Finally got around to replacing my grille insert today - went with the full front-bumper-removal method. After reading all the posts about what a PITA it is to remove from the top, i just knew i wouldn't have the patience to deal with it. All in all it took me 90 min, but i'll take 90 min of stress-free work over 40 min of hair-pulling and arm-cutting. Plus, i took my sweet time doing it since i was very careful not to scratch anything.
The steps for removing a 2014 front bumper is very similar to removing a 2011-2013, and there is an excellent step by step guide here that i followed: How-To: Fog light HID kit in 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee (pic heavy)
The main differences from the guide above:
- On the 2014, the front grille is attached to the front bumper and comes off as one piece. On the older WK2, the grille is not attached to the bumper. Because of this, on the 2014 you need to remove the 2 push-pin retainers at the top of the grille (pop open hood to see). These are the same 2 retainers that are removed for the other method mentioned in this thread.
- In the guide, they disconnect the fog lights by squeezing and unclipping the bulb from the housing. On the 2014, this connection is a bit different - i had to rotate the base of the bulb about a half turn and it easily disconnects from the housing.
There is one downside to going this route. There are 2 rivets on each wheel well that, according to the guide, need to be snipped off. I saw no other way around this, so i cut these off as well. I'll have to order replacements, but in the meantime the bumper installs back into place very firmly without having these in.
Very happy with how things turned out - i love the look of the honeycomb grille inserts.