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Does anyone know if it is a straight swap to replace the 4 fin grill with a 3 fin grill on a 2006 W209 CLK350? Thanks.
 

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As long as it is a grill for a W209 it will fit .
The bottom section pushes into place and there are two small screws holding the middle top bracket.
 

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I have a childish want to black out the grill (but leave the star and the circle). Could prove a fun winter project while the car is stored. Appreciate the insights about level of difficulty to swap it.
 

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Do you mean like this ?
The grill has plastic tabs along the bottom which push into the bumper cover,,not that difficult ....
However , I tried another way just to see how it would look. What you see in the photo is actually electrical tape applied to the chrome sections. Also a stone chip guard on the leading edge of the bonnet (hood ). I figure if I don't like it all I have to do is peel it off.
Some people paint it with plasti dip paint ,,which can also be removed easily.
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I had not considered using electrical tape to test it out. Looks good on the blue paint of your car.

I do have a can of Plastidip, but have never used it.

On my black car, I suspect a black grill would look good.

Cheap customization and reversible.
 
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