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Old 06-14-2013, 05:18 PM
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Question Do I NEED Grille Inserts?

I have a black '13 Sport. Obviously it has those three horizontal chrome grille inserts in all four "holes". I was going to plasti dip them, but they actually stick out much further forward than I want.

So can I just remove them and drive without them?? What's the risk? Do I NEED a set of black inserts or something? Tell me what you know. Thanks.
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Nope, you don't need them at all. They're just for looks as far as I know. The one thing I could see is that they offer some protection from big objects flying into your radiator. But I wouldn't worry too much about that.
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Nope, you don't need them at all. They're just for looks as far as I know. The one thing I could see is that they offer some protection from big objects flying into your radiator. But I wouldn't worry too much about that.
Yeah that's exactly what I was thinking. Last thing I need is a 1" stone flying into my radiator on the highway. Is there any other protection for the radiator further behind the grille inserts?
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I don't know but is it possible to turn them inside out? Just a thought.
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I don't know but is it possible to turn them inside out? Just a thought.
I'm pretty sure they're curved with the face of the grille, so this wouldn't work so well.
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Not that I know of.

You could get the OEM honeycomb grille. That one doesn't stick out as far. Otherwise an aftermarket mesh grille would work as well.
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Yeah, I know I could buy another part for it. Was trying to do this as inexpensively as possible.

Also...found out the hard way with my truck half apart, that you do kind of need the grille inserts. See, the two air dams behind the grille don't actually attach directly to the grille. They attach to the grille inserts, which then attach to the grille. Without the inserts, the air dams have nothing to attach to, and you'll see your whole rad and everything through the grille (which looks dumb).

So...does anyone have some good insert options for me? Where can I get them? I would prefer a dark black mesh (something that's not really visible, just a blacked out area). As cheap as possible please. If you have a part number...even better. The honeycomb inserts would suffice, but I'm not a huge fan of them.

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