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.