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I'm trying to install upper and lower grills. I'm guessing I need to drop the front bumper. I'm not quite sure how to accomplish this. I do have a trim removal tool and removed many of the fasteners on the front clip. However, it still seems to be attached fairly well. After removal of some upper trim pieces I seem to have access to the upper grille and I could remove it however there are some rivets on the top holding it in place. I'm not sure what the proper procedure is to release the rivets without damaging the rivets or the grill. My black grills did not come with instructions or fasteners.
 

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Remove the fender liners and all clips/bolts holding them to the bumper. There is one 10mm bolt holding the bumper to the fender on each side. Other than that, just a bunch of clips. Shouldn't take much more than 10 minutes to get the bumper off once it's in the air
 

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I was able to get the fender liners off however I am having difficulty locating the 10 millimeter bolts. I found two and released them but there is no additional movement. I also see two or three clips but it's not clear how they release. The how to was not that helpful in thus regard. It seems like most things take me much longer because I have not done much auto work before despite technical aptitude.
 

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Undo the 10mm close to the wheel well and just pull outward and it will release.


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I'll give it a try. Thanks ;)
 

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No need to pull liners or wheels..... Undo two lower wheel liner push pins, pry out liner enough to get the 10mm bolt nearest the wheel well , pull outward and the bumper cover will release from the fender clamp


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What about the rivets on the top of the upper grill?
 

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Don't touch the rivets

Edit, ok thought you meant remove rivets to take off the bumper.


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okay, I got the bumper off. It may not have been as efficient as I would have liked it to be but it's done. I did have a little challenge with the rivets that are on top of the upper grille, but upon moving the entire front clip it was obvious that they could be cut off from underneath using wire cutters. I'm thinking that maybe I should put in my Track Attack heat exchanger as well since I already have this much work done. Any other mods I should be thinking about well I have the front off? Ie fogs etc.

regarding the rivets, what should I use to replace those during reassembly?
 

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okay, I got the bumper off. It may not have been as efficient as I would have liked it to be but it's done. I did have a little challenge with the rivets that are on top of the upper grille, but upon moving the entire front clip it was obvious that they could be cut off from underneath using wire cutters. I'm thinking that maybe I should put in my Track Attack heat exchanger as well since I already have this much work done. Any other mods I should be thinking about well I have the front off? Ie fogs etc.

regarding the rivets, what should I use to replace those during reassembly?
Get a rivet gun from Harbor Freight or Tractor Supply. Otherwise use cable ties


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Cable ties it is!
 

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J purchased them from another member but yoy cacan purchase from GM as well. Not sure if part number
 

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Rivets to swap in a new grill only.


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I just used bolts and nuts to attach new grille to upper piece but I assume Zip ties would be fine.

Btw you do not need to remove bumper to install upper grille...
 

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My car has rivets holding my oem grill in also. After drilling them out and installing new grill what type of push clip and side do you recommend? I'm not using zip ties I want it to be done correctly. thanks in advance.
 
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