Car modification and customisation might have been tarnished in popular culture by the extreme and garish ‘Fast and Furious’, ‘Pimp My Ride’ style body-kits and luminous colours of the early 2000s, but there are many aesthetic modifications you can make to your car that are both subtle and stylish. One of these vehicle modifications you can make is a custom grill insert, but what exactly are the benefits to you if you decide to fit one to, say, your Porsche Panamera GTS or your Toyota GT86?
With any premium or high-performance car, you want to make sure that your running gear is kept in immaculate condition. Polishing intakes, emptying out dirt and grime from the air filters, cleaning the engine bay etcetera – these are all labours of love that you undertake to maintain the heart of your vehicle. But a factory plastic grille is susceptible to being pierced by rocks and twigs and other debris that bounce up from the road at speed. If they get inside, they can cause some serious damage to front-mounted radiators (or the intercoolers of turbocharged engines) and cause overheating damage.
While stones and gravel might be the more obvious risk, seemingly harmless leaves can actually cause you a headache as well. As you probably know, high-performance cars often have large air ducts that cool the front brake discs to help you slow down during more spirited driving. Over time, if a large amount of foliage makes its way through cracks in a factory grill, it can actually cause corrosion on your brake discs and pads. A custom grill constructed from a fine, strong stainless steel mesh will keep all of these road-borne dangers from causing you damage and importantly, saving you costly trips to a dealership to right those wrongs.
Protection is, as you would expect, one of the biggest advantages to a custom grill insert but the added aesthetic value shouldn’t be overlooked. Subtle but noticeable, the fine craftsmanship that goes into a grill insert is something that adds a touch of flair and individuality to your car. If you want to signal to other car enthusiasts your real love for your Range Rover, 911 or Cayman S for example, a fine black or silver mesh grill would do just this.
Custom grills are a fine way to enhance the styling of your vehicle whilst allowing you to make the most of your car’s performance without worrying about the pesky damage a rogue pebble on the motorway can cause.