C5 Easy Z06 Front Grille Installation


Article & Photos courtesy of

www.AllAboutVettes.com magazine

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.

2 thoughts to “C5 Easy Z06 Front Grille Installation”

  1. A new set of idler pulleys and tensioner would be my first suggestion. The other belt drive is tucked behind and far lower than the first one, and is for the A/C compressor. I believe it has its own idler pulley and tensioner, and it’s always best to replace the entire system if one item has reached its MTBF. Any further squeaking up front and I’d suspect the water pump…another time-consuming but relatively straightforward replacement assembly (don’t forget the gaskets and thermostat).

  2. Can you offer any info on squeaking fan belt on my 2000 C5? Dealership cleaned all pullies, I even replaced an idler pulley, but the squeak always comes back.

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