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Taking '06 Front Bumper Off (with pics)

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Taking Front Bumper Off with Pics (2006 OEM)

I’m going to post pictures of me detaching the bumper (2006 OEM) for the group of people who’ve never done it. Its too easy to bother paying the dealership for labor. My dealer wanted to charge me $170 as a base price for taking the bumper off plus additional labor. Anyway, if anyone wants to add anything or refute my method, please do so. It’s welcome. There could be a better way to do it, but this way worked easily for me. Also keep in mind that I’m only detaching half of it in this thread. I’ve never had to take the whole thing off yet, but if you do, then have an assistant hold it while you remove the last few connection points so it doesn’t fall to the ground. The other half is symmetrical and therefore the same process anyway, so I’ll just show one half.

First a disclaimer: Do this at your own risk. You are claiming full responsibility for damage/injuries by agreeing to use my instructions.

Flathead screw driver (or whatever you use for the clips),
Phillips head screw driver,
Needle-nose pleyers (maybe, if the clips are stubborn),
Wrench or something to remove bolts with,
Dirty Old Blanket (lay down under bumper before starting)
Eye Protection! (sunglasses work fine)
Gloves if you want to protect your hands.


First of all, you have to remove all the screws/bolts/clips. Here is a diagram. Ensure you keep track so that the screws/bolts go back into the same exact holes they came out of. When you put the plastic clips back, make sure the holes get the same sized-clips (indicated by C, D, and E on the picture below) they originally had.

There are 4 bolts on the bottom, and there are 2 screws on the corners by the tire wells.

To get those clips out, just pry the middle upward with a flathead screwdriver. Some of them will be stubborn, and some of them will break or become mutilated. It’s normal. Just get some more during your next service. Be careful when prying them out. They have a tendency to break shooting small pieces of jagged plastic toward your eyes!!! Wear sunglasses.

After the clips are out, take the front grill cover off. Below is a picture of it. It slides right off. Be careful while sliding it off the hood release latch:

At this point, the only thing holding the bumper on is what the service manual calls ‘hooks.’ They are actually more like ‘buttons’ because they snap and unsnap. All you have to do now is pull your bumper off.

Start with this part here (below). It’s the top corner of the grill. You’re going to take BOTH of them off now so you don’t forget the other side:

Grab it like this and pull up:

Below is a picture of it after unsnapping. There’s an arrow pointing to the button that holds it on:

Now, you start on the corner right here:

Put your finger like this and pull outward toward you:

On the pic above, the three hooks with arrows might not come out with the first tug. If not, then pull again until they do come out:

Moving on...
Here’s where the next three hooks you have to undo are:

Hold it like this and push outward and frontwards.

Now, notice the three holes (below). Those are for the hooks you just undone:

Now make sure you pull the body from the black plastic tire well lining like I did in this pic:

^Make sure the black plastic trim is out of the way near the headlight too.

At this point, you should have all the hooks that are pointed in white (below) removed, and the hooks pointed to in green NOT yet removed. Obviously the hooks pointed in green are next:

Grab the bumper like this (below) and push it frontward:

Below is a pic of it after popping it off:

Now you have to unplug the fog light harness because it is still attaching to the bumper to the car. You don’t have to take the bulbs out unless you don’t detach the harness. So you could either take the bulbs out and just leave them connected to the harness (not recommended), or you can just take the harness off leaving the bulbs protected inside the housings on the bumper (recommended). With the second way, you eliminate the risk of scratching them.

It sounds easy, but make sure you push the release lever on the very BOTTOM of the socket where I am pointing in yellow below. Don’t push higher up toward where the blue arrow is pointing. Yes, it makes a big difference in whether or not the socket comes off:

The best way to grip the fog socket is with 2 hands. For my driver-side fog, I stuck my right hand in through the side by the tire, and I stuck my left hand in through the front... reverse symmetrically for the passenger side.

To remove the bumper completely, do these same instructions on the other side BUT be careful of what could happen after most of the hooks become unhooked. It could fall, so have somebody hold it while unhooking any hooks more than what I did in this thread. Don’t let your assistant hold it by the grill obviously.


Putting the bumper back on requires attention to things you didn’t pay attention to while taking it off. You have to make sure the edges of the bumper fit in the correct grooves before pushing it back onto the hooks. You have to watch the bottom to make sure the black underpanel goes on TOP of bumper bottom. Here is a pic of my mistake. Notice part of the black underpanel (circled) is mistakenly BELOW the red bumper bottom:

Yea, I had to take it apart again to straighten that out. You’ll notice if its not right when you go to put the clips and bolts back in.

On the sides, make sure the body goes around the black panel that lines the tire well here (repeated picture):

Also, make sure that when you put the plastic clips back into the bottom, you push them all the way up so they sturdily cling the bumper bottom to the ceiling above it. When finished, you should NOT be able to push the bottom of the bumper upward bending the plastic. It should be sturdy.

(!) Double check that the screws and bolts are tightened well (never over-tighten with plastic).

Take a quick drive and listen for rattles.

Hopefully this helps people out.

- Wear glasses/sunglasses when prying up the plastic clips. They have a tendency to break shooting pieces of plastic into the air and toward your eyes. I would stick the screw driver into the groove and then put a towel over the whole thing before prying so it doesn’t fling.
- If any of the clips break but are still useable, then stick them back in until you buy new replacements. I got new ones for 1.29 ea. at the dealership. They upgraded them now, and I don’t think they will break as easily as the old ones.
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Nicely done. You shoulda shown the bolts underneath since that seems to be where people have some probs too. I have pics if you want that I can e-mail you and you can post up if you want. Nice point on the grille as a lot of ppl overlook that, I know I did at first lol. You can also just remove the front clips off the radiator cover and the grille will come out easily, I did it just to avoid removing the whole radiator cover but both ways work.

Easy way to remove the clips is to use two flat headed screw drivers and place under and twist 90 degrees and it pops the clips off easily, I haven't broken one clip doing it this way. Also, you need a 10mm size socket wrench and the bolts come off easily. Just note where you're taking them out from because my first time took me forever to remem where each one went lol. Nice write up and pointing out things like the undercarriage cover fitting as that is another thing I initially overlooked. :thumbsup:
Awesome man I'm actually going to do a video when its not a windy day and when i get time.
Thanks for the great pics and write up.
Here is a pic of the bolts in the driver side (circled in yellow). There are 4 of them. This pic shows 2. I also circled one of the plastic clips in green:

As sortudo said, 10mm socket would work well for the bolts.

Also, they upgraded the clips. I grabbed some more yesterday during service. Here is a pic of the old vs the new. The new one is on the left:

The old one is bigger. I could be wrong, but the new ones seem as if they work a lot more smoothly and won't break as easily, but we'll see.
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FYI, you can buy the bumper clips inexpensively on ebay! just search ebay for: Acura TSX bumper clips. I just bought 30 for $4.99 shipped!!
Anyone know of a way to fix/replace the holes that the hooks go into? Had an incident with a parking curb and now my driver's side bumper sits a little lower. Nothing major, i just have OCD with these things.
Does anyone know the part number for that one big clip in the middle of the undercarriage cover? Mine broke off and I can't find a part number, neither can my dealership.
I bought all new clips at a local hardware store when i installed my Aspec lip kit. They had the exact same clips that Honda uses. A buddy of mine bought new clips at the dealer and we did a side by side comparison and there was no difference. Honda rips people off because they put them in a bag with a logo and call it

If you still have the clip, take it with you when you go to the store to compare. Youll be suprised how many stores carry the same stuff.
I'll give that a try thanks! I bought a bag of the standard clips from the hardware store but this one clip I was referring to seemed unique. I may have to find a way to zip tie it up otherwise its going to be dragging through the snow all winter ;)
Great write up. I've taken my bumper off so many times I can't even count. Most worrisome part is jerking it forward to pop the headlight clips out.
The black splash shield's FRONT EDGE actually is supposed to rest below the front bumper. Not on top. I understand the intuitive need to overlap and prevent flow in, but the grooves (you see the groove set in the bumper edge just far enough to accommodate it) are designed such that the shield is pressed on from below by clips.

You'll see this in the portion of the service manual which shows you how to do this is writing. Your pics definitely add much more!
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