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Stock Camaro Grille Removal?

This is a discussion on Stock Camaro Grille Removal? within the Appearance Section forums, part of the General Help category; Need tips on how to get the stock grille out without damaging the front nose. This is on a 4th ...

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    Stock Camaro Grille Removal?

    Need tips on how to get the stock grille out without damaging the front nose. This is on a 4th generation Camaro. Thanks.
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    I watched a couple of club members pop one out in a parking lot one night without using any tools. They just flexed it a bit to free up the tabs. It leaves a lot of holes that look out of place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsetta
    Need tips on how to get the stock grille out without damaging the front nose. This is on a 4th generation Camaro. Thanks.
    It's a real pain in the ass!! You have to pop out one of the sides. Then you can access the four back ones that didn't come out without force. I used a saw blade and just worked each one till they all came off and freed the plastic from the car. It's a real pain in the ass, but with patience and enough force, they will come off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by graphicsgod
    It's a real pain in the ass!! You have to pop out one of the sides. Then you can access the four back ones that didn't come out without force. I used a saw blade and just worked each one till they all came off and freed the plastic from the car. It's a real pain in the ass, but with patience and enough force, they will come off.

    Rob
    yep exactly how i did it. i also put a little touch up paint over the holes left the the license plate bracket. doesnt match perfectly but makes it not so noticable.

    RyAn

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    Quote Originally Posted by LS1Power06
    yep exactly how i did it. i also put a little touch up paint over the holes left the the license plate bracket. doesnt match perfectly but makes it not so noticable.

    RyAn
    Awwe damn! And I just made this crappy image in paintbrush to illistrate .



    Oh well, good to hear you got it off.

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    hey thats an awsome go-by, needs a spot in archives !, Ed ?

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    The safest way to take the grill is to remove the entire front facia. I did it in about an hour and it gave me the opportunity to clean up the car a bit more. You wouldn't believe how much crap accumulates under all that plastic.

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    When I got my new 35th SS, I ordered a SLP grill. The dealership installed it. I had the option of spending a LOT of money to remove the entire front clip to "save" the original grill, or have them cut the clips. They cut it off. Now the original grill makes a pretty cool piece of garage art.

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    I have taken the grill most of the way off, but I wasnt sure how to get the three clips at the top. I did not want to break them off just yet. is there anymore details about how to remove this without breaking it? or is it just easier to break it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by raysz28
    I have taken the grill most of the way off, but I wasnt sure how to get the three clips at the top. I did not want to break them off just yet. is there anymore details about how to remove this without breaking it? or is it just easier to break it?

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    I tried to remove them without breaking them but I don't think it's possible without taking the front off . So I just took a steak knife and hacked each one off one at a time.

    Rob

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    Left hand in left vents. Right hand in right vents. Pull. Easy. No scratches. Done. Paint in CAMARO indentions. Drink a coldbeer and admire.

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    I just pulled both side clips out and slowly peeled on side till it looked as though I was about to actually rip the plastic. Then POP , POP done .

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    so then the "undergrille' looks like sills1? that's cool..

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    i pulled my grille off last nite, and it was a bitch!!!!!! at least the top clips were. the sides were nice and easy just pull eaisly and they popped out.

    For the top 3 i used a saw to get thru all excess crap, and then i used a pair of vice grips and gentley tried to pull and then one side of the paint spidered a bit. But i got throught it in a bout an hour, with plenty of frustration.

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    i was also thinking if you get thru all the excess crap and all thats left are the top 3 clips can a small drill bit be used to drill thru the plastic, and possibly make this whole process eaiser?

    let me know what you guys think

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    Just pull it off, no cutting, drilling etc required. On mine at least, it remained intact and does indeed make for some fine garage art!

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    If there any way to take the grill off and still keep your license plate??

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    I have seen people mount the plate on the air dam under the car, but i dont know what the cops think about that location.
    Any other suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSNAKEATER23 View Post
    i pulled my grille off last nite, and it was a bitch!!!!!! at least the top clips were. the sides were nice and easy just pull eaisly and they popped out.

    For the top 3 i used a saw to get thru all excess crap, and then i used a pair of vice grips and gentley tried to pull and then one side of the paint spidered a bit. But i got throught it in a bout an hour, with plenty of frustration.

    Frustration + car = mistakes so be careful and take your time.
    so is this the same procedure for the lt1 grill??

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    Good luck ! I was in the same boat last summer when i was putting on my 35th anv SS SLP one and it is just like what these guys are telling you. I opted for the grip tight and pull method and yep, the stock tabs got messed up,but i didnt care because after receiving my SLP one in the mail i knew right then and there that the stock one was HISTORY!

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