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Firstly remove the plastic panel that covers the top of the grill and radiator by carefully removing the plastic clips. I used 2 flat headed screwdrivers and attacked them from both sided and they popped out nicely.
This will expose the grill bolts.



Next you need to drop the fromt bumper from it location fixings. Dont panic, this is very easy to do.

Carefully remove the wheel arch trim taking care not to damage the clips.



This will expose a Phillips head screw as seen in the above photo.
Remove the screw and pull the bumper away from the wing.
Repeat for the other side of the car.



Continue pulling the bumper away from the body of the car working your way around to the other side of the car.

Unbolt the grill. It is secured with 2 10mm bolts at each top corner of the grill.

Very very carefully depress the retaining clips at the back of the grill to release the grill from its housing bracket. There are 4 retaining clips, 2 at the top corners and 2 at the bottom corners.





The grill is then only being held in place by a metal spring clamp. Release the clamp by carefully pushing the grill back taking care not to push the clips back on. A little bit of brute strength may be required.

Grill is off.

Fitting new grill is much easier.
Slip the new grill in place locating the clips into their housing.
Replace bolts but do not tighten fully as you still need a bit of movement to secure the base of the grill to the bumper.



With the grill in place, put your hand on the back of the grill and push the bumper to secure it to the grill retainer (no longer a metal clamp). Then work the bumper back into its fixings, just pops back in by hitting it with your hand.

Tighten the grill bolts.

Replace the trim and the plastic panel.

Stand back and admire your handy work.



All in all it took me about 40 mins.

Hope this helps someone.
 

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Great post and very timely as i'm thinking about making this change to my '06 ES. Where did you get the grille from? I've read that a back panel is needed in addition to the outer grille?
 

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Bought complete grill from ebay, £95 with free postage. Type in "civic grill" into the ebay search and look for the one that has a buy it now price of £95, it's from seller 2006holdcroft who are actually Holdcroft Subaru. They have got loads of them. They are genuine Honda items and come in the original Honda box and packaging. Some sellers are only selling the centre of the grill but this comes with everything including the clips which is handy if you break one while removing the old one.
Glad the post helped.
 

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Theres already a "how to" for changing the grill. Never-the-less this is another good input to help peeps on here :)
 

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I know it's just my opinion but I prefer the perspex grills, I think the newer one is a bit of a backwards step and takes away to light "sweep" around the front of the car that makes it look so spaceshipy.. Just my opinion though, ones mans meat......
 

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Good "how to" I couldnt be bothered taking the bumper off, really didnt think it was needed!

If anyone bought their Civic from Lookers Stockport in September, you will find the perspex grille will come off quite easily ;)
 

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the sports grill comes standard on se models now.they have put new wheels on too.looks smart.i picked my 2011 se up yesterday and couldnt believe it when i saw it because i was expecting perspex grill.it really does make a big difference.it breaks it up a bit at the front with the grill.
 

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I Put the grill on last week. thanks for the how too !!!! did it also in about 40 mins.
Glad it helped.
I have been looking for a red grill badge to complement my grill but was reluctant to pay main dealer prices, so, with a little experimenting I have customised the existing badge. Looks pretty damn good too and cost me sod all as I already had the paint in the garage. I will post a new "how to" in a little while.
Basically I removed the existing badge, made a template of it, transferred the template to thin aluminium, keyed the surface, primed it, painted it red, lacquered it, then glued the badge onto it. Then glued the badge back on the grill. Happy days. :D
 

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I prefer the original one, as said above seems like a step backwards..
Each to their own.
What a boring world it would be if we all liked the same things and all our Civic's looked the same!
I personally think it breaks up the front end nicely.

Has anyone with a CTR changed the grill to a perspex one to "up date the front end"?
Just a thought !
 

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Hi I have just used this method to put my type r badge on my grill, it worked a treat thankyou :)
Glad it helped, and in my opinion it looks better than the standard type r badge. Plus, it could be painted any colour, either to match the body colour or something a bit different. :D
 

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I've ordered the Sports Grille from cox motor parts (Lancaster Honda I believe), I'll be fitting it tomorrow when it arrives (got an email this morning saying "shipped")
 

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Have you got it fitted yet chris?
Sure have, I took your advice and dropped the bumper. much easier as you dont have to worry about the metal sprung clamp at the bottom of the old perspex grille and you can easily reach the lower 2 "green clips" without needing to have the hands of a 5 year old :D

Take a look:
 

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