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Cadet57



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PostSubject: "Billet" Grill Insert   Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:35 pm

Hopping around ebay and came across this

http://www.ebay.com/itm/94-96-Chevy-Caprice-Impala-SS-Billet-Grille-Insert-/230834709339?_trksid=p2047675.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222002%26algo%3DSIC.FIT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D163%26meid%3D5391356019815145692%26pid%3D100005%26prg%3D1088%26rk%3D1%26sd%3D190538680659%26

Anyone ever install one of those? It says "cutting required" I assume you cut the center out of a stock grill and go from there? Or would you need an SS grill?
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PostSubject: Re: "Billet" Grill Insert   Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:53 pm

I put one in my Tacoma. There is some drilling and cutting to be done. But they do look good when finished, if done correctly. I even clear coated mine before i put them on.
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PostSubject: Re: "Billet" Grill Insert   Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:34 pm

Depending on where they have the mounting points, it can be a PIA

The cutting is easy....but you'll want to think it thru 1st.

Look good when theyre done

Different quality (weight & rigidity) could make a difference but I'd try it for that $

Put one in Matts car...he loves it

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PostSubject: Re: "Billet" Grill Insert   Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:46 am

I put one in my '93 Blazer a few years before I sold it to my father. It was a wretched PITA to install, the cutting of that grille sucked however, because it was so big. I then had to paint any black trimmed out areas where I had cut them to hide the cutting. Also had to prep where I cut as well.

The grille itself did hold up, but it took more time to keep clean and you should probably seal it to keep road salt from affecting it if you plan on exposing it to the winter or a lot of inclement weather.

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PostSubject: Re: "Billet" Grill Insert   Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:44 pm

Is it installed yet??? Arrow

What the heck is keeping you? scratch

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PostSubject: Re: "Billet" Grill Insert   Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:06 pm

that's the one I have. nice grill. I had to cut out the center barof my grill and I made my own mounting brackets. fits good.



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PostSubject: Re: "Billet" Grill Insert   Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:15 pm

Thanks. Ordered it last night. The one I initially linked is for cars with an SS grill. This is the one for the stocker. Should be here next week.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/330713227373?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649
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PostSubject: Re: "Billet" Grill Insert   Thu Feb 07, 2013 9:54 pm

If you need any help let me know. I got a few extra grilles and an already ruined SS one incase. I also have a bin FULL of scrap metal and tons of nuts and bolts. Plus a drill press and some air tools.
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PostSubject: Re: "Billet" Grill Insert   Fri Feb 15, 2013 12:33 pm

Good thing I have a couple spare grills. Installing this thing is off to a mess! Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: "Billet" Grill Insert   Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:23 am

These instructions were written by someone with no grasp of english. Can anyone figure out what they're trying to say here?

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With hacksaw blade, carefully cut out the egg crate section leaving about a 1/16" on the outside ring and the 7 mounting tabs on the inside of the ring
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PostSubject: Re: "Billet" Grill Insert   Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:43 am

It says "cut the middle out of the grill, but don't cut off the tabs that mount it to the grill support, jackass" Wink

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PostSubject: Re: "Billet" Grill Insert   Sat Feb 16, 2013 9:57 am

toomanytoyz wrote:
It says "cut the middle out of the grill, but don't cut off the tabs that mount it to the grill support, jackass" Wink

Thanks President Jackass. Laughing Wink
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PostSubject: Re: "Billet" Grill Insert   Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:20 pm

Jeez Justin, even guys with "DONKS" have this figured out....... Razz
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PostSubject: Re: "Billet" Grill Insert   Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:23 pm

Ironfistdog wrote:
Jeez Justin, even guys with "DONKS" have this figured out....... Razz

Clearly it was written in Ebonics. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: "Billet" Grill Insert   Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:32 pm

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With hacksaw blade, carefully cut out the egg crate section leaving about a 1/16" on the outside ring and the 7 mounting tabs on the inside of the ring

"Wiff ya shiv, cutz out da guts of da grille n leave a lil bit so ya can still puts it back on ya whip"
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PostSubject: Re: "Billet" Grill Insert   Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:22 pm

Ironfistdog wrote:
Quote :
With hacksaw blade, carefully cut out the egg crate section leaving about a 1/16" on the outside ring and the 7 mounting tabs on the inside of the ring

"Wiff Hand ya shiv, to ya boy & ax em to cutz out da guts of da grille n leave a lil bit so ya can still puts it back on ya whip"

fixt....Justonics

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PostSubject: Re: "Billet" Grill Insert   Sat Feb 16, 2013 10:26 pm

sdstick wrote:
Ironfistdog wrote:
Quote :
With hacksaw blade, carefully cut out the egg crate section leaving about a 1/16" on the outside ring and the 7 mounting tabs on the inside of the ring

"Wiff Hand ya shiv, to ya boy & ax em to cutz out da guts of da grille n leave a lil bit so ya can still puts it back on ya whip"

fixt....Justonics

BWAHAHAHAHA I totally lol'd.
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PostSubject: Re: "Billet" Grill Insert   Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:49 am

Justin needs to ask that guy Kuntry from CL how he mounts his. You might need to put some "muny in his hand fuh dat" though... Smile
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