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Old 04-21-2013, 10:08 PM
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Yeah, don't break the shroud (plastic cover) while doing it. It cost $70 plus tax to replace. :x
Found dead bird in the in the radiator and took the grill off to remove it.
Broke the plastic clip on both sides of this shroud!
They broke pretty easily. My advice to others to avoid this is work on a hot day or warm up the plastic with a hair dryer.

They don't seem necessary but if I encounter any issue, I'll abs cement them back.
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Has anyone done the stock grill the same color as the car? ( except black? )
I have steel grey and I am undecided if I want to color match the grill except the flat badge on top. At the same time I will have shop color match the chrome strip on the back of the car. Thank you for your opinions.
My other option would be the "Thin" version of the star grill from 55tech.com but color match it and then leaving the star chrome.

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Color matching the thin star might be quite interesting. Maybe you can speak to someone who has Photoshop and they can just play around with the color combos on a pic the grille, a pic of your car. That is one way you can see what it will look like, without having to purchase it first.
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Color matching the thin star might be quite interesting. Maybe you can speak to someone who has Photoshop and they can just play around with the color combos on a pic the grille, a pic of your car. That is one way you can see what it will look like, without having to purchase it first.
Good idea. I will look into it and then post a pic here.
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Anybody pull off this mod with distronic?
Do you have a picture of which resonator you removed? Is there more than 1 in the E350 ?
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great pics instruction. so simple. took me 17 mins to remove and put on a new grill. thank you so much.
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Originally Posted by lyjw88 View Post
After receiving tons of questions on how to remove/swap the front grill, I decided to make a DIY thread.
I'm not a photoshop expert so please understand the low quality of work.

Tools needed: 10mm socket wrench
Appx time: 30-45 mins
Difficulty: 4/10

**View the pics from LEFT to RIGHT**
GREAT instructions! I recently purchased a 2011 E550 (W212) and want to change out the grill. This looks pretty easy. I just need to find the right grill now. Thanks!!
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Found an untitled video showing grille removal:




Originally Posted by lyjw88 View Post
After receiving tons of questions on how to remove/swap the front grill, I decided to make a DIY thread.
I'm not a photoshop expert so please understand the low quality of work.

Tools needed: 10mm socket wrench
Appx time: 30-45 mins
Difficulty: 4/10

**View the pics from LEFT to RIGHT**
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Originally Posted by SteelBullet View Post
Has anyone done the stock grill the same color as the car? ( except black? )
I have steel grey and I am undecided if I want to color match the grill except the flat badge on top. At the same time I will have shop color match the chrome strip on the back of the car. Thank you for your opinions.
My other option would be the "Thin" version of the star grill from 55tech.com but color match it and then leaving the star chrome.
Hey Steelbullet wanted to ask if you had any work done to your grill with colour match as I thought of same thing but have not seen it done.
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Originally Posted by CloneoneJh View Post
Found an untitled video showing grille removal:

W212 - YouTube

And this "mechanic" forgets to or probably does not know to take that center support arm from the OEM grille and use it with the new star grille and bolt it down to where he first unbolted it from.

And what kind of a cheap sticker does he use for the hood emblem???
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I used this video and pictures and had the grill and badge changed in less than 15 minutes. Fantastic forum thread!
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That video helped me too. I took my laptop out and placed it under the hood and found every snap. I went slow and it only took me 30-minutes. Too easy and it is rock solid tight. Got the new grill from ebay….really gives my car an updated appearance…never liked the E-sedan grill since Hyundai copied it.
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it's those 4 clips at the bottom that always get me
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We should all be posting pictures of our cars with the various grills available. I will try to do that.
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I used this video and pictures and had the grill and badge changed in less than 15 minutes. Fantastic forum thread!




Did you also forget to use the center support arm from the original grille that bolts to the car?


This bracket is to be removed from the original grille and used with the after market grille. I have done this on two of the W212 cars and I know you are supposed to swap the center bracket.
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Did you also forget to use the center support arm from the original grille that bolts to the car?


This bracket is to be removed from the original grille and used with the after market grille. I have done this on two of the W212 cars and I know you are supposed to swap the center bracket.
Mine came with a bracket…I will say I was a little rough with it and snapped one of the arms holding it, but I super glued it…waited 10 minutes and it was solid…the grill is nice too… Here's where I bought mine:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/360764890642?item=360764890642&viewitem=&vxp=mtr
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Did the grill swap and flat hood badge today on my 2012 BT. Pretty happy with it overall. I ended up using an AMG flat hood badge, not to be poser but because it was fairly subdued on a black car.

FWIW, I think the BT might be a smidge more difficult due to the center snorkel than the gas burners. Took me 45 minutes to do both. Maybe the gas models have it to (?), but it was not obvious in the pictures on the first page of the thread. And yes, I reattached the center support brace to the new grille. Cars was a little dirty, but not terrible. Pics below.
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Did the grill swap and flat hood badge today on my 2012 BT. Pretty happy with it overall. I ended up using an AMG flat hood badge, not to be poser but because it was fairly subdued on a black car.

FWIW, I think the BT might be a smidge more difficult due to the center snorkel than the gas burners. Took me 45 minutes to do both. Maybe the gas models have it to (?), but it was not obvious in the pictures on the first page of the thread. And yes, I reattached the center support brace to the new grille. Cars was a little dirty, but not terrible. Pics below.
nice ride and beautiful neighborhood.......looks like you need some nice maples and specimen pines
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Thanks Hyperion - on both counts. And I noticed a couple "nice" things in your signature. ; )
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Nice Ride

Looks good - This is what I am thinking for my ride - trying to tint the original grill but no one seems to be able to give me a straight answer - if it is possible or not - computer generated idea.
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I want to do that also. Blacken the standup star as well.
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Back Idea

this is what I am thinking for the back - and also the right light is tinted for comparison
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Back Idea

this is what I am thinking for the back - and also the right light is tinted for comparison
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hey guys. I just got a 2011 E350 too and want to change the grill to the star grill. Where can I buy the best OEM looking grill and hood emblem?

I'm still trying to learn everything about MB. Been a BMW guy for many years. First MB.

Thanks.
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I have a nice one that I had on my 2011 e class.......1o0 bux and it's yours
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