How to Install a Replacement Grille
Replacement grille is very different from the grille overlay, as this is not just an add-on accessory, but an integral part of the vehicle’s front fascia. Replacement grille is designed to replace the factory grille of the vehicle, hence the name. As a rule, replacement grilles replace the main part of the grille (insert) and the border shell.
A PRO Tip: Note, that not all aftermarket grilles are shipped along with the frames, as some grille manufacturers require purchasing the frame separately. So it’s always a good idea to pay attention at the product description or notes prior to buying a grille, as this way you will make sure you are getting exactly what you expect, and can add a frame into cart separately if needed. This means, you will not have to pay for shipping twice.
To install a replacement grille, you will need
- flat head & phillips head screwdrivers;
- ratchet with socket;
- drill with 3/16 bit.
Replacement Grille Installation Instruction
Typically, installation of a replacement grille is considered easy, as all you need to do is just to unbolt the original grille and frame from the vehicle and install a new aftermarket grille instead. Even though the installation process differs based on the vehicle application, normally cutting is not required. However, in some cases you may need to remove some upper or lower shrouds.
- Remove radiator shroud. To do that, you will need to uninstall retaining pins with a screwdriver.
- Release the mounting tabs from the bumper cover. To do that, you will need pry the tabs of the grille from the bumper cover by means of a flat-headed screwdriver. Then pull the grille. It is a good idea to use zip-ties to attach harnesses not to lose them.
- If you are dealing with the bumper grille or your grille contains fog lights, you will need to remove the fog lights by unscrewing the bolts that are holding them. Start removal of the grille from the corners and then move to the middle. Use a flat-head screwdriver to do that.
- Position the aftermarket grille inside of the factory grille shell, or you can use the aftermarket shell if you have purchased it. Then, mark the places for the slotted tabs on the shell and drill two holes to secure the grille in the shell. If you are using an aftermarket shell, it may be shipped with the pre-drilled holes.
- Next, use screws to attach the billet grille to the grille surround. Normally, grilles are attached to the frame in 4 points, yet if you are dealing with the larger truck grilles, there may be more mounting points.
- Use prolonged locating tabs to position the grille and frame assembly onto the vehicle. Secure it with the screws.
- Install the radiator shroud using the factory clips.