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I'm curious about the differences in the various grills that were offered for the G1.

I have a 2014 RTL, which has the final 2012+ version in chrome.

I am considering switching to one of the black honeycomb grills. Trying to figure out the differences between the Sport, SE, RTX, and was there also another Honda OEM accessory grill offered?

So, what do you knwo about these grills? I'm interested in the cosmetic differences (both the grill itself and the "surround") as well as fitment/compatibility. Thanks!
 

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This topic is something I was interested in as well, especially after learning that there were differences by model year. Here's what I've learned:

The 2006 "double racetrack" grille had no variations regardless of trim. In 2007, the RTX trim was introduced with a large honeycomb style black grille; this black grille also become the OEM Accessory Grille for those that wanted to change the look of their 2006-2008 RLs. In 2009, a new "single racetrack" grille was introduced and came in two type, an all black racetrack for the RT trim and a chrome racetrack for the RTS and RTL trims. At this time, a new small honeycomb style black grille became the new OEM Accessory Grille for those that wanted to change things up. In 2012, the "sport" grille made its appearance with the new Sport trim; it was a black grille with a four-row alternating sawtooth design; this grille became the SE trim's grille when it was introduced in 2014 (minus the "Sport" badge). Additionally in 2012, a new brushed aluminum looking three-bar style grille was introduced for all models except those that came with the sport grille.
Note: The 2006-2008 grilles will not fit on a 2009-2014 RL; you would need to change the entire front fascia if you wanted to do that.​

Gen1 Ridgeline Grilles and Rims.jpg

There were only a handful of aftermarket grilles for the Gen1 RL; possibly due to the low production numbers of the vehicle. There are some interesting examples on the ROC.
 

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What's up ROC Brother? This topic is something I was interested in as well, especially after learning that there were differences by model year. Here's what I learned:

The 2006 "double racetrack" grille had no variations regardless of trim. In 2007, the RTX trim was introduced with a large honeycomb style blackout grille; this blackout grille also become the OEM optional grille for those that wanted to change the look of their 2006-2008 RLs. In 2009, a new "single racetrack" grille was introduced and came in two type, an all black racetrack for the RT trim and a chrome racetrack for the RTS and RTL trims. At this time, a new small honeycomb style blackout grille became the OEM optional grille for those that wanted to change things up. In 2012, the "sport" grille made its appearance with the new Sport trim; it was an all black grille with a four-row alternating sawtooth design; this grille became the SE trim's grille when it was introduced in 2014. In 2012, a new chrome three-bar style grille was introduced for all models except those that came with the sport grille.
Note: The 2006-2008 grilles will not fit on a 2009-2014 RL; you would need to change the entire front fascia if you wanted to do that.​
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There were only a handful of aftermarket grilles for the Gen1 RL; possibly due to the low production numbers of the vehicle. There are some interesting examples on the ROC.

McChizzle,

Outstanding! That was exactly what I was looking for -- a grill decoder ring! Much obliged.

I'm not sure why, but something about the chrome grill on my White 2014 RTL seems out of place. It is the only piece of chrome trim on the vehicle (not counting the Honda/Ridgeline badges on the tailgate.) All the other trim/accents are black. I like the white/black contrast of all the other trim.

So as I understand this, there is nothing to prevent me from swapping the blacked-out SE grill for my chromed RTL grill? And curiously, the SE grill seems to be the least expensive grill of the OEM options!
 
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Here is what did to my front end to complement the black surround on the SE. Of course the H is blacked out also with Plasti-Dip.

Before...
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After...
Plasti Dip Bumper.jpg
 
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McChizzle,

Outstanding! That was exactly what I was looking for -- a grill decoder ring! Much obliged.

I'm not sure why, but something about the chrome grill on my White 2014 RTL seems out of place. It is the only piece of chrome trim on the vehicle (not counting the Honda/Ridgeline badges on the tailgate.) All the other trim/accents are black. I like the white/black contrast of all the other trim.

So as I understand this, there is nothing to prevent me from swapping the blacked-out SE grill for my chromed RTL grill? And curiously, the SE grill seems to be the least expensive grill of the OEM options!
Strangely, yes the factory SE grille is selling for less than the OEM Accessory Grille. I too did not like the look of my 2009-2011 factory grille and prefer the blackout look of the other ones.

On the chrome front, keep in mind that your grille surround (the thing that borders the grille) will still be chrome if you purchase the OEM Accessory Grille for it's a separate part. I don't know if the SE grille being sold on Ebay and BernardiParts.com are sold with both the grille and the surround; but the diagram on Ebay suggest they may be sold together; however, suggesting and knowing are two different things.

 

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Okay folks, so which grill is this? Note honeycomb pattern, but with black surround trim:
That's the 2009-2014 OEM Accessory Grille. It's probably being modeled on a Sport or SE trim which came with the black surround and black trimmed headlights.

I got the OEM Accessory Grille as well as the OEM brush guard on my 09 RTL and I like the look of the grille; if I had to do it again, I would forgo the brush guard.


 

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So it seems to get the black "front grill molding" with the small honeycomb grill, you would have to purchase both the OEM optional grill and the Sport/SE "front grill molding" ??
Yes, but I'm not certain if you purchased the Sport/SE grille that you would not have to purchase the molding or not. More research is required.
 

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Yes, but I'm not certain if you purchased the Sport/SE grille that you would not have to purchase the molding or not. More research is required.
Thanks to links provided by @Carsmak, I believe we now know the answer to that question:

Made my decision today. Attached Before & After Photos View attachment 186785 View attachment 186793

I like the black! Is that separate from the other grille or did you paint over the chrome?

It's separate, The Sport Grille comes with black surround, didn't paint anything. Still have the old grille with chrome surround ...

From: http://www.ridgelineownersclub.com/forums/8-1g-accessories/108681-rtl-sport-grill-insert.html#post1614449

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I've added to the Above Post...

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If I'm reading this right, it looks like the Sport/SE grill and surround package is about $175:

https://www.hondapartsnow.com/parts-list/2014-honda-ridgeline-4dr-rtl-s-special-edition-ka-5at/front-grille.html
If you decide to do this yourself, be gentle with the clips that hold the front bumper cover to the vehicle; they're easy to damage and once they're bent out of shape they will not hold the bumper cover to the vehicle very well. If damaged, there is no way to repair or replace them, other than getting a whole new front bumper cover.
 

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Yikes! That sounds like a job that should not be rushed, rather than a quick swap. Thanks for that important tip!
 
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Another peace of chrome on the front-end that my or may not bother you are the internal trim pieces to the headlights. On the Sport and SE trims, there's an internal black border that compliments the black grille molding and the Sport/SE grille. If you want that look, you'll have to replace the front headlights for Sport/SE versions and get your new ones re-aimed.


 

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ISO Truck, I ran across these photos of some white SEs that highlight the black sport grille with its black grille molding. To me, it's a bit too much black on the front-end of a bright white RL. It looks great on other RL colors, but the bright white paint makes the black-on-black grille and molding look out of place. --Maybe if it had blackout rims it would look more complementary.-- I think the black grille itself looks great, but it's the molding that throws off the look on a white RL, at least to me. Just some food for thought.


 

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Wow, thanks!

And yes, I see what you mean there. Hmmm.

In any event, this is one of those mods that will probably be a long-time coming. I've decided to prioritize functional changes/mods/maintenance over cosmetic upgrades.

So far I've done the window visors (so I can keep the windows cracked during summer heat); added a full-size spare; changed all fluids in the driveline; and added a battery jumper/emergency power source. Next, I am seriously thinking about upgrading the oem weather mats to the Weathertech version for better coverage/protection. And then I need to tackle the roof-rack project.
 
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