NNBS: Mounting an HD Chrome Front Molding on to a Silverado 1500 Hood I recently bought a 2011 Silverado HD grille for my 2007 Chevy Silverado 1500. Those of you who have done this know that the HD grille sticks out past the 1500 hood and looks incomplete without the chrome hood molding from either a 2007-2010 HD or a 2011-2012 HD truck. I should mention that a front-mounted bug guard will also mask the un-eveness but I don't like them so that wasn't an option for me. I didn't feel like forking out hundreds of dollars for the HD hood to go with it so I decided to buy an HD hood molding and custom mount it to my 1500 hood. I read this thread and all the guys who mounted a chrome molding to their 1500 hoods (or died trying) had purchased the 2011-2012 hood molding. It seemed like it was a huge PIA because the 2011+ molding doesn't follow the front edge of the 1500 grille very well. Only a couple of the guys were successful with that molding. They succeeded by grinding off the mounting tabs on the back of the molding and using epoxy to glue bolts to the back then drilling holes in the hood in order to put them through and fasten from inside with nuts. I decided to try mounting the 2007-2010 hood molding instead of the 2011-2012. There was some talk that perhaps this molding would better follow the contours of the 1500 hood and therefore may be easier to mount. I got my hood molding from Rock Auto and it looked like it would match up pretty good. The part number of the molding I used was 15911579. I decided to go and get my Uncle's 2007 Silverado HD, remove the molding from the hood, and measure the where the holes were drilled in the HD hood. Now... I measured the locations of the holes as best I could, but transitioning the measurements to my hood wasn't as easy as I had expected. I ended up just holding the molding up and marking the locations accordingly and drilling them out. I made each oval hole by drilling two holes and then used a Dremel with a metal-cutting disc in order to connect them. Uncle's HD truck with molding removed: Hole sizes: Holes drilled into my 1500 hood: Once I had the holes drilled, I put the molding in place on the front of my hood. It fit pretty well but it didn't snug up against the front edge of the hood. This was mainly because of the design of the tabs on the back of the molding. At the base of each of the tabs are molded "flutes" that I guess are to help strengthen the tabs. The 2007-2010 HD hood is designed with an indentation at the bottom of the front edge of the hood that allows the hood molding to appear flush-mounted. HD hood with indentation: Trim mounted before grinding away the base of the tabs. You can see that it isn't flush: Another problem was that the tabs didn't push into the hood far enough in order for me to use the metal clips that grip the tabs on the back of the molding. On my first attempt (before I thought about grinding the tabs) I drilled very small holes and inserted cotter pins, but this was something I knew I needed to improve on. Just didn't look right. Bleh: But then I grinded off the "flutes" at the bottom of each mounting tab and this allowed the molding to snug up nicely against my hood. And I was able to easily use the metal clips by sticking them on from the backside of of the hood, since the tabs now pushed through far enough for them to grip. Here's the detail of what needs to be grinded on the base of the tabs: And here's what it looks like today. Sorry for the crappy pics I took tonight, but you can see how well the molding is mounted now. The molding is now snugged up nicely to hood. I even put a double-stick foam weatherstrip in between: Underside of hood showing the mounting tabs and factory metal clips So the molding is on now and looks totally like it belongs there. One thing I would probably do differently (may still do it) was order the genuine GM molding. The one I got from Rock Auto was $30-$40 cheaper but it was because it's a cheap Chinese knockoff and the chrome quality is slightly less than the chrome on the rest of the truck. It's got some ripple to it.