Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. Adam here with americanmuscle.com. Today, I'm bringing you a quick overview and installation of the Putco Black Punch Stainless Steel Lower Grille Insert, available for all 2011 to 2014 EcoBoost F-150s. So in this video, of course, I'll be going over the styling and appearance you can expect from the Putco Grille Insert as well as the materials and construction. I'll top the video with the install, which I'll let you know upfront here, again, will get a very, very simple one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, not requiring any permanent modifications like drilling or cutting.
Now, the Putco Black Punch Stainless Steel Lower Grille Insert will be for any '11 to '14 EcoBoost F-150 owner who might not only be looking to switch up the front end look of the lower grille appearance with an aftermarket part such as this, but one that does so in a way with a very, very minimalistic design, something that will actually help a little bit more with air flow as well as not requiring any permanent modifications like drilling or cutting, which some of the other options on the market do. This will also be a fairly budget-friendly part as well, coming in a little less expensive than some of the other options. So no drilling, no cutting, and a budget-friendly option definitely comes in, in my opinion, at one of the top of the leaderboards as far as aftermarket options.
Now, when you're shopping online for a lower grille insert or replacement, there is gonna be a lot of different options out there with styling. Now, obviously, the lower grille does not have too much function other than that maybe it brings in a little bit more air to the radiator. Now, if that's your concern, as you can see, a lot of different holes punched, as the title says, into this lower grille insert will allow for a pretty good air flow.
Aside from that functionality, the styling is extremely straightforward. This is a very minimalistic design as compared to some of the other ones out there that might have a more complex chrome trim, something a bit flashy, whereas this one is a lot more stealthy. Now, on top of the punch setting you see here with dozens upon dozens of holes punched in there, you can also tell that this is a non-drilling, non-cutting-required type of material. This is something that goes on with very minimal hardware, which I'll touch on in just a second and, on top of that, has a very minimal price tag.
As far as materials and construction goes, it was manufactured out of an extremely lightweight stainless steel, something very durable and impact-resistant, as you can imagine. That's gonna be perfect for the guys out there doing a lot of off-roading or even the guys using it as a daily driver, because your lower front end is definitely gonna take a beating from some rock chips and road debris popping up at it. And a stainless steel lower grille insert will be able to take that beating, as opposed to some of the plastic trim options on the market.
On top of the actual material, it was finished in a textured black finish, and it does have the Putco logo on the bottom left. Now, for some guys, the logo would be a make-it-or-break-it, because they might not wanna be doing some free advertising, but in my personal opinion, the logo on the bottom left is small enough to really not be that noticeable. And it does kinda blend in with the rest of it, so I don't think it's too big of a deal, in my opinion. The textured black finish does give it a very stealthy look, and, again, because of the materials, it won't be chipping or fading in time.
I briefly mentioned that the price tag earlier was going to be pretty low here. Now, this is something coming in at right around the $80 mark. Now, if you take into consideration some of the other options out there, like some of the horizontal bar options, the honeycomb options I mentioned before, and even some of the ones that require modification, they can run you sometimes up to $200 for a s