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Old 03-21-2012, 08:19 PM
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how do you take off the grille shell?

Can anyone help me out? I need the take off the grille shell and replace it. I found the screws at the top but i can't figure out how it comes out.
 
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Old 03-21-2012, 08:33 PM
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Take off the screws at the top then take out the headlights. Take off the front bumper (4 bolts). Finally grab the grill shell and pull out and down and it'll pop off. It's held in by two clips at the bottom.
 
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:30 PM
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You don't need to remove the bumper. Just remove the rad cowl, take out the screws on the top of the grille shell, remove the headlights, and there are two clips holding the shell in in front of the rad and a warning, they are a royal PITA to get out.
 
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Halverso_99 View Post
You don't need to remove the bumper. Just remove the rad cowl, take out the screws on the top of the grille shell, remove the headlights, and there are two clips holding the shell in in front of the rad and a warning, they are a royal PITA to get out.
okay. thanks.
 
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:56 PM
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I always just kinda yanked mine off and the clips just popped right out haha.
 
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:03 PM
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Originally Posted by pizzaman711 View Post
I always just kinda yanked mine off and the clips just popped right out haha.
and then some would call it broken. I took off my surround so I could take out my honeycomb and paint it.... I didn't think it was difficult,hard OR a p.i.t.a. ... just followed this:

http://www.fordf150.net/articles/idx...tructions.html
 
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:25 PM
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Dont forget about the plastic rivets on each side just above the bumper cover.
 
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:56 PM
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Broken? Mine hasn't yet and I've taken it off like 20 times. It just easier to get the clips out by pulling it instead of trying to push them through.
 
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Old 03-21-2012, 11:59 PM
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Originally Posted by pizzaman711 View Post
Broken? Mine hasn't yet and I've taken it off like 20 times. It just easier to get the clips out by pulling it instead of trying to push them through.
I pull mine out as well. If you are referring to the flanges that are pressed into those metal clips. Or I think one time I used some flat screw drivers and slid them in between the metal and plastic, then pulled.
 
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:06 AM
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I pull mine out as well. If you are referring to the flanges that are pressed into those metal clips. Or I think one time I used some flat screw drivers and slid them in between the metal and plastic, then pulled.
IIRC, that is sorta how I did it. Pizzaman, I was only inferring that to say "jus pull it" .... that we would be reading about some non-searcher,no-researcher newbie posting...... I broke it, PLZ HELP
 
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:29 AM
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Ah okay that makes more since, besides I thought we all loved those threads

But yea, I'm to lazy to crawl up under there with a flat head haha. I did it the first time like that because I was scared to break something, but after that time a little gentle force and it'll pop right off!
 
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:33 AM
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Originally Posted by pizzaman711 View Post
Ah okay that makes more since, besides I thought we all loved those threads

But yea, I'm to lazy to crawl up under there with a flat head haha. I did it the first time like that because I was scared to break something, but after that time a little gentle force and it'll pop right off!
YUP..... my wife says that too
 
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