1500 Hood/Grille Swap

Discussion in 'Chevy Truck Accessories' started by sfdefender24, Mar 10, 2012.

  1. sfdefender24

    sfdefender24 New Member

    So I've been looking around trying to get ideas for a new hood and grille b/c the stock stuff isnt cutting it for me anymore. As i was looking around online i came across another forum where a guy was talking about taking the grille and hood for a 2011 2500 HD and putting it right on too his 2010 1500. Has anyone tried this yet? I would like to do this to my truck after my next deployment.
  2. troutbug

    troutbug New Member

    I'm curious to see if anyone has tried this, because I thought about it before too. I really like the look of the one-piece bumper and split grill of the newer HD trucks, compared to the half-ton.
  3. sfdefender24

    sfdefender24 New Member

    Yea i was wondering if there was anyone on here b/c on another chevy forum that i came across today while looking around for this on google was talking about it. From what that guy was talking about he said he did the hood and grille from a 2011 and that it worked pretty good but had no pics of it. Im glad im not the only one looking for answers to this question. lol
  4. sstoner911

    sstoner911 New Member

    It can be done. I have heard that the 11-12 HD grill is slightly taller than the previous years but will work. Some guys say that had to trim here and there but for the most part its a straight over swap. The hoods are plug and play also.

    Here is a 1500 with an HD grill.

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  5. sfdefender24

    sfdefender24 New Member

    yea for me i dont think i would have to work about trimming the new grille b/c i have my aftermarket front bumper, but from the post i just found on gmfullsize.com the 11s are a little smaller then the previous years and fit perfect with the 07.5-10s 1500s. i guess ill have to do it and let everyone kno how it turns out.
  6. sevi084x4

    sevi084x4 New Member

    See yah that look sick. I like the look of those grills alot



  7. ahmitchell1

    ahmitchell1 New Member

    Isn't the 2012 1500 grille the same style as the 2500 with the slit in the middle?
  8. sfdefender24

    sfdefender24 New Member

    It looks very very similar to the 2500 from the trucks i have looked at. But I am not for sure if they are identical, for the reason as i dont know the dimensions of either grille.
  9. troutbug

    troutbug New Member

    Yeah, I didn't realize this. It's a similar looking grill, although I'd want the HD bumper too. Never was crazy about the stock bumper on mine.
  10. sfdefender24

    sfdefender24 New Member

    I was doing more research on this whole front end swap last night into this morning and as i mentioned in an earlier post about gmfullsize.com but i realized that i didnt post the thread that i had found on it, here is the link i found- http://gmfullsize.com/forum/showthread.php?t=214115 the first post has the whole front end swapped over to the half ton. and it looks great.
  11. ahmitchell1

    ahmitchell1 New Member

    I've been looking into this a lot and I'm thinking I could do the new 1500 grille and either get a fab fours bumper or if I went back to a stock look Order the middle section from 2500
  12. sfdefender24

    sfdefender24 New Member

    I kno what you mean, I have a ranch hand front bumper replacement and it is amazing, but im gonna be getting a different brand but same style bumper at the end of this year.
  13. ahmitchell1

    ahmitchell1 New Member

    I made a pretty trick front bumper for my truck and ended up selling it to a pledge brother, I'm regretting it now since some backed Into my truck and dented my bumper
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  14. sfdefender24

    sfdefender24 New Member

    my bumper has been a life saver a few times and it def works for when your going down the highway in the fast lane and theres a slow person in front of you as your coming up on them they see all bumper and move quickly over. lol.
  15. ahmitchell1

    ahmitchell1 New Member


    I know how that is people here me coming and get over, or I'm on my bike and the don't see me and come into my lane so I kick there mirror off
  16. sfdefender24

    sfdefender24 New Member

    Thats one group of people i always look out for on the road, always watching for bikes. I hate seeing them get cut off and i would hate to cut them off. if only more people paid attention for yall.
  17. ahmitchell1

    ahmitchell1 New Member

    It's amazing how often me or a friend is pushed off the road but I feel like after the first time someone loses a mirror they never forget to look out for us. Unless of course they never get there mirror replaced.
  18. sfdefender24

    sfdefender24 New Member

    Here in virginia ppl are too ignorant to pay attention ever. I get cutoff alot here.

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