Easy-to-Install Steps for Replacing Your Chevrolet Billet Grille
The frontage of your Chevy vehicle is one of the main visual attractions. The Chevrolet billet grille not only allows cooling air to enter the vehicle's radiator, but also serves to attract attention.
Required skill level: Novice
Tools and materials needed
- ¼” drill bit
Setting up the grille shell
Using a screwdriver, remove the plastic fasteners on the under hood cover. Take out the hood cover. Then with a wrench, start taking out the bolts that hold the Chevrolet billet grille shell to the core support. Next, see the plastic screw fasteners on the grille shell and give them a half turn. In addition, give a half turn on the plastic screw fasteners found on the bottom of the grille shell. When the grille shell is loose, carefully remove it and set it aside.
Separating the grille shell from the old center section
To take out the plastic welds that are holding the grille shell and center section together, use a sharp screwdriver or a chisel to remove these welds. When loose, carefully remove the grille center portion and set aside.
Mounting the new grille inserts to the grille shell
Carefully slide in the top Chevrolet billet grille insert. Then, mark the location for the bracket center hole. When certain, get your drill and drill in the position for the bracket screw with a ¼” drill bit. Put in the supplied bolt and nut. Position the supplied “S” bracket on the lower tab of the upper grille insert. Make a marking for the location of the bracket hole center. Again, drill in the location of the bracket hole center. Take out the “S” bracket and attach the supplied “U” nut. Screw in the “S” bracket to the grille shell with its supplied screw. Attach the upper grille insert bolts. Take the lower grille inset and position it into the grille shell. Align the supplied “L” bracket and put a marking to indicate the hole location. Get the drill again and drill in the “L” bracket hole center. Secure the “L” bracket in its place. Indicate the position of the lower installing tab of the lower portion grille insert. Drill the lower tab for the spots of the screws. Attach the lower section grille insert.
Tips and warnings
- To securely tighten the billet grille, you may have to take out your vehicle's radiator shroud or dust cover. Make sure that the engine is already cool before doing this task.
- When removing and unscrewing the bolts, nuts, screws, and other connecting bits, make sure to keep track of them all so you can return and attach them back easily.
- Before permanently fixing the new grille in place, initially screw in the fastenings halfway-just to align the grille in position. When satisfied, tighten all the bolts and other fastenings.
- You may put a small amount of threadlocker on the thread of the bolts to prevent them from loosening, which is usually caused by road vibration and shock. This liquid can also protect the metal fastenings from rust and corrosion.