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Lund Grille - Polished Aluminum Billet Original for a 2001-2003 Ford Escape

http://www2.partstrain.com/store/in...rtial&N=1616+10366+4294967263+11920+997&Nty=1

LUND ORIGINAL ALUMINUM BAR GRILLE, POLISHED -- 10 Bar Grille, Provides A Classic Distinct Look, Made Of Premium T-6 Aircraft Quality Laser Cut Billet Aluminum With Closely Set Bars For A Clean Crisp Custom Look, Requires Cutting

Finish: Polished
Material: Aluminum Billet
Style: Original

If Ajax's grille doesn't work out for me (JP's on the case...) I was hoping to get this and powdercoat it black like Ajax did. The grille is a little expensive, but it will give me the look I want. I was wondering if anyone else has a grille like this one? If so, do you know what "cutting" would need to be done? That's the only part of the description that scares me...
 

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Well, I got you the part numbers and diagrams that you wanted. While they don't mention any differences in the diagrams, they are shaped differently. Even Lund mentions that their 2001-2004 grilles won't fit a 2005-2007, and vice-versa. The 2001-2004 upper grille is slightly wider, and the curve on the sides is slightly different.

Just for reference, the part numbers for the Escape's grilles are:

YL8Z-17B968-AA ... 2001-2004 XLS models (about $78)
YL8Z-17B968-BA ... 2001-2004 XLT and Limited models (about $139)
5L8Z-8200-AAB ... all 2005-2007 models (about $56)

Sorry I didn't have better news for ya.
 

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Ok Thanks JP.

Do you think I would be wise to buy a separate grille and assemble everything off the car? It would be a little more expensive but at least then I would have a back up in case I mess something up...
 

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Since you'd probably need to hack up your (or another) grille to use it as a platform for the '05 grille, you could always buy another 2001-2004 grille off ebay, see which one is the one you'd like to experiment with, then try it.

Ajax's grille really looks awesome, so it might be worth the effort.
 

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If you don't find it to be the effort maybe I can use his grill on mine.... :WW
 

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Scooter Scott said:
If you don't find it to be the effort maybe I can use his grill on mine.... :WW
Go for it Scooter. If I still do it, I'll be going the legit way and getting the correct one for my model year. Good luck, can't wait to see pictures :)
 

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Sweet! How would that look on black though?
 

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Ok so now I really want to do this the legit way and buy the correct Lund grille for my model year: $107. Then I want to powder coat it gloss black (like Ajax's): $80. I am planning on buying a separate original factory grille from ebay in case I mess something up: $50. Thus the total would be somewhere around $240 to do this. A far cry from Ajax's offer of $80, but atleast I know it will work. I wish I could get the second factory grille free to save on cost. No one has one of those laying around now, do they?...

What do you think?
 
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