You dont have to...
but by the time you take out all the fastners from the side, so you can peel back that upper bumper trim piece and get to that ONE bolt, on the side of the headlight. You might as well pull the whole thing off.
That thing is kinda trick-y to get out even after you take all the fastners out ... it has a "fin" that drops down behind the sides of the bumper AND another that goes flat under the headlight. The center of it tucks down and under the crome bumper and into the actual steel bumper/frame...
Negative, they are trunk carpet fastner pliars... they make super-fast "work" of the easy part, that way you dont get too frustraded ( scratching, stabing, breaking ) BEFORE you even get to the hard part.
Pic of the hard, of fun if you a mashocist part, two 10mm bolts holding the under headlight/upper bumper trim in place. You can kinda see the blury onr, then his buddy is a little higher. ( also 2 gide pins )
I use a 10MM ratchet wrench to remove those bolts holding the upper bumper fascia in place.
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Insane that we have to remove the upper bumper piece to remove the head-lights.
It's even worse if you have the one piece plastic bumper! Add another 12 fasteners, 22 if you still have the air dam installed.
The Tacoma's have a little trim piece under the light so you don't have to take off the whole bumper. But I have broken every one of those little pieces I have tried to remove... I still have yet to break my bumper
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