Removing the front grill

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Removing the front grill

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Re: Removing the front grill

Post by Veruca » Wed Sep 12, 2007 11:38 pm

Is the grille two pieces? Is the chrome part separate from the black part?
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Re: Removing the front grill

Post by Citation 650 » Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:16 am

Each side is one piece.

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Re: Removing the front grill

Post by Veruca » Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:25 am

So the silver part does not detach from the black? If one were to change the color of the outer ring you would have to either paint it or put something over it?? How is the chrome piece attached to the black part?
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Re: Removing the front grill

Post by Citation 650 » Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:53 am

I see what your saying. Yes you can separate the chrome from (in your case black part). It has plastic tabs (8) that can easily be lifted to separate.

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Re: Removing the front grill

Post by Veruca » Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:54 am

Thank you for your response Citation 650. I would much rather have a piece that would replace the chrome part. I don't like the idea of gluing it on. I'm afraid of the durability of the pieces. If a bug hits it or a rock hits it I don't know how well it's going to clean up. Then what will I do, replacement parts are $41 dollars for each side. Has anyone on here used a similar part? I took some pictures of them on the car I'll post them up in a minute.
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Re: Removing the front grill

Post by Citation 650 » Thu Sep 13, 2007 2:24 am

Veruca wrote:Thank you for your response Citation 650. I would much rather have a piece that would replace the chrome part. I don't like the idea of gluing it on. I'm afraid of the durability of the pieces. If a bug hits it or a rock hits it I don't know how well it's going to clean up. Then what will I do, replacement parts are $41 dollars for each side. Has anyone on here used a similar part? I took some pictures of them on the car I'll post them up in a minute.
That would really look good on your black/black/black.

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Re: Removing the front grill

Post by Veruca » Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:13 am

Please excuse the dirt it rained yesterday. :( Neverthless, here are the pictures of the grille. I just propped the piece up - no epoxy yet. The pics didn't come out as well as I expected them to.

This one has the piece only on the left side.
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Re: Removing the front grill

Post by bingboybri » Thu Sep 13, 2007 6:46 am

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Re: Removing the front grill

Post by templed » Sun Sep 16, 2007 4:27 am

Thanks sp3ctre,

This is one of those useful little things that's rarely mentioned. :thumbsup:

I thought about posting my own how-to for this exact topic, but it occurred to me that slipping in the garage and knocking the grill out with my elbow might not be the most effective method (yes, I actually did this about a year ago :oops: )
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Re: Removing the front grill

Post by Carlo » Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:56 pm

I feel stupid. I don't understand the picture...

I'm trying to remove the entire front grill so I can apply the Bavarian Autosport black cover to the chrome part. In the image above, it says to push upward and pull towards yourself?

Can anyone help me out? How do you remove the grill?

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Re: Removing the front grill

Post by sp3ctre » Thu Oct 04, 2007 7:11 pm

it simply means pull it toward yourself, but slightly upwards...
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Re: Removing the front grill

Post by inTgr8r » Thu Oct 04, 2007 7:35 pm

^+ pull from the bottom first, not the whole thing at once.

Also... re the chrome trim rings;
be very careful with the tabs, they snap off VERY easliy.
Just ease them up with a knife blade (or similar implement) JUST enough to work it off.
Go around the ring one tab at a time.

BTW... I blacked out my rings with vinyl trim tape (made for this type of job) available through most auto supply sources.
< $5

Looks great, doesn't chip & can always be restored back to OE condition.
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Re: Removing the front grill

Post by Carlo » Thu Oct 04, 2007 9:55 pm

So basically push the grill upwards toward the sky then pull the bottom part away from the car? How is the assembly installed? Is it just clips? How much force should I expect to apply?

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Re: Removing the front grill

Post by Carlo » Fri Oct 05, 2007 12:45 am

Ah ok nvm, I got it.

1. Lift grill upwards.
2. While doing so, gently pull the bottom of the grill away from the bumper.

It comes off very easily so if the bottom isn't sliding out with minimal pressure, lift higher and try again.

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