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Old 02-05-2010, 10:16 PM   #1
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Camaro Heritage Grill DIY install (now with official GM install instructions).

First off the install in my opinion was pretty easy but I also Repair cars for a living. That being said I would say anyone with moderate skills with basic tools can pull off this install without to much trouble. I am writing this from memory so dont be to hard on me if I am forgetting something!
Tools required are a basic flat tip screw driver, a 10mm socket,7mm socket,t15 tork socket, a ratchet for the sockets,
flashlight and I used a small cordless nut driver to make things easier but its not required.

First remove the 4 10mm head bolts holding down the black panel in between the bumper and radiator support.
This is the panel that has the performance division nameplate.
Then remove the black popins that hold it to the cover I believe there were 6. To remove these use the small flat tip
screw driver to pry up the centers then pry the base up to remove the rest.
Next unscrew the black hood adjusters there are 4 total but only need to remove the 2 center ones. The panel should
be loose now.

There is also 2 10mm bolts, one on each corner of the bumper on top that must be removed.

Moving on to the Bumper.
Turn the wheels all the way right and then go to the right side of the car to Loosen the Black plastic wheelwell. You need to

remove the
3 t15 torx screws at the lower section holding it to the bumper and 4 popins placed throughout the well. This should let

the well drop and sit on the tire. With your flashlight look in the front section where the bumper attaches to the fender.
There are a total of 4 10mm head bolts and 1 7mm head bolt that must be removed. This is where the small cordless
nut driver comes in handy because there is not a lot of room to turn a ratchet. 3 of the 10mm bolts are installed foward

and the 4th is facing the marker light . Kind of hard to explain but easy to fiqure out when you look in there. The last 7mm

bolt is installed going straight up and is near the edge of the lip of the bumper. The right side is loose now.
Next turn the wheel all the way to the left and repeat this section on that side. IF the key does not want to turn grab the
steering wheel and pull down and turn the key at the same time. The Steering wheel lock sometimes gets in a bind when

you turn the key off with the wheels turned hard. The last 2 10mm bolts are under the bumper near the center. They are

installed facing straight up. The bumper is now ready to remove, but be careful because the lights are still wired to the car.

I placed a piece of plastic on the concrete so when the bumper rest on the ground it would not scratch the bottom. The

bumper will rest with out unwiring the lights and still give you plenty of access to remove the grill.

Now for the grille.
There are 4 silver push clips that hold the bottom of the grille to the cover. Pry them off with the flattip screw driver.
the rest of the grille is just snapped to the cover. You need to just pull it apart. Some of the tabs are in tight and release

easier if you push the catch down. Their also is a large plastic piece that holds the wire loom that is also snapped to the

grille and pulls apart. Thats basically it the grille should come out now. Getting all the tabs lined up when putting in the

new grille is a bit of a pain and would definatly be easier with a extra set of hands. Now reassemble and stand back and

admire your handy work.


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Old 02-05-2010, 10:25 PM   #2
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:43 PM   #3
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Looks great. Thanks for the DIY write up. Mine should be here soon.

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Old 02-05-2010, 10:52 PM   #4
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wonder how much the dealer would charge to do this
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:54 PM   #5
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How did you get the SS to attach, and what about the bowtie?
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Old 02-06-2010, 12:02 AM   #6
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thanks for the step by step and pictures. will be doing this soon myself, so sure I will refer back to this.
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Old 02-06-2010, 07:00 AM   #7
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wonder how much the dealer would charge to do this
i live in ky and got mine for $275.00 from a chevy dealer
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:06 AM   #8
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How did you get the SS to attach, and what about the bowtie?
I used 3m double side tape to attach the SS and Im not sure if I want the Bowtie back on. There is a good DIY for attaching the bowtie on here somewhere though.


Oh and you guys are welcome for the write up, Its not the best DIY thread but it should help until someone does a better one with step by step pictures.
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Old 02-06-2010, 01:05 PM   #9
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i love that grill but there is no way to put my SLP SS emblem on the front.
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Old 02-06-2010, 04:00 PM   #10
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Thanks for the DIY thread, that does help and looks to be a relatively easy install. Great job and good explanation of how its done.
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Old 02-06-2010, 04:04 PM   #11
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That looks absolutely awesome !!! ...
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Old 02-06-2010, 11:13 PM   #12
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how is 3m double sided tape going to hold your embelem for the long haul? i dont get it...is it that strong???
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Old 02-06-2010, 11:21 PM   #13
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how is 3m double sided tape going to hold your embelem for the long haul? i dont get it...is it that strong???
It's what 's holding on the CAMARO emblems on the fenders. The stuff is pretty strong.
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Old 02-07-2010, 10:15 AM   #14
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where can i get some of that stuff. if its as strong as you say it is, its a definite alternative to getting your embelems on. whats the exact brand name of the tape and where can i get some????
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Old 02-07-2010, 10:25 AM   #15
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Thanks for the diy, also,there is a video of removal of the front clip on Youtube. I think
they were installing a T-rex grille.
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Old 02-07-2010, 11:49 AM   #16
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where can i get some of that stuff. if its as strong as you say it is, its a definite alternative to getting your embelems on. whats the exact brand name of the tape and where can i get some????
Most parts stores should carry it, probably hardware stores also.
It is called 3M doublesided tape and comes in black or gray and a couple different widths. Most all of the emblems on vehicles are attached with this stuff. The only downside of the SS to the grille is I was only able to attach it accross the bottom section of the SS to one bar of the grille. If it comes loose I will do something different. The good news is if by chance it falls off and I dont know it they are very cheap from GM to replace. around $15 I believe.
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Old 02-07-2010, 12:01 PM   #17
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i love that grill but there is no way to put my SLP SS emblem on the front.
Get some JB weld and glue a couple flat head screws to the back that are long enough to extend through the grill, when you line up your emblem just put a couple washers on the backside along with some self locking nuts and you got it made.. works for the bowties too... I did that on my el Camino when I put a 350 emblem in the grill...

Be sure and use a little coarse sand paper to rough up the area on the back of the emblem so the JB Weld has a place for a good grip..
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Old 02-09-2010, 12:43 AM   #18
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Need your Input on painting it or not

Here is mine not painted

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I need to know before i bolt it on. BTW Vudu thanks for the DIY.
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Old 02-09-2010, 01:04 AM   #19
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Painted in your case would look fantastic. On a black car...nope.

Great write up and excellent mod!

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Old 02-09-2010, 10:03 AM   #20
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Painted in your case would look fantastic. On a black car...nope.

Great write up and excellent mod!

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Old 02-09-2010, 10:12 AM   #21
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Painted body color is the only way to go.. plus in my opinion it just does not look right without some kind of emblem in the grill. maybe a 69 style bowtie, RS or SS emblem would look good depending on which model you have.
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I'm thinking painting mine red with a black bowtie with a red outline
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Old 02-09-2010, 10:17 AM   #23
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I would be afraid to take the nose off like that.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:35 AM   #24
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Hey, how wide (deep) are the fins on the heritage grille going form front to back? I am wondering because I need to know how long studs have to be so I can install an SS emblem in the center.
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