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Old 11-07-2009, 08:07 AM
RangerNDog RangerNDog is offline
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Originally Posted by NOLArat View Post
well i picked up a can of krylon fusion flat black

hopefully i can paint it tomorrow without too many mistakes. damn bugs in louisiana get stuck in anything i paint usually
Just tape off the grill and paint. Krylon Fusion dries quick. Let it set for about an hour and pop it back on the truck. It will be completely dry and after a week it will be chip proof.
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Old 11-07-2009, 09:00 PM
NOLArat NOLArat is offline
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well i couldn't get the clips off the grille so i had to tape everything up and had at it.

ran into 3 problems... problem 1, a little piece of tape came off and i didn't realize so a piece of the blue got some black spots on it. problem 2, some of the tape is stuck between the grille and the painted area and i can't get it out.. problem 3, the damn clips under the driver side light aren't working properly... every time i try to snap the grill back into those 2 clips they just sorta go inside the hole and then pop back out so it's not in right. guess i'll mess with it more tomorrow
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:00 AM
GibsonAT794 GibsonAT794 is offline
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Default Re: 2001 Ranger Grille Options

Originally Posted by NOLArat View Post
I'm not quite happy with the way my grille looks. It's aged/faded and looks to be in pretty rough shape.

So I did some searching and came across this thread: 2001 ranger grille replacement

In that thread it's stated the options are to paint your grille or to get one of the following:

So I went to good old photoshop and played with the options... So far the only one I really like is the painted option. I was wondering if maybe there were any other decent grilles? I found a few "snap in" grills that basically replace the existing grille but leaves all the other painted stuff but they all looked real cheesy (see here:

Also where can I get the grilles in the above image? The only one I played with seriously in photoshop was the black one with the chrome middle since it caught my eye. Does anyone have any of these grilles on their truck and can share pictures to help me make a decision?

Maybe I can get some opinions also on what looks best of the ones I ran through photoshop?

What it looks like now:

What it would look like painted black:

If I got the black grille with the chrome insert and painted the area under the lights blue to match the truck:

If I got the black grille with the chrome insert and left the color alone:

(Forgive the crappy photoshop job, I'm kind of a novice at it)
How hard would it be to adapt that Grille to my 1997? Id like to get a newer bumper as well but the new bumpers have that dip that would look tacky. Thanks!!
1997 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab
2.3L 4-cyl.
5-speed Manual
F-150 Coils w/ 2" Coil Spacers 2" Rear Chevy Shackles
SkyJacker Hydro 7000 Shocks
33X12.5 R15
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Old 08-18-2012, 12:33 AM
tomdmcpwn tomdmcpwn is offline
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Talk about digging up and old thread!

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