The first step is to remove the license plate bracket to give access to the front bumper’s front plastic trim panels. After removing the trim panels you’ll have access to the bumper bolts.
Next, you carefully unsnap the finisher under and around the headlights. With the finisher off you can access some more of the trim bolts above the bumper.
Next, remove the bolts holding the bumper to the bumper stay.
The trim is then pried off the top of the bumper and removed. Now the bumper can be removed.
Once the front bumper is removed you will notice the OE grill shutters. These open and close in order to maximize efficiency by reducing drag by closing when cooling demands are low (like light load on the freeway). They also help the engine warm-up faster by closing when the engine is cold. We’re going to get rid of the grill shutters altogether. Not only do they get in the way of the much larger Garrett core, but we’re all about maximum performance and will take the slight aerodynamic tax for the increased engine cooling and intercooler performance.
Once the shutters are removed, the inlet and outlet couplers are disconnected and the lower part of the intercooler’s core support can be unbolted.