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Old 03-21-2010, 02:19 PM   #1
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Lower grill replacement on ZHP

I'd like to replace the lower grill on my '04 ZHP. I already have the matte black kidney grill but the grill below this is faded and doesn't match. Does anyone know if/how I can replace this?
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:58 PM   #3
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I recently removed mine and painted it with Dupli-Color Flat Black. Total cost was ~$7. A replacement sells for $44 at Tischer. The P/N is 51117893331 for the sedan and 51117893062 for the coupe. These P/N's are for the grill only. I'm not sure about the piece behind, which I painted as well.

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I recently removed mine and painted it with Dupli-Color Flat Black. Total cost was ~$7. A replacement sells for $44 at Tischer. The P/N is 51117893331 for the sedan and 51117893062 for the coupe. These P/N's are for the grill only. I'm not sure about the piece behind, which I painted as well.

Do you a diy? Or do I have to remove the entire front bumper to get it out?
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Old 03-23-2010, 07:28 AM   #5
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Do you a diy? Or do I have to remove the entire front bumper to get it out?
You have to remove the bumper which is really quite easy.
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:05 PM   #6
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You have to remove the bumper which is really quite easy.
nah, you don't. I did the same exact thing you did about 6 months ago. When I bought my car, some of the mesh was broken too, along with being faded. I super glued it back together, and then painted it a gloss black. You can get it out without taking off the bumper. Just push it in towards the car, and rotate it. Took me like 10 minutes to do it the first time because I didn't want to break anything.

Here is when mine was damaged, look in the center of the mesh:


then I painted it:



note that the color is uniform, but the sun is making part of it brighter

so to the OP: just paint it yourself, not worth buying a new one
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:23 PM   #7
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nah, you don't. I did the same exact thing you did about 6 months ago. When I bought my car, some of the mesh was broken too, along with being faded. I super glued it back together, and then painted it a gloss black. You can get it out without taking off the bumper. Just push it in towards the car, and rotate it. Took me like 10 minutes to do it the first time because I didn't want to break anything.

Here is when mine was damaged, look in the center of the mesh:

then I painted it:

note that the color is uniform, but the sun is making part of it brighter

so to the OP: just paint it yourself, not worth buying a new one
There are so many clips holding it to the bumper I don't see how just pushing it in would work without breaking some of them. It was hard enough getting the clips undone from the back side with the bumper off the car. At any rate, I also swapped out the filter on my intake so removing the bumper allowed me to do that too. Typically I would just remove part of the fender liner to access the filter.
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