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Old 09-16-2015, 09:41 PM   #1
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thinking of getting a new front grille

I have a 2002 so its got that oval grill in shiny chrome , i dont like shape or the chrome.
I like the looks off billet griles but I drive alot in the BC interior including the the highway to hell" the Coquihalla Highway. Steep and very hot.
I like the look of the 92-96 grills especially if I got plastidipped or painted.
What do you guys think?
What years grills do you like?
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Old 09-17-2015, 06:18 AM   #2
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Re: thinking of getting a new front grille

92-96 was my favorite grill as well (didnt know exact years, so thanks ).

i swapped out the grill from my 03 with one from a 95 and plasti-dipped it as well. much happier with the overall appearance. not a fan of emblems, so this was an easy way to shave the front one. i went to composite headlights at the same time. i had to swap the headlight bucket from the 95 as well. entire swap took less than 30 min other than the headlight wiring, but thats only because i was doing it in below freezing temps and my soldiering iron was having a hard time getting hot enough, lol.

from this (sold that bumper for a few hundred on our local cl).


to this.
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Old 09-17-2015, 06:53 AM   #3
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Re: thinking of getting a new front grille

I threw a perfect 95 grill away when I got my van and am regretting it. I got a billet grill before I knew how much it might contribute to overheating. i have since removed it and now need to rebuy one like I had. Doh!
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:47 PM   #4
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Re: thinking of getting a new front grille

@shenrie
Damn that looks really good on your van.
I found this online

@86 Scotty
Im glad I learned about billet grills the easy was instead of having to go back after buying one. I do like the look thou..
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Old 09-17-2015, 03:28 PM   #5
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Re: thinking of getting a new front grille

shenrie Your van looks really good . I want to convert my sealed beams to composites. reelchef67 I was going to post that exact image (grill compare) You beat me to it . and reelchef67 i like the lift on your van.
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Re: thinking of getting a new front grille

I have a billet and wanted to get some increased airflow as well. After some pondering I simply removed every other cross piece and rattle canned it black. If I decide I like it I'll try and go back and possibly powder coat it. It looks pretty good actually and there is a lot more room for airflow although I'd be hard pressed to say exactly how much it has dropped my temps. They do seem to stay a few degrees lower than they used to under any given driving condition but that is just a seat of the pants measurement. I can take a picture this weekend if there is any interest in seeing what it looks like.
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Old 09-17-2015, 03:57 PM   #7
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Re: thinking of getting a new front grille

Interesting to see the four side-by-side. I have "the smile." (1998). I think I like the '92-'96 and '03-'07 best. Interesting that they essentially blocked off the sides on the later one.
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Re: thinking of getting a new front grille

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I have a billet and wanted to get some increased airflow as well. After some pondering I simply removed every other cross piece and rattle canned it black. If I decide I like it I'll try and go back and possibly powder coat it. It looks pretty good actually and there is a lot more room for airflow although I'd be hard pressed to say exactly how much it has dropped my temps. They do seem to stay a few degrees lower than they used to under any given driving condition but that is just a seat of the pants measurement. I can take a picture this weekend if there is any interest in seeing what it looks like.
Yeah, shoot a pic. I'd also like to see some results in what your temps have dropped to if you
can post some results.


I did see a huge drop in transmission temps after I put in hood louvers but I've had a billet
grill from day one. Not only do they look good but a billet grill protects from rocks. I'm just afraid
that I won't see a huge drop in temps because I have a set of hood louvers cut in. Hard to weigh
in on what is the best but If I did know for sure that I'd see a big drop in ECT's, I might not
worry so much about the rock protection.
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Old 09-17-2015, 04:54 PM   #9
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Re: thinking of getting a new front grille

^^^ id also like to see a pic of that. great idea whith! sure is some smart cookies round these parts. id have never thought of that.

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I threw a perfect 95 grill away when I got my van and am regretting it. I got a billet grill before I knew how much it might contribute to overheating. i have since removed it and now need to rebuy one like I had. Doh!
i wish i could just throw stuff away. im trying for my spot as a feature on hoarders.

the 92-95 grills are pretty easy to comeby. if your having issues locating one, lmk. easy snag round here

*shamless plug* i picked up a nice billet grill from another member here a while back, but it ended up not working for future plans/project. its for sale if anyone is interested

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@shenrie
Damn that looks really good on your van.
thank you! i really appreciate that

and cool pic. nice to have all that info in one easy to post pic. i also really like the look of the billet grills...

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shenrie Your van looks really good .
thank you as well good sir!!
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i wish i could just throw stuff away. im trying for my spot as a feature on hoarders.
Ha. I have the same problem, especially with original parts (even if I can't imagine why I'd use them again).
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