Detailed Colorado Bumper Removal w/pics and Fog light install - Chevy Colorado & GMC Canyon
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Detailed Colorado Bumper Removal w/pics and Fog light install

Alright so I know there are already a couple threads/builds that have explained how to remove the front bumped on 2015+ Colorado.

I thought some would like a detailed step by step with pics.

I removed my bumper to install some aftermarket fog lights, which you don't necessarily have to do but I was also going to paint the grill and some other stuff so made more sense to remove the bumper.
You can also follow this to have access to all the hardware on the air dam. You could then take it off or switch the clips for easy access from below for quick take off/on.

What you will need:
T-15 torx bit (shorter the better)
A ratchet to fit said bit (I used a small 1/4in ratchet)
7mm socket (again 1/4in drive)
10mm socket (1/4 drive or adapter needed)
6+in extension for ratchet
A flat head or something for fog light covers
Something soft to lay the bumper on

It also goes to say, you can follow how I did it or improvise yourself as needed and I am not liable for you messing anything up or breaking anything. Be smart.

I completed this on the ground without lifting the truck or turning the wheels. With a small ratchet and bit it's completely doable but if you can't fit between wheel well and tire you made need to turn wheel or lift front as necessary to access underneath.

Step 1:
Remove the T-15 screws around the top of the grill, there are 6 of them (red circles)


Step 2:
Remove the T-15 screws from the fender liner. I removed all the bottom and up to the 3rd one up where the fender meets the bumper. In total there are 6 T-15 and 1 7mm per side.
T-15 are red circles and arrow towards remaining. The 7mm bolt is just beyond the last T-15 towards the engine, past the liner. Will point out in later pictures. Repeat for other side


Step 3:
Move aside the fender liner to access the 3 7mm bolts under the headlight. It's kind of tight and annoying to reach the last one. A small ratchet and socket are handy for this. Yellow circles are where the bolts are, can see the remaining furthest and tightest in picture. Yellow arrows point to the 2 plastic clips that align the bumper, be careful not to break when taking the bumper off.
Note in green below is the fog light area. You could reach it at this point only following step 2.
Repeat for other side


Step 4:
Remove 2 10mm bolts from center grill. They're hard to spot initially but on the bottom grill near the center there is an angled hole to reach. This is where you will use the ratchet extension.
Yellow arrow and circles points to the holes and can see the extension hanging where to access. Repeat on other side



(yes i removed the cardboard piece that somehow lodged up in there)

Step 5:
Remove 4 T-15 bolts underneath
They're towards the center from where the bumper curves on either side.
Some may have problems getting to on the ground, may need to jack up as needed. Remember to jack safely and use jack stands.
Yellow circle is the T-15, note the red circles are the screws and clips that hold on the air dam


continued in next post.
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Step 6:
Now with all the hardware removed it's time to remove the bumper cover. I did it alone but would be much easier with two people. Be careful of the plastic guides under the head lights.
I pulled the middle area out first to loosen everything and then worked each side. It sort of pulls out and down from the headlights on the outsides. Lay it on something soft after, it will tip over if you try to face the grill up.



Note in the pics below, the blue circles (and one red?oops) are the T-15 along the top, green arrows point to the 3 7mm on each side, yellow circles are the T-15 fender liner screws, light blue (or yellow) arrow points to the 7mm bolt inside wheel well, red circles are two grill 10mm bolts, orange circles are the 4 T-15 underneath and the orange diamond is a grounding bolt if anyone is installing stock fogs or needs to know.



Bumper removed


The 7mm bolts under headlight and the plastic guides (I broke one on other side )
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And now for the fog lights.

Pry out the covers by the plastic tabs around the cover. Denoted in red circles. Red arrows point to the two guide tabs that hinge kind of.
I used a couple flat heads to work them all at the same time and pushed the center out. It may take a little force


Once covers out, pop in the fog lenses, the 3 extended tab things will only line up the right way. Then pop in the bezels like the cover was held. Pretty easy and self explanatory. Sorry didn't get pictures though.


I took this time to plastidip the chrome on the fog light bezels and the chrome grill.


To put the bumper back on, reverse the steps. When aligning the bumper, I put a couple of the top screws back in to hold it into place. Carefully guide the headlight areas back in, should kind of pop into place. One of the center 10mm may hold in place better if you need. Defintiely easier with two people.


End result:



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GREAT DIY post. Thanks for taking the time to detail out this process. Based on multiple threads, removal of this part of the truck is a starting point for many options & upgrades.
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GREAT DIY post. Thanks for taking the time to detail out this process. Based on multiple threads, removal of this part of the truck is a starting point for many options & upgrades.
Thank you and no problem, glad to help.

Yeah like I said, you could get to both the fog light areas and the air **** without removing the whole bumper but for many it might be easier to just take it all off or if you are doing anything else at the time make more sense.

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Great write up! Appreciate all your hard work on this, especially the pictures. It is extremely timely for me as I have my body colored grille arriving Friday and I intend to tackle the task this coming "long" ( ) weekend. One additional question to that end, if I may. Are there any fastener removals necessary to extricate the grille itself from the rest of the front fascia or does it just snap into the rest of the structure? Any and all insight would be gratefully appreciated. Thanks.

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Great write up! Appreciate all your hard work on this, especially the pictures. It is extremely timely for me as I have my body colored grille arriving Friday and I intend to tackle the task this coming "long" ( ) weekend. One additional question to that end, if I may. Are there any fastener removals necessary to extricate the grille itself from the rest of the front fascia or does it just snap into the rest of the structure? Any and all insight would be gratefully appreciated. Thanks.
Thanks!

I'm not totally sure, I want to say that the grill part pops out with a bunch of tabs but I'm not sure and didn't look to close at that aspect. You could try searching around here, I know I've heard some other members doing that. I think someone just mentioned it in the "What did you do today" thread

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Nice Job!

Also

Etrailer.com has a video of the same operation
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Very nice! The grill looks a lot better in black then chrome.
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Love seeing all the DIY work......good job!
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Awesome write up! I dont need to add the fog lights, but when I need to remove my bumper this is what I will reference. Nice job!
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I'm not planning on removing my bumper but it's great knowing that there is a detailed thread I can use if I do. Thanks so much for all of your time and effort!
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Fabfours bumper coming soon for me so this will be very useful. I'm sure not exact with my Canyon but a nice place to start.
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Very nice! The grill looks a lot better in black then chrome.
Thank you.
Yeah I'm not a big chrome fan. Blacked out the grill, fog light bezels and badges. Next is the window sill trim.

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Yeah I'm not a big chrome fan. Blacked out the grill, fog light bezels and badges. Next is the window sill trim.
How did you go about blacking out the fog light trim? As for window trim I was quoted $400+ for parts and labor. Honestly don't mind a little chrome so I'll be leaving my side mirrors, and window trim as is.

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Thank You for making this Colorado Grille removal How-to.
Your thread is now a sticky!
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How did you go about blacking out the fog light trim? As for window trim I was quoted $400+ for parts and labor. Honestly don't mind a little chrome so I'll be leaving my side mirrors, and window trim as is.
Plastidip everything!
But yeah, I just dipped the grill and fog bezel before I installed the fogs. They're easy to pop off or you can just mask the light and the body and just spray the plastic.
Going to do the same probably on the window trim, maybe wrap that part since it's pretty easy. Either way they won't be coming off, just do it on the truck.

Tip for dipping: clean clean clean before and layers. The more coats of the plastidip, the better it will hold up and easier it will be to take off.
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