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Old 03-12-2011, 10:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Grille Block, 98 Honda, tips?

I have 4mm black coroplast for my grille block installation today. I want to do a complete upper and maybe 80%-90% lower. My aftermarket shop manual is not helping me with the specs of removal for the grille. Do I need to remove the whole bumper? Anyone experienced with this on a sixth generation Civic?

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I don't know why you would have to remove the bumper. You should be able to do everything with it on.
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Maybe there is a way without removing the bumper, but I could not figure it out. Removing the bumper turned out the be the easiest way. The upper is done. The lower needs fastening, so I am off to the hardware store with the dog and daughter. I'll post a pic soon.
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I'll post a pic soon.
Here it is: complete upper, 75% lower. 4mm coroplast.
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Very nice.

I'm excited to do mine, hopefully without removing the bumper.
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Did having the bumper off just make it easier to find a way to mount it? PaleMelanesian used wire to hold his on, should be able to do the same for the bottom.
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Did having the bumper off just make it easier to find a way to mount it?
Actually, it was not the whole bumber that I ended up removing, just the bumper cover, which is the part of the assembly we see as the bumper. But it is lightweight and not very difficult to remove or replace. The attachment of wire for the block is effective and simple, but I wanted something a little more stealthy and so I wanted to install the coroplast behind the plastic facing of the upper grille in particular (because it is so conspicuous. All that holds that coroplast in is the pressure of the assembly screwed back together, like a sandwich. The "sandwich" approach required removing the bumper cover. It took three tries to cut the coroplast to fit that very tight spot. And to be honest, I am not satisfied. I plan to do it again with thinner 2mm coroplast. For the upper block, if you do what I did, I greatly recommend the thinnest coroplast you can find. Mine was 4mm and it worked, but the 2mm I wanted but could not find yet would have been better.

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