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JK Grill retainer replacement

JK Grill Plastic Retainer Replacement

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Some of us have taken our grills off a few times to gain access to the back, clean them out, and for doing installations on the parts we have purchased. I got tired of trying to unscrew the plastic inserts from my 2007, and got tired of trying to pry out the ones on my 2012. So why not use some screws to just hold the grill in place.

Additional Parts:
(6) 10-32 x 1.25" pan head screws
(6) #12 flat washers
(6) 5/16" x 7/8" fender washers (might find as flat washers)
(6) 10-32 well nuts (.312-.643 range)

Note: Try to find the hardware in stainless, otherwise you will end up with rust stains.

Tools Needed:
3/8" drill bit
#2 Phillips screwdriver
Small flat tip screwdriver


The Parts
1. Locate the 6 push pins that hold your grill on from the top.
2. Either pry the centers up with a flat tip screwdriver, or carefully unscrew them with a phillips head screwdriver. This is dependent upon what year yours is and what parts Jeep had laying around the factory at the time.
3. Once you have them removed just tilt your grill forward so that you can get access to the holes in the grill frame.
4. Use a 3/8" drill bit to slightly enlarge the holes. They are almost the correct size for the well nuts, so it doesn't take much. I was able to do a couple of them by hand with the drill bit.
5. Take a well nut and screw a screw into it just a little. This will help with installing them in the holes. Insert the 6 well nuts in the holes in the grill frame. Remove the screw.
6. Push the grill back in place and install the 6 screws, flat washers and fender washers.
Note: Do not over tighten these screws as you can damage the well nut and the grill.



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This page last updated: 12-Feb-2013

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