How To Install the Smittybilt M1 Mesh Grille

How To Install the Smittybilt M1 Mesh Grille


Hi guys, John here with Realtruck.com. Today
we’re going to show you how to install the M1 Grill from Smittybilt onto a Dodge Ram. First step of our installation process is
to go ahead and get this factory grill out of the truck. Down on the bottom, inside this grill area
it actually snaps in, so what you can do is you can kind of either go ahead and give it
a real hard pull and it’ll come right off. All right, once we’ve got our grill out of
the truck, we’ve got it laid out here, what we want to do is go ahead and take these bolts
out around the top edge that holds our mounting piece on. After we’ve got our mounting bracket out then
we’re going to want to go ahead and take this center grill section out. All the way around
the grill section we’ve just got clips that hold it in so we’re going to go ahead and
start popping them loose to get this out of here. Now if you happen to break one of these don’t
freak out because we’re not going to re-use this part anyway. Okay, once that’s out go ahead and set it
off to the side. What we’re going to do is we’re just going to take our little Dremel
tool and with a cutting wheel on it and we’re going to use it and we’re going to start cutting
around on our grill to get this center section out of here. We’ve got it all trimmed up, we’re going to
go ahead and take our M1 Smittybilt grill and give it a little test fit. Make sure that
it’s going to sit in here the way we want it to. And that’s going to work out pretty
nice for us. And once we’ve got our grill shell all prepped
and we’ve got our hardware laid out then what we want to do is go ahead and start attaching
our brackets onto our new grill insert. Make sure that when you attach these L brackets
that you use the right side of the bracket, make sure that you’re using the short side
down on the grill insert itself. We want to line up the edge of the bracket
right to the edge of our grill insert, then we’ll go ahead and tighten down. So we’ve got all these brackets on and attached
so now, what we’re going to do is take the brackets that we have left and go ahead and
install these on all the spaces that we have left open. Now what we want to do, that we’ve got all
of our brackets attached is go ahead and take a marking pen of some sort and I’m going to
go in here and I’m going to mark where our brackets’ locations are so that we know where
to drill our holes to attach this to our grill shell. Now what I’m going to do, which is
going to make this project a lot easier for us, is I’m going to go ahead and mark from
this corner to here and take this back out and drill it and attach it there so that way
it will hold this thing in place while we are doing our other areas. So, we’ve got all of our holes drilled for
our bolts that we used a bolt on, we’ve got all of our angle brackets, we’ve got our bolts
and our nuts tightened down so the insert is installed. Now let’s take a look here.
This is what it looks like once it’s all in place. So, now the next thing we’re going
to do is we’re going to go ahead and put our mounting bracket back on the top so that we
can reattach this back to our truck. Okay, so that’s back on we’re ready to go
ahead and install this back into our truck. Okay, there you have it. That’s how you install
the M1 grill from Smittybilt into a Dodge pickup.

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16 Comments

  1. For the price of these damn grilles, you'd think they'd come with the damn shell so you wouldn't need to do all the modifying with the factory grille. 

  2. Stock grille looks better. Don't bother with aftermarket grilles, go with a nice off-road bumper like a Iron Bull or an Iron Cross.

  3. Damn, glad i didn't just buy one of these they don't even line up evenly, looked good n a magazine but this is shit

  4. any way to get rid of that HUGE gap or is that just how it is.

    i wish some one would make a full drop in grille for trucks instead of these stupid inserts.

  5. Since this video was posted, has there been a full drop in product released as opposed to this insert style? If so I would be very interested in purchasing…

  6. For $370 i would just pay the extra $30 and get one that doesnt require cutting, and doesnt have big gaps . I would have paid $100 for this, tops .

  7. I just installed this. There is no gap all the way around, cause the bracket have slots. Not a big deal to hold the insert and grill shell together while I tightened the bolts. I started in the middle and worked my way left and right until I got to the edges. Looks great! Similar ready to install grills start at $600 more then this, so it was worth an hour of my time to do it myself I think.

  8. First off my grill inserts did break away like this one. you should have been specific that this is for Laramie trucks. The SLT and ST trucks the inserts are all 1 piece and I had to do further modifying.

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