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ok heres the list

under the front of the car there are about 4-5 10mm bolts holding the front lower edge of the bumper on.

you will need to remove the corner and under trays corners have 2 torx screws each, under tray has 4 bolts on the front and 2 others on each side

you will then need to remove the inner front wheel arch covers, these are held on by a mixture of bolts and screws (did you remember to remove the screw from the edge of the bumper inside the wheel arch)

you will find that the torx screws are usually gunked up and corroded, so are a pain to remove.

once the inner front wheel arch splash sheild is off there are usually x2 bolts holding the bumper to the wing.

now on the top. there are x3 larger torx screws on the top of the plastic grill, remove them.

then under the lower edge of each headlamp there is a captive torx screw, you will need a extended length torx driver to reach them.

once they are lose you can pull the grill free of the outer edges where they grill plastic slots into the front of the wing.

once the grill is off there is a 15/17 bolt holding the slam panel to the bumper.

the bumper should now be free to pull off the front of the car.
if it isnt then you may have a bolt behind the number plate, some do- some dont.

dont forget to release the spot light cable on the right of the car under the arch, its the grey wire/plug.

when refitting i would recommend replacing all torx screws with new ones as they are a pain for rusting up once the electoplating has been scratched up.

i would recomend checking the lower front cross-member for corrosion, they tend to rust up first.
if you should need to replace it, you must fully support the radiator and a/c radiators as they are supported totally by the lower x-member and will be damaged if it is removed without them being either strapped up or supported by a trolly jack and steel plates to rest on.
they do weigh an awfull lot, with all the fluid in them and the pipes will bend/crack and you will have no a/c and a big bill for new heat exchangers.

good luck
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