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Old 04-09-2013, 10:38 PM   #1
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Removing the top grill?

I as a vid on YouTube were they yank it out! I'm sure that their is a big risk of breaking the this so would you guys recommend it V
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yank it out!!! yikes, sounds like some dumb rednecks, or some stupid kids! never do this you'll break at least some clips or what not off, plus damaging the paint is almost a sure thing. but it is your car, go ahead and do what you wish, but i'd strongly not recommend this approach. there are better ways to take it off, just remove the rad cover and maybe the front bumper, and pop it out from the back side, not hard at all from what i've heard.
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The front bumper cover is pretty easy to take off, but it isn't that necessary. I replaced my grille in the fall and the best way to get it out is to first put some painters/masking tape along where the grille touches any paint to avoid scratching it during removal. You then get a pair of needle nose pliers and a flat head screw driver and basically just push the tab on one side open (you'll see what I'm talking about when you look at them) and try and force the clip out of the front bumper cover molding slot for it. I had about 1/2 of them out and was really struggling with one and while applying a ton of pressure, the entire grille ripped out and none of the other clips broke lol. I wouldn't suggest doing that and I probably got lucky, but it did work somehow and I easily pushed the new grille right back in it's place.

I think as long as you get the clips that are on the vertical section of the grille undone you should be able to yank it out with no problems since all the other clips run horizontally across the bottom and will all pull out at basically the same time.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:39 PM   #4
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I pulled mine out. Lol. Ummm. U know what I mean. I had my car only a month last july. Pulled them at 300 miles. No damage.
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Just did mine mca grille taped the area so no scratches on the paint tried one big pull half came out the just worked little by little till it was out

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If you're unsure, then remove the front bumper cover. It can be removed in about 45 minutes, which includes the time to lift the front end up and placing it on jackstands to get to the lower (underneath) cover. You will still want to tape up the areas in front of the upper grill to protect the paint as you release the tabs that hold the grill in. Do a Google search on "Removing front bumper cover on a <your year here> Mustang". There's a Roush pdf file that will pop up; it has pictures as well as good detailed instructions for removal of a front bumper cover.

Personally, I don't recommend the "grab and pull" method, as you are more likely to break a tab this way.
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I worked it easy 5 minutes
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Personally, I don't recommend the "grab and pull" method, as you are more likely to break a tab this way.
Does it matter if you break a tab on the grill you are removing?

I carefully pulled mine out of our 2013 GT500. Do it on a warm day, over 70F to make sure the rubber is soft & flexible. I broke 1 tab but don't think it is a big deal. The grills have plenty tabs to hold them in.
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When i took mine off I used a flat head screw driver and pried each tab from it's over lapped locking tab one at a time then it was a breeze to pull out... Never yank on the grill you will break something for sure.
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Seems there are several yes it works, or no don't do....

It's up to the OP as to what he wishes to do.
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Youtube has a video by CDC I trusted it and had no issues I took mine out and painted it

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Just in case you decide to take the bumper off twas what I did


http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=xqmLJ...%3DxqmLJU0WeJs
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Youtube has a video by CDC I trusted it and had no issues I took mine out and painted it
Looks really nice man! And thanks ill check it out(:
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Just in case you decide to take the bumper off twas what I did

http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=xqmLJ...%3DxqmLJU0WeJs
Thanks It was great help!(:
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How did you do it?
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To my understanding, the plastic grille will just break away from the chrome trim its mounted on. With it removed, it makes the chrome trim easier to remove once the guts of the grille is out. There shouldn't be any clip damage. Just make sure you put masking tape down first before you yank it out
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