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Old 05-08-2013, 10:14 PM   #1
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Hi Guys,

Looking for some advice here. I have a grill that I believe to be a JDM V7 Non-sport variety from an STi. I have painted the grill to match my sonic yellow bugeye but have discovered that the mounting clips are different from my stock 2003 grill. Wondering if there is an oem grill clip that might work. Does anyone know if there is an off the shelf grill clip that willl solve this problem?

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http://s1058.photobucket.com/user/MA...%20WRX%20parts

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Old 05-08-2013, 10:20 PM   #2
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That's not a jdm STi grille. You're going to have to figure something out. It should mount just like your stock one.
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:07 AM   #3
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That's not a jdm STi grille. You're going to have to figure something out. It should mount just like your stock one.
it is a jdm sti grille it's just not the "sport" version

http://www.jdm-online.com/sold/jdm-s...-nose-cut.html

OP: just drill out the holes in the rad support and use some plastic pushpins to mount it, personally i believe that was a replica as a genuine subaru V7 grille would not have holes like that to mount with. I have gotten 2 genuine JDM STi grilles and neither had the holes shaped like that. Unless you can prove otherwise that it is a genuine item then it appears you got a used item with which the previous owner(s) drilled the holes to be that shape.
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Old 05-09-2013, 01:17 AM   #4
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looks like aftermarket or something..

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Old 05-09-2013, 08:08 AM   #5
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Thanks for the input guys.

I purchased this grill from a very reputable seller here on NASIOC who took it from a full front clip that he had imported. I suppose it is possible that an aftermarket grill was fitted in Japan. However I have seen other images of non-sport grills very much like this on JDM STis. I also received the grill side pieces with the "vent" cutouts as well as the V7 STi scoop from this clip and they appear to be authentic.

The mounting holes are in exactly the right places, just too big. I am almost sure they have not been drilled. There are no signs of drill marks and the plastic is built up around the holes as you would expect for them being molded that way.

I'll keep looking.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:56 AM   #6
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That is a genome STi grille, with optional center piece for the emblem.

You can put in a rubber grommet so the snap pins that mount on the front clip engage the 4 larger holes on the top side of that grille.

I believe the bottom 2 should snap right into the bugeye headlight openings.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:02 AM   #7
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Found the link at japanparts:
http://www.japanparts.com/db/partsli...mall=11&page=4

It is listed as the Sports Grille; I believe it came out when the Genome STi parts came out for the first year of the bugeyes (along with the Genome STi re-branded gauges)

Sports grille (from japanparts):


Sports grille with optional ornament:
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Old 05-09-2013, 12:32 PM   #8
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Wow, this is super helpful! Thank you Satrya. That is exactly what my parts look like. I like the rubber grommet idea.
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You're welcome. Or you can just put a 1" screw behind the front clip, attach it with a washer and nut on the front side of the front clip. Then, drill a hole on the top of the screw for a cotter pin. I've been meaning to do just that on mine.

The Genome STi grilles (this and the 2 other models) aren't that popular.
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:21 PM   #10
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I sit corrected.
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zip tie through the holes
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i had an "aftermarket" grill on my RS, mounting didn't line up, drilled holes, used zipties the first time around, then found some plastic push rivets small enough to use. good luck.
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Old 05-14-2013, 04:48 PM   #13
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zip tie through the holes
that's what I did lol.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:14 PM   #14
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I followed satrya's advice and I am very pleased with the results. I used some stainless steel hex bolts with some fender washers and stainless nuts. Here are some pictures:

http://s1058.photobucket.com/user/MA...Genome%20Grill

Thanks again for the help.
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:04 AM   #15
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Looks good.

I see you also use the "grille side pieces" that goes with the Genome grille. That almost begs for the side vents on the front bumper cover to have slats like the sedan version. I used it for a while but imho, the oem one flows better with the Genome Sports Grille.


Btw, any thoughts about painting the "optional ornament"?
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:47 PM   #16
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Yeah, the Genome side pieces are a little cheesy as they are not real vents. They are distinctive though. Overall, I am pleased with the look.

Regarding painting the ornament mount... Mine is made of a hard rubber. Not sure how well it would take and hold paint. I cleaned mine up and hit it with some black plastic sealant and it looks pretty good.

I am getting to where I dont have too many more things that I want to change on the car. My scoop is a genuine V7 STi complete with the splitter with the IC sprayers. I also have a V7 water tank and the IC Spray switch for the dash. Need to figure out how to get that mounted and wired up.
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