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Old 01-23-2015, 06:09 AM
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Its not going to look exactly like an 03, not with the stock hood instead of the 01-03 powerdome hood.

It will look like this, until u paint it of course.


There is a gap between the grille and stock 98-00 hood, a bug deflector will hide hide it tho.

No bug deflector



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Your next step to complete the conversion would be getting the powerdome hood.
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:35 AM
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Ok thanks a lot. Also, is that eBay link pretty much the only place to buy the headlight retaining clips? Just wondering because they are cheaper at the dealership but I'll still end up paying about $50 for some clips! That seems high to me, maybe I'm just being a cheapskate
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:54 AM
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Other then getting them at a junkyard..thats your choices.
I bought mine from a member on here, who got them at his junkyard for me.
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Old 01-26-2015, 11:52 AM
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Thanks a lot man
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Old 02-05-2015, 06:22 AM
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Finished the swap this weekend. Just got the grille back yesterday and here are the before and after pictures.

I do have a question though. The grille is an aftermarket one and right underneath the headlights and corner lights, there is no way to fasten it to the header panel or the truck in general. You can kind of see it in the last picture that's attached. Does anyone have any suggestions? I obviously don't want to have zip ties or super glue holding it on.

I'll try to get an up close pic posted when I get home today. Thanks
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Old 02-05-2015, 06:34 AM
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Mine had 4 tabs with metal clips that snapped into the header panel.
U did swap in the new header panel right?
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Old 02-05-2015, 07:32 AM
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Yep, I got that kit from 1A Auto that has the headlights, corner lights, grille and header panel. The header panel has slots for the grille to go into but they don't go all the way into the slots. Maybe I'm not making any sense by explaining it so I will post some up close pics today after work so you can see it for yourself. Thanks!
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:26 AM
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Did it come with metal clips? Mine had like 4 tabs, then there were metal clips in a bag that snapped onto the tabs, then snapped into the header panel.
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Old 02-05-2015, 08:35 AM
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Haha, yeah it did come with those clips. Don't know why I didn't think of that yet. I'll see how they go on today when I get home. I was wondering what those were for, hopefully now I know! I'll let you know if this doesn't work. Thanks!
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Old 02-05-2015, 11:21 AM
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Are the shape (the angled part of the assembly that touches the grille) of the 01 lights similar enough to the 98-00 lights so I could that just buy the honeycomb grill, trim it up and modify it so that it fits? Because I like the honeycomb grill, but at the same time, I don't like the way the 01 lights look and plus I'd rather not buy all of that, when all I really want is the grill.
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Old 02-05-2015, 11:42 AM
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Did it come with metal clips? Mine had like 4 tabs, then there were metal clips in a bag that snapped onto the tabs, then snapped into the header panel.
X2, same way mine was.

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Are the shape (the angled part of the assembly that touches the grille) of the 01 lights similar enough to the 98-00 lights so I could that just buy the honeycomb grill, trim it up and modify it so that it fits? Because I like the honeycomb grill, but at the same time, I don't like the way the 01 lights look and plus I'd rather not buy all of that, when all I really want is the grill.
Yes you can modify the grille to fit and keep the 98-00 lights.
Just cut off the bottom flaps that would go under the lights, and u will have to modify the top part where it screws in at.
Several members on here have done it.

Brandon did it, but he also tinted his lower lights.
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Old 02-05-2015, 12:19 PM
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Alright, thanks for answering my question. I'll have to keep that in mind. Thank you.
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Old 02-06-2015, 07:16 AM
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Did it yesterday and the clips worked just fine. Thanks yall!
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for the people that are gonna do this swap if you order the grille clips from LMCtruck their required quantity is wrong. it says you need 2 but you actually need 6 of them. i would say you could get by just ordering 4 and using the 2 that are on your grille already. but that's up to you.
Is this for the U-brackets or the "clip-lower"?
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