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Old 04-17-2005
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Installing Billet Grille...

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I was thinking about getting a billet grille for my 99 Ranger 4x4. The only thing im concerned about is cutting the cross sections out of the stock grill. I have a single horizontal bar along with 2 vertical bars inside the actual grill frame. How would I cut those out without making it look jank.
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why do you have an xlt grill on your 4x4? but anyways dude there aarent really any pointers i can give other than take you time. and also buy a bunch i cut off wheels for your dremmel.
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DO IT DO IT....

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My Ranger is an XLT (1999 Ex. Cab XLT 4x4 Off Road), there for has the XLT grille. So no other advice besides to do it veeerrry carefully..lol ???
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okay i didnt know about that combo of truck...any ways. ive had some time to think so here i go... think about the look you want...
do you want option 1...

or do you want option 2...

for option one there is a little less involved...by that i mean i dont think...but dont quote me on...that there is any cutting involved. its 2 pieces
for option 2... get ready to hack... okay when i did mine i didnt plan to well so it doesnt look as good as i would like.if you have the chrome grill...get alot of cut off wheels as i said earlier. its a pain to cut through. if i was to do it again i would tape off the whole grill that way i can chart a line to cut on the grill.and basically the only part that will be left on your grill is the front. i just cut off the center bar out at the point where it is flat with the side(almost to the front) then i just cut from there. go slow. i got anxious and ended up with scratches from the cut off wheel sliding across the chrome. and also just to let you know this is not going to sit flat. the grill and the shell will have a gap on the sides...i havent seen a grill that doesnt. yes the picture looks like it but i have never seen one that does...well i cant think of any thing else i will pit down more if i think about it later... hope this helps.
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Alright, thanks that does help alot. I dont understand why you had to cut into your grille since you have the 2 piece, at least your avatar shows you do. I will check it out and see if the 2 piece grille will involve cutting. If it dosnt, I will just go with that, but if theres any cutting involved I will just go all out and and go for the 1 piece.
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Would putting a grill like option 2 be easier on an Edge because of the open grill shell and mesh stock grill?
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no i ordered the one piece from carriage works...then i realized that it was actually for the 4x4 shell...so i just hacked mine up to work...in my avatar thats when i had the gutter guard. i think when i get home im gonna get a regular paintable shell to atempt something else...on our grill there is a lip a little bit back (i cant really explain it but just look at your grill) im gonna cut at that mark...and see what its gonna look like...probably similar to the two piece but im not so fond of the gap...and if it looks good then ill buy the chrome shell and redo it.

****EDIT**** karrbass you posted while i was typing...these grills are for a 98-00 you need this

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...category=33645
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I know they look good and got 4 more bars usually than an xlt
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ive got a trex billet grille (full opening) for sale for 50 bucks...its the one that needs to have the stock frame modified to fit it. heres the link for the exact peice. http://www.sfxperformance.com/parts/TRX20676.htm
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