Up In Your Grille

In­stalling the T-Rex X-Metal Grille on a ’14 Sil­ver­ado


In­stalling the T-Rex X-Metal grille on a ’14 Sil­ver­ado

One of the cheapest and eas­i­est ways to im­prove the look of your truck is to add a grille to the front end. And with the ex­cep­tion of wheels and tires, it’s the most pop­u­lar up­grade you can per­form. As long as Truckin has been around, there have been cool trends in the grille world, from the square- or round-tube grille in­serts fin­ished in chrome that dom­i­nated the show scene in the ’60s and ’70s to the bil­let grilles that ba­si­cally took over in the ’80s and ’90s to the diecut, pol­ished stain­less trend that fol­lowed the mil­len­nium. The lat­est trend—one that has been around for a while and shows no signs of slow­ing down—is the mesh grille, which comes as an in­sert only, or with a frame as a full re­place­ment of the fac­tory grille shell. The pol­ished stain­less is the way to go if you want that ex­tra bling, but the pre­dom­i­nant choice the past few years has been black.

T-Rex has been around a long time and was very early to capitalize on the cur­rent grille game. It has sev­eral lines of grille in­serts and com­plete re­place­ment grilles, in­clud­ing clas­sic bil­let, mul­ti­ple styles of mesh, and riv­eted—and some­times even in­cor­po­rates LED lights into the de­sign. For our al­ready blacked-out and lev­eled ’14 Chevy Sil­ver­ado, we de­cided on an over­laystyle in­sert from T-Rex’s X-Metal se­ries. The two-piece de­sign fea­tures a stud­ded Main Grille in all black and was the per­fect com­ple­ment to this truck.

Watch as we make quick work of the in­stall, and check out the T-Rex web­site to see just how easy it is to im­prove the looks of your truck.

For our ’14 Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado, we pe­rused the T-Rex web­site and set­tled on the over­laystyle X-Metal Se­ries two-piece Stud­ded Grille in all black, part num­ber 6711171.

9. This body-style truck has an in­ner shell that seals to the core sup­port for max­i­mum cool­ing ef­fi­ciency, which is pretty cool. But we have to re­move it tem­po­rar­ily to in­stall the T-Rex in­serts.

5. Us­ing a 7mm socket, we re­moved the two screws from in­side each fend­er­well, where the bumper and fender meet.

6. Then we pulled the plas­tic bumper pad out­ward where it meets the fender at the fend­er­well un­til it popped loose and was re­moved.

8. Fi­nally, we popped the grille shell off the truck and set it on the bench for mod­i­fi­ca­tion.

2. The first step of the in­stall is to re­move the 12 plas­tic pop riv­ets along the top of the ra­di­a­tor cover us­ing a re­moval tool or flat screw­driver.

7. You can re­move the fi­nal bolts from the bot­tom edge of the grille.

4. We re­moved the four 10mm bolts lo­cated along the top of the grille shell.

3. Then, we re­moved the plas­tic ra­di­a­tor cover, ac­cess­ing the back of the fac­tory grille shell.

10. We were ready to set the over­lay in­serts in place on the fac­tory grille, be­ing care­ful to hold it in place un­til we got it locked down from the other side.

11. Studs from the in­sert pro­trude up through the fac­tory grille, where they are topped with a clip and Ny­loc nut.

13. Be­fore we did the fi­nal snug-down, we checked the fit­ment of the over­lays from the front to en­sure a per­fect fit.

14. Now things were tight­ened down for good, and we re­assem­bled the shell and re­in­stalled it on the Sil­ver­ado.

12. This setup is used in sev­eral places around the in­sert.

15. With the grille and bumper cap back on the truck, this sim­ple in­stall is com­plete. The sim­ple front-end up­grade of the T-Rex X-Metal grille adds to the good looks of the XD Se­ries wheels and Nitto tires and took this truck from stock to cus­tom in...

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