One way to customize your vehicle's appearance is to equip it with a billet grille. The billet grille is a custom grille insert that you can avail to either cover or replace your vehicle's stock grille insert. A typical billet grille is made from aluminum, stainless steel, or ABS plastic. You can actually opt for either of two types of billet grilles - bolt over billet grilles and replacement billet grilles.The former is easier to install since it easily snaps onto the existing grille insert through hidden bolts, clamps and brackets. On the other hand, the replacement billet grill requires that you completely replace the existing grille insert. In some cases, you would need to do some cutting and light drilling. But the replacement billet grille, when properly installed, looks better and lasts longer than its bolt-on counterpart. To get the best billet grille for your vehicle, trust only Carparts.
• We offer stylish, durable billet grilles to customize your vehicle's look.
• Aside from enhancing your vehicle's looks, a billet grille allows the easier entry of clean air into the engine compartment.
• The billet grilles we offer are accurately cut and designed to fit most vehicle makes and models; you don't have to bother with cutting.
What to Consider when Shopping for a Billet Grille
Some accents here and there are enough to dramatically change the way your car looks or add to its rugged, sporty, or even sophisticated charm. The billet grille is just one of the many ways to give your ride the facelift. If you're in the market for this accessory, here are the things you have to consider:
What are the different types of billet grille?
Different strokes for different folks-with this in mind, you have to consider the different types of billet grille before you make up your mind.
- Replacement billet grille - With this type of billet grille, you have to remove the entire factory grille with precision by using the right tools.
- Grille insert - A few modifications on the stock grille are needed when installing the insert. To take out the inner part of the existing grille, a jig saw may be used. The grille insert is then fitted into the opening and sealed with clamps and bolts.
- Bolt-on/Overlay type - Out of all the options, this is the most convenient to install, with no modifications or tedious work involved. You just have to lay it over or bolt it on the stock grille. It requires only simple tools and takes less than an hour to install, making it a great option for DIYers.
What are the materials used for making this grille?
Moisture, UV rays, dirt, and grime-these are the elements that can easily ruin exterior accessories. If you want a tougher exterior, then you'd want to have a billet grille that's made from the best materials. To help you make a decision, go over the list and see what each material has to offer.
- Aluminum- Flexible and highly resistant to corrosion, this material is commonly used in making billet grilles. This can be molded into different shapes and can withstand harsh conditions. If you want maximum protection against rust, an aluminum billet grille can be the answer.
- Stainless steel- Strength and durability-that's what makes stainless steel a top choice if you want something that will last. This material is often used in constructing traditional and customized grille inserts.
- ABS plastic- It may not be as durable as stainless steel and aluminum, but its light weight and low price more than make up for what it lacks. You don't have to worry about rust with billet grilles made of ABS plastic.
What about the designs?
Tons of designs and patterns allow you to find a billet grille that can create the look you have in mind, whatever suits your sense of style or your vehicle's overall design. Here are some options:
- Specialized/Custom grille inserts- Grille inserts can be molded in a wide variety of shapes and designs like tribal, flames, and what they call the punch out. The grille insert can be customized for different makes and models, so choices are almost endless.
- Traditional designs- If you want to go old-school, then you can choose from horizontal or vertical bars. These traditional designs may come with a perimeter (for the seamless or fierce look) or without one (for a free-floating effect).
Billet Grille: How to Install
You have what they call the horse collar, split kidney, six-bar shield, and fighter aircraft style-these are just some of the more famous grille designs used by Bugatti, BMW, Mitsubishi, and Alfa Romeo. If you want a ruggedly handsome exterior, a billet grille can definitely give your ride the much-needed facelift. Once you've found the perfect match for your ride, be ready to roll up your sleeves and put some elbow grease. Here are the steps for installing a new billet grille:
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Billet grille
- Cutting grinder
- Adjustable wrench
- Allen wrench
Step 1: Taking out the old grille
Remove the entire front grille by disconnecting it from body clips and threaded bolts that hold the frame. Be sure to disengage the battery from the electrical system, along with its cable, to avoid short circuits. Some grilles require you to remove protective covers and other auto body parts that surround the turn signals and the headlamps.
Step 2: Cutting out old grille parts
Cut out some old grille parts using a handheld grinder to make sure there won't be rough edges after you've removed the old grille. You have to cut through metal or plastic parts so that the new grille will fit to a T and will be sealed tightly.
Step 3: Attaching the new grille
Use the mounting brackets and other fasteners to insert the billet grille into the cut opening. Tighten the clips to the frame of the grille through rivets or self-tapping screws. For some vehicles, you have to remove screws using an Allen wrench or a screwdriver to pull out old grille parts from the frame or their support. A billet grille may be bolted over the stock grille, while other types might need a mounting bracket to secure the new grille. How you'll fit and seal the new grille will depend on what type you have.
Step 4: Sealing the new grille
Remember the clips, protective covers, and other covers you've taken out? You need to put them back using the same fasteners. Make sure each piece is tightened and secured properly.
A few more tips:
- Different types of grille require various ways to install them. Some can be snapped into place; others will need brackets. The billet grille may be fitted over the one you have or be used as a complete replacement. Check the package and instructions, so you'll know what tools to use and exactly what to do.
- Measure the grille before you get started with cutting. If not measured and cut properly, you may need a new billet grille or front body clips because of this mistake.
- If you want the screws and bolts of the billet grille to be sealed or locked, a drop of Loctite on the threads will help.