When looking for a new grille for your truck, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the different options available. Not all grilles are created equal, so it’s important to do research before deciding on one. What do you look for, though? Which features offer the most value?

We’ll help you with that. Here’s a list of the must-have features to look for in a grille:

1. Built to OEM Specifications (or Better)

OEM specs

When it comes to grilles, function and fitment are incredibly important. A grille:

  • Provides protection for the engine and radiator
  • Allows air in to cool the radiator

An ill-fitting and/or poorly-designed grille won’t serve its purpose well and may cause issues. For example, a grille that doesn’t allow enough air in may cause the engine to overheat.

That’s why you want a grille that’s built to OEM specs, or better. Such a grille is designed to fit your exact truck model and accommodate its cooling needs. Beware of aftermarket grilles that aren’t built to OEM specs.

2. Stainless Steel

One of the biggest reasons truck owners upgrade their grilles is to provide more protection for their engines and radiators. As far as strength and durability goes, it can’t get any better than stainless steel. It looks great out of the box and keeps looking great for years. Stainless steel grilles may cost a bit more than grilles made with other materials, but it’s well worth the investment.

3. Made in the USA

Made usa

If you buy a product that’s made in the USA, you’re supporting the American economy. Plus, USA-made grilles are typically much higher in quality than the grilles made overseas.

4. Design That’s Test Fitted

We mentioned earlier that it’s important to get a grille that’s built to your truck’s OEM specifications. It’s also just as important to get a grille design that’s test fitted on your actual model of truck before it’s shipped to you. That way, you know that it will fit without the need for any shimming or adjustments.

5. Lifetime Warranty

Warranty

If properly cared for, high-quality stainless steel will last forever. That's why some aftermarket grille manufacturers have no problem warrantying their grilles. If you buy a grille with a lifetime warranty, you know you're buying from a company that believes in their products.

6. Lots of Customization Options

There’s no fun in driving around in a truck that looks the same as a million other trucks. One of the best things about upgrading your grille is dialing up your truck’s appearance and making it unique.

Royalty Core offers tons of grille customization options, including: frame color, mesh color, mesh size, stud color, and more.

7. Integrated Lighting Options

Lighting

A grille that has built-in lighting allows you to improve your truck's utility while also upgrading its performance. Of course, this is an optional feature, but it’s always a great one to have especially if you go off-roading a lot.

Royalty Core Grilles Have All of These Features

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If you’re looking for a grille that has all of the above features, you don’t have to look very far. Royalty Core offers all of the must-have features in a grille. Check out our extensive lineup of unique grilles guaranteed to turn heads.