Qx80 Front bumper Retrofit on 2011+ Qx56

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Attached are the pics of the parts available. Bumper has minor scratches and dings however I would repaint the bumper anyways.
 

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Just received another set w.ill check the color code tomorrow. However, the grill has been sold. Bumper has the chrome trim but no blinkers or fogs.

This set has been sold. They went for $700. I'm picking up another set (bumper and grill) in a couple of weeks.
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Hey czapata300 - do you know if it is possible for me to just swap the 2011 grille out for the 2014-17 style grille (no bumper)?

I just want the new grille for right now.

Thanks,

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Hey czapata300 - do you know if it is possible for me to just swap the 2011 grille out for the 2014-17 style grille (no bumper)?

I just want the new grille for right now.

Thanks,

Curt

Yes, it is possible. Someone has done it on this forum and posted pics.
 

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Hello everyone, after reading through this forum I decided to do the QX80 front end retrofit on my own QX56 and thought I would share my experience with it.

I have a 2012 QX56 with the Theater, Deluxe Touring, and Technology packages.

Let’s start with the grille. I was able to find a used one in excellent condition from a junk yard that was complete with the emblem and camera for a few hundred bucks. The grille was pretty straightforward and was plug and play. The only issue here was the picture doesn’t quite line up with the rest of the cameras in the 360 view and I will have to take it to the dealership to get it calibrated since I have been able to find nothing online as far as how to do this yourself.

Next piece was the bumper. I had a hard time finding a used one that has the headlamp washer cutouts due to the washers that come with the Deluxe Touring package, so I purchased it brand new from infinitipartsdeal.com, as they were the cheapest of the online parts dealers I found and definitely cheaper than the dealership. This came primed so I had the body shop prep and paint it. What I should have realized but didn’t at the time is that the headlamp washer covers are different shapes on the facelifted version and thus my old ones didn’t fit. So I had to purchase new ones, this time from the dealership since my vehicle was taken apart at the body shop and I couldn’t wait around for shipping. Then I discovered the new headlamp washer covers don’t fit on the old headlamp washer nozzles, so those had to be ordered from the dealership too and replaced.

Next, the lower grille. If your vehicle has the Technology package, your lower grille has a cutout for the sensor that controls the Intellegent Cruise Control and Intellegent Brake Assist. The facelifted QX80s however don’t have this cutout in the lower grille, even if the vehicle has those options, because the sensors on the current QX80s now are covered. They actually use a completely different sensor that can detect the vehicle 2 cars ahead. So if you end up doing the retrofit, your ICC and IBA will no longer work, because the old sensor can’t be covered.

As mentioned in other comments, the facelifted QX80s have 4 parking sensors instead of 2. Rather than paying $283 a piece for 2 additional OEM sensors to fill the holes, I was able to find some aftermarket ones on eBay for $20 each. However, the facelifted sensors are slightly smaller, and thus so are the holes in the new bumper. So the holes had to be slightly widened to fit the old and aftermarket sensors.

Then there is the lower turn signals, fog lamps and bezels (the plastic chrome pieces that surround the fog lamps and turn signals). The old fog lamps don’t fit, so the new LED ones have to be used. The foglamps were plug and play and didn’t require additional wiring. The turn signals have to be spliced into the old turn signals, which isn’t a big deal. However, they blink at a slightly different rate (they stay lit up a little longer) than the ones built into the old headlamps, and rather than having the shop try changing the resistance so that they match up perfectly, I had them take the bulbs out of the headlamps and hide them behind the radiator under the hood. I was going to just have them remove them completely, but this would cause an error message to come on the dash if the car thought the turn signal bulb was out.

What I also didn’t realize is that each new part would require additional bolts, screws, grommets, brackets, fasteners, and clips to put everything together since the old ones don’t transfer over. This ended up being an additional $440.

I had plans to also replace the headlamps with the new ones with the LED lights, but decided against it. I read at one point online that they are the same shape and are plug and play, but the ones that were referenced didn’t have the AFS (part of the Technology package). The facelifted QX80s that have AFS also include high beam assist, which the pre-facelifted QX56s don’t have, so even if I purchased the headlamps that have AFS, the high beam assist likely wouldn’t work and would probably give me error codes on the dash, and could possibly even damage some of the components in the headlamps. I don’t know for sure, but didn’t want to spend the money to find out.

I also ended up changing the rear model badge and adding the 5.6 emblems on the side, which Infiniti charges about $130 for those 3 things.

In the end, some things ended up being a bit pricier than I expected, but it looks beautiful and much more modern. I miss having IBA, but I never used the ICC much and the conventional cruise control still works fine. This is probably an easier switch if your vehicle doesn’t have the Deluxe Touring and Technology packages. As luck would have it, about half way through the entire process, I saw complete packages go up for sale on eBay that included everything already pre-assembled and even in the same color I was needing for about $1000 with free shipping. I wish those had been available before I bought everything I did, you may want to scour the internet for deals like this first before buying all the parts brand new. I had actually searched for this previously to buying new parts but none were available at the time. In some cases, I saw individual used parts that showed signs of wear being sold on eBay and at junkyards for more than what brand new parts were selling for at infinitipartsdeal.com, so be mindful of that too.

Below are the part numbers needed and prices from infinitpartsdeal.com

Front bumper: 62022-5ZA1H, $415
Left Fog Lamp: 261554GA0B, $210
Right Fog Lamp: 261504GA0B, $210
Left Turn Signal Lamp: 261355ZA0A, $66
Right Turn Signal Lamp: 261305ZA0A, $66
Left Fog Lamp Bezel: 622575ZA0A, $63
Right Fog Lamp Bezel: 622565ZA0A, $63
Lower Grille: 622565ZA0B, $137
Shipping for all parts: $230
Left Headlamp Washer: 286421LA0A, $156 (dealership)
Right Headlamp Washer: 286411LA0A $156 (dealership)
Left Headlamp Washer Cover: 286591LA0A $100 (dealership)
Right Headlamp Washer Cover: 286581LA0A $100 (dealership)
Badges: $130 (dealership)
Various hardware: $430 (dealership)
Aftermarket parking sensors: $20 each (eBay)
Grille Assembly (used): $300
Paint, Labor, Tax, etc.: $1600
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The only issue here was the picture doesn’t quite line up with the rest of the cameras in the 360 view and I will have to take it to the dealership to get it calibrated since I have been able to find nothing online as far as how to do this yourself.
Awesome post! I have not performed this myself, but here is what I found for how to do this on a 2011:

http://www.infiniti-club.org/manual/2011_QX/AV.pdf

Page 112/240 is the section.

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Hello everyone, after reading through this forum I decided to do the QX80 front end retrofit on my own QX56 and thought I would share my experience with it.

dvneumann,

Nice write up... I guess i need to up the price on the complete set of Bumper and grill complete with all chrome trims light bezels etc in new condition. Currently selling them for $1500.
 

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great post. but couldn't you have just had the lower newer grille cut out to allow the FLIR sensor to be able to "See" the road?

EDIT: you can align the cameras yourself directly through the front AV/head unit. look in the FSM for the tech package stuff like the camera and sensors.
 
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Hello everyone, after reading through this forum I decided to do the QX80 front end retrofit on my own QX56 and thought I would share my experience with it.

I have a 2012 QX56 with the Theater, Deluxe Touring, and Technology packages.


Below are the part numbers needed and prices from infinitpartsdeal.com

Front bumper: 62022-5ZA1H, $415
Left Fog Lamp: 261554GA0B, $210
Right Fog Lamp: 261504GA0B, $210
Left Turn Signal Lamp: 261355ZA0A, $66
Right Turn Signal Lamp: 261305ZA0A, $66
Left Fog Lamp Bezel: 622575ZA0A, $63
Right Fog Lamp Bezel: 622565ZA0A, $63
Lower Grille: 622565ZA0B, $137
Shipping for all parts: $230
Left Headlamp Washer: 286421LA0A, $156 (dealership)
Right Headlamp Washer: 286411LA0A $156 (dealership)
Left Headlamp Washer Cover: 286591LA0A $100 (dealership)
Right Headlamp Washer Cover: 286581LA0A $100 (dealership)
Badges: $130 (dealership)
Various hardware: $430 (dealership)
Aftermarket parking sensors: $20 each (eBay)
Grille Assembly (used): $300
Paint, Labor, Tax, etc.: $1600

Wow. Just wow. Truly a great post. I missed seeing this a while ago. I wish you could have posted some pictures of your finished product. Do you have pictures of your QX you would like to share with us?

I love the detail you put in this post. Lol, I was waiting for you to sum up the amount and tell us, but I guess you left it up to us to do it. Well, I just did it.

I got a total of $4,472. So I guess that is what it cost you based on the prices you posted.

Please help correct me if I am wrong. So this face uplift cost you about $4,500 drive out? I bet your car looks good now, but I know this cost is not cheap for sure. Many people who wanted to do such a change may probably just change their mind now after seeing this price.

Share some pictures if you wish and feel free to let us know if this did finally cost you about $4,500 or less or more?

Awesome post! I have not performed this myself, but here is what I found for how to do this on a 2011:

http://www.infiniti-club.org/manual/2011_QX/AV.pdf

Page 112/240 is the section.

:)

Well, if you want to upgrade yours like him with brand new parts and not used parts where most often a piece or 2 may be scratched, broken or cracked, then it seems this will cost you around $4,500 out the door. Pretty steep, but I am sure the result will look great.
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Wow. Just wow. Truly a great post. I missed seeing this a while ago. I wish you could have posted some pictures of your finished product. Do you have pictures of your QX you would like to share with us?

I love the detail you put in this post. Lol, I was waiting for you to sum up the amount and tell us, but I guess you left it up to us to do it. Well, I just did it.

I got a total of $4,472. So I guess that is what it cost you based on the prices you posted.

Please help correct me if I am wrong. So this face uplift cost you about $4,500 drive out? I bet your car looks good now, but I know this cost is not cheap for sure. Many people who wanted to do such a change may probably just change their mind now after seeing this price.

Share some pictures if you wish and feel free to let us know if this did finally cost you about $4,500 or less or more?



Well, if you want to upgrade yours like him with brand new parts and not used parts where most often a piece or 2 may be scratched, broken or cracked, then it seems this will cost you around $4,500 out the door. Pretty steep, but I am sure the result will look great.

Is it possible to swap the qx80 headlights into the qx56 bumper? I went through other threads and it appears it may not be entirely plug and play due to the high been assist if you have a qx56 without high beam assist?
 

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If you own 2011 to 2014 headlights, the 2015 headlights are somewhat plug-in and play. The plug is the same as the 2015 but the wires are slightly different. Meaning you could use the 2015 headlights but you will lose the DRL function. I believe that the AFS will still work as long as 2011 to 2014 QX came with it. You can make the DRL work by doing a little modifying. When I look at the service manual, the DRL is controlled by a CAN-signal sent by the BCM to the IPDM E/R (which is where your fuses and relays are). Based on the diagram from the service manual, the CAN signal that is sent is to tell the IPDM E/R to supply power to the DRL from the battery. One could get creative and bypass all of the systems by using a custom switch to supply the necessary 12v to DRL for them to come on. One way which is a clean way I think is to make a T-harness with the necessary power wires and relays to a switch inside the car to control the DRL and tie that into the car so that the DRL only runs when the car is on, but can still be controlled by a switch.

The QX80 headlights should fit the QX56 as far as fitment.
 

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great post. but couldn't you have just had the lower newer grille cut out to allow the FLIR sensor to be able to "See" the road?

EDIT: you can align the cameras yourself directly through the front AV/head unit. look in the FSM for the tech package stuff like the camera and sensors.

Yes, the body shop that did the work said they could attempt to cut out the area in the lower grille so that the sensor would be visible, but they were unsure how clean it would look and I didn't want to risk them making a mistake and damaging it completely.

I guess one benefit to the sensor being covered is I never get error messages due to the sensor being dirty, and I no longer have the cruise control completely shut off when the sun is shining head on (this would previously happen even if it was in conventional cruise control mode).

As far as calibrating the camera, I took it to the dealership to get it done. They tried to calibrate it and even showed me how to make adjustments to the cameras from the head unit, but the new camera on the front still cannot be adjusted since it doesn't respond to the old software found in the pre-facelifted models.

Wow. Just wow. Truly a great post. I missed seeing this a while ago. I wish you could have posted some pictures of your finished product. Do you have pictures of your QX you would like to share with us?

I love the detail you put in this post. Lol, I was waiting for you to sum up the amount and tell us, but I guess you left it up to us to do it. Well, I just did it.

I got a total of $4,472. So I guess that is what it cost you based on the prices you posted.

Please help correct me if I am wrong. So this face uplift cost you about $4,500 drive out? I bet your car looks good now, but I know this cost is not cheap for sure. Many people who wanted to do such a change may probably just change their mind now after seeing this price.

Share some pictures if you wish and feel free to let us know if this did finally cost you about $4,500 or less or more?



Well, if you want to upgrade yours like him with brand new parts and not used parts where most often a piece or 2 may be scratched, broken or cracked, then it seems this will cost you around $4,500 out the door. Pretty steep, but I am sure the result will look great.

Sorry for the late response, I haven't checked this thread in a long time. Yes, the final project did end up costing me almost $4500 out the door. But I'm sure it can be done for a bit less if you can find used parts or complete assemblies in good shape.

I found someone locally selling the newer style 22" wheels for a good deal that he just took off his 2017 QX80 so I purchased them and will be getting them mounted in the near future. I'll try to post some pictures of the finished project once I get them installed.
 
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Hey everyone I just had my local pro shop do the retrofit and took all the advice on this thread. I love the new look. Its more aggressive and stylish. The blinkers were spliced and made to be day time running lamps. I have 2014 22 inch wheels. The truck now looks like a signature edition. Thank to everyone on this thread.
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Hey everyone I just had my local pro shop do the retrofit and took all the advice on this thread. I love the new look. Its more aggressive and stylish. The blinkers were spliced and made to be day time running lamps. I have 2014 22 inch wheels. The truck now looks like a signature edition. Thank to everyone on this thread.

Metallicbluews6,
Please email me at cmvance2@gmail.com
I have a few questions about your retrofit...which looks awesome!
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Yes, the body shop that did the work said they could attempt to cut out the area in the lower grille so that the sensor would be visible, but they were unsure how clean it would look and I didn't want to risk them making a mistake and damaging it completely.

I guess one benefit to the sensor being covered is I never get error messages due to the sensor being dirty, and I no longer have the cruise control completely shut off when the sun is shining head on (this would previously happen even if it was in conventional cruise control mode).

As far as calibrating the camera, I took it to the dealership to get it done. They tried to calibrate it and even showed me how to make adjustments to the cameras from the head unit, but the new camera on the front still cannot be adjusted since it doesn't respond to the old software found in the pre-facelifted models.



Sorry for the late response, I haven't checked this thread in a long time. Yes, the final project did end up costing me almost $4500 out the door. But I'm sure it can be done for a bit less if you can find used parts or complete assemblies in good shape.

I found someone locally selling the newer style 22" wheels for a good deal that he just took off his 2017 QX80 so I purchased them and will be getting them mounted in the near future. I'll try to post some pictures of the finished project once I get them installed.

is it possible to take the camera off the old Grill and put it on the new grill so that the software will work?
 
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