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Old 01-14-2006
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04/5 Carrige works billet grills.

the product is a Carrige Works black billet grill for 04/5 rangers. we purchased it through undergodperformance. total install time was about 3 1/2 hrs and lots of swearing.

overall the product was good. the finish was 100% (thanx wayne for getting them to ship us a new one), looked great and seems like it was done very well. the product itself was a little flawed, one end has a slight bend to it but overall it was very nice. for this i give a 8/10.

the fit n finish look great (minus that one end). took a while to get it to fit to my liking but once done we were pleased w/ it. for this i give a 7/10.

onto the install...what a PITA. first i wanna saw, they need to include a tool list because i ended up not having the right tool. second the instructions, while pretty detailed, were a little vauge and the pictures were VERY hard to make out. could have been a flaw in printing or just a bad picute...who knows. they also said, if one plans on keeping the stock instert to remove by hand. well this was a no dice thing here because i ended up cutting the tabs as per the instructions stated. then actually installing the grill onto the truck, a long hex key with a 15* ball end was needed, which i didnt have at home today, so i had to waste an hr looking for a suitible replacement. once i found one i spent another 25 minutes fanaggling myself to get everythiing buttoned up. that was due into part of Ford placing **** in the way and the brackets being made to block the most logical way to access the screws. lastly, i had to fiddle with a few brackets to get everything to line up and fit but that is to be expected. for this i give a 4/10.

overall it looks great, didnt take that long and definatly a worthy upgrade. overall i give it a 6/10.
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It's snowy & basically just crappy out right now so I should get some by wedsday at the latest I hope.

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is this the one that totaly gets rid of the grill?
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3 1/2 hours? This is either a real pain or well I'll just keep to myself. Upper and lower mine took about an hour tops.
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sounds like alotta work just for a grilll insert
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Yeah, it replaces the grill. A lot of drilling
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I thought it was fairly easy but I have a pretty full toolchest and 70 degree weather. Glad you got through it.
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it was "easy"...just more cutting and drilling than expected. i have the tool needed but it was at school in my box for class.
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it takes two people to install it, took me and my dad an hour to put it in my truck
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ya me and sarah did it. i was a little aprehensive to butcher up a new truck and tried to get the old insert out without cutting the tabs...which we ended up doing. plus i time to make sure it was 100%.
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i think josh and i got his on in like 15 min tops in the cold weather.

does it look like this one?
this one is tough as nails. i saw a bird get split into lots of little slices. and the grill wasnt even damaged.

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oh man...thats what i have to look forward to...lame...
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