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Replacement Grilles | How To Keep That Factory Fresh Look

Need a replacement factory-style grille? Restoring a classic? We’ve got OEM-look grilles and emblems going back decades - with quality and fit matching the originals.

While custom grilles are among our most popular accessories, due to their relative affordability combined with the ease with which they can be installed, not everyone wants to change their vehicle's look. Yes, that billet or mesh grille transforms the front of your car; but it's still your car and therefore still your choice. You may, for various reasons, want to stay with the frontal factory appearance.

So what happens when that factory grille of yours needs replacing? Since most original equipment manufacturer (OEM) grilles made from the 1970s-on are made partially or wholly out of plastic components, certain areas tend to crack and break apart when stressed past their bending point. Making it worse is the fact that plastic, like any oil-based material, is subject to drying out over time. As that happens, older polymer blends become even less flexible, more brittle, and extremely prone to breakage. Small pieces of gridwork break off after minor rock hits or shopping cart dings, and even the gentlest of fender-benders in a parking lot can leave factory grilles decimated as a whole - broken into fragments that mar the look of any car or truck. And then there are unavoidable front-end accidents at higher speeds that no grille would survive, regardless of materials or construction.

Whether you're restoring a classic car or need to repair damage to a daily driver, we stock quality replacement grilles, emblems, and molding/frame pieces from reputable manufacturers such as Goodmark, Sherman, Replace, and Auto Metal Direct, all who specialize in building OEM quality parts at lower-than-OEM prices. Quality will be the same as what you'd get from a dealership parts department, and you'll spare yourself the dealer markup.

When we say quality is the same as OEM, we mean the parts we offer in the Replacement Grille Assemblies section of our website match the exact appearance, color(s), dimensions, contours, materials, thickness, and fitment of what was installed on your vehicle during its maiden voyage down the assembly line. We know because our employees have tested these products on their own vehicles.

Late Model Cars And Trucks

When it comes to OEM-style replacement grilles for late-model vehicles (say of the last 25 years), you'll find we’ve got a wide selection. Once you've entered vehicle make, model, and year information in the Product Options field, you may be prompted to select a "Quality" level from choices of Good, Better, or Best. In some instances, you'll see only of these to choose from. Other times, all three choices will be present. While you'll receive the same high-quality part no matter what level you select, "better" and "best" signify that certifications were awarded by independent automotive testing agencies after parts were submitted for review and inspection.

The OEM Style Replacement Audi Grille.
A factory style replacement grille from Sherman.

Parts marked "Better" mean they have been CAPA-certified. The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) is a third-party independent testing agency that performs rigid quality tests regarding fit/finish, performance, vibration/corrosion resistance, integrity, and material properties of new parts. The "Best" designation signifies a part was approved by NSF International, an accredited certification body that tests repair parts after use to ensure they've maintained original integrity when it comes to fit, form, and function.

Product Options Field
On some replacement grilles, you may come across the box shown above with two or three Quality levels to choose from.

Jeeps

It's true that Jeep grilles can lead a hard life travelling off-road and climbing rocks. For Jeep models that are most often customized for the trails, Jeep specialist Omix-Ada offers finely-tuned Jeep Replacement Grilles for CJs, Cherokees, Grand Cherokees, and Wranglers. Whatever colors or materials were featured on original equipment grilles, Omix-Ada faithfully replicates them with the passion that only a company staffed with enthusiasts can manage. For example, choices of all-black, black with chrome accents, or chrome-black-gray grilles will be available for applicable years and models of Cherokee and Grand Cherokees covered.

Omix-Ada specializes in grilles for classic CJs, Cherokees, Grand Cherokees and Wranglers.
The Sherman replacement grille for the Jeep Commander is one of many offered by them and Replace for newer Jeep models.

You'll also find grilles for newer Jeep models including Cherokee, Commander, Compass, Grand Cherokee, Liberty, Patriot, and Wrangler from both Sherman, Crown, and Replace. For Comanche fans, Replace offers a hard-to-find replacement grille for your model as well.

Classic Performance Cars & 4X4s

If you're looking for factory-authentic replacement grilles for classic American muscle cars and 4x4s from the late 1960s and 1970s, we've got Goodmark products for General Motors, Ford Motor Company, and Chrysler Corporation cars and trucks from that classic period. Experts in the field praise Goodmark for its ability to produce color variations that are excellent matches for those found on original factory option packages - whether it's matte or gloss finish, or grey, black, or chrome color. GM buffs should check out OPGI (GM) and Restoparts (Chevy) among others.

Chevy Camaro SS Replacement Grille

For example, if you need a 1969 Camaro grille with a black border to complete the look of an SS package, you'll find a number of choices in the correct shade available in the final selection area. Should you prefer one without black, you'll find those too. Auto Metal Direct also has replacement grilles for Chevy and Pontiac muscle cars from the 1960s-70s as well as Chevy and GMC 4x4s from the 1970s-80s.

URO Parts Grille On Vintage Mercedes
The URO Parts Grille, as shown for vintage Mercedes models.

Need a grille for a classic Mercedes 190, E-class, or S-class? URO Parts has them for Benz models from 1977 on. There, you’ll also find replacement grilles for older BMW and Saab models.

Don't Forget Replacement Grille Emblems & Moldings

Grille Emblem Installation
If you've got a Chevy, GMC, Dodge Ram, or Ford 4x4 built in the last several decades, upgrade to a 1-piece billet aluminum grille emblem.

Replacement grilles we sell are equipped with mounting points that allow you to re-use existing factory emblems if you choose to. At such a point, you may realize that your original grille emblems have become weather-worn, tarnished, or riddled with chips from stones and other road debris. That's why we offer replacement grille emblems that match original equipment materials, colors, and dimensions for trouble-free installation and perfect looks.

Check out Goodmark Grille Emblems and Auto Metal Direct Grille Emblems if you own a classic American muscle car.

We've also got grille frames and molding pieces that many automotive designers placed adjacent to grilles for styling purposes. If you've got an Asian, German, or American car built since the 1990s, check out Sherman grille moldings. Goodmark specializes in grille moldings for select classic GM, Ford, and Chrysler muscle cars and trucks. In many cases they include any applicable, hard-to-find installation clips. Owners of 1960s-1980s Chevy and GMC cars and trucks will find quality grille moldings from Auto Metal Direct.

Upper Grille Molding
A GoodMark upper grille molding piece.

We're not trying to talk you out of a custom grille; we simply recognize that the aftermarket style is not for everyone. If you are in love with your ride's stock appearance, or are doing a 100-point restoration on a classic, you want to stay with that OEM look. We've just shown you a way to accomplish that at something less than OEM prices. And in many cases, the installation is a DIY job, which saves you even more money.

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