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Removing lower grille chrome piece

Anyone know how simple or complicated it might be to remove the lower grille plastic chrome piece? Also, when removed, could it just be left off, or would it leave an unsightly void in that area, or just not look right?
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Re: Removing lower grille chrome piece

I just tried to remove it this afternoon and couldn't figure it out. There are four tension clips the hold it on the the bumper cover that are very easy to get off, but on the other side there are these chromed spikes that fit into v-shaped slots. I couldn't get the spikes out of the slots after a few tries and was running out of daylight so I just gave up. I'm sure there was a easy way to get it off, but my main goal was to not break anything.

With that said, I know it is possible to take off because some people on this forum have had theirs painted. My suggestion would to talk to one of them. Hope that helps!
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Re: Removing lower grille chrome piece

Yes, it's my intention to either paint it black or remove it completely, depending on what's behind it and how it looks without it.

Thanks for the info. Does anyone else--anyone who has actually removed this piece--have any input they could share with us on this?
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Re: Removing lower grille chrome piece

I had it off when installing my tow hooks. If I recall, it looks slightly unfinished but I think it would be ok to run without it.

It's not at all hard to remove. You might need to take the lower air dam off to do so which can be a PITA though.
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Re: Removing lower grille chrome piece

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Yes, it's my intention to either paint it black or remove it completely, depending on what's behind it and how it looks without it.

Thanks for the info. Does anyone else--anyone who has actually removed this piece--have any input they could share with us on this?
I'm not sure how much they are, but the Laredo has a black one you could get or someone might want to trade with you.
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Re: Removing lower grille chrome piece

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but on the other side there are these chromed spikes that fit into v-shaped slots. I couldn't get the spikes out of the slots after a few tries and was running out of daylight so I just gave up. I'm sure there was a easy way to get it off, but my main goal was to not break anything.

With that said, I know it is possible to take off because some people on this forum have had theirs painted. My suggestion would to talk to one of them. Hope that helps!
I just cut off the v shaped spikes and used double sided 3m tape to re-install after getting that part painted. I removed mine when I had the front fascia off while installing my hid fog kit.
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Re: Removing lower grille chrome piece

A Laredo doesn't have this piece at all. It's nekkid. I was actually thinking of buying this piece, because I like the looks of it. However, price is way too high if it's plastic. I thought it was metal.
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