Your car's front end can be rough and sexy, rugged and sturdy, smooth and sleek, or eye-catching and exciting. Much of it has to do with the grille assembly. Just think of BMW's split kidney grille and Jeep's trademark 7-grille style. There's also the famous horse collar grille from Bugatti and single-frame grille from Audi. The grille, however, isn't just there to give the car a more distinct look. The grille keeps debris, grime, sludge, dirt, and water from getting straight inside the hood, thereby protecting the radiator and other parts. It also lets air flow inside the hood to keep the engine cool and the fuel burning.
The good thing about the grille assembly is that this can be replaced easily in case it gets badly damaged from an accident or if you want to modify your vehicle with a custom piece, in which case there are more than a few options to consider since grilles come not only in different designs or patterns but are also made using various materials.
Aluminum. This is often used in custom grills for cars because this can be easily molded into almost any design. But even though aluminum grilles are much lighter than others, they're known for being sturdy and durable. The material used in this type of grille can be aircraft-grade T-5 or T-6 aluminum or aluminum combined with alloy, which highly resists corrosion.
ABS plastic. ABS plastic grilles are widely used because of their low cost. They're standard options in some vehicles used for normal city driving since they're light but still rigid, though not as durable as other materials. They usually come in simpler designs but can be easily painted for customization. With these grilles, rust will be the least of your worries.
Stainless steel. Stainless steel grilles are often used in trucks and SUVs. They can usually survive impacts and other elements, especially in terrains or rough roads. They also don't get ruined by rust or corrosion. Stainless steel doesn't get dull compared to aluminum that often becomes oxidized within 2 to 3 years. However, stainless steel grilles are more expensive; that's why aluminum grilles seem to be more popular.
Mesh. The interlaced design of mesh grilles may come in various patterns. These can be made through interwoven strips or punched out sheets for the grille. This type of grille assembly can make the vehicle look sleek and elegant or even luxurious.
Billet. Billet grilles are known for their strips or bars arranged horizontally or placed vertically. These strips of metal or plastic may be parallel to one another or slanted. This grille design is commonly used in trucks, SUVs, and fast cars because of its tough, sporty look.
CNC. Through a CNC (computer numerical control) machine, various grille designs and patterns are created. These include the famous skull and flame grilles. CNC grilles are made using a sophisticated computer program that directs the machine in making more unique and complex designs.
Grille assembly options
- You may stick to the original OEM factory design and order an exact match. If you want to modify your car and create a different look or have a better finish or material for the grille assembly, custom grille options are here for you to explore.
- The grille assembly comes in different finishes such as chrome, zinc plating, powder coating, or polished look. It may come in different colors as well such as black, gray, or silver and in different combinations such as chrome, primered, and paintable shells with textured, powdercoated, and matte gray inserts.