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Old 06-08-2012, 10:06 AM
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Re: About to paint my own grill and rear brow--Need Help!!

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Yes the grill has 12 tabs that go into the facia, 6 on top and 6 on the bottom, they all need to be pushed slightly up and then they pop out.

A lot faster then taking the facia out, go slow and you'll be fine.
I'm a little confused.

According to Milous on WK2jeeps.com the front grill is held in place by clips on the top as you have described and two (2) screws on the outside lower part of all OEM grills. These two screws cannot be removed without removing the front bumper skin as there is no way to access them otherwise!

http://wk2jeeps.com/pdf/wk2_fascia_grille_removal.pdf

Am I missing something??
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Old 06-08-2012, 02:30 PM
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Re: About to paint my own grill and rear brow--Need Help!!

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I'm a little confused.

According to Milous on WK2jeeps.com the front grill is held in place by clips on the top as you have described and two (2) screws on the outside lower part of all OEM grills. These two screws cannot be removed without removing the front bumper skin as there is no way to access them otherwise!

http://wk2jeeps.com/pdf/wk2_fascia_grille_removal.pdf

Am I missing something??
Yes, this is what you are missing, the grill has two parts, the chrom trim, which you want to paint and will go out as I decribed. The other part is a body color part that is the facia, and sits behind bumper, you don't have to remove it as its
Already painted same color as your jeep

Remember you just want the chrom part, go to your car and look at it :-)
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Re: About to paint my own grill and rear brow--Need Help!!

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Yes, this is what you are missing, the grill has two parts, the chrom trim, which you want to paint and will go out as I decribed. The other part is a body color part that is the facia, and sits behind bumper, you don't have to remove it as its
Already painted same color as your jeep

Remember you just want the chrom part, go to your car and look at it :-)
Are you talking about a 2011 or 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee? Because the inner parts of the grill are black plastic. What's body color?
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Re: About to paint my own grill and rear brow--Need Help!!

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Yes, this is what you are missing, the grill has two parts, the chrom trim, which you want to paint and will go out as I decribed. The other part is a body color part that is the facia, and sits behind bumper, you don't have to remove it as its
Already painted same color as your jeep

Remember you just want the chrom part, go to your car and look at it :-)

I have an '12 Overland Summit, the entire grill is chrome, there is no part of it that is body color.
I would like to replace it w/ an Altitude painted version.
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Re: About to paint my own grill and rear brow--Need Help!!

The front grille is two parts, The outer chrome skin and the inner mesh. If you are wanting to remove the whole assembly, then the bumper needs to be removed. If you just want to remove the chrome skin without the mesh (or slotted part on Laredo's), then the bumper does NOT need to come off.

The chrome skin is attached with plastic tabs. Pop your hood and you can pop up the upper black plastic part that will allow you to see the tabs behind the grille. I started at the lower driver side of the grille and worked my way around.

The rear brow also comes off in a similar fashion. Held on with tabs and a few pieces of double sided tape. Both sound scary when popping them off, but it's easily done.
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Here's a few pics I took:

Chrome "skin" removed. Mesh shell still attached.


Tabs on back of "skin".


You can drive around without the chrome grille skin so as to not worry about down time. Same goes with rear brow and mirror caps.


Sent from a pay phone.
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Re: About to paint my own grill and rear brow--Need Help!!

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Here's a few pics I took:

Chrome "skin" removed. Mesh shell still attached.


Tabs on back of "skin".


You can drive around without the chrome grille skin so as to not worry about down time. Same goes with rear brow and mirror caps.


Sent from a pay phone.
Thanks Dollar. That makes the grille replacement easy. I'm just trying to decide if I should keep the chrome or get a brilliant black Altitude grill and replace the chrome. Hmmm.
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Re: About to paint my own grill and rear brow--Need Help!!

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Yes the grill has 12 tabs that go into the facia, 6 on top and 6 on the bottom, they all need to be pushed slightly up and then they pop out.

A lot faster then taking the facia out, go slow and you'll be fine.

I did try to do it but I could not reach the tabs at the very top and bottom right side (i.e. driver side), those were the hardest. Could you please let me know what exact tool you used (if you have a picture of it that would be much appreciated) and how exactly did you reach those corner tabs? cuz for me, it just seemed impossible after spending so much time on it!

I was able to take out all 8 mid tabs, I guess now if I only take these right corner tabs, the grill should finally come off easily.
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Re: About to paint my own grill and rear brow--Need Help!!

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I did try to do it but I could not reach the tabs at the very top and bottom right side (i.e. driver side), those were the hardest. Could you please let me know what exact tool you used (if you have a picture of it that would be much appreciated) and how exactly did you reach those corner tabs? cuz for me, it just seemed impossible after spending so much time on it!

I was able to take out all 8 mid tabs, I guess now if I only take these right corner tabs, the grill should finally come off easily.
I used several small nylon/plastic pry bars to remove the outer chrome skin on my Summit.

First I popped out the four plastic retainers that run along the top of the OEM grill to gain access to the inner facing Chrome grill tabs. Then I inserted a couple of pry bars into the top middle tabs on the chrome skin, working in the space between the grill and the radiator, popping them out one at a time, & working my way out towards the grill edges. Once the top tabs were all removed I went on to the bottom tabs again popping them out from the middle towards the edge. They popped out easier as more of them were removed and finally the chrome grill skin fell right off!
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Re: About to paint my own grill and rear brow--Need Help!!

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I used several small nylon/plastic pry bars to remove the outer chrome skin on my Summit.

First I popped out the four plastic retainers that run along the top of the OEM grill to gain access to the inner facing Chrome grill tabs. Then I inserted a couple of pry bars into the top middle tabs on the chrome skin, working in the space between the grill and the radiator, popping them out one at a time, & working my way out towards the grill edges. Once the top tabs were all removed I went on to the bottom tabs again popping them out from the middle towards the edge. They popped out easier as more of them were removed and finally the chrome grill skin fell right off!
Do you have a picture of your Altitude Grille installed?
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Re: About to paint my own grill and rear brow--Need Help!!

Wow that makes it easier, thanks
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any more updates on this or pics?
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