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This is a how to on installing the optional grille for our accords. Took me about 30-45 minutes, so I’d imagine on the ground about an 1-1.5 hours. Your times may vary based off beer consumption. I would suggest only doing this is its over 40 degrees outside, bellow that plastic is really brittel and likes to brake easily.

What you’ll need
Clip removal tool
Pocket screw driver
Plastic flat faced/curved face trim tool
#2 Philips head screw driver
Silicone Spray (not required but highly recommended)


1) First, we need to remove the 6 plastic pop clips, 3 on each side above the headlight.

2) Next, need to remove the 6 clips from the top of the bumper cover.

3) Now head to the wheel well. Remover 6 screws, three per side. 1 bumper to fender, and 2 fender liner to bumper.


4) Now head under the car, Remove the 2 clips bumper to fender liner. After that remove all the clips attaching the bumper to the body. All of them are in the low spots.


5) Its easier to remove the next two clips attaching the fender liner. Once you have these two out pull the fender line down. This gives you access to the fog lights, you can unplug them from the body.


6) Here is where you’ll want to use the silicon spray. Spray along under the headlight to the edge of the bumper. It will help the bumper release from the retention tabs.
7) Give the bumper a pull as show bellow; the fender tabswill pop loose giving you a gap.

8) To release the other bumper clips, use a trim tool to push up on the tabs. The bumper should pop free pretty easy. I ended up reaching my arm inside the bumper to give an extra push to help pop the bumper free from the clips.


9) Now just pull the bumper off and set it somewhere clean.


10) This was the most annoying part of the job. The grille is held on by 20 tabs. 15 on the top and 5 on the bottom. A picture a little further down I marked all the spots with a yellow grease marker. To release these, you just use a pocket screw driver, and pry up or down depending on which tab your messing with. Pick on side and move across, push the grille out as you pop the tabs or else, you’ll be doing it again. Once your all apart just take the grille out.







11) Now assemble your new grille, push the two pieces together, and then install the 5 screws securing both pieces together.

12) Now it’s time to install the grille to the bumper, use a little silicon spray on the tabs and push it all together.

13) Install the bumper in reverse order use silicon spray to help with all the tabs. And you’re done.
 

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Excellent tutorial! The tabs on the stock grille will not flex unlike the accessory grille piece, but like you said it helps to push out the grille while you try to pry each tab off. The two tabs on the far left and right side of the trim will come off on its own easily, but the rest are a pain. I found it was a lot easier to try to release some tabs on the top side and just pushing the entire grille piece straight out with a lot of pressure and all the tabs will come off freely.
 

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Excellent tutorial! The tabs on the stock grille will not flex unlike the accessory grille piece, but like you said it helps to push out the grille while you try to pry each tab off. The two tabs on the far left and right side of the trim will come off on its own easily, but the rest are a pain. I found it was a lot easier to try to release some tabs on the top side and just pushing the entire grille piece straight out with a lot of pressure and all the tabs will come off freely.
Pretty much, I used a ton a silicon spray to help. I've broken to many tabs in the past so now I take about 500 levels of caution.
 

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Very cool. I'd love to be able to do stuff like that but was born with two left thumbs so I don't attempt that sort of thing.
 

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I had the dealer install it, I find that on the sides it comes away from the fender a little, but all the clips are in, anyway I can fix it? I have had 2 dealers tell me there is nothing that can be done.
I bet there is if they redid the whole thing, in which they're not willing to do. :sad:
 

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I had the dealer install it, I find that on the sides it comes away from the fender a little, but all the clips are in, any way I can fix it? I have had 2 dealers tell me there is nothing that can be done.
There is no way that is installed correctly.... either there are clips not fully seated, broken, or missing. I had dealer install the optional front grill on mine and it fits flush. I would go back to installing dealer ask when the next time the Honda Factory rep would be onsite and set up an appointment to have that rep look at the grill. I'd also contact American Honda Customer Service...

800-999-1009

American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
Honda Automobile Customer Service
Mail Stop 100-5E-8A
1919 Torrance Boulevard
Torrance, CA 90501-2746

hondacertified.com

Monday - Friday
0600 - 1700
Pacific Time

Good luck... the tech that did the work and let it leave their bay like that is not one you want working on your car in the future. :sad:
 
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I had the dealer install it, I find that on the sides it comes away from the fender a little, but all the clips are in, any way I can fix it? I have had 2 dealers tell me there is nothing that can be done.
It looks like the clips aren’t fully seated underneath the headlights? Try to push them back in the brackets properly or have the front bumper removed and put back on again. The dealer should be responsible if they damaged something.
 

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Good Afternoon!

This is a how to on installing the optional grille for our accords. Took me about 30-45 minutes, so I’d imagine on the ground about an 1-1.5 hours. Your times may vary based off beer consumption. I would suggest only doing this is its over 40 degrees outside, bellow that plastic is really brittel and likes to brake easily.

What you’ll need
Clip removal tool
Pocket screw driver
Plastic flat faced/curved face trim tool
#2 Philips head screw driver
Silicone Spray (not required but highly recommended)


1) First, we need to remove the 6 plastic pop clips, 3 on each side above the headlight.

2) Next, need to remove the 6 clips from the top of the bumper cover.

3) Now head to the wheel well. Remover 6 screws, three per side. 1 bumper to fender, and 2 fender liner to bumper.


4) Now head under the car, Remove the 2 clips bumper to fender liner. After that remove all the clips attaching the bumper to the body. All of them are in the low spots.


5) Its easier to remove the next two clips attaching the fender liner. Once you have these two out pull the fender line down. This gives you access to the fog lights, you can unplug them from the body.


6) Here is where you’ll want to use the silicon spray. Spray along under the headlight to the edge of the bumper. It will help the bumper release from the retention tabs.
7) Give the bumper a pull as show bellow; the fender tabswill pop loose giving you a gap.

8) To release the other bumper clips, use a trim tool to push up on the tabs. The bumper should pop free pretty easy. I ended up reaching my arm inside the bumper to give an extra push to help pop the bumper free from the clips.


9) Now just pull the bumper off and set it somewhere clean.


10) This was the most annoying part of the job. The grille is held on by 20 tabs. 15 on the top and 5 on the bottom. A picture a little further down I marked all the spots with a yellow grease marker. To release these, you just use a pocket screw driver, and pry up or down depending on which tab your messing with. Pick on side and move across, push the grille out as you pop the tabs or else, you’ll be doing it again. Once your all apart just take the grille out.







11) Now assemble your new grille, push the two pieces together, and then install the 5 screws securing both pieces together.

12) Now it’s time to install the grille to the bumper, use a little silicon spray on the tabs and push it all together.

13) Install the bumper in reverse order use silicon spray to help with all the tabs. And you’re done.

Hello,
Will this swap make the whole front of the Accord the piano black color and if so what are the part numbers needed? Thank you for your time and I shall l speak with you soon...:smile:!
 

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Azeael69, this swap will not make the entire front grille piano black. The “brow” above the Honda emblem is a black chrome. It is my understanding that Honda does not offer the brow in piano black. Personally, I’m a fan of the black chrome. My Accord’s fog lights have a chrome brow, which I wish was either gloss black or black chrome.
 

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Azeael69, this swap will not make the entire front grille piano black. The “brow” above the Honda emblem is a black chrome. It is my understanding that Honda does not offer the brow in piano black. Personally, I’m a fan of the black chrome. My Accord’s fog lights have a chrome brow, which I wish was either gloss black or black chrome.
Thanks!
 
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