Dodge Ram Custom Grille Buyer's Guide

Do you own a Dodge Ram truck? Are you looking to upgrade its grille to a custom unit? If your answer to both questions is yes, this buyer’s guide is for you.

What To Look For In A Custom Grille

Ram custom grille

A custom truck grille is a big investment. It’s important to make sure that you’re getting the most value for your money. This includes buying a grille that is well made, fits your vehicle’s make and model correctly, and brings out the true personality of your truck.

While shopping for a grille, you need to know how to spot a well built one that delivers a lot of value for your money. How do you differentiate a well built grille from a shoddily built one, though? Here's a list of certain factors you need to look for in a Dodge Ram grille. To sum it up, find a grille with the following features:

  • Built to OEM specifications (or better)
  • Built with stainless steel
  • Made in the USA
  • Designed and test fitted on your actual Dodge Ram model
  • Backed by a good lifetime warranty
  • Lots of customization options
  • Integrated lighting options

Royalty Core grilles come with all these features, and then some more. This post explains in detail why Royalty Core is the best brand in the custom grille market for Dodge Ram trucks. Here are a few reasons:

  • Royalty Core grilles are made from T304 stainless steel, which is very durable.
  • Royalty Core grilles are CNC machined, hand fabricated, and then test fitted. This ensures perfect fitment.
  • Royalty Core grilles come with many different customization options.
  • Royalty Core grilles are made in the USA.
  • Royalty Core grilles come with a lifetime warranty.

Check out the post for more reasons why Royalty Core grilles are a great investment. Check out all the different grille designs Royalty Core has for Dodge Ram trucks!

How Much Does An OEM Or Custom Grille Cost?

Ram Custom grille

There's no simple answer to this question. The price of an OEM or custom grille depends on many different factors, which are outlined in this post. These include:

  • The customization options you select
  • The quality of materials used in construction
  • The make, model, and trim level of your truck

If you ask us, quality aftermarket grilles like Royalty Core grilles offer much more value than OEM grilles. It's because OEM grilles are made of plastic, which doesn't offer much protection. High quality aftermarket grilles may cost a little more than OEM grilles, but it's well worth the investment.

Should You Get A Custom Grille With LED Lights?

Ram custom grille

LED lights are a great addition to a custom grille. Yet, they're not for everyone. It's important to think about how the LED lights supplement the design of your grille. Be sure to consider whether it would enhance the functionality of your truck, too.

This guide ( goes over the most important questions to ask yourself about having LED lights on your truck grille. In a nutshell, LED lights are a great investment if:

  • You go off-roading often at night
  • You drive on dark rural roads often at night
  • You want a great custom look
  • LED lights on the grille comply with the LED light laws in your area

Adding Emblems To Your Custom Grille

Ram grille emblem

Emblems are a great way to customize your truck even more. If you have a custom grille, a quality emblem will enhance its look even more. Here's a great comparison guide between decals and emblems. It explains why emblems are an excellent investment for Dodge Ram owners who are looking to add some personality to their truck.

Note that you can only add emblems to an aftermarket grille made out of steel. Plastic OEM grilles can barely hold up an emblem.

How To Remove A Dodge Ram Grille

When it's time to replace your grille, you may be wondering if you can do it at home. The first step is figuring out if you can remove the grille from your Dodge Ram yourself. Because there are procedural variations based on the specific year and model, we recommend seeking instructions for your truck from a respected resource. If you have a 4th generation RAM, these instructions are helpful.

 Steps for 4th generation Dodge Ram trucks

Do you have any questions that weren't addressed in this guide? If so, you're welcome to get in touch with us!