Dodge Challenger Grille Installation

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Fascia must be removed from car.
It is not necessary, but easier if you remove grille unit from the fascia.

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

Now we will remove the chrome grille trim ring and headlight bezels.

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

Here is what the back side of the headlight bezels look like.
They are held in with several snap-in clips.

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

Use a flat screw driver to depress the tabs and pop out the headlight bezels.

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

The Chrome trim ring also has locking tabs, but these must be grinded down so the the trim ring can be slid out of the grille housing.
If you should ever want to go back to the stock grille arrangement, the tabs can be easily locked back on with epoxy putty.

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

Most of the locking tabs can easily be ground down until they are flat.
Don’t grind them completely off, just enough be able to remove the trim ring.

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

There are a few that are harder to reach.
One easy solution is to turn the grinding disc backwards on a body grinder.

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

Carefully grind off the locking part of the plastic tabs and watch your knuckles!

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

Remove the trim ring and the 2 headlight bezels and put them away for future use if you ever want to return the car back to stock.

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

Remove the 2 nuts and aluminum bars from the back side and test fit the grille.
Usually to trimming is required but now would be the time to check for that.

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

Use 2″ tape to fasten the grille to the plastic housing.
The grille must stay in the correct position so check the front side to make sure it looks good before moving on.

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

This is what the back side looks like with the grille in place.

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

Make sure the mounting studs are securely tightened (finger tight is enough).

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

Bolt up the aluminum bar as shown in the picture.

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

Using an 1/8 inch drill bit, drill 3 holes through the aluminum bar and plastic grille’s mounting surface.

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

Using provided #8 sheet metal screws, drive in the 3 screws as shown in the picture.
You can also use 1/8″ pop rivits from your local hardware store.

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

Here is the back side with the screws in place.
Now do the other side the same way.

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

Once this is done, unbolt the grille.
You may want to unbolt the center baffle and paint it body color to match your car.

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

This picture shows the baffle painted red to match the R/T emblems.

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

Next, peel and fold back the corners of the red tape backing on the top and bottom.
Only expose about 1 inch on each corner.
Now you can bolt the grille back into the Housing.

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

One the grille is bolted into place and you like the position, carefully pull out the tape backing and the grille will lock into place.
Do both the top and bottom sides.

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

Now, re-install the nose back onto the car and you are finished – congratulations!
For technical assistance over the phone, you can call 305-934-8663.

Challenger Grille Instalation Instructions

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