Are you replacing the grille on your 4th generation (2009-2019) Dodge RAM? We’ll walk you through the first step: removing the grille.
This tutorial is for all 4th generation Dodge Ram trucks, including:
Please note that the grilles on the 2009-2012 RAM pickups look different from those on 2013-2019 RAM pickups. You can remove both types of grilles the same way, though.
Without further ado, here are the steps to take:
When you open the hood, you’ll see a black plastic panel covering the gap between the grille and the radiator. That’s the plastic valance panel. With a flathead screwdriver, remove all the plastic push pins holding the panel in place. Be careful not to break the plastic pins. They break easily.
With the plastic valance panel off, you can now see where the grille is bolted to the grille support beam. There are 4 10mm bolts attaching the grille to the beam. Remove all those bolts.
With the bolts out, the grille will appear about ready to fall off. IMPORTANT: Do not pull the grille from the top. If you do that, you will break the speed clips that are on the bottom of the grille.
Instead, do this:
The grille should be free now.
If you’re more a visual person, here’s a video of the grille removal process:
Removing the grille inserts is pretty straightforward but requires a little finesse. You'll be flexing some plastic tabs, so we recommend that you do this somewhere where the grille can be at room temperature.
To remove the inserts:
This is the fun part where you take a saw to your grille. Having a friend to hold the grille while you are making cuts is very helpful. Several types of saws can be used:
A die grinder is a great option if you've got one. If you don't, any of the other options will work, but may require more patience or protection of the grille. Whatever saw you use, choose a fine tooth blade.
Once you have a saw chosen, here's how to cut the crossbars:
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Got any questions about removing your 4th generation RAM’s grille? We’ll be happy to help. Just contact us!