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Putco Bar Design Lower Bumper Grille Insert - Black (15-17 F-150, Excluding Raptor)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Aggressive Styling
    • Bar Design
    • Stainless Steel Construction
    • Black Powdercoat Finish
    • Easy Installation
    • Available with or without a 10 inch LED Light Bar
    • Not Compatible with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
    • Fits 2015-2017 Ford F-150s, Excluding Raptors

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    Hey, guys. I'm Justin with here with my detailed review of the Putco Stainless Steel Bumper Grille Insert featuring their black bar design fitting your 2015 and up F-150. My review's gonna cover a few basic things with the Putco Insert, basically what it's made of, what it's gonna do for your styling, what it's gonna do to your wallet, and what it takes to get it installed. Now speaking of the installation, guys, there is a fair amount of work here, including some massaging with a rubber mallet and some basic nut and bolt stuff. So I'm gonna call it a strong one out of three wrenches on my difficulty meter with a little bit more detail to come. So the Putco Lower Grille Insert I think will appeal to a good portion of newer F-150 owners out there, looking to take the popular method of updating or customizing their front end by switching out those factory grilles. Now, Putco offers a wide variety of aftermarket options for your newer F-150, and this is just one small example of that. So if you're looking to complement that factory upper or aftermarket upper grille, this would be a great option. Now this particular grille option that I have with me in this video is what Putco calls their black bar design, and that's simply due to the fact that this thing features the horizontal bar style or design overall. Now, in my opinion, guys, I think this thing would look very killer with the factory XLT grille if you have one of those because they do share a similar design or similar style, and maybe even a Lariat or platinum grilles to a certain extent because they all pretty much have that horizontal bar thing going on. And Putco really is gonna give you a lot of options here when it does come to these lower inserts. For instance, we have their black bar design here. But Putco also offers this same exact insert with a polished finish or a more stainless finish. They also offer a punch design which is like a circular mesh design, again, in black or stainless. And finally, Putco even takes it a step further, offers both black bar or punch designs with an optional 10-inch Luminix LED Light Bar, gonna give you a ton of additional light output, it's done very well, looks very clean. It does cost you a little bit more money, but basically, guys, what I'm trying to say is you have a lot of options to choose from. I do wanna point out that Putco does a great job with the construction of their lower grille inserts. You're gonna be looking at a very durable, top quality stainless material for pretty much any of their lower inserts. This particular option, again, is finished off with their black powder coat, which should help take some abuse [SP] of being mounted to the front of your truck. Another thing I do wanna point out is that Putco throws in an included license plate relocation bracket with their kit here at no additional cost. So for all you guys that have to run a front plate, this is a great option and here's why. They're basically gonna mount this thing using the existing holes in your front bumper. So there's no need to drill any additional holes or anything like that. And with the plate slightly lower now, out of the way of that lower grille, it's gonna allow a lot more air into that factory inner cooler for all my fellow EcoBoost owners out there. On the topic of price, you're gonna be dropping right around $100 for the lower grille insert here from Putco, which if you look for quality aftermarket lower grille options, it seems to be the going rate. Now, I'm sure you can probably find something a little cheaper on your favorite auction site, but more than likely it's not gonna offer that quality stainless steel construction, probably won't be getting that solid, black powder coat either, and I can almost guarantee that they're not gonna be throwing in the included relocation bracket. Switching gears, let's talk about the install. And as I mentioned at the top of this video, there are a few steps involved here. And you're gonna need some basic hand tools. This includes a set of pliers, that rubber mallet we talked about earlier, a couple of screwdrivers, both Philips and flathead, and finally a 7/16-inch wrench. Your first step is to remove the front license plate and bracket if your truck is equipped. After that, you're gonna need to remove the front bumper trim. You can muscle this off if you like and simply pull it off or you can use that flathead screwdriver to help you pry it off. With the factory bumper trim out of the way, now it's time to install some of the included clips and hardware needed to mount the actual Putco Insert to your bumper. Now the fun part, you get to break out that rubber mallet and go to work on the two tabs on either side of the opening, bending them out of the way slightly in order to fit the Putco Insert. Don't worry, guys. This is totally reversible. You can bend those tabs back if you ever wanted to return the stock. With those tabs bent out of the way, go ahead and finish up the install using a mix of 3M automotive tape, which is included, by the way, and of course, the included hardware and that's gonna pretty much wrap up your install. Now, Putco does include some very detailed instructions along with their lower grille insert which always makes life a little easier. And, again, guys, this really isn't the toughest job in the world. So one out of three wrenches on my difficulty meter, albeit a strong one out of three, and maybe an hour or two in the garage or driveway. I really do think the Putco black bar design will appeal to a couple of different F-150 owners and here's why. The black bar design, in my opinion, will vibe very well with the factory grilles. Or if you wanna go with a more custom or aftermarket route, it should be a nice complement to those as well. So that's my review of the Putco Black Bar Design Grille which you can find right here at

    Aggressive Styling. If you're looking for a bumper grille to add to your F-150 but don't want the traditional grille that fits in the lower grille opening, then Putco has the perfect solution with their Bumper grille Insert. This black bar grille Insert is designed to completely replace the factory bumper trim. After installing this insert, you'll transform the appearance of your truck by giving it a clean but an aggressive edge.

    Quality Construction. Putco constructs their Bumper grille from stainless steel for strength. The grille is then completed in a black powdercoat finish to provide an aggressive appearance and long lasting resistance against corrosion.

    Easy Installation. Best of all, Putco designed this grille Insert to be a direct replacement of the factory trim panel. There is no cutting or drilling required for installation. All of the necessary hardware is included for a painless install. Please note, some F-150 models will be required to relocate their front license plate.

    Optional LED Light Bar. By selecting the "w/ LED Light Bar" option, the Bumper grille will come with a pre-installed 10 inch Luminix LED Light Bar that sits front and center on the grille. The LED Light Bar features nine 5 watt high quality NICHIA brand LEDs to maximize lumen output with a 6000K color temperature. Putco crafts each Light Bar from black anodized 6061 billet aluminum for greats looks and durability. With a IP69 rating for Dust and Moisture protection, the light bar can handle the rigors of off-road driving.

    Application. This Putco Bumper grille Insert with a bar design is specifically designed to be used on the 2015 to 2017 F-150s, excluding Raptors.

    Technical Note. The grille is not compatible on vehicles equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). Also if you have a front license plate, you will be required to relocate the plate.

    Fitment: 2015 2016 2017 Details

    CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -

    What's in the Box

    Without LED Light Bar:

    • (1) Bumper Grille
    • (1) Alcohol Pad
    • (1) License Plate Bracket
    • (1) Hardware Kit

    With LED Light Bar:

    • (1) Bumper Grille with Pre-Installed Light Bar
    • (1) Alcohol Pad
    • (1) License Plate Bracket
    • (1) Hardware Kit
    • (1) Wiring Harness
    • (1) Switch
    • (1) Light Bar Installation Instruction
    Installation Info
    Will it fit my F-150?
    • 2.7L V6 EcoBoost - 15, 16, 17
    • 3.5L V6 - 15, 16, 17
    • 3.5L V6 EcoBoost - 15, 16, 17
    • 5.0L V8 - 15, 16, 17

    Not Compatible on F-150s equipped with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).

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        2 Top Rated Questions

        What size are the bolts that hold it on? I know they are allen head but need to know the length and thread

        • At this time we do not have a thread pitch or length listing for this hardware.

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        Does this grille insert utilize the factory insert attachment points or is this held in only by double sided tape as mentioned in some of the reviews?

        • This will install with bolts and tape. More info can be seen in the install guide linked below:

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          Customer Reviews (8) Write a Review

          Overall Rating 4.8

          out of 5 stars

          Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

          • Fit 4.857143 4.9
          • Bang For Your Buck 4.857143 4.9
          • Stopping Power 4.5 4.5

          • 5/5

            April 03, 2019

            Putco replacement grille

            Putco made a great product with the replacement grille! It fit perfectly and matched my truck to the tee! Ive gotten many compliments on how good the front of my truck looks!


            Year: 2015 Submodel: XLT Engine: 5.0L V8

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            March 16, 2019

            Totally Changes The Look Of My Truck!!!

            This is, without a doubt, one of the easiest ways to upgrade the looks of any truck. Love how it looks and the reactions it gets!!!


            Year: 2016 Submodel: XLT Engine: 2.7L V6 Ecoboost

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            January 29, 2019

            Great Product

            This grille is well built. It has a durable finish and fits the truck well. Matches my factory grille awesome as well!


            Year: 2017 Submodel: XL Engine: 5.0L V8

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            May 16, 2018

            Good product

            Installed this on my truck. Looks good. Seems like high quality and good finish. Literally took 15 minutes to install. Very essy


            Year: 2016 Engine: 5.0L V8

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            April 20, 2017

            Put on Grill

            Very easy install. Looks great. Have received manycompliments


            Year: 2016 Submodel: XLT Engine: 2.7L V6 Ecoboost

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          • 5/5

            Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

            February 22, 2017

            Looks great

            Very easy to install just make sure all your surfaces are clean where the tape makes contact


            Year: 2016 Submodel: XL Engine: 3.5L V6

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          • 4/5

            Installation Time: Afternoon

            January 05, 2017

            Lower bumper grill

            I receive my grill very fast. This grill is made of high-quality metal and powder coated black. Comes with everything you need to install it; however, my truck comes with adaptive cruise control. The bolts that hold the cruise control unit onto the bumper, stick through the grill grates. Looks fineā€¦ I just expected to be an easier install than two hours. A little modification of the cruise control bolts Was required.


            Year: 2015 Submodel: Platinum Engine: 5.0L V8

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          • 4/5

            September 18, 2016

            Putco Bumper grill

            Everything was packaged well and fit good. The only problem was the double sided tape didnt last more than a week and started lifting but i changed that out with 3m exterior molding tape and its perfect now.


            Engine: 3.5L V6 Ecoboost

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