Ferrari F430 Front Bumper Removal

I recently had to take the front bumper off my car to repair it (more info here) and thought it would be useful to note the procedure down.

Unsurprisingly, removing the front bumper on the F430 is very similar to the 360.  First of all jack up the front of the car and remove the road wheels.  This will give you access to the gravel guards that protect the radiators.  Undo the seven M6 bolts holding the guard in place and withdraw it from the car (the heads will probably be PZ3).

Take the opportunity to clean the guards up
Take the opportunity to clean the guards up

Once the guards are out of the way undo the two M8 nuts holding the edges of the bumper to the chassis (use a 13mm socket).

Take care not to move the bracket that attaches to the chassis
Take care not to move the bracket that attaches to the chassis

Working underneath the front of the car, undo all the M6 bolts holding the front undertray to the bumper (use a 10mm socket).  Also undo the M6 bolts holding the front of the under tray to the chassis so that it hangs down (this will allow you to slide the bumper back one more easily).

Try not to look at the scrapes
Try not to look at the scrapes

Working inside the front trunk, remove the four rubber grommets to reveal the four M10 nuts holding the centre bumper to the front of the car.  Undo all four (use 17mm socket and/or spanner).

Long threads = lots of turns to undo
Long threads = lots of turns to undo

Now the bumper is free of the car – carefully pull it forwards and withdraw it from the car.  The pipe connecting the headlight washer jets to the reservoir will need to be unclipped as the bumper comes away.  Have something to rest the bumper on and something to drain the washer fluid into.  Be careful that it doesn’t tip downwards and scratch the wings (consider masking tape on the wing edges for protection).

The reservoir holds a lot of fluid
The reservoir holds a lot of fluid

Refitting is pretty much the reverse of removal, taking care to note the placement of any shims.  I found that the bumper could be supported under the splitter six inches off the floor and be in the correct place to slide right on.

Fourbytwo optional
Fourbytwo optional

I also found that tightening the edges of the bumper prior to the centre allowed for much easier alignment.

Number plate nicely covers the damage
Number plate nicely covers the damage

When refitting the gravel guards it is a good idea to fit new stainless steel bolts with a dab of anti seize compound.  Use M6x20mm bolts with M6x20mm penny washers – an example is shown below.  Also consider renewing the bolts holding the undertray in place – see this post for more details.

Fresh stainless steel bolts and clean guards
Fresh stainless steel bolts and clean guards

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3 thoughts on “Ferrari F430 Front Bumper Removal

  1. Its easy to suck the water out of the reservoir using one of those suction pumps used for oil changes. They arent expensive and are handy for all sorts of things apart from changing oil.
    As for the repair to the lugs, new polyester resin doesnt stick that well to old grp – you are better off using epoxy resin which you can get on line or from a yacht chandler. Its much tougher which is why racing yachts are often made from epoxy and carbon fibre rather than polyester and glass.

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