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2007 Boxster S Bumper Removal

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I knocked the front trim ring (lower part of the front bumper) partially away from the black cowling piece that sits inside the bumper on my 2007 Boxster S. It is very difficult (essentially impossible) to get enough purchase on the cowling piece so that you get the tabs on the two pieces to connect together. Talked to the Porsche dealer (~100 miles away) and they indicate that you need to remove the bumper.

I followed Loren's excellent video as a starting point to remove the bumper and offer the following comments which differ slightly from Loren's video for his 911.

1. The cover in the front trunk is Velcro'ed onto trunk - not secured by the quarter turn screws. There are three #27 Torx screws to remove once you get the cover off.

2. I removed a total of 9 screws from bottom part of the bumper (two of which are somewhat hidden in some plastic trim.

3. As suggested in the bumper removal thread, I found it useful to removal the wheel well trim pieces in order to gain access to the screws by the marker lights.

At this point, I had hoped I had all the fasteners off the car and that the bumper should pull out as shown in the video. The sides and the bottom seem free but the area by the headlights aren't budging.

I would welcome any suggestions, comments, or diagrams that might help me get the bumper off.

And by the way, even with the bumper relatively free, I could hold the cowling piece in place (from inside the bumper) while my son pushed on the molding piece in order to get the tabs to lock together, no luck.

Thanks and Happy New Year,


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I just submitted the attachment to the DIY tutorial - now posted here:

Hope this helps. Feel free to shoot me an email/ PM if you have questions. Thanks Loren for quick approval.

Edited by lithium1330

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Hey Lithium130, I just used your tutorial to remove the bumper on my 987-1 to replace the horns. Brilliant - no problems at all. I used a pair of long nosed pliers to pull the top clips by the headlights rather than the string but otherwise followed it as you laid it out. Thanks for posting it.

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lithiums tutorial is the best thus far. Re the string and pulling the clips off - in retrospect looking at the clips off the car as in the part for sale on ebay picture - helps a lot about understanding how to loop the string - you want it around the whole curved lip not just through the little circular hole in the center of the lip.

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