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Got some time today to install the Smittybilt M1 Grill. I love the way it looks but man is it a bear to install. Plus I hated having to cut into a week old $50k truck! Dealer wanted $400 to install and I laughed...but now I understand why. I won't be doing this again anytime soon.
 

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Looks good. I was considering that style. But!
The guys at the local Line-x have them on their trucks.
It was a nice sunny day with the sun shinning towards the grill and I noticed that you could see all the parts behind the screen.
They really stood out with the sun shinning into the grill.
That's when I decided to buy the ford paint-able grill and paint it mat black.
 

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This install isn't for the meek at heart. It takes some skills. Scariest thing is prying the grill off the front locking tabs. I hate prying and pulling against plastic tabs. So afraid they'll break. Lining everything up takes the bulk of time. Start to finish for me was around 3 hours.
 

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This install isn't for the meek at heart. It takes some skills. Scariest thing is prying the grill off the front locking tabs. I hate prying and pulling against plastic tabs. So afraid they'll break. Lining everything up takes the bulk of time. Start to finish for me was around 3 hours.
Yeah...for what it's worth....I had a buddy help me that has done a lot of them. I was shocked that we got my original grille off without breaking a tab. Ford has that thing way over-engineered IMHO.



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Damn man....I had to buy a brand new (PTM) FX grille from Ford, pay someone to paint it, and cut the center out....still got my almost new chrome grille for sale....:cool:

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Hey what kinda light bar is that?? Is it on a 2WD?
 

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I hated that you could see the radiator and cooling fins too....so I blacked it out with a custom bug screen I found on eBay for $30 and now it looks perfect behind there.
 
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