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Old 07-26-2014, 08:47 PM
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SRT Grille redux

Hello all,
I know there have been a few threads on putting the 2012-2013 SRT8 grille on the non-SRT Grand Cherokees. I was initially under the impression that it wouldn't fit without modification, but I went ahead and tried to see if I could do it. Here is my journey:

I bought the Alpine grille from JustforJeeps:
2013 Black Vapor & Alpine SRT8 Grand Cherokee Grill - Mopar # 5NK26AXRAB #5NK26AXRAB

It arrived perfectly within just a few days. I pulled off the chrome grille and separated the alpine one from the base support. It didn't fit quite right. The chrome sits farther back from the painted cover than the original back support, and the bottom of the painted cover doesn't snap into the support connection. From this picture you can see that it doesnt fit flush.

This is a picture off the back where the clips don't fit in. This is me pushing them in towards each other.

I went to my local auto shop to change the oil and differential fluid and pulled off the bumper to take a closer look at what was going on. I swapped the grille over with the original Alpine support:

This fit perfect. The problem comes when trying to reattach the bumper. I got the passenger side back on under the headlight in about 5 minutes.

The driver's side, however took me about 45 minutes of sweating my butt off and pushing, pulling, and swearing. I got all the links together to this point:

It was about a half inch away from fitting in perfectly. The last link with the bolt going through the wheel well just would not go in. Fortunately I took the whole unpainted surround off and there are nice anchors there. I wound a ratchet strap through and anchored them together to tighten it to the point where I could put the bolt through. End result:

I wasn't finished tho. I liked the chrome grille from the Summit package. What I had to do is trim the black plastic from the alpine grille and shave down the chrome inserts to fit in the spaces. A lot of work:

End result after work over about 3 days:

I still would like to get the chrome grille frames. Unfortunately I can't find the part numbers or where to order just the frames from. I ordered some chrome vinyl to try and wrap it but they didn't turn out good and I pulled it off. I'm a perfectionist like that. My wife likes the black rings, but I think it would look better with the chrome.

I think with chrome tow hooks and chrome rings the front will be done. I already pulled off the chrome strips on the doors and my Altitude rear chrome delete strip is en-route. It's coming together slowly but surely.

Thanks to this site and members for all the information and helping me gather the resources and courage to try tearing apart a vehicle I've owned for less than 3 months. Let me know what you all think of the ride.
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Old 07-26-2014, 09:57 PM
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Re: SRT Grille redux

You cant order just the rings for the 12-13....you have to buy the whole grille
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:24 PM
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Re: SRT Grille redux

Thanks. I figured as much. Guess i'll have to find someone to swap with or paint them
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Re: SRT Grille redux

I think it looks awesome as is
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Old 07-30-2014, 09:50 PM
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Re: SRT Grille redux

Final grille product:



I think the chrome rings really bring it all together.
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Re: SRT Grille redux

Thanks for the write up & photos. Looks great. I'm in the middle of this myself, but a few more steps involved since mine's a limited, silver. I found after test fitting the unpainted part on the grille support that it engaged all tabs but the bottom left corner and the middle one. Gaps & alignment were great except there, and it seems like I can fix that issue easily enough. So planning to cut off the grille fins and insert some aftermarket mesh, instead of wrestling with the SRT support/bumper cover fitting issues. Wish me luck.


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Re: SRT Grille redux

Install completed... You can use the stock grille support (black backing piece) in the case of a Limited or lower trim level. The SRT grille shell engages all the top retaining tabs on the stock grille support. Does not engage the bottom tabs but as far as holding it on there securely, matching the body gaps and aligning properly it worked well for me.

Same as the OP's experience, it will stick out just a little at the bottom -- I solved this with a couple self-adhesive rubber bumpers (like on a cabinet door, only a little bigger and square) that I stuck into the gap between the grille bottom and the bumper cover. Low-tech but it worked.

However, if you choose to go this route, it is a lot more work than just going with the SRT support. You could also just keep the stock grille fins I suppose (would look the like 2014's), it doesn't affect the fit, but it wasn't a look I was after. So I custom made a mesh grille, ordered a sheet of material from one of the many sites out there. A lot of trimming, test fitting, bending, cursing, and creative thinking to get it in there so it sat flush against the backside of the grille shell -- 3 hours worth I'd guess. At the end, though, you'll have something pretty unique.
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Nice work gentlemen- both look great. I'm curious where you guys found the chrome ring inserts??
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I found a member on another site that was willing to trade one for one.
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Re: SRT Grille redux

Check out this thread....

Help new 2013 grand cherokee trim modifications

2 members have appeared to install the SRT8 Vapor Grille without any problems...says install was a breeze...simply plug and play. Can this be?

I thought installation of this grille on non SRT8 was a pain in the ass?
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Re: SRT Grille redux

dslide, my chrome rings came as part of the package with the unpainted grille itself.

RE install, I guess "a breeze" is a relative thing. You have to remove the bumper cover, which I wasn't looking forward to but turned out to be relatively straightforward. I'd read the same past threads with difficulty putting everything back together and having it line up when using the SRT backing so that's why I went the route I did. It sure didn't save me any work.



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Re: SRT Grille redux

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Check out this thread....

Help new 2013 grand cherokee trim modifications

2 members have appeared to install the SRT8 Vapor Grille without any problems...says install was a breeze...simply plug and play. Can this be?

I thought installation of this grille on non SRT8 was a pain in the ass?
The installation on that GC was MY2012. Not sure if it makes a difference, but mine is a 2011. Maybe I missed a tab or something, but i highly doubt it. And it was far from plug and play. This was when I was in the middle of installing mine.


I don't know if you can see it but the bottom of the SRT support has a larger lower lip. There are several other minute differences, but you'd have to see them both together in person to spot them.

If you're willing to just pop the chrome cover off and replace it with the painted one it would take about 5 minutes, but it wont sit completely and you will have a gap on the bottom where the painted SRT cover won't fit into the stock space. You could plasti-weld it on or something, but I wouldn't trust just the tabs on the top to hold it onto the support for an extended period of time. It would look like this with just the top tabs engaged and the gap on the bottom. FYI the rings aren't installed in this picture. In the pics its hard to see a difference, but when you start ripping it apart you'll notice what we're talking about.
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