Why would you want to take the grill apart from your DB9? To refinish it of course. The painted anthracite finish on my grill bars has begun to ‘flake’ off the metal, and it looks terrible. When I approached an Aston Martin Dealer they did what you’d expect – recommended the only solution was to replace it. But, and there is a big ‘but’, the original 7-bar grill is no longer available. The only factory solution is to purchase a later model 5-bar grill and retrofit it. I am sure the 5-bar grill would look fine, but I am also a bit of a purist that struggles with straying too far from original. I prefer factory sport pack wheels compared to full custom after market. I prefer factory color options. I’d prefer to keep my car outfitted with the 7-bar grill, so I decided I’d learn how to remove, refinish and reinstall it. Continue reading “How to Disassemble the Grill from an Aston Martin DB9”
The iconic grill of a DB9 is one of distinctive and signature looks of any Aston Martin. The shape is immediately recognizable to any car enthusiast. The early DB9’s were fitted with the distinctive 7-bar grill that has 7 horizontal bars. Later models received an updated 5-bar grill. Same grill shape, just fewer bars. The 5-bar grill can even be retrofit to the earlier models. The grill in the Vantage is similar, but absolutely not the same (8-bars and a different construction).
From what I’ve learned grills came in different finishes. The grill in my DB9 is an anthracite grey color. I’ve seen that a ‘polished’ finish was also available as an ~ $1,000 upgrade. Continue reading “How to Remove the Grill from an Aston Martin DB9”
What the heck is a ‘Slam Panel’? When you have the engine compartment open in your DB9 and you gaze with amazement at the V12 engine, the slam panel is the large panel right in front of you that covers the area between the front bumper and the front of the engine itself. It has the cool little plaque listing the name of the final inspector at the factory that signed off on your car (thanks Paul!). Continue reading “How to Remove the Engine Slam Panel from an Aston Martin DB9”