Manually raise both headlight buckets and start removing the fourteen 3/8” nuts on the bumper retainer strip. Depending on how badly rusted they are, these nuts may snap off with a - couple of twists from the ratchet. 10 of the fourteen are fairly accessible; the two center nuts and the upper ones at the left and right corners arethe most difficult to extricate. Patience and perseverance are the watchwords here. These four nuts are easier to remove by getting under the car itself and shining a light on their locations rather than trying to do it by “feel” alone.
Remove any labels that may be on the new bumper.
The air dam, bumper retainer strip and what’s left of the original urethane bumper are shown here after removal.
Any adhesive residue left by the labels can easily be removed by spraying the area with WD-40 and wiping it off with a paper towel or shop rag. WD-40 will also come in handy for removing any strip caulk or butyl tape residue from your fingers later on.