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Old 10-11-2014, 09:41 PM   #1
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Default Got my 2015 JDM TYTE WRX front grille today and have a question

Is there any way to do this without removing the front bumper? I swear I saw a post somewhere of someone claiming to have done it, but I can't seem to find it. Only post I found regarding this came from SubieSpeed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHocqtDqSNI
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Old 10-11-2014, 09:57 PM   #2
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After watching the video i would have to say i doubt it, with all the screws on the back side of the grille there is probably no way to get to them with the bumper still on the car.
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Old 10-11-2014, 10:11 PM   #3
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After watching the video i would have to say i doubt it, with all the screws on the back side of the grille there is probably no way to get to them with the bumper still on the car.
This is what I'm afraid off. I have my front lip installed and put extra screws to make it more sturdy, didn't want to mess with all that . Although I think all the screws go into the bumper. I don't have a lift so have to use ramps to get under.
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Old 10-11-2014, 10:22 PM   #4
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Is there any way to do this without removing the front bumper? I swear I saw a post somewhere of someone claiming to have done it, but I can't seem to find it. Only post I found regarding this came from SubieSpeed

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHocqtDqSNI
Yup, we (as in me and my brother 'Bellipotens') did it on his car.

All you really need to do is loosen the bumper enough so you can bend it a bit forward as you reach in to undo the screws and replace the grill.

Remove the intake duct (pop-its)
Remove the top grill bracket (hex-nut screws, pop-its)
Remove the push-pin pop-its in the fenders (1 per side)
Remove the pop-its on the underside of the bumper cover (all except the center one/s)
Peel back the bumper cover on either side of the car and bend it forward to reach the grill holding screws (it will be loose enough without the pop-its to flex without braking or deforming)
Remove all screws (top and bottom, I think 4-8 total?), careful not to brake the additional clips.
Install the new grill, replace all screws.
Re-seat the bumper cover (much much easier to get right without being fully removed, no real need to center it or mate with the splash guard flanges)
Replace all the pop-its
Reinstall the grill bracket and intake duct

~15-20 minutes job first time
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Old 10-12-2014, 10:14 AM   #5
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You spend more time trying to **** with not removing the bumper than you would to just remove the bumper. The lip should not effect removing the bumper in any way..
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Old 10-12-2014, 02:43 PM   #6
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Yeah, me and you had the bumper off in like 4 minutes, so easy.
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Old 10-13-2014, 09:56 AM   #7
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No **** its easy. It does take little time to remove it - this was not the OP's question.
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Old 10-13-2014, 02:49 PM   #8
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Bumper removal is very simple. I'm a diy kindof guy, not a mechanic or body man, and managed to get everything installed in less than an hour. Biggest pain was just the turn signal or fog light harness. But with a small flathead, that connector disconnected pretty easily.
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Old 10-13-2014, 03:47 PM   #9
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This is what I'm afraid off. I have my front lip installed and put extra screws to make it more sturdy, didn't want to mess with all that . Although I think all the screws go into the bumper. I don't have a lift so have to use ramps to get under.
The lip is attached to the bumper, so it'll all come off in one.
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Old 05-13-2015, 11:21 PM   #10
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Yup, we (as in me and my brother 'Bellipotens') did it on his car.

All you really need to do is loosen the bumper enough so you can bend it a bit forward as you reach in to undo the screws and replace the grill.

Remove the intake duct (pop-its)
Remove the top grill bracket (hex-nut screws, pop-its)
Remove the push-pin pop-its in the fenders (1 per side)
Remove the pop-its on the underside of the bumper cover (all except the center one/s)
Peel back the bumper cover on either side of the car and bend it forward to reach the grill holding screws (it will be loose enough without the pop-its to flex without braking or deforming)
Remove all screws (top and bottom, I think 4-8 total?), careful not to brake the additional clips.
Install the new grill, replace all screws.
Re-seat the bumper cover (much much easier to get right without being fully removed, no real need to center it or mate with the splash guard flanges)
Replace all the pop-its
Reinstall the grill bracket and intake duct

~15-20 minutes job first time
thanks, this helped me install the JDM grille
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