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If you want to really dress up the nose of your stock C5, then adding Z06-style front grilles is an easy and inexpensive way to do it. Corvette Central offers these after-market grilles for less than $100 a pair and installing them really couldn’t be easier. In fact, you don’t even need any tools, and the whole installation takes well under a half-hour, even if you’re a novice wrench. Here’s how to do it!
Here’s what you get with Corvette Central’s Part #335120 Reproduction Z06 Grilles for the C5: the pair of grilles themselves and a couple of alcohol wipes. No tools are required for this installation!
The alcohol wipes are provided to clean the area so that the adhesive strips on the grilles will adhere better. After all, you don’t want the grilles falling out if/when you hit a bump or pot-hole, right?
It’s very important to make sure you really clean the mating surfaces for a good bond using the alcohol wipes.
Be sure to clean both the top and bottom surfaces, since the grilles have adhesive stripes both upper and lower.
Peel off the backing from both the upper and lower adhesive strips and position the grille in the car, using pressure to seat it. Then repeat it for the other grille.
And here’s what you have when the installation is finished. It should take you well under a half-hour to do this install, even if you’ve never done any other mods to your ‘Vette.