I'm having a huge issue with Photobucket.com and I can't provide the professinial type photos and "how to" I"d like. I'll come back and replace sections as I can when the photobucket site allows me to get my photos accordingly.
Here is how it works....
First off, I wanted to keep the grille 100% perfect so I could sell or return it if needed. In saying that, you have to retro the vehicle side of things. There are a millions ways to make this grille work, this is just one. As you know, there is a square port where your 12 grille fits now at the bottom. That's what you have to alter. I made things where the old grille pops right back in, and the new grille has NO damage at all. All of the work was done back at the vehicle side. Note: the four screws at the top of the grille align up perfect, it's only the bottom two round inserts that have alignment issues. To some this might be a real pain in the a$$ to install...
to start I'm showing the old grille, I'll insert the "how to" remove the grille here later. Here is my old Laramie grille in place prior to switch out.
Here is a photo of the grille difference on the bottom.
Here they are butted up together
Here is a photo where it hits the bottom portion of the square port on the vehicle
This is the square port that your 12 grille plugs into at the bottom
By the way, when you're in there clean out all the bugs and stuff - I use a nice soft brush and go lightly, in the end it was nice like brand new
Oh, and by the way, if you ever wondered where the temprature in your vehicle comes from - it's on the drivers side behind the grille and a few other things and it looks like this.
Here is where I had to cut a portion of the square port on the vehicle side square lower grille receiver (just a note, there is also a mid-point mount for the grille but it is not needed when you install on the 2012 if you fabricate a good sturdy bottom mount like I did. Just wanted to point that out).
This is an all in one photo because I can't get the photos like due to technical difficulties mentioned above. Anyway, you can see where I had to remove part of the square receiver end and you can also see where my new metal plate was installed to receive the new grille. The new grille has small round plastic fittings like youl would see on an old door panel system. I'll try to get better photos when I can get photobucket to work better
Here is the grille installed and the bracket I fabricated holds it tight as can be! If you get one of these grilles you will totally see how to do your fabrication - it is easier to cut the grille to work for you, but I'm against that because I'd rather make it where both grilles are perfect and I've only grinded a little bit of some plastic behind the grille that no one can ever see.
And going back, here is a photo showing the bracket with a hole and that is where the lower grille plug mount will insert
[QUOTE=MQQSE]Here is the finished product of the new grille - it's in there very tight and fits like a glove!!