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Summit grille

This is my first post... I have a '12 GC Overland black w/ Saddle int. and 3.6L. I really like the chrome finish on the Summit grille. I have looked into the different aftemarket inserts, etc. and still find that the chrome honeycomb on the stock Summit grille is my favorite.

I have found the grill two places:

-http://www.justforjeeps.com/chromegrill1.html ($360 w/ shipping)

-local dealership ($359 w/o tax) and takes 1 day to get.

Does anyone know of a cheaper place to buy this grille?? Also, how complicated is the install??

Plus, is there any way to chorme out the lower insert on front bumper to match the summit grille??
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Old 01-09-2012, 04:24 PM
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Re: Summit grille

Try looking here www.wholesalemopar.com for the summit grille.

The other thing to know is that the box the grille comes in is large and the grille itself it not that light.

To replace the grille you will have to remove the front bumper cover.

It is not that hard to remove. ( someone covered the removal here in a DIY thread about upgrading their foglights to HID) so you can do a search.

There are a total of fasteners to remove

10mm bolt x 2
Twist lock fastener x 5
nylon rivets (one time use) x4

When I removed the rivets I replaced them with screws and clip nuts so I don't have to worry about the rivets again.


For the lower grille you may be interested in the lower mesh insert that FLYFLIP420 has on his 70TH Anniverary from www.ablazegrilles.com
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Re: Summit grille

Thanks for the reply. I am still debating on whether or not I want to take of the front bumper or just have the dealership install the grill. I do not have much experience working on autos.

I have seen FLYFLIPs lower mesh grill but I am not sure how two different types of chrome mesh would look together. If there was only a chrome insert that matched the stock wire on the lower grill. This really doesn't make a difference to me but if it was available I would buy it.

**edit** Dealer wants $120 to install.... looks like I have a little learning experience ahead of me
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Re: Summit grille

Beleive me it is not very difficult.

I would place a huge peice of cardboard on the ground so that when you remove the bumper on the ground you don't damage it against concrete or asphault.

you may feel more comfortable asking someone else to work on the opposite side to you, this is something you can do yourself.
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Re: Summit grille

The black mesh on the Overland grill has grown on me... I don't think I will be changing it anytime soon. Now, where to spend the $$ saved?!?
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Re: Summit grille

For those still interested in replacing their grille...

It's a pretty easy mod. Probably the trickiest part is getting off those pop rivets in the wheel wells (2 each side). I ended up using a serrated steak knife and sawing the heads off (put plenty of masking tape around the rivet if you don't want to scratch up the plastic wheel well). After the fact, I read somewhere that a tool is made for removing them, maybe Harbor Freight has it?

You can buy the hand riveter from Harbor Freight, which comes with rivets you'll need to replace.

http://www.harborfreight.com/hand-to...ets-97757.html

Taking off the front bumper is similar to taking off door panels; you need to use a firm, controlled & steady pull to pop the retainer fasteners. Be careful not to yank it off; you'll need to disconnect the fog light wiring before removing completely.

Everything else is EASY.

See if your local dealer will match internet pricing. Mine does...

The grille is not heavy, it's just plastic. I shipped my stock grille from So Cal to New York for $26 USPS.

The Summit grille is beautiful, and looks good along with the chrome fog light bezels and chrome Jeep logo on the hood.
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Re: Summit grille

I just bought one of these tools from Harbor Freight, so I will let you know how it works when I redo my grille in a few weeks.

Also, for all those in fear of every breaking clips/rivets,

This website has everything you would ever need to replace them
http://www.clipsandfasteners.com/Chr...iners_s/66.htm
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Re: Summit grille

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I just bought one of these tools from Harbor Freight, so I will let you know how it works when I redo my grille in a few weeks.

Also, for all those in fear of every breaking clips/rivets,

This website has everything you would ever need to replace them
http://www.clipsandfasteners.com/Chr...iners_s/66.htm
Please let me know how its going. Like you I am thinking about a summit grille on my Overland but living in a condo in Hoboken, theres not much room to work and not sure if I want to undertake this project.
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The black mesh on the Overland grill has grown on me... I don't think I will be changing it anytime soon. Now, where to spend the $$ saved?!?
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Can this be done by one person? My biggest fear is putting it back... :-)
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Can this be done by one person? My biggest fear is putting it back... :-)
Yup, It's possible, it's nice to have an extra set of hands mainly when you are taking the bumper on and off. I didn't have help and I was fine
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