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Old 08-06-2011, 08:09 PM   #1
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jlevi matte grill vs khoality matte grill

I bought a matte grill from khoality a year and a half ago and around a year (without breaking a clip on install) one fell out while driving, and the other one is barely staying in the grill opening.

Anyone have extending experience with jlevi or know if khoality will replace my broken grill?

Seems like it should not happen, when I didn't break anything on install.
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:16 PM   #2
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I've had the grilles from JLevi for 4-5 years now and they're fine...
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Old 08-06-2011, 08:25 PM   #3
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Old 08-06-2011, 09:23 PM   #4
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Old 08-06-2011, 09:25 PM   #5
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My khoalty grill is falling out too.

I would just plasti dip your OEM chrome grill.
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:19 PM   #6
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:22 PM   #7
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My khoalty grill is falling out too.

I would just plasti dip your OEM chrome grill.
how hard is this to do and get it to look good?

My oem grill has lots of rock chips
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:23 PM   #8
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A wise choice
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:27 PM   #9
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I bought khoalty grilles and from the day I got them they could never stay in right.

I broke the OEM chrome kidney slat so now the only way I have proper grilles is the OEM chrome surround with khoalty matte slats. I actually prefer the look. Still doesn't fit correctly, oh well.
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:38 PM   #10
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Here a DIY guide on plasti dip your grill:
http://www.e46fanatics.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=856571
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:44 PM   #11
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re: not being able to keep your black kidneys in......

isn't this why they invented clear silicone?...u know the stuff...in a huge tube for bathroom tile grout & such.....slap some of that stuff on the inside where nobody ever see, & voila',...kidneys will stay in there till the next coming of Christ.
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Old 08-07-2011, 12:47 AM   #12
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The crappy set of kidney grills I got from them never stayed on, so I had to use silicone to keep them in place like beemerdude said. Or, on the other hand you can do what they suggested me to do:
"what you can also do is use a ziptie on the inside of your hood and ziptie the front to the back as tightly as possible with a small width ziptie, you won't see this from the front because you can wrap it around the back side iirc, and it won't fall off at all'... brilliant!, how I never thought of that?
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All the grills are not the same!

Take a look at our grills as well, same relative price and most people are very happy with them.
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i have no issues with my khoa grills
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I've had my KHOALITY grills for about a year, always perfect and great fitment
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You get what you pay for. You buy cheap parts you get cheap parts.
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:46 PM   #17
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You get what you pay for. You buy cheap parts you get cheap parts.
No... I paid 40$ or so for my khoalty ones, and I have 0 complaints. I'll post pics in a minute.
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No... I paid 40$ or so for my khoalty ones, and I have 0 complaints. I'll post pics in a minute.
I have Khoalty ones and I have foam tape holding mine in because the clips are very brittle and broke. The cheap grilles are imported from overseas and are made with bottom of the line materials. So far this thread has been 50/50. Half of the people have some that broke and half got lucky. Paying more for a quality product is so worth it, whether it be grilles or some other part. You can "spend less" by buying cheap parts, but you have a 50% chance of wasting your money.

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Old 08-07-2011, 04:54 PM   #19
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Ive got some Jlevi grills in my car with no complaints. Installed easy and they are definitely locked in place.
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Old 08-07-2011, 05:18 PM   #20
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I bought the matte black kidneys from jlevisw about a year ago and have had no problems. It is probably the best mod ive done other than AEs in terms of changing how my car looks. I wouldn't plasti dip your chrome kidneys. I had a friend who did it and they look like sh*t. He is now just gonna buy the matte black one from jlevisw.
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