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Your SUV, Your Style: Billet Grilles And Nerf Bars

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A Honda may get great gas mileage but when was the last time you saw a celebrity dropped off at a movie premiere in an Accord? In today’s world, image is everything. While also popular for their performance, SUVs are known for the luxury and style they provide. Luckily, you don’t have to be an A-list celebrity or politician to upgrade your SUV with some stand-out aftermarket modifications: two of the most popular being billet grilles and nerf bars.


If you’re wondering what a billet grille is, you’re not alone. A ‘billet’ is simply another way of referring to a solid bar or block of metal that has been machined to its final shape. In the days of yesteryear, punch billet grilles started out as a single piece of aluminum with the voids in-between the bars being machined out. But today, modern manufacturing has eliminated this process, producing a grille that’s exactly the same in appearance but of considerably higher quality, like those seen in the Cadillac Escalade grille, T-Rex billet grilles and Carriage Works billet grilles.


Depending on your budget and the look you’re after, billet grilles are available in a variety of finishes, including smooth-brushed, sleek black, and gleaming-polished. They’re constructed of aluminum, stainless steel and ABS plastic and mount over your existing grille without having to remove factory parts or drill additional holes, making them one of the most popular Chevy accessories on the market today.


Billet grilles are designed specific to your make, model and year, with upper grilles and bumper grilles available for most popular vehicles. Providing a straight-from-the-factory fit and high-quality, tough-looking appearance, these specialty billet grilles dramatically alter the look of your vehicle without overshadowing any of the other features of the bodyline, enhancing even the most custom finish.


In addition, many billet grilles feature black powder-coating on the back for long-lasting protection against corrosion and come with all the necessary installation hardware and easy-to-follow instructions, typically mounted in 30 minutes or less, with no cutting required.


Delivering the same enhanced style provided by billet grilles, nerf bars serve up a couple of additional features: safety and convenience. Also known as step bars, side steps and running boards, nerf bars allow you to cut the distance between your cab and the pavement in half, providing a comfortable step up through the use of treaded pads that channel water away from the stepping area and ensure a non-slip surface for stepping in and out of your cab. Nerf bars are manufactured for most popular trucks and SUVs and come in varying cab sizes. They’re constructed of bent metal tubes that are sealed against the elements in chrome, polished stainless steel or black powder coating. Forged from durable aluminum or stainless steel, models including Westin nerf bars, Ford Explorer nerf bars, Putco running boards and Honda Element step bars are designed for heavy-duty use and capable of supporting up to 300 lbs of evenly distributed weight, with running boards solid up to 500 lbs.


Custom-manufactured for your specific vehicle, nerf bars and running boards attach directly onto the pre-existing mounting position on your truck or SUV for a simple, no-drill installation.


Ford accessories, like billet grilles and nerf bars, are custom-designed to each make, model and year, ensuring a simple do-it-yourself installation. They’re the fastest way to add both style and safety to your rig without drilling or any other permanent modifications to your vehicle.