As much as most people hate to admit, style is one of the top priorities when buying and customising their vehicles. There’s something the unique design of some cars that attracts us in an inexplicable, primal way. For instance, I’ve been a fan of Ford cars from the moment I saw a Ford. In a perfect world, I’d probably own a few Mustangs, but since I’m in Australia and work a blue-collar job, I have a Ranger. And I’m not complaining, I love my Ranger – it’s a tough workhorse that can withstand everything I put it through, while still looking quite good.
The first thing I did when I bought my ranger is look for custom Ford grilles. Grilles are one of those parts that are extremely expressive, yet affordable. You’ll find a wide range of Ford grilles, and one of the most popular types are billet grilles. But before I get into the ins and outs of billet grilles, you need to know what a grille is, and what it does. Basically, the grille is the opening in your vehicle’s bodywork that allows for air to enter and cool the radiator and engine compartment.
In other words, the grille provides cool air over the radiator, without which your engine can overheat, seize and leave you paying a hefty sum for repairs. If the grille isn’t there, or if it’s crooked, you expose your engine to road debris. That being said, grilles are a stylish solution to quite a few problems. Now that you have some understanding of what grilles are, and what they do, let’s discuss the fundamentals of billet grilles.
You’ll find traditional, specialty and bumper grilles. Traditional billet grilles are the most commonly found design on most stock vehicles, and the can be thin or thick, vertical or horisontal. They give your vehicle a commanding presence. If you prefer a seamless look, you should get a set of bars without a perimeter. Alternatively, if you want the bars to pop out from the front, get a billet grille that features a metal perimeter.
Specialty billet grilles are for those who prefer driving on the wild side. These billet grilles come in a wide range of styles, and you’ll find grilles with interwoven bars, punched holes and mashed metal. Additionally, you can find custom cutout grilles with unique shapes and designs to suit your specific wants and needs. However, you should expect to pay more for custom billet grilles. Lastly, you have bumper grilles. These are also known as valance grilles, and they’re oftentimes overlooked by vehicle manufacturers and are left open so you can add one yourself. Doing so can definitely elevate the style and presence of your vehicle.