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Hey, guys. So today, we're checking out the Matte Black Replacement Grille, fitting all 2007 to 2018 JK Wranglers. So, if you have damaged your grille, if it has started to give you some wear and tear, or if you're looking to just get a style upgrade or refresh for the front end of your JK, then this is gonna be a great option to take a look into. Now, this is gonna be a factory-style replacement. So, if you are a fan of the factory-style grille, this is going to be right up your alley as far as a replacement or an upgrade is concerned. A lot of other options are usually going to have that angry eye look or usually take on a different approach when it comes to the grille styling itself, as to where this is going to have that traditional seven slots. It's going to keep those headlight cutouts as a circle instead of angled as a brow, and overall is going to be a nice touch to the front end if you're looking for a nice bit of contrast with this black appearance here. Now, this is gonna be made of an ABS plastic material, so it is gonna be a little bit more durable than the factory grille. And again, it is going to have that matte black look.Now, what I would like to mention is that this would have a semi-gloss to it, so it's not going to have a flat black or an unpainted finish like you would see on some other grilles. This is actually going to have a little bit of a gloss to it. Now, I wouldn't say that it's a black gloss finish like you would see on a painted grille, it's somewhere right in the middle. So, it does have that appearance that you can just kind of put it on your Jeep and you don't have to worry about painting it or touching it up in the future if you're just looking for a bolt-on part. Now, this is definitely paintable if you would like to paint it in the future to match your factory color code. Or you can keep it the matte black here for a nice style contrast as you can see with lighter colors, like this sand or dune color, it really pops out. Now, what I also would like to mention is that this is going to come with just a grille by itself. It is going to accept the factory turn signals, as well as aftermarket turn signals with the factory-style attachments. But this isn't going to come with a hood seal and it's not going to come up with any hardware. So, we will be able to swap over most of the hardware from your factory grille, including the clips and the retainer clips to keep it in place. But I would like to mention that it's not going to have that hood seal, and you won't be able to swap that over from the factory. So, I wouldn't take a look into that, they are very affordable and you can find them right here on the site.Now, with all that being said, this is going to come in at roughly $150. And I personally think that's a great price for a factory-style replacement grille. Now, in comparison to some other options on the page, like I mentioned, a lot of those choices are going to take a different approach when it comes to styling and they're going to get away from that factory-style look, as to where this is going to keep it very factory. Not to mention the Mopar grille or a factory grille is going to cost you a little bit more because you will be paying that Mopar premium. So, if you're not necessarily looking to go straight out of the factory, and you're not necessarily looking for something that's going to give you any other style than what the factory gives you, then this is going to be a great choice. Now, when it comes to install, I'm gonna give this a very easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter. You're gonna need a couple of basic hand tools to get the job done, and probably an hour's worth of your time. So, speaking of the install, let's jump into that now.The tools that I used for my install were a trim removal tool and two flat-head screwdrivers. So, the first step of our install is to pop our hood so we can access the clips in order to take off our grille. What we can do next is remove the six clips on the top of our grille with the trim removal tool. This is gonna release the top part of our grille from the radiator support. Now, if you don't have a trim removal tool like this, what you can also do is use a flat-head screwdriver. So, before we pull our grille off, we do need to disconnect our turn signals. They're going to be on the lower left and right-hand corner of the grille. We just need to disconnect this wiring harness, so press on that tab and pull back. And we can repeat that on the other side. Now, we can grab the grille and give it a solid pull back. It's held in by retainer clips down at the bottom so you wanna make sure that you give it a solid pull, and fully remove it. So, before we hop into swapping over some components, I wanted to sit the new grille and our factory one side by side, and show you some of the similarities and differences between the two.Now, as you can probably see, this is going to be a factory-style replacement for our factory grille. So, everything is going to be set up necessarily the same. We're gonna have the same seven slots, we are going to have the same round headlight cutouts here instead of other options that will have a slant or an angry eye or a brow. So, this is going to replicate the factory grille almost to a tee. Now, the one thing that is going to differ from the factory grille to this new grille is the fact that this is not gonna come with the Jeep logo on the front, and this is going to come in a matte black finish. Now, what I would like to say is that this is going to have like a semi-gloss coating on it. So, it's not necessarily matte black like an unpainted, but it is not going to be a painted gloss black. So, it's somewhere right in the middle there. So, not necessarily going to be that unpainted, flat black color. And I do really think that it looks nice alone in comparison to the factory-painted version. As you can see, there's some damage over on the paint on this grille. So, moving over to something like this is not only gonna give you a nice contrast in color, but it's going to be a big upgrade when it comes to the styling.Now, this will also accept the factory turn signals and aftermarket turn signals, as long as the aftermarket ones do have the factory-style attachment. So, again, this is going to be a carbon copy, essentially of our factory grille. Now, what I would like to also mention is the fact that this is going to come up with just the grille. This is just going to be an ABS plastic grille, a lot more durable than the factory one. But it's not going to come with this top hood seal here. This is held on by 3M tapes, so I would recommend to outsource one. We do have them available on our site, and this is gonna swap over the factory hardware. I also would like to mention that this is not going to come up with the Jeep logo. If you want to swap that over, you will have to order that separately. However, again, this is just going to come up with the factory-style grille itself. So, what do you say we go ahead and swap over our turn signals, as well as some of our hardware? So, on each of the turn signal housings there's gonna be two tabs, I'm going to use a flat-head screwdriver and push in on the tab and push down on the turn signal. This is gonna pop out the front of our grille, and then we can repeat that on the other side.So, what I'm gonna do next is transfer over these retainer clips. Now, if you don't want to transfer these over, you can buy these brand new. They will retain the grille into the radiator support a little bit better if they are new. However, if you don't have them, if you need to reuse these ones, you can definitely do so. These are a little bit tricky to get off, I will say just because they are barbed. So, what I usually like to do is either use a pick, or you can use like two flat-heads if you have them available and kind of pin them up, and kind of wiggle them off. And then can repeat that for the other retainer clips. Sometimes you can snuggle the flat-head and pull out and back and be able to pop it off like that. What we can do making sure that you have the correct side is grab your turn signal and we can pop these right in the front. They're just gonna clip right into place. Now, what we can do is take our retainer clips and pop these into the tabs that are on the back of our grille here.Next, what we can do is line up our grille with the retainers at the bottom and give it a good press. Then we can go up to the top and secure it with our factory hardware. Last but not least, we can plug our turn signals back in, just by plugging in this harness making sure that it clicks. We can do that on the other side as well and then close up our hood.So, that is going to wrap it up for my review and install it. Make sure you like and subscribe for more videos and products just like this, and always keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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