One of the best ways to breathe new life into your truck's façe is to outfit it with a bumper grille. This grille is designed to fit into the opening found in most front bumpers. Installing such add-on will take only a few minutes of your time, yet the new look it can give your ride's fascia will surely be noticed.
If you're looking for a new grille for your truck's bumper, here are the things you should consider for you to get your money's worth:
Much like the main grille of the vehicle, the bumper grille also comes in many different designs. Your choice should always be based on the looks you want your ride to have. You can get a unit that exactly looks like truck's larger grille or one that looks totally different yet won't detract from your ride's frontal appeal.
Product fit is always important especially for add-ons that will be installed in the vehicle's interior. If the grille is too small for the opening, you have to exert extra effort just to secure it in place because the holes in the grille and the opening surely won't line up. And if the grille isn't properly installed, it can fall off especially when your truck goes over rough terrains and the ride becomes shaky.
The product's quality and durability can be determined by the materials it is made of and the way it is constructed. Since it will be installed in an area that's always hit by road debris, mud, and water, the bumper grille must be made from heavy-duty, rust-resistant materials. It must also be constructed in such a way that the grille inserts won't break or crack easily even during minor collisions.
How to install a bumper grille on a truck
What you'll need:
- New grille
- Phillips screwdriver
Step 1: Pre-fit the bumper grille.
You can do this by holding the grille and positioning it in the opening of your truck's bumper. By so doing, you'll find out if the size and shape of the grille matches the opening perfectly. Also, check if the tabs on the top and bottom of the new grille are intact, aren't cracked, and don't have any factory defect.
If you notice that the grille is too big or small for the opening, or if it has defects, let the merchant know right away and have the item replaced.
Step 2: Remove the plastic guard from the bumper.
You may not see it right away because it protrudes only on each end of the open area, but this opening on the bumper of most trucks usually has a black plastic guard that goes around it.
To remove this plastic guard, get underneath the front bumper. Stop right where you can reach and clearly see the backside of the bumper's opening. With your hands, take the plastic guard out.
Step 3: Install the bumper grille.
Position the new grill in such a way that the holes in each tab are aligned with the holes where the Philips screws will be inserted. Slide in and, using a Phillips screwdriver, tighten each screw well.