- September 28, 2006
- Reaction score
- City, State
- Dallas, TX
- Year, Model & Trim Level
- 2005 Explorer XLT
After reading the posts, and going on the website, the setup looked good. So I ordered the set and just received it. 05 XLT w/fog lights. Minor beef--While they are advertised as no drilling, I will have to drill holes to mount the upper grille, as the brackets are about 1/2 inch too narrow. The lower grille does need drilling to mount, not a problem. Big beef--The fog light grilles don't fit smoothly over the housing. Two holes each side do need to be drilled to mount them. They might work if you have the no-light lower grilles, i.e., 02-04 xlt w/o fog lights, but they didn't go over my fog light bezel. Also, the back is coated with a rubberized plastic, and I would guess that in short order, the light would seriously melt the backing, and make quite a mess. Also, the bar spacing limits the amount of light getting through, and to clean the lights, you would have to dismount the grilles.
IMHO, these grilles are not worth the money spent, and certainly not the look that I wanted in a "billet" grille. I was disappointed. Needless to say, I will not be installing at least the fog light grilles. I haven't decided about the rest. I have seen better grilles for not much more money.
For what it's worth, the order was received promptly and mostly intact (no template for drilling the fog light holes, but it is mostly a no-brainer).