What To Look For In A Custom Grille For The Chevy Silverado 1500

When you're looking for a new custom truck grille, it doesn't take long to notice that the market is over saturated with grilles. The sheer number of brands and styles available make picking out a truck grille a challenging process. Many parts stores, no matter how small or large, have some selection of custom truck grilles in stock. Even the internet is flooded with various websites selling cheap knock offs that are not made to last long.

So how can you ensure that you get the most value for your money? It's easy. You just need to know what to look for. That's why we put together this guide for Chevy Silverado 1500 owners.

Must-Have Features In A Custom Grille


The whole point of upgrading to a custom aftermarket grille is to give your truck a better grille than the stock version. OEM replacement grilles can be quite expensive, and they don't even offer that much protection.

This doesn't mean that all aftermarket grilles are better than OEM ones. Some aftermarket grilles aren't even built as well as OEM ones are, and that's saying a lot.

The grille is one of the most important parts of your truck. A quality aftermarket grille will offer significant protection for the radiator, A/C condenser, and perhaps oil cooler.

To ensure that you get a quality grille that will offer the kind of protection your Silverado needs, look for the following features:

  • Quality steel: The grille you get should be made out of high quality steel. If it's not, then it won't do much to protect your truck from anything other than leaves, pine cones, and road debris. Even better, get a grille that's made out of T304 stainless steel. It's the best material to use in truck grilles because it's very durable and it lasts a long time.
  • OEM specs: Don't just get any aftermarket grille. Get one that's made to OEM specs, or even better, surpasses OEM standards.
  • Precise workmanship: For a grille to be effective, it must fit your truck perfectly. This means that it must be made with precision. The last thing you want is a grille that fits loosely and flops around while you're driving. You also don't want to get a grille that has cosmetic blemishes like uneven paint or poor welding. Look for a grille that's cut with CNC precision.
  • Thorough testing: The grille you get should already be tested to ensure that it can withstand impacts without breaking.
  • Warranty: If the grille manufacturer stands behind its grilles with a good warranty, then chances are good their grilles are high quality.

These are just some of the things you need to keep in mind when choosing a new grille for your Silverado 1500. Not all aftermarket grilles offer these features. If you're looking for an aftermarket grille brand that offers all these features and then some more, look no further than Royalty Core.

Royalty Core Grilles Fit The Bill

Silverado mesh grille

If you get your grille from Royalty Core, you're getting the best of the best. Here's why:

  • All our grilles are made to OEM specs or even surpass them in some cases.
  • All our grilles are built with high quality T304 stainless steel.
  • We use CNC machines to cut the steel. This ensures a precise fit every time.
  • Our skilled welders hand fabricate our grilles. This ensures top quality construction.
  • We manufacture our grilles in house, in the USA.
  • We test fit all our grilles before shipping them out to our customers.
  • Each of our grilles come with a lifetime warranty.
  • When ordering from us, you'll get to choose from a variety of customization options. This makes our grilles truly custom made.

Which Royalty Core Grille Is Right For You?

Royalty core grilles

At Royalty Core, we build grilles for Chevy Silverado 1500 trucks dating back to 1999:

Check out the styles we have available for Silverado 1500 trucks:

1. RC1 and RC1X Grilles

If you're looking for a simple and classic look, get an RC1 grille. If you'd like an LED light bar too, check out a RC1X grille. These grilles sport a simple design, but they're a bit more stylish than the RCR grille design, with a Royalty Core badge.

2. RCR and RCRX Race Line Grilles

These grilles come with a simple and clean design too. They come with fewer studs than other grilles, as well as a woven mesh design that allows a lot of air to come through. You can choose to add corner accents. You can also decide to mount a 23" LED bar on the top or the bottom of the grille.

3. RC2 and RC2X Twin Mesh Grilles

Are you looking to add emblems and/or LED bars to your grille? If so, you may want an RC2 or RC2X twin mesh grille. These grilles are designed to complement custom emblems. They come with small gauge accent mesh in the corners. The RC2X grille comes with a raised Royalty Core emblem in the center and two 10" LED bars on the sides.

4. RC3DX Innovative Grille

An RC3DX grille comes with a dramatic design with raised graphics 1" off the frame. It will really transform your Silverado's appearance.

5. RC4 Layered Grille

This grille has a raw stainless steel underlay that creates a layered look. It doesn't come with any studs which gives it a sleek, minimal appearance. You can customize it with accent colors.

6. RC5 and RC5X Quadrant Grilles

The RC5 grille has a T6 Billet aluminum center bar with customizable finish. If you want 10" LED bars along with the center bar, get an RC5X grille.

7. RCX Explosive Dual LED Grille

This grille is perfect for nighttime off-roading. It comes with two vertically mounted 12" LED bars.