As part of the alterations to the appearance of my Pajero I’ve decided to do away with the bullbar and attached fog lights. I thought about this a lot as it is a nice bullbar and the fogs are also pretty cool, original Mitsubishi ones. But, it’s not really the look I’m after so they had to go.
It was a fairly easy job really. Took about half an hour with my trusty socket set. First of all I needed to go under the bonnet and disconnect the fog lights. A nice plug in connector on each piece of wiring made this very easy. The bolts holding the lights to the bullbar looked pretty rusted so I saw no reason to remove them.
Then the number plate had to come off. Not as easy as your average number plate as this one is attached to a small unit that must backlight the plate. So unscrew the plate first, remove a plastic cover and then unbolt the holder from the bumper avoiding breaking the two bulbs inside. Once done I decided to let the unit dangle rather than disconnecting the wiring as there was no obvious way to do this under the bonnet.
And then to the bullbar itself. Two bolts into the top of the bumper and two down below, near the sump cover. Took the bottom ones off first. They came off pretty easily as the bolts looked in good condition. Then the top two. Bit trickier these just because access was slightly limited between the bullbar and the Pajero bonnet. An extension bar was needed on my socket ratchet to do this. Skinned one of my knuckles and swore a little, but they came off pretty easily really.
At this point I was surprised just how heavy the bullbar and fog lights were as I pulled them off. I weighed them later and they were almost exactly 20KG or a little over 3 Stone. Fair bit of weight to be hanging off the front of a vehicle.
Removing the bullbar obviously gives a full view of the front bumper and it’s plain to see this has seen better days. Just going rusty around the various holes that have been made in it. Another job for another day!
So after sticking the number plate unit back in place that was it. Completely transformed the look of the car and for the better in my opinion.