Grille Inserts: Everything you need to know.
At Stylin’ Trucks, we think that putting a replacement grille insert on your truck or SUV is one of the easiest things you can do to really spruce up the front of your truck. We also know that there are a lot of options for grille inserts, and other truck accessories, and deciding on one can be tough. Just read on and see the options for yourself.
What is a Grille Insert?First, let’s define what exactly we’re talking about: grille inserts. In layman’s terms, grille inserts are replacement grille pieces that go into the openings in your grille shell.
Check out the photo below. One of our installers is holding a grille insert up to the front of a Ford F-150. You can see that the grille insert fits right into the opening in the Ford Grille Shell. This article is focused on the grille insert. For more information on grille shells and grille shell kits, see our article, “Grille Kit vs. Grille Insert.”
Types of Grille InsertsNow that we’ve defined what a grille insert is, let’s get right into the thick of it and go over the different types.
Classic BilletClassic billet grille inserts feature a smooth design that we’re all fond of. The clean, straight lines draw attention to the front of your truck without being too flashy. They generally feature horizontal bars (pictured) but some are also available with vertical bars. Most are made of high-quality aluminum and some are available with stainless steel fronts.
Speed and Mesh GrillesSpeed and Mesh grille inserts feature a race-inspired, diamond-pattern look that begs to be noticed. Applications are available for most popular vehicles and the easily cleanable stainless steel requires almost zero maintenance.
Designer Stainless GrillesDesigner Stainless grille inserts have many sleek and stylish designs to choose from. These flashy grilles are laser-cut from sheets of high-quality stainless steel and available designs include flames, skulls, iron crosses, and many others.
Solid Billet GrillesSolid Billet grille inserts are traditionally cut from quarter-inch sheets of aluminum with a precision water jet. Their classy, smooth appearance is achieved with bars that are thicker and heavier than Classic Billet grilles. They are also available with straight bars or even specialty logos like Harley Davidson.
Specialty GrillesSpecialty grille inserts are what we like to call grilles that are too great and too few to have their own category. This category includes tubular grilles, phantom style grilles, as well as any other grilles that don’t fall into the previous categories.
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