Replacing the Grille on a V8 Vantage
You may at some point replace the front grille of your Aston Martin V8 Vantage. Some people do it for repairs (I'm one of them) and some do it to change the look of their car. There are three main grilles available: the original 8-bar grille, the updated 6-bar grille, and the carbon fiber grille from the V12 Vantage S. There are also a few finishing options to choose from, so the grille is an easy way to change the look of your car. This DIY is helpful for people that want to change the finish of their existing grille without replacing it entirely.
DISCLAIMER: As always, follow all safety protocols. Don't undertake this task if you aren't comfortable with it and fully understand it. You are ultimately responsible for anything you do. Neither Redpants, LLC or myself is responsible or liable for anything that may occur.
Grille of your choosing (the V12 Vantage S grille is a popular choice)
7mm box end wrench
T30 Torx bit
T25 Torx bit
Ratchet for the Torx bits and extension
About 20 minutes
Open the hood of your car, then use the T30 Torx bit and ratchet to remove the 12 bolts holding the slam panel (radiator shroud) in place. Set the slam panel aside. This opens up the space behind the grille so you can access the 7mm nuts.
Use a 7mm box end wrench to loosen the two nuts toward the middle of the grille. Use your finger to spin the nuts free and remove them. Be careful not to drop them, they're small!
Use the T25 Torx bit, extension, and ratchet to remove the six bolts holding the grille in place.
Carefully pull the grille forward to remove it.
Put the grille in place, then use your finger to spin the 7mm nuts in place. Do not tighten them down.
Put each of the T25 bolts in place. You only need to seat them initially, do not tighten them down until all of them are in place and the grille is properly aligned. Once all six are ready to go, tighten them down and then tighten the two 7mm nuts.
Put the slam panel back and place and use the T30 Torx bit and ratchet to secure the 12 bolts.