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Old 12-23-2013, 07:00 PM   #1
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Headlamp install without removing grille?

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Has anyone been successful with replacing the JK headlamps without removing the grille? I just found out that Santa will be bringing me some Truck-Lites and then it dawned on me how the hell would I install them with my AEV bumper / winch.. I looked on intertubes and everyone installs them with removing the grille. I hope I don't have to return them

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Old 12-23-2013, 07:48 PM   #2
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you should be able to tilt your grill far enough forward to install the lights. YOu do not have to totally remove it.

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Old 12-23-2013, 08:11 PM   #3
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The grill can be removed in less than a minute.
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:29 PM   #4
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The grill can be removed in less than a minute.
I am guessing the winch and bumper are blocking the lower part of the grill from being pulled out. altho I have not actually looked at how close the aev and winch come. my buddies winch and Olympic bumper prevent the bottom from being pulled out the grill can be tilted forward giving enough room to change out the lights.
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Old 12-23-2013, 08:38 PM   #5
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With my RR XHD bumper and Warn VR10000 I can still easily remove the grill. Truck Lites were an easy install. Just have some electrical tape on hand if they need shimming for a snug fit.
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I am guessing the winch and bumper are blocking the lower part of the grill from being pulled out. altho I have not actually looked at how close the aev and winch come. my buddies winch and Olympic bumper prevent the bottom from being pulled out the grill can be tilted forward giving enough room to change out the lights.
Lol read too fast for that part. You never know until you try it.
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I removed the grille for the same purpose with a light/grille bar in place. Tight squeeze but it can be done. If you want to protect the grille use a small towel to protect potential points of impact. Like jadmt said you can probably get away with just pulling the top of the grille back.
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Old 12-23-2013, 10:35 PM   #8
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Way easier if you can remove or tilt the grill.
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Old 12-24-2013, 08:35 AM   #9
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I have the XRC bumper and XRC8 winch I was able to tilt the grill forward to ease the installation of the JW Speaker on mine. If a girl can do it you can too!
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I have the XRC bumper and XRC8 winch I was able to tilt the grill forward to ease the installation of the JW Speaker on mine. If a girl can do it you can too!
.. I guess that settles it
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The AEV bumper without winch is a tight fit but doable. It will depend on the winch you have.
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i wish my santa was rich like yours LMAO what a present!
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My winch prohibits grill removal.

Just remove the top grill retaining pins and put a towel over the winch to protect the grill.

This gives you more than enough room to replace the headlights. I've done it many times.
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My Rampage bumper and Zeon winch makes taking the grill off a PITA but still possible. Having said that, for headlights, you should still be able to remove the top clips and bend it back enough to get to the headlights. don't bend too much or you may crack the paint.
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if you be flexing on the grill warm be good or you be crackallacking
just saying
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Hi,

Has anyone been successful with replacing the JK headlamps without removing the grille? I just found out that Santa will be bringing me some Truck-Lites and then it dawned on me how the hell would I install them with my AEV bumper / winch.. I looked on intertubes and everyone installs them with removing the grille. I hope I don't have to return them

Removing grille is very simple, it took two min for me. Taking headlights out after need special tool which I don't have and i have to drive to the store. Otherwise it is very simple, there is also youtube video about.
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I have the XRC bumper and XRC8 winch I was able to tilt the grill forward to ease the installation of the JW Speaker on mine. If a girl can do it you can too!
Awesome! Love jeep chics!
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Removing grille is very simple, it took two min for me. Taking headlights out after need special tool which I don't have and i have to drive to the store. Otherwise it is very simple, there is also youtube video about.
but once you add a bumper mounted winch to the mix..
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but once you add a bumper mounted winch to the mix..
Ohh ...
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Old 12-25-2013, 01:57 PM   #20
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Just did this.The grill will tilt forward enough. You'll need a T15 screw driver. Makes it easy to reach the trim ring screws. Took about 20 minutes to wire up the TLs.

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Old 12-25-2013, 07:49 PM   #21
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Thanks for all the help I was able to install the LED's by pulling the grill forward. I wasn't able to reach over and get 1 screw on , on each. I was using a T15 bit attached to my screw driver, which is kind of FAT towards the end which was hitting/ grill/ lamp. It was the corner bottom ones. I really needed a

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What a difference the LED's are from the stock

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