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UselessPickles 07-22-2013 08:56 PM

How to Remove the Grill
I didn't find any nice walk-throughs on how to remove the grill, so I'm making one.

1) Open the hood. This one should be easy. Your owner's manual should have instructions if you're confused.

2) There are 6 plastic fasteners across the top of the grill. They are like reusable plastic rivets. Use a flat blade screw driver to pry the center piece up.

Don't panic if the center piece pops all the way out. It's OK.

With the center popped up, the easiest way to get the fasteners out is to just wedge your fingers under the top of the grill near the fastener and pry up gently just enough to pull the fastener out a little bit. Then you can grab ahold of the fastener with your fingers and pull it out easily.

3) There's 6 clips that snap the bottom of the grill to the vehicle. 4 of them are right along the bottom and can be seen through the grill slits, like this:

Just pull straight out on the grill near those clips to pop them out. The remaining two are on each side, right between the headlight and turn signal, so just grab the top and bottom of the grill right near the head light and pull out.

4) Disconnect the turn signal wiring. This connector has a red tab that you must slide out before you can squeeze and pull.

The turn signal connector and two of the clips are circled above.

5) The grill is now fully disconnected from the vehicle. Set it somewhere safe and continue whatever job required the removal of the grill.

Re-installation should be pretty obvious:

1) Connect turn signal wiring (slide that red tab back in after connecting).

2) Line up the tabs on the bottom of the grill with slots on the vehicle. Press in near each clip to snap them all in.

3) Install the plastic fasteners on the top of the grill. Insert them with the center either popped up or completely removed, then fully insert the center part.

4) Close the hood.

sunnykk 07-22-2013 09:14 PM

Great write up with pics. My first ever mod when I got my JKU was to install a grill insert.

tupper 07-23-2013 08:02 AM

Thank you for the tutorial...getting ready to take mine off ....had an idea how but this makes things much easier!

SirRyan 07-23-2013 08:19 AM

This couldn't have come at a better time. I plan on plastidipping my grill tomorrow. Thanks! :thumb:

RoadiJeff 07-23-2013 09:28 AM


Originally Posted by UselessPickles (Post 3991861)
I didn't find any nice walk-throughs on how to remove the grill, so I'm making one.

Looks good. There's also a pdf with pics on installing a Metalcrafters grill insert that shows how to remove it.

Metalcrafters Grill Insert Installation Instructions

par921 07-23-2013 12:18 PM

thanks for this. i think plastidip or something more permanent like u-pol raptor lining may be in the works for my grill in the near future.

dmako 07-23-2013 04:19 PM


Saving for when I replace headlights.

sdchickie 07-23-2013 11:01 PM

Thanks for the great tutorial! I'm thinking about having mine wrapped so I would need to remove it for that.

UselessPickles 07-24-2013 11:41 PM


Originally Posted by RoadiJeff (Post 3993418)
There's also a pdf with pics on installing a Metalcrafters grill insert that shows how to remove it.

Looked at their instructions and noticed they say to disconnect the turn signals BEFORE popping the grill off... :facepalm:

That would have made removal/installation a bit more graceful. I wish the forum software would allow me to edit the initial post.

Lusus_Naturae 07-25-2013 12:01 AM

^ You may be able to PM a mod so you can edit your post.

comptekcs 07-25-2013 12:03 AM

Crawling underneath and twisting the turn signal bulb out makes it easy without having to mess with the tab.

This is a good video for the Truck-lite install and around :40 he shows just twisting out the bulb harness

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