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Old 06-30-2012, 01:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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anyone know if the grille from the 2007 legacy sedan would fit my 2007 outback?

it looks close, i might have to find someone and do some measurements.

anyone tried this yet? its one of the few modifications i'd like to try.
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It is not a perfect fit, but will bolt up. The Outback has a slightly larger grille opening than the legacy.
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Bump....Does the LGT Wagon grille fit? Or same story?...
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Same story.
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True, the Legacy grill is about 3/4" narrower in depth and sits above the bumper cover in the same mount points. Width of grill ring is the same.

I liked the look of the simple Legacy wings rather than the Outback's horizontal shelf support brackets. If you're patient and meticulous you can do this.

Got a '05 Legacy grill from the wreckers, studied the situation and went to work.
Dremel-sawed the centers out of both grills at the extreme edge where it joins the ring. I found a single unmounted hacksaw blade is more accurate and maneuverable for the final cuts. Also removed the black support 'stretchers', leaving just the grill ring. Note - the '05-07 grills are one piece molds with integrated chrome. I think the 08 & 09 you can separate the chrome ring but the grills are a different shape where they meet the hood.
You're left with 4 large side vacancies where the Outback center bars are molded in. Smooth down the edges and tape in exterior cardboard forms covered in tinfoil to shape & support the epoxy paste repair as it cures - you'll be pleased with the almost smooth surface. Using an epoxy compound Bumper Repair Kit and fiberglass cloth reinforcement I filled in & sanded out the ring sides and painted it graphite to match.
Legacy center wings & medallion are in one piece (Chrome sections can be unscrewed from the back so they don't get scratched during the dirtywork) If you cut out the wings correctly they are a darn near perfect fit inside the modified Outback ring (after fitting and trimming and refitting). I made it fit tight and square then pre-drilled screw holes each side and the thickness of the wing keeps it leveled out.
Back with a piece of matte black gutter mesh and add another screw or two if you like. Solid as OEM and I like the one-of-a-kind look.
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Old 11-17-2012, 03:34 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Really cool! I thought about the grille swap for a long time and finally just gave up on the idea. But that's a ingenious way to make it happen!
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True, the Legacy grill is about 3/4" narrower in depth and sits above the bumper cover in the same mount points. Width of grill ring is the same.

I liked the look of the simple Legacy wings rather than the Outback's horizontal shelf support brackets. If you're patient and meticulous you can do this.
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This!

I will definitely have to try this then. just wanted to make sure somebody else was able to do it first.

Anybody have the grille w/ wings and emblem from a 05-08 legacy available?
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