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Rlinder 02-05-2012 02:47 AM

SRT8 Grill on Non-SRT8 GCs... first try.
 
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Some of you are anxious to know if the SRT8 grill will fit on a Non-SRT8 GC, so here you go.

No, it will not fit without modifications, either to the SRT8 Grill or the bumper cover.

Here are my findings; the 4 retaining pins on top and 2 bolts on both sides of the grill lined up perfectly when mounted to the front of the vehicle. But the problem occurred when installing the bumper cover. It appeared to me that the bumper/facia won't push in far enough to engage the 4 mounting taps on top of the bumper cover. As a result, the edges on the grill do not line up with edges below headlights (see 1st photo for illustration). And retain holes on sides of the bumper can't reach retaining points on the edges of the fender wells. I had a buddy pushing on the bumper in attempts to line them up but without success.

So I pulled out the SRT8 grill to compare side by side with the standard grill, and immediately noticed two subtle differences on the mounting points. 1. Mounting slots on SRT8 grill has ridges down the middle where the standard grill does not (see 2nd and 3rd photos, I stole the 3rd photo from Pblaias LED thread, thanks). 2. Mounting slots on SRT8 grills are shallower or shorter in depth than standard grill's (see 4th photo).

It was late at night and I was tired so I decided to reinstall the standard grill and the bumper cover and tackle the job another day. Not surpprised, the reinstallation was swift with all points snapped in easily, unlike the SRT8 grill :mad:. I'm guessing and hoping that the ridges on SRT8 mounting slots are causing most of the installation problem but will post updates when I go at it again. If my guess is correct, it would be an easy fix to grind out the ridges.

Oh well, at least I'm pleased about having Corsa cat-back installed today :lol:.

Overland Ryan 02-05-2012 07:58 AM

Re: SRT8 Grill on No-SRT8 GCs... first try.
 
So all we need is a dremel? Sweet. Let us know the progress on take two! Still waiting for a good price before I pick one of these up.

Rlinder 02-07-2012 02:17 AM

Re: SRT8 Grill on No-SRT8 GCs... first try.
 
Shaved off the ridges on tab slots and tried mounting again tonight. Sorry to report the bumper still didn't fit on the Jeep with the SRT8 grill. Got to be somewhere something I can't see stoping the bumper being pushed in. Don't want to mess with it anymore so I'll take it to a body shop soon.

Perhaps the sRT8 bumper on eBay will be compatible with the SRT8 grill? Nah.. don't want to dig myself into a bigger hole :o.

hpfiend 02-09-2012 11:51 AM

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Please keep us posted- we are looking to do the same thing with ours on order...

snowmants 02-09-2012 12:58 PM

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What about a full front bumper swap?

ants818 02-09-2012 01:59 PM

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Originally Posted by snowmants (Post 570545)
What about a full front bumper swap?

I believe this will have a domino effect, as it won't match the unpainted quarter panel molding, etc.

Rlinder 02-09-2012 07:30 PM

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Originally Posted by hpfiend (Post 570511)
Please keep us posted- we are looking to do the same thing with ours on order...

Yes I will. Made an appointment with a bodyshop for next Monday to have it fitted. If possible, will document what need to be modified on the SRT8 grill to fit the standard bumper. Cheers.

CrzyAzn 02-09-2012 08:27 PM

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Wondering where you got the grill from and how much you paid?

Rlinder 02-10-2012 01:43 AM

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Originally Posted by CrzyAzn (Post 570762)
Wondering where you got the grill from and how much you paid?

I bought it from http://www.justforjeeps.com/20srgrchgr.html , use Peter5 coupon code for additional 5% discount. Board member Rushdriven may have a eBay souce for cheaper pricing. Cheers.

Jeep_addicted 02-10-2012 11:39 AM

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Okay apart from the the fact you would lose the cool looking mesh can't you swap the chrome and painted sections to see if that is possible?


I would swap the parts first to see if the swap is possible and then I would cut the fins out of each grille support and swap them attaching the peices with 3M two sided mounting tape and call it a day


and don't be surprised if the body shop offers the same solution. That way it can be taken apart normally and you don't have to MacGuyver it every time you have to take off the bumper for a repair or modification.

you can alway buy a used grille off ebay if you don't want to sacrifice you OEM especiall if it is a Overland/Summit grille

ants818 02-10-2012 12:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Jeep_addicted (Post 571093)
...can't you swap the chrome and painted sections to see if that is possible?

This is exactly what i'm interested in doing since I installed the diamond mesh grilles from Ablaze. I would just like to replace the chrome with the srt8 painted/chrome overlay.

Rlinder 02-10-2012 02:08 PM

Re: SRT8 Grill on No-SRT8 GCs... first try.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jeep_addicted (Post 571093)
Okay apart from the the fact you would lose the cool looking mesh can't you swap the chrome and painted sections to see if that is possible?


I would swap the parts first to see if the swap is possible and then I would cut the fins out of each grille support and swap them attaching the peices with 3M two sided mounting tape and call it a day


and don't be surprised if the body shop offers the same solution. That way it can be taken apart normally and you don't have to MacGuyver it every time you have to take off the bumper for a repair or modification.

you can alway buy a used grille off ebay if you don't want to sacrifice you OEM especiall if it is a Overland/Summit grille

Tried it, didn't work. Could only lock in 2 of the 10? (can't remember exactly how many) tabs on to the plastic mesh. Didn't mount it to vehicle this way but I doubt edges on SRT8 grill and below headlights will line up without most of tabs engaged. Cheers.


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