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Hey, guys. Adam here with americantrucks.com, and today we're taking a very quick look at and installing the RedRock 4x4 Factory Grille Insert for the Factory Chrome Housing, in Chrome, available for the '06 to '08 RAM 1500. You should be checking this out very simply if your factory grille insert, meaning those horizontal bars in your factory grille, are starting to peel, crack, or are otherwise damaged and in need of replacement. Now, you might not be interested in replacing the entire grille, so you might just wanna replace those factory inserts, those horizontal bars. If that's what you're looking for and you're not looking to go aftermarket with something like a black option or a mesh option, you might be looking for a factory replacement, and that's what we have here from RedRock.Just looking at this grille right now, it doesn't look any different than factory because it is an exact fit. It's all OEM chrome, OEM ABS plastic. That's an automotive-grade plastic that's impact-resistant. It's also UV-resistant, so it shouldn't fade over time either. It's gonna hold up a lot longer. The '06 to '08 RAMs at this point are over a decade old. Those factory parts are gonna start deteriorating. It's just inevitable. So, looking for exact OEM replacement parts can be tough to come by, especially at a pretty good price. RedRock 4x4 offers this at just 65 bucks. Now, keep in mind, guys, two things. One, this does not come with the surround you see here. What you see is peeling on this, and that's exactly what you can expect to happen for the inserts there if it hasn't started to happen already. Now, if it's cracked or damaged, or whatever, this is gonna be an easy way to just get that OEM look at a cheaper price.Now, the second thing I wanna mention is it only fits with the factory grille housing. So you have to have this factory surround with the plus sign in the middle and the Dodge emblem. That's the factory grille this is gonna work with. It won't snap into aftermarket ones. It's gonna be looking for the OEM mounting points on that factory housing. Now, the finish, of course, is in chrome, like I said, so it's got that chrome-plated finish just like your factory surround. Now, your factory surround on our '07 is looking really worse for wear, so that's something that we're gonna have to tackle in the future as well. That's what it can look like after a long time. So, looking for replacements is a good way to start with those cheaper options like the one from RedRock 4x4.Now, the install, one out of three wrenches on our difficulty meter, definitely across the board. This is something anybody can do in the driveway at home with about 30 minutes from start to finish. It's really simple, very straightforward process. Now, there are two different methods for doing this. I'm gonna show you what I find to be easier. It's a little bit less work. You might have to do a little bit of truck yoga, bending your back just a little bit to get under the grille, because the grille is a part of the hood, of course, so it comes up top with it. The second method would be to completely remove the grille altogether and do it on a table. Now, that is a little bit more work. You're working with some rusty bolts probably at this point here, depending on where you live. You might be seeing a lot of road salt in the winter months, in which case your bolts are probably looking a little bit worse for wear there too. I'm gonna go with a method where we just kinda bend backwards and work under the hood just like that. And I'll show you that in just a minute. Again, 30 minutes from start to finish, one out of three wrenches. What do you say we get started?Tools used in this install include an impact gun or a ratchet, extension, 8-millimeter socket, and a flathead screwdriver. All right, now, to get your factory grille inserts out, you wanna pop your hood, of course, and you're gonna do a little bit of truck yoga. Now, you could remove the entire grille all in one piece. I'd say that's a little bit of unnecessary work. You can do everything from under the hood just as it is, but you can remove it altogether if you'd like with just a couple of sockets and a ratchet or an impact gun. I'm gonna be using just a simple small flathead screwdriver. I've got the hood popped, and I'm basically gonna sit right here on the front bumper, holding this right in front of my face. The grille inserts come out with just these push pin clips. These little clips snap on and hold this thing in place. So if you have a flathead screwdriver, you can basically go underneath, pry them up, and pull each tab out just like that. So that's gonna loosen up that one. We've got, I'd say about 10 of them all around, maybe a little bit more, three on the bottom, three at the top, three in the middle, and then a couple on the sides. So, grab a small flathead. If you need, you can use two flatheads, one to pry up and one to pop the grille out. But really, that's what you're doing all across the entire board. You're prying on it and pulling that off the clip. Repeat that for each one of the push pins. I'm starting on our driver's side insert.All right, so now we have just the exact same thing, but at the top. Now, the top's a little bit more difficult to see, but it is the same exact process. Just doing a little bit of car yoga to get this done and then we'll have it off. All right, once you have that last one off, slide your grille insert out. So, we got our factory driver's side grille insert out of our factory housing and it's in my right hand here, next to our SpeedForm factory replacement. Now, I wanna take you through the similarities and differences. And I gotta say, guys, really, the SpeedForm option is a direct OEM replacement. It's not an upgrade whatsoever. It's not an aftermarket option. It is literally the exact same as your factory one. Same quality plastic, same quality OEM chrome finish. The only difference being it's new. Your factory grille inserts, especially, can rust out, can peel, can chip, can kind of green over time. With our vehicle being a 2007, it's seen a lot of years on the road, seen a lot of salt in the wintery months. That can take its toll on a lot of the chrome components on the exterior of your vehicle.So, as you can see in my right hand, this isn't the worst-looking grille we've ever had, but in the corners where the grille inserts, or the grille bars, the horizontal bars, mount to the edges, it is starting to turn greenish-blue. That means the chrome is peeling, the rust underneath is starting to show, and it's just, you know, looking a little worse for wear. The same thing goes for that middle section, although the middle section is hidden by the plus sign on your factory grille, where the Dodge emblem is. So this is looking a little worse for wear. It's a good time for replacement. If yours is cracked, if it's peeling, if it's looking a lot worse than ours is, it's always a good time to pick up a replacement. And if you're not looking for an aftermarket grille, this OEM replacement's gonna be the way to go. It's got a brand new chrome finish. It's got the exact same plastic, like I said, and the same mounting points overall. So really, it's gonna be simple. We're just gonna slide this guy into place around the support brackets, and then just snap it back on to the ones that we were peeling off earlier. So, let's get to it.All right, so we've disconnected all of the clips on the insert on our passenger side, but the only difference for the passenger side is this bar here is a little bit in the way, and preventing getting the insert out. So we're gonna grab a 8-millimeter deep socket and we're gonna remove these two screws, or these two bolts, on that support bar. That'll loosen it up enough to get it away from the insert to pull it out. So now, this bar is loose. We can just pull it away a little bit, grab the insert, and pull it out. Starting on the install on our passenger side, you wanna slide this guy into the passenger side first. You wanna make sure you're going underneath of the bar that we had to loosen up. So you wanna slide that under, bring it around. So, once you have that lined up, really all you have to do is push. It'll snap right in. All right. Repeat that on the other side. All right, so we're doing the same thing on the other side. All right. Good to go. All right, so we just wanna make sure we're putting those bolts back into that grille support. All right, with that back in place, you're good to go.That's gonna wrap up my review and install for the RedRock 4x4 Factory Insert Replacement for the Chrome Housing, available for the '06 to '08 RAM 1500 with the Factory Front Grille. Get yours right here at americantrucks.com.
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