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Old 06-12-2010, 12:11 PM   #1
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How do I get these inserts out of my grille?

Good Afternoon All,

I have these inserts in my grille that look to bolt tight from behind the grille and have a long u-shaped clamp that holds them tightly by spanning the grille openings on both the top and bottom. The only one I can get to is the top center insert when I reach in through the safety latch opening. Can someone tell me if there is a trick to removing these things? Do I need to remove the entire grille? They are chrome/billet looking, and I would like to paint them black to go with my headlight bezels.

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Old 06-12-2010, 12:36 PM   #2
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I don't know how they mount, but after you paint them and replace them, please post pics. I was considering some black ones for my Jeep, but couldn't find many pictures of them. Thanks

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Old 06-12-2010, 10:57 PM   #3
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Got a pic?

The inserts I had just popped right in from the front...squeeze the sides lightly and pull em straight out. No idea what you're describing without a pic...
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Old 06-13-2010, 12:32 AM   #4
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The first two pics here show the grille inserts. The third pic shows a sort of flange that the nut holds against the inside of the grille. Each insert has two of these flanges, one on top, and one on the bottom.

I don't see any simple way to pop/squeeze/snap these things in or out. Any ideas??





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I think it looks cool... why are you taking them out?
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Old 06-13-2010, 12:52 AM   #6
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I'd like to take them out to paint them black so they match the headlight bezels and trim pieces. They are a billet aluminum, based on the info I found, so perhpas with the sides of them remaining blllt, it won't give them a "too flat" look.
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OIC ... Ok, well ... Hmm good luck... looks like if you take that nut off they would come off... I cant really tell in the pic.
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Google Billet inserts, see if you can find some that look like yours, and find the installation instructions. Do it backward...
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Old 06-13-2010, 01:07 AM   #9
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Google Billet inserts, see if you can find some that look like yours, and find the installation instructions. Do it backward...
thats what she said ... oh wait, she did say that ...
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Old 06-13-2010, 06:24 PM   #10
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Pull out a headlight. There is a rubber flap between the grille and headlight area. You'll be able to reach in to the first one. Once you get that one out you can do the rest.
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:59 PM   #11
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Success!!

Thanks Neil, that did the trick! I have taken them out and repainted them, now they look fantastic!!!








I also FINALLY flushed my tail lights, I had to wait for the lite bolts a bit longer than I thought, but now all is good!! I'll post pics of them soon, modded my evap canister and all is good
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Inserts look great, I hope the paint holds up on them. Glad you figured out how to get them out! That Neil guy knows lots of stuff!
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Old 06-15-2010, 08:44 PM   #13
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They should hold up pretty well, I think. With 2 coats of primer, 6 coats of black, and 4 coats of clear, they better last for a few weeks at least. Well, I hope they do anyway

Next step will probably be lining the tub. And some seat covers to have me set for the rest of the summer
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Nice job. Those look great!
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Inserts look great, I hope the paint holds up on them. Glad you figured out how to get them out! That Neil guy knows lots of stuff!
Errrrrrrrrr....I would not say lots of stuff by any means but thanks. I have inserts also. They attach a little different but went through the same thing figuring out how to get them all in.

I painted my grilles and headlight bezels body color. The grilles were polished. I sanded them, sprayed with adhesion promoter then Duplicolor but they still chip. They keep me busy with the bottle of touch up.

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