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I want to replace my silver grill with a black one and I have followed your excellent guide. I have however run into a problem. The painted panel of the front bumper seem to be completely stuck on the front fenders. When I pull there is no noticable movement. When I look down into the fenders from the engine bay, I notice something that looks like some kind of pop rivets and it seems that the bumper is stuck four pop rivets on each fender. Do you remember if your car had these pop rivets ?

See attached picture taken from the engine bay down into the back of the fender where I have marked the pop rivets.
Finally got the front bumper cover off. For others reading this guide, I would like to add that the painted panel which is fastened to the front fenders is held in place not only by the two 7 mm screws on both sides, but also plastic tabs on both sides. One plastic tab holds the painted plastic panel to the fender at the front and one at the back. These needs to be pushed down to release the panel. See attached picture. Be careful when pushing down the tabs, as they can break!

Also, on my March 2015 built European Limited there where four torx T55 bolts on top of the grille (point 1 in Patu's original guide) and five Torx T30 bolts on the underside rear of the bumper cover (point 3 in Patu's original guide). Except for this, Patu's guide was spot on. I would also like to add that if you use patience, a strong finger grip and/or careful use of a set of pliers, you can compress the green/white clips and remove the fender flare without breaking the clips. I had bought 10 new white clips, but only broke two. The green ones are almost unbreakable.
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Patu, I see that with the cover off there are two tunnels for the tow hooks through the bumper, did you happen to look more closely at these to see if there were threaded sockets on both the passenger and drivers side in the support members? Perhaps you have other photographs showing the bumper mounts? Thanks!

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