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Old 05-16-2017, 06:42 AM   #1
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2016 Chevy 2500 bumper grill inserts.....

Looking to see if anyone has installed a grill insert in the larger hole in the bumper. Meaning here;

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My worry is that a large rock or bird could really do some expensive damage if it where to enter that opening at a high rate of speed.

Was looking at this product off ebay,

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but cannot find out how it is installed. Any help on installation method these grill use would be great. I do not want to drill any holes in my new truck. It costs too much......
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Old 05-16-2017, 07:51 AM   #2
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Sounds like a good idea. It for me I use that spot as a step to wash the center of the hood. I learned a hard lesson that standing on a tire and bending over to clean the hood and windshield puts your leg in a perfect position to put a dent in the paper thin front fender . Thankfully Dent Wizard removed it at a very reasonable cost. Be very careful if you do this as a standard practice. My son did the exact same thing on his new truck.
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Old 06-07-2017, 06:18 PM   #3
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Not familiar with that particular one, but did install one from Amazon, maker " Mountains2metals " . Fits like glove, 20 minutes to install - No drilling- Looks great too... $100 .
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Sorry for not updating, but did purchase this one off Ebay for $37 US.

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Instructions where to tear apart 1/2 the front end to get at where the mounting brackets go. Actually it took only 20 minute to install and all mounting bracket install thru the opening that the new grill installs into.

Just a note; had to modify the brackets due to the push on nuts not fitting. had to add a bit of clearance with a mini grinder. took longer to cut and clean up than did the install.
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I was worried about rocks and such.... This is the trans cooler grill I got... Took maybe 20 minutes install... No drilling... On my 15 Silverado ...
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That grill could restrict the air flow and reduce the trans cooling on a hot day pulling a load. I can only assume there was a reason the auto engineers left that space open.
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I just used some black screen door material held in place with plastic strips and screws on each side. No heat issues and no bends in the fins!
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That grill could restrict the air flow and reduce the trans cooling on a hot day pulling a load. I can only assume there was a reason the auto engineers left that space open.
Actually in our case anyway, pulling our 5vr up Yarnell Hill in AZ, with some 20% grades in summer, the trans temp finally got up to normal,,, 175 degrees ... So no worries here on air flow. I'd rather not be sitting beside the road with a punctured cooler. Those are very fragile.
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Looking to see if anyone has installed a grill insert in the larger hole in the bumper. Meaning here;

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My worry is that a large rock or bird could really do some expensive damage if it where to enter that opening at a high rate of speed.

Was looking at this product off ebay,

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but cannot find out how it is installed. Any help on installation method these grill use would be great. I do not want to drill any holes in my new truck. It costs too much......
I installed one on my 2011. No drilling or cutting involved. No overheating either.

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I installed a Putco grille on my '16. Easy install. As far as restricting cooling, don't worry about it. Pulling my 11,000lb trailer up a 6% grade for 7 miles in 80 deg + my trans temp climbed all the way to 176.
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