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Which grille looks better


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Changed back to the 94 style.
 
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I think the gen3 trucks just look goofy, no matter what grill is installed.

But neither one really looks better than the other.
 

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The newer style has a vertical part centered on the oval too (your pic threw me off)



Pretty close, I might lean more towards the earlier one but I wouldn't bother to switch the later one to the earlier one.
 

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One thing to consider if you are not sure which way to go is; the newer style is easier to clean.
 

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Second pic.
 

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The one on the right. The other one isn't bad, either.
 

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My vote is the first. Without the vertical bars the black areas appear squeezed in.
 

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I forgot to ask ... which do YOU like?
 

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I have the 94 myself and in 95 they changed the grill, I like the 93-94 style better than the newer because the newer reminds me of the Dodge grills. As a reference look at a 98 dodge ram's grill and then look at the 95 and newer grill and tell me they do not look similar. I painted the inner section of the 94 to make it look thinner but never cared for the full chrome grill. that is a personal opinion. I like the chrome top strip and a darker grill.



EDIT: kid chose the silver for the grill so that is what it got painted.
 
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I forgot to ask ... which do YOU like?
I have grown to like the newer style grille. This is an aftermarket all chrome grille, I painted the inner part and center support bar semi gloss black to make it look better. It blends in with the mesh grille I have on there that is mounted to the header panel I made 20 years ago. It has more of a clean look, sorta like the splash grille. Was getting a little tired of the prison bar look of that 94 grille. Already sold the 2 peices of my old grille. I like the one piece grille better.
 
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I prefer the one on the left. The one on the right looks like it belongs on a car.
 

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^ for that reason, I like the one on the right. There's no vertical elements to the design of that gen ranger. It matches the body lines better.
The ranger is a minimalist truck, the minimalist grill fits. <smokes long cigarette, wears black beret>
 


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