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Old 05-26-2013, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by h2oman View Post
I just did this about a month ago. First you just pull off the rubber/plastic protector that is attached around the radiator. Once you do that then you'll be able to see the 4 screws that hold the grill in place. Take out those screws and then pull towards you and the whole unit comes out in one piece. The bottom is held in with flat plastic plugs. If you don't pull towards you they will break off. Once out, you can then pull the mesh part off in on piece and then paint away. Hope this helps.
Thanks man! It worked like a charm.
I can add a small bit of removal detail for those with 2013's

Like he said^
Remove the radiator valance by popping the 6 plastic plugs- trim removal tool a huge help at this stage- that exposes the 4 screws holding the grille in place.

Then the careful part- there are indeed 3 flat plastic tabs about 1.5 inches wide that need to be pulled straight out toward you ( you can only see one of them but you can sense the other two that are just out of view.
The step I discovered is that there are 4 additional plastic screw type plugs that are located on on the right and left side of the grille.
You can't get a trim tool in there so you just ease it back a little at a time -right side- left side= right side - left side. POP! whole grille assembly off.

Then to remove the grille inserts- at least on the 2013... about 40 little plastic tabs that need to be eased back with a wide blade screw driver. It sounds tougher than it was. My son and I did it in less than 20 minutes. 4 hands was really really helpful.
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