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How To Remove/Install Mustang Front Bumper | 05-09

Created by Taylor Ward
Last Updated 9/12/2021

Easily remove and install your front bumper on your 2005-2009 Mustang with the help of Late Model Restoration. Check out our Install and Removal Article!

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Removing & Installing Mustang Front Bumper (05-09)

Removing the front bumper on your 2005-09 Mustang is a critical step to access many components such as headlights, front end collision items, and adding power adder options like a supercharger or turbo kit. If you are thinking about upgrading to a California Special front bumper or even replacing the upper grille, follow along in the video or check out the step-by-step instructions below!

This simple installation only requires a few hand tools. Check out the needed tool list below.

Required Tools:

  • 10mm socket with nut driver or ratchet
  • Small flat-blade screwdriver
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Small Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Friend to help lift the bumper off

05-09 Mustang Bumper Removal

  1. Open your Mustang’s hood and have all tools ready.

  2. Use the flat-blade screwdriver to remove the 6 plastic push pins that hold down the radiator cover to the car.

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  4. Remove the radiator cover and set aside.

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  6. Use the 10mm nut driver or socket to remove the two bolts on the outer edges of the S197 bumper.

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  8. Lift the tabs located between the headlight and grille assembly.

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  10. Turn the steering wheel to the right and remove the 3 Phillips head screws located on the left hand/drivers side of the Mustang splash shield. Remove the push pins from the splash shield as well at this time.

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  12. CAREFULLY pull the splash shield back and remove the three bolts that retain the bumper in place.

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  14. Repeat these steps for the passenger side of your S197 Mustang.

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  16. Pull down on the front bumper to release it from the vehicle.

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  18. Once free, CAREFULLY pull the bumper forward and remove all electrical connectors from the fog light and park lights.

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  20. Finally lift off and remove the front bumper from the car and set it aside. (Note) You may need a friend to help you out on the bumper removal, be careful with the bumper so you do not damage or scratch it.

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  22. Installation would just be the reverse of these steps!

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Published on 2014-10-07
Are you wondering how to remove the front bumper cover on your 2005-09 Mustang? If so, we walk you through step by step in our front bumper removal video.
If you plan on installing new headlights, fog lights, or bolt-on on a turbo kit to your 2005 to 2009 Mustang, all of those require you to remove your front bumper cover. Today, on this '07 Mustang, I'm going to show you just how easy it is to remove your front bumper cover.

With your hood open, start by removing the six plastic push pins from the radiator cover. Slide a flat head screwdriver underneath the recessed edge, and lift up. If that doesn't work, carefully remove the push pins with needle-nose pliers. Once removed, lift up the radiator cover and set it aside.

Next, remove the two 10-millimeter bolts that hold the bumper pillar in place. Pull the pillar up and toward the front of the car to release the top of the bumper. Next, remove the three Phillips head screws that attach the splash shield to the bumper.

Remove the push pin from the splash shield. Carefully pull the splash shield back, and remove the two bolts that hold the bumper to the bumper bracket. Do the same for the other side.

Then, pull down on the bumper to free it from the bracket. Once free, carefully move the bumper back to remove the park light and fog light connections. Remove the bumper and set it aside.

With simple hand tools and about 20 to 30 minutes of your time, you can remove your front bumper cover right there at home. For more Mustang how-tos, subscribe to our YouTube channel or check us out on the web at latemodelrestoration.com.