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shadyabarth
11-13-2013, 01:50 PM
Does anyone know whether or not the front bumper grille can be removed without taking off the front bumper?

shagghie
11-13-2013, 01:54 PM
Does anyone know whether or not the front bumper grille can be removed without taking off the front bumper?

Yup, I take mine on and off all the time for track days, etc. Start at either far side...use a flashlight to see a tab on the far edge...and use a plastic widget to press that tab in (or a flat head screwdriver with t-shirt or thin cardboard wrapped over the blade to protect your finish) to pop that tab and pull out. It takes a little bit of manhandling and brute force, but the tabs will NOT break (i've removed my grill over 20 times i swear). Once you get the right side to start coming out, work from right to the middle, along the bottom edge of the grille, popping those tabs out by yanking if you want, or the slow way, with the same flathead you used for the first one. Once you get the bottom edge out, you can pull and pivot the grill up, while pulling, to easily pop out the tabs along the top at the point.
The grill goes back on just by banging on it along the sides lol. Have fun!

shadyabarth
11-13-2013, 02:05 PM
Yup, I take mine on and off all the time for track days, etc. Start at either far side...use a flashlight to see a tab on the far edge...and use a plastic widget to press that tab in (or a flat head screwdriver with t-shirt or thin cardboard wrapped over the blade to protect your finish) to pop that tab and pull out. It takes a little bit of manhandling and brute force, but the tabs will NOT break (i've removed my grill over 20 times i swear). Once you get the right side to start coming out, work from right to the middle, along the bottom edge of the grille, popping those tabs out by yanking if you want, or the slow way, with the same flathead you used for the first one. Once you get the bottom edge out, you can pull and pivot the grill up, while pulling, to easily pop out the tabs along the top at the point.
The grill goes back on just by banging on it along the sides lol. Have fun!

Shaggie..you are the man..I have taken off my front bumper waaaay too many times already due to burnt out hid fog lamp bulbs or a wire that was positioned improperly and now you have save me that extra work!!!

shagghie
11-13-2013, 02:08 PM
Shaggie..you are the man..I have taken off my front bumper waaaay too many times already due to burnt out hid fog lamp bulbs or a wire that was positioned improperly and now you have save me that extra work!!!

Not so fast though...to change the fog BULBS, I believe you still need to remove the front bumper... :-( But you can adjust the fogs by just removing grill at least....

shadyabarth
11-13-2013, 02:12 PM
Not so fast though...to change the fog BULBS, I believe you still need to remove the front bumper... :-( But you can adjust the fogs by just removing grill at least....

Can't you remove the whole fog lamp assembly once the front grille is off? I could have sworn from your pics that there were 4 mounting screws...

shagghie
11-13-2013, 07:16 PM
Can't you remove the whole fog lamp assembly once the front grille is off? I could have sworn from your pics that there were 4 mounting screws...

There are four screws but don't think you can access them from the front.. lol. here hang on a sex:

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Tweak
11-13-2013, 07:47 PM
Hang on a sex... now I am starting to think you are doing it on purpose shagghie...lol. :p

Lil' Jon
01-20-2014, 01:43 AM
So it is in fact a no-go on just removing the grille to change fog bulbs?

Edit: I understand now they are not. Don't drink and forum, kids.

Tweak
01-20-2014, 07:24 PM
Don't drink and forum, kids.

LOL, this should be added as a rule! :D

shadowshaggy
01-20-2014, 07:36 PM
+1 Can that phrase be sticky'ed on the top of the forum?

Tweak
01-20-2014, 08:36 PM
+1 Can that phrase be sticky'ed on the top of the forum?

I'm going to let Chris make that call.

It is an awesome little quote though!

CFAQ
05-24-2015, 10:24 PM
anybody have a video remove insert grille with out bumper ??