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Old January 18th, 2006, 03:34 PM   #1
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asian accord grille installed

Finally got around to completing my asian accord grille installation. I bought the grille from a friend in Thailand who works at a Honda there. The chrome hood trim isn't part of the grille. I bought it off ebay for $30. The quality is very good and the 3M tape is SUPER strong. The grille is NOT plug and play. It required tremendous dremeling and patience. There is a tiny gap between the edge of the bottom chrome trim and the bumper. It isn't flush, but it's not noticeable at all. The bumper meets the grille pretty flush a little above the gap, so it's not a problem at all. The mounting of the grille uses the stock snap screws so no new holes or drilling was necessary.

ok, here it is:





My next project is to add foglights. I'm thinking of doing Inspire fogs, but I may just use Lexus GS fogs or the Acura CL fogs since they would be cheaper. But first, I'll have to finish my retro!




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For those of you who bought the asian accord grille here are some steps of what I did to fit my grille. Keep in mind that these pics were taken AFTER everything was modded and assembled. I suggest you mod/dremel each parts separately before assembling all the pieces together. I take no responsibility for anything! haha

First, locate the top right corner of the grille and cut out that corner. repeat to the other end:


In the rear, at the bottom of the back of the "H" emblem, there's a protrusion that needs to be shaved down:


Ok, here's a bunch of step in one picture...
The red area indicates areas of the grille in which chrome tabs from the chrome insert will mount onto the grille. Make sure NOT to cut these little grooves for the tabs. You will JB-Weld or ahdere however you wish the tabs to ensure that the chrome insert stays on the grille.
The green area is where a piece of the grille used to be. I dremeled if off, since it keeps the grille from sitting flush with the bumper.
The blue area is where the grille extends inwards to the bumper, which should be shaved down a bit since it prevents the grille from sitting flush.


This pic shows the side chrome insert with the screw-mounting blocks dremeled off and the edge shaved down since it prevents the grille from sitting flush:


Yes, it's a war zone in the back, but when completed it should be clean and and indentical to stock Asian Accord grille without any fitment issues:

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Old January 18th, 2006, 03:38 PM   #2
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Old January 18th, 2006, 03:40 PM   #4
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Old January 18th, 2006, 03:43 PM   #5
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Old January 18th, 2006, 03:43 PM   #6
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nice, looks great
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Old January 18th, 2006, 03:56 PM   #7
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Best grill yet!
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Old January 18th, 2006, 04:19 PM   #8
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I love it!! How can I get one? Please let me know. Also will it fit the 06? Thanks!
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Old January 18th, 2006, 04:34 PM   #9
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i dont know if it'll fit the 06. it doesn't even fit the 03-05. I had to modify it a LOT. If the design of the 06 is like the asian accords, then it should fit, since that's the OEM grille for the asian accords. You can get it through me. I will have to ask my friend if he's willing to ship another here to the US. He is reluctant to send single items and prefers to send multiple items so he can make a little money for his time and effort. I'll see what I can do.

BTW, it costed me $138.00 shipped to my door from Thailand.
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Old January 18th, 2006, 04:53 PM   #11
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Damn nice job man. The chrom on the hood brings it together.
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Old January 18th, 2006, 07:56 PM   #12
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That really looks nice. Wakes up the front of the car.
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Old January 18th, 2006, 08:10 PM   #13
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I've started looking for fogs and I think I'm going to go with the Acura MDX or the Lexus GS fogs. I think the MDX fogs will be a little bit bigger than what I have photoshoped. What do you guys think?





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Old January 18th, 2006, 08:45 PM   #15
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inspire fogs #1
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Old January 18th, 2006, 10:29 PM   #16
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It would be perfect match for the grille if only they made the Mugen front lip for the accord sedan just like the Acura TSX.
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Old January 18th, 2006, 10:32 PM   #17
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I'd go with #1 as well.

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Old January 18th, 2006, 10:35 PM   #18
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very nice. now i dont feel lonely being the only one with it.
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Old January 18th, 2006, 11:14 PM   #19
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thanks villian. it was ur conversion that made me want it. my friend says he can get the inspire fogs with all wiring for about $400 shipped. i recall you said you could get it around $200? if so, can you holler at me, I'm interested.
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yo i was thinking about fog lights but i wanted some like the 2002 CL, Lexus GS, or the MDX. The Insipre fogs are also very nice. But i was wondering how hard the custom work will be to get it done.
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Looks clean! now your car looks very Thailand-ish
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hot damn, did u dremel off the front part of your hood? mad props.

i like the larger fogs better, and the further OUT they are from the center, they better they look imo ;D thatd be a whole new dremel project for you, too. how do you plan to seal the gaps? bondo and caulk?
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I agree with AZ-Hybrid, best grill yet!

I like Foglight #1. It leans outward which flows with the lines of the headlight better. Great work!
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Old January 19th, 2006, 10:07 AM   #24
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Only the grille was dremeled. The hood and bumper remained intact. The tiny gap at the bottom does not cause any problems nor is it noticeable so I won't be using any bondo or chaulk. The gap can be fixed by dremeling off a little of the bumper, but I didnt want to ruin my stock bumper for just something so minor. I'll get some pictures of the gap up later.


Thanks for the compliments everyone! I'm trying to keep my car OEM looking with the upgrades. I think this grille makes it look a little more luxurious. For those looking for the sporty look, I'd recommend a Mugen style grille to match the car color.
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Old January 20th, 2006, 12:52 AM   #25
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Joedanger, Did you change the bumper also? Or is it just the grill that was changed?

Can you take more pics of the whole front bumper and grill area?
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hey, sorry for the late reply. i did not change my bumper. it was just the grille that i changed. heres a pic of the whole front bumper and clear view of the grille.




the red circle shows where the little gap that i'm talking about is... like i said, it's not noticeable, but if you look closely, you'll see a little shadow under the chrome, which means it's not flush with the bumper.

for those who are asking me about obtaining one, I mentioned above that I bought it for $138 shipped from a friend in Thailand. I'll update you guys when I get the info on where you guys can obtain one.

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Old January 24th, 2006, 12:11 AM   #27
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I can barely notice the gap but I guess if you say there is a gap then I won't argue.

How much modification is needed to get that grill on?
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Old January 24th, 2006, 01:47 AM   #28
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haha.. have u been reading the posts in this thread?? you're asking questions that have been covered bro. it's all good though.. i dont usually read other peoples posts.

there is a good amount of modification needed to be done on the grille. just dremeling, basically. u mount the grille the best that you can, and where the back of the grille prevent its from sitting flush... u dremel it off. the design of the top of the grille, where it is secured, is exactly the same as the stock one, so it's just protrusions here and there that you have to dremel off. anyway.. i'm starting to notice more texans on this forum so we need to plan a meet soon to hang out.

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Old January 24th, 2006, 01:54 PM   #29
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Thanks for the explanation. We should definitely plan a meet soon and hang out. Maybe a mini-meet? I am planning on taking a trip to Austin either this weekend or next.
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Old February 21st, 2006, 03:55 PM   #30
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Got mine today. Thanks again Joe!!!

This project is defenitely not for the faint-of-heart. Lot of work but should have pics tomorrow...

I like it a lot! Well worth the price, wait and work.
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