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Ever "downgrade" your grille?

Rock cracked my chrome "XLT" grille and I'm considering going back with the plain plastic grille for a cleaner more subtle look up front. Here's a photo taken before chrome grille got damaged:




Think the XL grille would look okay, or a stupid thing to do? Thanks.

[And those wheels are chrome, just dirty.]
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id say get another xlt grille chrome looks good on it
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You could go with an XLT grill like mine, Chrome surround with a black center. But I wouldn't go all black. I think it would look tacky on your truck.
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i wouldn't go all black grill... looks cheap imo. maybe just a little chrome like ^ he said
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I like the chrome surround look better than full chrome - what year is it? [Edit: I'm assuming it's a stock '05 grille]



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You could go with an XLT grill like mine, Chrome surround with a black center. But I wouldn't go all black. I think it would look tacky on your truck.

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That looks like 04-05 XL grille. Can be picked up at Certifit for like 35 bucks.
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Get a grill the same color as your truck. it will look much better IMO
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Downgrade and get it painted. It will look great.
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That looks like 04-05 XL grille. Can be picked up at Certifit for like 35 bucks.
I say do that!
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'05 XLT grill, the XL didn't get the chrome surround.
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Oh I thought that was the chrome surround you can get on ebay, I didn't know that was factory. Looks good
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factory chrome package, bumpers, grill and wheels. I think certifit sells the chrome surround too.
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This one looks nice. Just need to try and find it at a good price.


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IMO that one would look funny on your truck... It's a lot goin on, on just the grille, not enough goin on with the rest of the truck if that makes sense...
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This one looks nice. Just need to try and find it at a good price.


i LOVE this grill... it wont fit on a 2000 ranger will it?
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in short, no.

in long, if you wanna upgrade the entire front end to the newer body style, yes. With enough work, anything will fit.
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in short, no.

in long, if you wanna upgrade the entire front end to the newer body style, yes. With enough work, anything will fit.
crap... i was just wonderin if it would bolt straight on.
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You could go with an XLT grill like mine, Chrome surround with a black center. But I wouldn't go all black. I think it would look tacky on your truck.

That's way hot. Go for that. Looks 10x better than the full chrome.
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You worded your question wrong... they don't like chrome here so getting a non-chrome grille would be an upgrade... lol... but I've considered some form of honecomb in exchange for my grille
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I normally don't say this on a dark truck becuase I like contrast, but your front valence is flat black I say go black on the grill too, or Color match the truck. It looks tacky now becuase you have three differant colors going on up front so your grille didn't need to be crome anyways.

I dont know how bad the rock chipped the grille but have you considered painting it yourself ? I painted mine Flat black in one afternoon with great results but then again my truck was white and I was going for no chrome look. I think you should really look into color matching it to your truck. If its just chipped the crhome you could probally fix it when you prepped for paint and nobody would ever know.
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This one looks nice. Just need to try and find it at a good price.


That's my factory grill!
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colormatch the not chrome part with your truck..
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get the black grille and paint it the color of the truck that will look good sense you have painted bumbers any way
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If I were to replace it I'd get the STX grill. Best way to go.
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Since I'm going for a clean/bland look up front I think any chrome would be too much. I know a manager of a part store that has 4 or 5 new XL Ranger delivery trucks, so he said he'd trade me a grille for mine - if I don't like what I see I can always trade back. Only thing I have against color matching is the paint chips that would probably start showing up next week and adding the 3m paint film like I've got on the hood and fenders would just be something else to worry about, when just swapping out an XL grille would take 5 minutes and I'd be done. Thanks to all for the advice.
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