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Hello,

I am the proud owner of a 986 MK1 and am considering upgrading the air intake side grills to the facelift style which I like better..

Could anyone confirm if it's true that it's a straight swap?

Also I gather the grills are held in with some plastic dabs which are likely to snap during the operation. Does anyone know if it's possible to stick them back in without the dabs? Double sided tape, glue, etc?

Thank you very much for your help.

Cheers

Oc

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Not sure if they retro fit but they have different part numbers.

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If your careful the tabs shouldn’t break, youtube a few videos to understand how to remove grills, they are also held in place with 1 Philips screw.

Re swapping out to later version, I don’t know

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Pretty sure these are a straight swap,  considered it myself.

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I would lightly heat the area up. In this cold weather all plastics will be quite firm and brittle. 

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The only problem is that unless you can get one from a breaker, you'll have to have the face lift vent cover painted, which could be pretty pricey. 

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2 hours ago, edc said:

I would lightly heat the area up. In this cold weather all plastics will be quite firm and brittle. 

Good advice ^^^

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Can confirm from experience on 987(based on advice here) that warming the vents with a heat gun is wise. And painting with rattle cans is a piece of cake. I bought used grilles and frames in two different colours from breaker, then  sanded, primed, base coated and cleared them and very happy with results.

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You need them complete with the backing frame, and the 986 come out much easier than a 987 , small screw in the top and firm but gentle pull you should not damage anything.

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Thank you everyone for the useful answers. 

The painting is in the plans as I am due some body work and I was planning to give the new grills to the body shop at the same time.

Useful to know about the back shells as I hadn't thought about this.

The trouble is that if I buy the grills from a scrap yard I doubt they will be that careful while removing the dabs :(

I'll hope for the best then..

Thank you everyone

Cheers

Oc

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A specialist breaker will be

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Hello, I wanted to confirm for the record that I have eventually done this.. I replaced the 986 MK1 side grills with Face lift grills. It is in fact a straight swap and dabs and screw match between the two models. You do need the supporting plastic frame with the grills as suggested in the thread. I purchased artic silver vents which seem to match the colour of the silver car. 

I dare say I am not a fan of the design of the support dabs although I think the grills could stay in place with the screw and front rib even if some of the dabs were missing.

The new grills look somewhat better than the old ones although it is not quite the effect I was expecting.. something else is obviously different between mki and face lift.. perhaps the wheels?!

Any how thanks everyone for your help and comments.

Cheers

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1 hour ago, Ottobay said:

Hello, I wanted to confirm for the record that I have eventually done this.. I replaced the 986 MK1 side grills with Face lift grills. It is in fact a straight swap and dabs and screw match between the two models. You do need the supporting plastic frame with the grills as suggested in the thread. I purchased artic silver vents which seem to match the colour of the silver car. 

I dare say I am not a fan of the design of the support dabs although I think the grills could stay in place with the screw and front rib even if some of the dabs were missing.

The new grills look somewhat better than the old ones although it is not quite the effect I was expecting.. something else is obviously different between mki and face lift.. perhaps the wheels?!

Any how thanks everyone for your help and comments.

Cheers

Pics?

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20 minutes ago, Apollo000 said:

Pics?

It will look the same as a facelift car ... 

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4 hours ago, Ottobay said:

Hello, I wanted to confirm for the record that I have eventually done this.. I replaced the 986 MK1 side grills with Face lift grills. It is in fact a straight swap and dabs and screw match between the two models. You do need the supporting plastic frame with the grills as suggested in the thread. I purchased artic silver vents which seem to match the colour of the silver car. 

I dare say I am not a fan of the design of the support dabs although I think the grills could stay in place with the screw and front rib even if some of the dabs were missing.

The new grills look somewhat better than the old ones although it is not quite the effect I was expecting.. something else is obviously different between mki and face lift.. perhaps the wheels?!

Any how thanks everyone for your help and comments.

Cheers

Agreed the dabs are a hideous idea and they break once they've been fitted a while, especially on the drivers side. The whole frame part is totally unnecessary. but I guess that is the price you pay for body coloured vents. I need to replace the drivers side frame, dabs etc on mine, probably due to being stuck in so much traffic. I believe the drivers side vent is there to vent out hot air when stages 2 fans kick in, so it gets a lot of temperature changes and hence corrodes the plastic quicker. While the passenger side only sucks in air for the intake. I'm not sure if there is even an output for hot air on the passenger side? Maybe it's all channelled out of the driver side? I believe there is a stage 2 fan each side.

I think the idea of the hot air coming out of what is clearly an intake (by it's position and angle) is that under normal conditions secondary fans only come on if car is hot enough and that should only happen when the car is idle after a run or  stuck in slow traffic enabling the hot air to exit. At high speed I can't really see much venting going on. 

Did you manage to source them from a salvage company/ebay?

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