Remove your grill WITHOUT removing the bumper cover - JeepForum.com

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 07-04-2014, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
slayer6x6
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Drexel Hill
Posts: 35
Remove your grill WITHOUT removing the bumper cover

It seems that after searching, most instructions have you remove the bumper cover if you'd like to swap or paint your grill. This seems like a lot of work for a very simple job. I'm not the first one to figure this out, but some of the other instructions are a bit difficult to find, so hopefully this thread will pop up for new members that are searching. Props to Nubby105 for digging up the original instructions. I'd figure I would post this while I'm waiting for my plasti dip to dry.

Before you start, having a set of these inexpensive plastic panel tools will make your job a bit easier.



You want to start by pulling up gently on this plastic trim piece to release the metal panel clips underneath.



Once you have released all of those clips, you'll be able to pull that piece forward to expose the clips that actually hole the grill on, pictured here.



Once you can see those retaining clips, you can grab you plastic wedges and gently spread apart the black plastic clips while pulling gently on the grill to free the chrome part of the grill. I recommend you start with the outer most clip and work your way across, they tend to get easier as you move along.



Once the entire top row of clips is released, you can pull gently across the bottom part of the grill to release the lower clips. Those come off a lot easier than the top ones.

And its as easy as that, hopefully this saves somebody from pulling the entire bumper cover, just like I was about to do. Good luck.

slayer6x6 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 07-04-2014, 12:09 PM
nubby105
Registered User
2011 WK 
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Northern
Posts: 109
Nice post.
nubby105 is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 07-04-2014, 12:26 PM
petetherocker
Registered User
2012 WK 
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Edmonton
Posts: 78
I'm not sure what year yours is, but mine is a 2012, and there are 2 lower fasteners (bolts) # 3 in image below that secure the grill assembly to the vehicle, and they CANNOT be accessed without removing the fascia. I know because I've done it.


2001 XJ Limited 4.0 Litre
2005 WK Limited 5.7 Litre
2012 WK2 Overland (current)
petetherocker is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 07-04-2014, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
slayer6x6
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Drexel Hill
Posts: 35
Thats odd, mines a 2011. I couldn't imagine they changed from year to year, but I guess anythings possible.
slayer6x6 is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 07-04-2014, 01:31 PM
97HMCS
Registered User
2012 WK 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 272
Quote:
Originally Posted by petetherocker View Post
I'm not sure what year yours is, but mine is a 2012, and there are 2 lower fasteners (bolts) # 3 in image below that secure the grill assembly to the vehicle, and they CANNOT be accessed without removing the fascia. I know because I've done it.

I think slayer6x6 is just pulling the outer shell.

In either case, it's not terribly difficult to simply remove the bumper cover.
97HMCS is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 07-07-2014, 07:03 AM
nubby105
Registered User
2011 WK 
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: Northern
Posts: 109
Chrome Only Removal

Quote:
Originally Posted by petetherocker View Post
I'm not sure what year yours is, but mine is a 2012, and there are 2 lower fasteners (bolts) # 3 in image below that secure the grill assembly to the vehicle, and they CANNOT be accessed without removing the fascia. I know because I've done it.

The Chrome Only piece can be removed without the bumper being removed.
nubby105 is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 11-18-2014, 02:14 PM
Dirtymark
Registered User
2012 WK 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by slayer6x6
It seems that after searching, most instructions have you remove the bumper cover if you'd like to swap or paint your grill. This seems like a lot of work for a very simple job. I'm not the first one to figure this out, but some of the other instructions are a bit difficult to find, so hopefully this thread will pop up for new members that are searching. Props to Nubby105 for digging up the original instructions. I'd figure I would post this while I'm waiting for my plasti dip to dry. Before you start, having a set of these inexpensive plastic panel tools will make your job a bit easier. You want to start by pulling up gently on this plastic trim piece to release the metal panel clips underneath. Once you have released all of those clips, you'll be able to pull that piece forward to expose the clips that actually hole the grill on, pictured here. Once you can see those retaining clips, you can grab you plastic wedges and gently spread apart the black plastic clips while pulling gently on the grill to free the chrome part of the grill. I recommend you start with the outer most clip and work your way across, they tend to get easier as you move along. Once the entire top row of clips is released, you can pull gently across the bottom part of the grill to release the lower clips. Those come off a lot easier than the top ones. And its as easy as that, hopefully this saves somebody from pulling the entire bumper cover, just like I was about to do. Good luck.
Just came across your post. How hard was it to put the grill back on and secure it to the clips? Did you just reverse the steps and good to go?
Dirtymark is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 11-18-2014, 05:31 PM
kryogen
Registered User
2011 WK 
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Quebec, Canada
Posts: 1,169
you know what, I would just remove the bumper and grille, probably easier and faster,

2011 Grand Cherokee Overland V8, QD, QL
Nokian Hakkapelita 8 SUV Studded winter tires
kryogen is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the JeepForum.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid e-mail address for yourself.



Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome