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Time: removing bumper/fascia - It took me about 2 hours to figure out how to remove everything. I am confident I can now do it in 30 minutes now that I know where all the connecting points are.
Time: removing/installing grille – About 5 minutes but I was not in a hurry. LOL
Time: reinstalling bumper/fascia - It took less than 30 minutes and that was getting car off of ramps.

Grille:


Tools:
Nut driver: use for sockets most are lose enough to not need ratchet
Ratchet: ¼
Sockets: 7mm, 10mm
Wrench: 7mm – if you have a 7mm ratchet wrench this will be a plus
Torx: 2 sizes (unknown, I just try them until I find one that fits)
Screwdrivers: flat heads – small to medium
Pliers: needle nose
Did not have but I recommend buying a body trim removal tool kit (plastic)

Got this list off of another forum. I will add/edit some of it and add pictures:

**disclaimer** I hope this helps someone else not to make the mistakes I did when removing the front bumper. I am not an expert, obviously! If anyone has a better write up I will remove this one. If anyone has any other tips/procedures that will help others please share.

•Remove front under tray – this is really easy – 4) 10mm bolts (yellow) and 5) 7mm screws (Red)


• Remove 4) 7mm screws 2 each side


• Remove 2) 7mm screws from base of grill (7mm wrench or ratchet wrench)


•Remove plastic covers at intersection of fenders and nose – 1) torx under each side (this is one of two torx each side in next step)


•Remove the 2 torx screws (white) and 1 plastic clip (red) holding the upper bumper to the support from each side


•Remove the two plastic trim pieces between the inner fenders and nose, exposing two screws – I don’t know what this is. I did not have to remove this on a base stingray?

•In the wheel well, remove 3) torx inner fender liner screws to nose on each side


•Remove lower air deflectors (if equipped)

•Remove front bumper side marker lights - just pinch with figures 3) triangle clips – they are part of marker light and do not come off – to remove wire, slide little white clip up on side of plug then pull plug from marker light

•Nose should be free on top and bottom, clips hold the bumper to the vehicle under headlights and fenders
You do not have to unbolt this mount. I used a screw driver (small flat) working from outside to inside to release clips. This is where a good set of plastic body tools could be handy.


•Gently pull on bumper and wiggle under headlights/fenders until it pops free - *warning* You need to release these 2) clips/tabs next to the headlights. They slide in from the top… pulling forward will rip these tabs. Release clips/tabs with a screw driver and lift up and then gently pull on bumper and wiggle under headlights. There are 2) clips/tabs under each headlight, they don’t have a release you just pull them out.


•Nose can now be removed


Removing grille:
• Remove 2) triangle metal end clips (red arrows) – I used the needle nose pliers
• Release plastic clips/tabs (white circles) - I used the needle nose pliers

Close up of plastic clips/tabs that need released


Installing grille:
• I started on one end and work to the center continuing to the other end. The grille went in easy, just make sure that all clips/tabs lock in place. Reinstall the 2) triangle metal clips on the ends and you are done. Easy!
 

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:) That is a gorgeous looking grill. Can you send more pics of it on the car in the sunlight? Where did you order the grill from?

Gratitude, Jim
 

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Cool, now I know how to get that cool grille off your car - lol. Where do you live?:D

Just kidding. Love the grill and I look forward to making the same change one day. It's nice to have some reference material to not break any clips removing the nose.
 
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Texas2Gun, thank you for your slow, methodical," complete with great pictures" DIY! Will be so, so helpful to all who now follow in your footsteps -- which could be a huge group once the Z06 grill is readily available on the market.

Well done!!
 

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:) That is a gorgeous looking grill. Can you send more pics of it on the car in the sunlight? Where did you order the grill from?

Gratitude, Jim
Ordered from eBay (grilles950) unfortunately he only had two to sell.

More pic's! ;)





 
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Texas2Gun, thank you for your slow, methodical," complete with great pictures" DIY! Will be so, so helpful to all who now follow in your footsteps -- which could be a huge group once the Z06 grill is readily available on the market.

Well done!!
Thanks Elegant! I hope it helps someone else. ;)
 
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Paul, great write up along with the pictures. It looks outstanding and well worth the install time.

SF
Rick
 
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Looks really good. I have spent so much time looking for grills and still think this is the best option. Now though, I am actually starting to like the chrome strip. Decisions, decisions..............
 

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Bump for those about to bid on the grille for sale on eBay! :D
 

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When you start putting stuff on that isn't on the window sticker, you really take away it's originality. I link to keep it stock for those reasons
 

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When you start putting stuff on that isn't on the window sticker, you really take away it's originality. I link to keep it stock for those reasons
That's the great thing about living in a country where we have choices. We can choose to mod or not to mod and it's OK either way.

Cheerleader approved! ;)
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Great mod, I'm looking to do this, and your how to will sure come in handy, thank you!
I wonder if anyone has done this with the 2016 which includes the cameras...
 

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It is very informative, the difference I have is the Zo6 is a little more challenging in that it has more plates and pieces that need to be removed.
 

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Great post & informative--thank you.

I also found this detailed how-to on YouTube:

 
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