren’t taken with the intention of being used in a guide.
First of all you need to remove the front splash guards. Access is much improved if you remove the wheels beforehand. Note that you can remove one side at a time and put the wheels back on before moving to the next step if you don’t have the space to raise the front of the car up. The splash guards are held in place with six screws, four of which are circled in the picture below and two are behind the hub in the picture (if anyone has a better photo please do send it to me!).
Next remove the two 13mm nuts that hold each side of the bumper to the radiator frame (retain the nuts, washers and rectangular spacing plate):
Have something to rest the bumper on and if you have headlight washers then unclip the hose at the fluid tank and have a bowel ready to catch the fluid:
Refitting is pretty much the reverse of removal. When tightening the main bolts take care to get the gap at the centre of the bumper correct and don’t worry too much about the edges (they can be perfected when tightening the outside nuts). Also, when refitting the splash guards, add some copper grease to the threads to prevent them seizing in the future.
If you’re taking the bumper off to fit Front Challenge Grills then once you have the bumper away from the car the grills are easily swapped by undoing the four screws per grill. If you are buying Challenge Grills then please buy the shrouds that go with them, if you don’t you’ll have a gap between the bumper and the air intake. Prosport sell pattern front grills and shrouds: Link.