451 Front Panel Removal
Removal of the new smart 451 front panel is just as easy as before.
You will need to remove the side skirts as seen here.
Remove the aerial by unscrewing it.
Remove the plastic Torx25 screws...
...and pull off the plastic triangle, this is held on with 3 tabs.
Remove the Torx25 bolt from the front and the Torx30 from the back.
Under the Torx30 screw is a metal insert, take it out and don't lose it.
Open the door and remove the plastic pin. I recommend buying a tack or nail
remover as shown below, you can also get upholstery removal tools that are similar.
Removing the pin allows the plastic insert to be removed as well.
Just behind the front wheels are a Torx25 screw, remove these.
If you can't see these screws because they are covered, I'd recommend reading the 1st line of this page again.
Pull the panel out, reach behind the side repeater and push in the clip so the repeater pops out.
Pull the repeater housing out and unclip the bulb by twisting.
Look under the front of the car and unclip the 2 clips holding the front panel to the undertray.
Take off the bonnet panel as shown here. Remove the Torx25 bolts on both sides.
Remove the Torx25 screw holding the bonnet panel to the car.
It helps to have a friend at this point. Pull the panels outwards away from the front
of the doors and pull them all forwards. The panels will now be off the car.
Refitting is the reverse of the above. On refitting you have the option of front arch spacing.
Look at the position where you removed the plastic pin from just in front of the doors.
You will notice 3 holes, each one is staggered out a little further.
The standard position is the centre hole but you can use the other 2 to bring the wing in out out a fraction. Don't expect miracles though, it's not going to give you a wide arch look front end.