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.
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??
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.
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.
2003 TJ, 33" BFG AT, 2" BL, 2" BDS spring lift, Truck Lite headlights, Homemade sunrider top.