How to install a Royalty Core Light Bar Truck Grille

Lots of people see these new grill replacements for their trucks for sale and on cool truck builds but they don’t really have a good understanding of the logistics of how to install them. You either don’t know at all and won’t buy the product due to uncertainty, or you buy it without thinking how it works and regret it because you can’t figure it out.

There’s a new video out explaining a lot of information about these steel mesh aftermarket grilles for trucks and how to do the install. Here’s the video detailing how to install a Royalty Core grille replacement on a Toyota Tundra using Vision X LED offroad light bars:

The first and most important thing most truck enthusiasts probably don’t know is that you have to cut out the center section of your original grille first, in order to install the new one. On some vehicles that middle section will just pop out and there’s no cutting involved, but most of the time you’re not that lucky!

This is what the grille on the Tundra looked like before being cut up to fit the Royalty Core grille.

This is what the grille on the Tundra looked like before being cut up to fit the Royalty Core grille.

This is what the Tundra grille looked like after being modified. The middle is cut out so the new grille insert can fit in place properly.

This is what the Tundra grille looked like after being modified. The middle is cut out so the new grille insert can fit in place properly.

Once you have the original grille removed and the center section cut out, if you do it properly the new aftermarket steel mesh grille should fit in place. To hold it in place the new grille should come with some type of mounting mechanism. The Royalty Core grilles come with a bolt and anchor type attachment that works really well:

Royalty Core grilles have some of the best mounting hardware on the market. This method makes it very easy to install.

Royalty Core grilles have some of the best mounting hardware on the market. This method makes it very easy to install.

Royalty Core grilles have some of the best mounting hardware on the market. This method makes it very easy to install.

Royalty Core grilles have some of the best mounting hardware on the market. This method makes it very easy to install.

When you get the new grille insert in place then it’s time to install the light bars. Most of the time they will come packaged separately and it’s up to the installer to mount the lights. This is good because the lights add a lot of weight to the product and can make the grille hard to handle.

The LED light bars mount to the back side of the grille so just the face of the light is showing.

The LED light bars mount to the back side of the grille so just the face of the light is showing.

Royalty Core uses Vision X brand of LED light bars. This is because Vision X has the world's brightest light bars: more than double the light output of any other company, light bar per light bar.

Royalty Core uses Vision X brand of LED light bars. This is because Vision X has the world’s brightest light bars: more than double the light output of any other company, light bar per light bar.

When the light bars are mounted and aligned to the grille you can re-attach the truck grille to the truck. Now that the grille is heavier than it was at first it’s a good idea to get some help!

Re-attach the grille to the truck.

Re-attach the grille to the truck.

With the new grille mounted to the truck and secured using all the factory mounting points it’s time to run power wires to the light bars. The best way to do this is to start with a universal relay harness, wire it to the battery and to a switch inside the vehicle, then safely through the firewall and up onto the hood and finally connected to the new light bars.

Drilling a hole in the dash and mounting a switch; passing wires through the firewall; connecting power wires to the battery; and running power wires up onto the hood all require a fair amount of skilled installation ability. If you don’t understand already how to wire in a relay harness either hire a professional to do it or research the safe methods and learn how to do it yourself. Just be warned that this is definitely considered custom electrical wiring installation.

Run new wiring from a switch inside the cab, into the engine bay and safely up and onto the hood to power the new lights.

Run new wiring from a switch inside the cab, into the engine bay and safely up and onto the hood to power the new lights.

The way the install was done on this particular truck grille was to use a set of GTR Lighting LED Halo style in-dash switches. These are some of the nicest looking switches around and fit in most spots on the dash.

Custom mounted halo switches from GTR Lighting.

Custom mounted halo switches from GTR Lighting.

At the top of this post there’s a video to show all of this information in more detail. It’s about 20 minutes long but really goes in depth on the ins and outs of this type of install. Before you decide which grille to purchase, and if you can handle the job yourself check it out. Or click here to watch the video now.

2010 Toyota Tundra featuring a Royalty Core steel-mesh grille with a pair of Vision X LED offroad light bars installed.

2010 Toyota Tundra featuring a Royalty Core steel-mesh grille with a pair of Vision X LED offroad light bars installed.

FINALLY! A Truck Grill Made for a BRIGHT LED Light Bar – Royalty Core Meets Vision X

For a long time the only company you could find a aftermarket bumper, bracket or grill for was a Rigid Industries product – don’t get me wrong, Rigid is an awesome company! Made in the USA, really high standards of quality and they look cool, but come on… Their brightest light bar is like 20,000 Lumen of light output whereas Vision X just released their new 52″ #XIL-PX9010 at a whopping 44,370 Lumen! If you are told by someone that “Rigid’s lights are the best and brightest” they’re either a misinformed nut swinger, or a dishonest Rigid Industries salesman! Rigid’s got some cool stuff but they’re not really in the same league of light output as Vision X has proven to be…

Vision X light bars are brighter than Rigid Industries light bars.

Vision X light bars are brighter than Rigid Industries light bars.

But anyway, that’s not the point… I want to show you a cool new product by Royalty Core that is ACTUALLY MADE FOR A VISION X LIGHT BAR! I think this is exciting because everybody just makes cool aftermarket truck accessories to fit Rigid which leaves guys like us who are more into actual light output and quality instead of just a certain brand of product. These new grills by Royalty Core are top notch quality and look great sporting the Vision X Lineup:

2011+ Super Duty

This grill fits the 2011+ Super Duty and uses a 24″ Vision X light bar, part #XIL-LPX1810 which outputs a staggering 9,000 Lumens of light!

This light bar is built with closed loop brackets on the backside for an extremely durable install and adjustable brackets for positioning the light down or up. It’s totally legit!

Introducing the new "RCX LED Light Bar Grille". This model fits a 2013 Ram 2500/3500 and is designed to hold a pair of Vision X #XIL-PX1810 light bars which put out 8,900 Lumens EACH!

Introducing the new “RCX LED Light Bar Grille”. This model fits a 2013 Ram 2500/3500 and is designed to hold a pair of Vision X #XIL-PX1810 light bars which put out 8,900 Lumens EACH!

The new Dodge Ram grill (above) is really wild because fully outfitted you can get almost 18,000 lumens of Vision X powered light coming right out of your grill! This really makes it easy to get better lighting on the front of your truck if you don’t want to run an aftermarket bumper or bull bar.

Way to go Royalty Core! Your new RCX Light Bar grills are absolutely awesome! Thanks for finally making something for people who care about more than just a pretty brand name!