Falling in love with a piece of steel
When you bought your pickup, chances are that the overall look of the truck was a fairly big factor in your final decision. While power, performance and price are all important considerations when shopping for a new vehicle, the feeling in our gut when we look at our pickups is part of the X factor that makes us choose Chevy over Ford or GMC over Dodge
Making a change.
While you may love your truck’s look as a whole, there are probably a few things about it that you want to change from an individual perspective. For some people, this may mean adding on items such as mud flaps or just hanging fuzzy dice from the mirror, but for others it gets a bit more serious. You might be part of the group who are looking to change a more major component in order to achieve an individualized look.
Starting at the front
A truck’s grille is usually the centerpiece of the front end’s design. A perfect example is the Dodge Ram, which uses a bulky, muscular grille to define the entire vehicle’s styling. This visual focus means that by replacing your truck’s grille with a billet grille, you yourself can make a bold statement to the rest of the world about your pickup’s looks.
What is a billet grille? The term refers to a grille which has been cut from a solid piece of steel or aluminum – not molded or cast. This means that the materials used in the grille are much stronger than non-billet materials. Wholesale billet grilles come in a wide variety of shapes and styles, but many of them employ strong, horizontal bars or slats which help to give the truck a rugged, unique look. Some billet grilles are so ornate that they even incorporate designs or shapes in between the bars of the grille itself, providing a further layer of customization
Replacement or cover
The level of difficulty involved in installing a billet grille is related to the type of grille you decide to purchase. Some grilles are intended to cover or compliment the stock grille of a pickup truck, and as such they merely used brackets and clips to install over top of the existing grille. If you decide to go with this type of grille, make sure that it does not block any of the air moving through to the radiator behind it ls parts ICT Billet.
Replacement grilles are a little more complicated. These types require you to completely remove your stock grille and then replace it with the billet grille. How hard this will be to do is entirely dependent on how your truck’s front end is put together. On older pickups, the process is usually as simple as unscrewing a few bolts and sliding the grille out, but on newer trucks, you might have to remove the headlights or trim pieces in order to get at what you need to access. While it might sound like a lot more work, replacement billet grilles offer a much slicker, factory-installed look that you just can’t get with most billet grille covers.