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When I purchased the 2020 Subaru Forester Limited, I knew I wanted to try and reduce the amount of chrome trim. My end goal is try and make the outside look similar to a 2020 Sport model.

PARTS NEEDED:
1) Cover-Fog Light - $15/ea - (57731SJ040 & 57731SJ0050)
2) Forester Sport Grille (bottom) - All Black - $249 - (J1010SJ102)
3) Grille Assy (top) - All Black - $145 - (91121SJ060)
(Total: $400 for grille (OR) $30 for fog covers)

TOOLS NEEDED:
1) Small Light
2) Small Philips-head screwdriver
3) Long Philips-head screwdriver (w/magnet)
4) 8mm socket screwdriver
5) Plastic trim removal tools

TIME TO COMPLETE:
45 minutes
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Here are the only tools I used.


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First, I replaced the Limited chrome fog light trim pieces (left) with those from a premium (on car). Another member has done this, too. I did this the day prior, so no install pictures, but it's pretty straight forward. There are a few clips under the front bumper that allow you to get your hands up there. It takes some pressure, but they pop right out.


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Once I had the fog covers done, I moved onto the sport grille. This is the before picture.


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What I didn't know was the sport grille is actually two pieces (upper and lower grill). I wanted to go all black to get rid of chrome. You can get just the sport grille that has a chrome bezel, but again, I got the full black bezel. This is the bottom portion comparison.

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Here are the top portion of the grille comparison of stock to black.


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I asked a few members, and seemed like taking off the front bumper wasn't needed. There is a video on YouTube that helps a bit. Here is where are all the screws and clips are.
1) Yellow X and O: Clips to guard behind grille. These clips come out, but just need to move the piece around to get hands in.
2) Red O: Clips holding in grille. Remove all of them.
3) Red X: Two small screws holding small center piece on grille. More on that below.
4) Blue X: Four screws holding grille to front bumper

As a note, once all the clips are out, use your screw drivers and squeeze your hand down to remove the 'Blue X' screws. Once every thing is out, use some force to push/pull the grille out.

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Here is the back of the bottom portion to see some of the clips holding it in.


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Important part, I almost forgot to put this center piece in. Not sure why it's a smaller single piece, but it has two small screws. I used them from the old grille.

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To put it all back, I just reversed all the above. I started with the four 'Blue X' screws and then all of the clips. It's very straight forward. Here is just the bottom portion completed.

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Next I went to the upper portion. This I had pretty much zero idea on how to tackle. I started removing the 'Red-X' 8mm bolts. I then used the flat trim removal tool to pop the 'Blue-O' clips off.

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Once I had the aforementioned unbolted, I just used a little pressure to pop the all the clips. Here is with the top portion all the way off.

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Putting it back on was rather simple. Pressure to snap the clips in and then replaced all the 8mm bolts.

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That's it! I am happy with the results. Here is before and after.

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And a close up out of the garage.

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And at night finished.

I'll probably add the factory LED fog lamps and black sport fog covers soon to finish the look. Would like to figure out the Sport rear painted black pieces too. I have those part numbers, but no idea how to install yet.

Any questions, feel free to ask. And if you need a silver grille or silver fog covers, I have some for sale! :)
 

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Great write-up! And it looks really nice, too!

Mike
 

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Love it! And thanks for the detailed steps and pics!! Much appreciated!
 

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Important part, I almost forgot to put this center piece in. Not sure why it's a smaller single piece, but it has two small screws.
That is for the front facing parking camera, which is available in some markets. I was also looking into getting that installed (with the inexplicable lack of front parking sensors), but not sure if my model would have the necessary hardware to integrate it with the system.
 

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  • Looks great! I am wanting to do the same, blacken the fog light bezels, but found a cheaper way with these bezels stick on parts. Anyone seen these in person?
    Those are about half what I paid ($39/ea), but also needed different shape since I’ll be going from halogen to LED. Alas, those only appear to have double sided tape. The chrome covers I removed have multiple clips and screws holding the chrome piece to the fog cover.

 

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Once I had the aforementioned unbolted, I just used a little pressure to pop the all the clips. Here is with the top portion all the way off.

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Putting it back on was rather simple. Pressure to snap the clips in and then replaced all the 8mm bolts.

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That's it! I am happy with the results. Here is before and after.

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And a close up out of the garage.

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And at night finished.

I'll probably add the factory LED fog lamps and black sport fog covers soon to finish the look. Would like to figure out the Sport rear painted black pieces too. I have those part numbers, but no idea how to install yet.

Any questions, feel free to ask. And if you need a silver grille or silver fog covers, I have some for sale! :)
Looks great! Is that a different Sport grill? All the sport models i've seen do not have that honeycomb shape in the grill.
 

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Looks great! Is that a different Sport grill? All the sport models i've seen do not have that honeycomb shape in the grill.
I got this direct from the Subaru dealer where I purchased my Limited. Both grilles they ordered had the honey comb. Maybe you're seeing the OEM all black grille on the Sport models?

From my understanding, all the sport grilles look the same, except the bezel can be: chrome, silver or black.
 

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I got this direct from the Subaru dealer where I purchased my Limited. Both grilles they ordered had the honey comb. Maybe you're seeing the OEM all black grille on the Sport models?

From my understanding, all the sport grilles look the same, except the bezel can be: chrome, silver or black.
Yea that must be it. I guess i got it confused. Thought the grill on the sport models and the sport grill were the same thing. Looks like they are 2 different things. Either way, the grill looks great.
 

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Looks great! I am wanting to do the same, blacken the fog light bezels, but found a cheaper way with these bezels stick on parts. Anyone seen these in person?
I checked with the vendor about these stick on black-out panels and his post on eBay was incorrect. The image that he used shows a lower level trim Forester NOT a Touring.........no way that the frames as shown will fit my 2019 Touring Forrie....and no one elseoffers the frames for the Touring trim, unfortunately.
 

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I checked with the vendor about these stick on black-out panels and his post on eBay was incorrect. The image that he used shows a lower level trim Forester NOT a Touring.........no way that the frames as shown will fit my 2019 Touring Forrie....and no one elseoffers the frames for the Touring trim, unfortunately.
What do you mean the post is incorrect? I don't think it mentions anything about trim levels. It's for the fog light type in the pics, whatever the trim is called. Am I missing something perhaps? Planning to get these for mine, that has that exact type of fog lights as shown in his pics... Hopefully it won't be something totally different?

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The image that the eBay seller posted was of a lower trim level Forester 2019. The foglite trim on my 2019 Touring is different. The horizontal cross bar is thicker and bisects higher up in the nacelle area because the fog lites on the Touring are rectangular LEDS while the lower trims use a round fog lamp......that's all I meant. The eBay listing specifically says for 2019-20 Limited and Touring trim levels (which is not correct, AT LEAST in the Touring cars).....if you get the frames, and have round LEDS, they'll work.
 

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Check this image out, from a different seller. Note the difference between the upper car ( a base, Premium or LTD) and the lower one, a Touring model. No way with the chromed fog lamp nacelle accept the black trim panel as shown by the seller.....
 

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The image that the eBay seller posted was of a lower trim level Forester 2019. The foglite trim on my 2019 Touring is different. The horizontal cross bar is thicker and bisects higher up in the nacelle area because the fog lites on the Touring are rectangular LEDS while the lower trims use a round fog lamp......that's all I meant. The eBay listing specifically says for 2019-20 Limited and Touring trim levels (which is not correct, AT LEAST in the Touring cars).....if you get the frames, and have round LEDS, they'll work.
Yes! You are right. The seller mentioned the Touring trim in the details, which I had not seen. I was only going by the pics and the title. Funny thing is over here the top trim is called "Limited", with the rectangular led fog lights, so it wouldn't fit a "Limited" from my market either 🙃
 

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I had to go out to the garage to look at my Touring, just in case, LOL. Too much vac-plated fakey chrome on the higher trims, IMHO...
 

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Could you go into more details on how you removed the “Blue-O” clips from the upper portion?

I took a look at mines and couldn’t figure out how you popped them off.

Thanks for the excellent write up!
 
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