What to Consider When Designing Custom Car Grilles

What to Consider When Designing Custom Car Grilles

Are you interested in customizing the grille of your Toyota vehicle? Do you have an idea of how to make it look tougher or more unique than all others on the road? If so, then you need to learn more about what to consider as you design custom car grilles.

Doing so can help you guarantee that you'll enjoy the results. Once you get the custom grille installed, it will serve you well for many years to come.

Be sure to read below for an in-depth guide on what factors you should think about while you design your new custom car grille.

Your Vehicle

It's no secret that different grilles look better on different vehicle types. Not only that, but the grille is the perfect complement to a car's size, shape, color, material, and additional features.

Any time that you go to make a custom grille, you should always consider the vehicle you're looking to put it on. For example, a black grille is the perfect fit on a Toyota with a white body and all other features (wheels, headlights, windows) blacked out and tinted.

You should also consider the year, make, and model of your car. For example, a modern grille might look a bit awkward on a 1997 Toyota 4Runner. You might consider creating something a bit more old school to gel with the rest of its exterior design.

Try to visualize your vehicle with the new custom grille. What features does it currently have on it that you're looking to match? What features are you  planning to add in the future? 

It's always helpful to take out a piece of paper and list all of the different features that you want in your custom grille. Be as specific as possible. Once you're done, ask a custom grille fabrication expert whether all these components would match your vehicle.


Whenever you design a custom car grille, you want to think through all your material options that the grille can be made of. This can help you with the aesthetic of your car, as well as achieve a price that's within your budget.

There are two main options that you have available to you: aluminum and stainless steel. Both can be powder coated or covered in chrome. The coverings help your grille to keep its youth and ward off the threat of corrosion and rust.

If you're unsure which one is the better choice for your custom grille, be sure to ask an expert for guidance.


Different people create custom car grilles for different reasons. Some simply enjoy making custom grilles to trick out their cars.

Others make custom grilles to better suit the performance needs of their vehicle. For example, if someone uses their Tacoma or 4Runner for off-roading frequently, they might prefer a powder coating on their grille to protect the grille from constant water and dirt.

Think about the purpose behind your custom grille. Be honest with yourself. There's nothing wrong with admitting that you're designing a custom grille because you think it looks cool.

Knowing the intent behind the grille will help you make decisions on material and design. For instance, if the grille is just for show, you can choose a cheaper material to save costs.


As with any other car accessory, you'll want to heavily consider the price as you design your custom car grille. First, be sure to set a budget if you haven't already. This will keep you accountable to a certain price and help you pick certain features of the grille.

If you're looking to go all out with color combos, custom emblems, and custom letters, then you should list them to a fabrication company and get a quote for what you're looking to have made.

Whatever you do, don't create a custom grille that's too cheap. If the price seems too good to be true, then it most likely is. Think of the grille as a long-term investment instead.


Contrary to popular belief, the capabilities of a custom car grille are virtually endless. If you have an idea for something to put on it, we can most likely make it happen.

Always think through the intricate details of the grille you want to design. Think about things like the grille style, color badges, wording, emblems, letters, and so on.

If you're the type that uses steel bumpers, be sure to consider how your custom grille will complement the brush guard or steel bumper that you have/want installed.


The need for you to think through color on your custom grille cannot be overstated. If you get one that doesn't match with the rest of your vehicle, it will stick out like a sore thumb.

Maybe you want to create a grille that's entirely black to murder out your black Toyota from bumper to bumper. Perhaps you want to create a black grille with subtle lettering to match the color of your Toyota's body (red, blue, etc.).

Whatever you're thinking, be sure to visualize it. What tone are you looking to set with your new grille? How can the color help you capture that?

Consider These Factors When Building Custom Car Grilles

Now that you have seen all of the different factors that you should think through while designing custom car grilles, be sure to use them effectively.

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