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Old 07-25-2017, 11:12 AM
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Grill removal write up?

Anybody know of one or something close. It doesn't seem too bad to remove, but this is my daily and I don't want to get stuck over a weekend.

I came across some threads but they didn't help too much.

Bottom line is I need to get to the front body mount bolt under the rad. I bought the jeep with it sheered off and i gotta get in there and drill out or something to replace it.

Any luck?
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Should take about an hour or so at most to remove. Super easy!

You will need to remove the radiator. Unplug your front light wiring and fish it from the passenger side through the grill assembly to the driver side. There is two bolts on the top that are easily accessible next to the rubber hood latches. Then there are a small handful of bolts that are accessible from the wheel wheels (I think 3-4 on each side?). Then normally you would unbolt that main bolt under the radiator but yours is sheared off so that ones easy!

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Haha yeah I guess that's one less bolt to take out. I guess I'll look into rad removal as well.

Maybe I'll do a write up on grill removal, since there isn't any. We'll see if time allows.
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Curious if you did a write up or could you tell the me the steps to get my grill off? How hard is it?

Mine is a 2002 manual.
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Curious if you did a write up or could you tell the me the steps to get my grill off? How hard is it?

Mine is a 2002 manual.
As Harris said above, it's pretty easy. You need to disconnect the headlights, and disconnect the radiator, then there are a bunch of bolts on each fender, and the body mount. I did zero research before I took mine off, and I'd didn't take more than an hour. There's nothing complicated to it, just look around before you try yanking on stuff, and make sure none of the hoses or little bolts are still connected.
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What about if mine has A/C or trans cooler? Does that make a difference. I read one post from years ago that said something about having to recharge once you reconnect something. I didnt understand it all, and I dont want to screw anything up by doing this. LOL. Im trying to find the post, but I cant remember where I saw it.
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Found the post: what is all this talking about?

the condensor is in front of the radiator, mounted to the grill with hard steel lines...its a big job to take it out. You need to have the A/C discharged, remove the condensor, then have the A/C recharged after you're finished. No way around it, you must discharge and recharge the A/C - the steel lines run THROUGH the grille itself, just take a look for yourself - passenger side halfway down the radiator.

scotch740 must be a miracle worker, cuz i have not idea how you could do that!! please post a link.
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Found the post: what is all this talking about?

the condensor is in front of the radiator, mounted to the grill with hard steel lines...its a big job to take it out. You need to have the A/C discharged, remove the condensor, then have the A/C recharged after you're finished. No way around it, you must discharge and recharge the A/C - the steel lines run THROUGH the grille itself, just take a look for yourself - passenger side halfway down the radiator.

scotch740 must be a miracle worker, cuz i have not idea how you could do that!! please post a link.
If you have AC, there is a condenser coil mounted in front of the radiator. This holds the refrigerant, and is a pressurized sealed system. The refrigerant can be recovered (removed) by most basic garages, as it's generally frowned upon to release it into the atmosphere. Once recovered, the lines can be disconnected, and the coil comes out with the grill. The coolant will need to be drained from the radiator. If you have an auto, the trans fluid lines going to the cooler will also need to be disconnected and capped. Becoming a larger task than that single bolt warrants? Possibly worth the effort to attack that bolt from the underside, after a thorough soaking in kroil.
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If you have AC, there is a condenser coil mounted in front of the radiator. This holds the refrigerant, and is a pressurized sealed system. The refrigerant can be recovered (removed) by most basic garages, as it's generally frowned upon to release it into the atmosphere. Once recovered, the lines can be disconnected, and the coil comes out with the grill. The coolant will need to be drained from the radiator. If you have an auto, the trans fluid lines going to the cooler will also need to be disconnected and capped. Becoming a larger task than that single bolt warrants? Possibly worth the effort to attack that bolt from the underside, after a thorough soaking in kroil.
So to take the grill out I will have to do all this? I do have AC.
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Maybe you can loosen the grill but not open the AC up, and turn it enough so you have room to get at the body mount to do the work? Just an idea...
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I never even got to this project yet. I keep hearing easy job but see a lot of headaches with this one especially living in the rust belt.. I may go after it this week, depending on how inspection goes. Ive got 2 body mount bolts that need attention. I guess it could be worse. Let me know if you are successful Jessica, Ill take tour tips and tricks!
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Any idea how much a shop would charge to slip in a grill insert for an 05 TJ? I'm guessing labor ($75/hr?) but I know every damn bolt on my baby is rusted on. (I've been fighting with it for days and I just want to give someone pocket sized pictures of presidents and have this over with, if it's not an arm and a leg.)

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Any idea how much a shop would charge to slip in a grill insert for an 05 TJ? I'm guessing labor ($75/hr?) but I know every damn bolt on my baby is rusted on. (I've been fighting with it for days and I just want to give someone pocket sized pictures of presidents and have this over with, if it's not an arm and a leg.)

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Grille insert or an overlay? An overlay fits over the stock grille. I installed one to cover my chipped up grille.
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Any idea how much a shop would charge to slip in a grill insert for an 05 TJ? I'm guessing labor ($75/hr?) but I know every damn bolt on my baby is rusted on. (I've been fighting with it for days and I just want to give someone pocket sized pictures of presidents and have this over with, if it's not an arm and a leg.)

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Maybe post a link to the product you're looking to install. Could provide some insight, or potentially save you from a headache.
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If you have AC, there is a condenser coil mounted in front of the radiator. This holds the refrigerant, and is a pressurized sealed system. The refrigerant can be recovered (removed) by most basic garages, as it's generally frowned upon to release it into the atmosphere. Once recovered, the lines can be disconnected, and the coil comes out with the grill. The coolant will need to be drained from the radiator. If you have an auto, the trans fluid lines going to the cooler will also need to be disconnected and capped. Becoming a larger task than that single bolt warrants? Possibly worth the effort to attack that bolt from the underside, after a thorough soaking in kroil.
Are you sure the system needs to be evacuated to get the condenser out? I swear that, with the radiator removed, you can sneak the condenser out from inside the grille. I can't find a video proving it but I swear the last time I took my grille off it seemed possible...

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