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Old 31 Dec 2011, 11:48 am
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Default Factory grill integrity

I was thinking of cutting the factory grill to be less egg crate, and more just horizontal.

I was actually considering getting a used grill either from a junk yard or ebay and cutting that, keeping my original just in case it doesn't go well

My question is, how well do you all think the factory grill will hold up to cutting out the vertical pieces? Here's what I'm thinking of trying to achieve, possibly building up the center vertical line with some stainless

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Old 31 Dec 2011, 12:05 pm
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If you are worrying about structural integrity, just tape over the vertical bars with flat black electrical tape. If you don't like the looks, then you can remove the tape. Just a thought.

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Old 31 Dec 2011, 12:14 pm
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There's cut-outs already made for the front grill at Streamline Design. It's made for the top and bottom of the 01-05 cruisers. Its black tape like Harrym has said but they are already pre-cut so you just peel them off and stick them on I did it years ago and they stay on very well. It works really well when the sun is slightly high and the tape matches the shadows. Cutting them out would work better BUT it's a lot harder than your thinking. The vertical slats take up part of the horizontal bars so cutting them would leave a space so most of them would have to be filled in or it will leave a hole where the vertical slat was and look like ...well lets just say it would look bad, so again, it's a lot more more than just a few cuts.

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Old 03 Jan 2012, 05:59 pm
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Default Re: Factory grill integrity

Thanks for the responses, so, another hypothetical, does anyone know how compatible the 01-05 bumper and headlights are with the 06+? Like would it be possible to mount and have the quarter panels match up to the bumper?

I really like the continuous grill look of the earlier models, and there are more aftermarket options for those too.

Another option I was considering was see if the grill from a newer Chrysler would fit. I like the 'ghosted' effect of the cut in, like below


But that would probably involve fiberglassing and such, and they're brand new, so I doubt they'd come cheap.

I could fish around a junk yard for an older model bumper and grill set probably fairly cheap, ebay has them for $88, and a set of headlamps can be had for about the same.
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Old 03 Jan 2012, 07:13 pm
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You can swap that whole front end with pre-'06 parts as long as you swap the headlights.

Personally, I like the pre-'06 front end better, but the '06 and up headlights better. Odd conundrum... I'm going to be masking my grill in the spring and painting the verticles a matte black. I like the way Carey's looks with his taped black.
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Old 29 Feb 2012, 02:30 pm
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Default Re: Factory grill integrity

I have a silver '06, and all I did was buy a used black grille, with the chrome trim, and replace it - looks like floating chrome grille bars in black . No cutting necessary!
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