2021 Limited 2.5L Black
Just picked up my 2021 limited trim with oem sport grille and sti wheels. Hope this post helps people decide if they themselves want to get the sport grille.
In case if anyone is interested, this is what was done to the car at the port (or maybe at the dealership?) to install the sport grill. Not simple https://www.subarupartspros.com/docs/J1010FL320.pdf
I referenced this video to by dealer service center. They said they’d rather take the bumper off and follow manufacturer guidelines. They charged me $90 which seemed very reasonable. I was also too afraid to mess around with a brand new car. I’m shocked your dealer was going to charge $280. That’s crazy. For other folks interested, my dealer said the install would take at most an hour. If your dealer says otherwise they are lying. So $280/hr is an insanely high rate.I have a 2021 Crosstrek Limited. I ordered the sport grill from my dealership and installed it myself. I found a youtube video that shows how to install the grill without having to remove the bumper or any body parts. The 2020 is the same as the 2021 model, so this video works with 2021 models as well.
Here is the link to that video:
You have to pop the 5 plastic clips that hold the plastic radiator cover. Remove that piece. I also unscrewed the latch for the hood release. It gave me better access to work behind the grill.
Just a heads up. The installation requires having smaller forearms. I have meaty forearms, so I really struggled getting my arms behind the grill to remove it.
There are 6 screws that hold the original grill in place. Even stubby phillips screwdrivers don't give you the necessary clearance to get to the screws. I used an angled screwdriver. The ones that are in the shape of a z and have a phillips head on one end and a straight head on the other. Once you remove all the screws, you have to finess the clips that hold the grill securely in place to release.
Once the grill comes free from the clips, it simply comes right off the front of the vehicle. The new sport grill pops right on the front of the vehicle as it pops into the clips that were holding the original grill in place. You then replace the 6 screws that you removed from the original grill, and your grill is installed. Just replace the pieces that you removed to gain access to the back of the grill, and you are done.
It is a pain in the *** that takes more time than I anticipated, but it was better than paying for an hour and a half of installation at dealership rates. They were going to sock me roughly $280 to install the grill.
I hope this helps anyone that decides to tackle the job themselves.