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Alright. I give up. I can't find a matte black grille and trim for my 08 Dakota. Can't even find info on what other models (Durango, Ram, etc..) have compatible parts... should i order that plexi dip spray stuff and just cover the one I have? Or use real paint? Or learn how to Google better?? lol... Help me, I'm irritated.
 

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Alright. I give up. I can't find a matte black grille and trim for my 08 Dakota. Can't even find info on what other models (Durango, Ram, etc..) have compatible parts... should i order that plexi dip spray stuff and just cover the one I have? Or use real paint? Or learn how to Google better?? lol... Help me, I'm irritated.
I want the black honeycomb grille insert too. I was thinking of maybe dipping mine. I never liked the chrome Maybe go black around the headlights too?



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Yeah i plan on getting rid of all chrome. Love that black... Here's a pic of what color mine is... Door handles and few other things are black. See no need for that chrome anywhere.
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You're not going to find a grill in Matte Black, but you can get a Black body colored OEM grill HERE. It has chrome inserts, but Plasti-Dip may be the answer, unless your grill has black inserts for a quick swap. There is no other vehicle grill that will fit your Dakota, only another 08-11 Dakota. I'm not a fan of Plasti-Dip, but it comes in handy sometimes. Finding black head lights ain't gonna be easy.

I did the same thing with my grill, bought a new one, which is way better than Plasti-Dip or paint.
 

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You're not going to find a grill in Matte Black, but you can get a Black body colored OEM grill HERE. It has chrome inserts, but Plasti-Dip may be the answer, unless your grill has black inserts for a quick swap. There is no other vehicle grill that will fit your Dakota, only another 08-11 Dakota. I'm not a fan of Plasti-Dip, but it comes in handy sometimes. Finding black head lights ain't gonna be easy.

I did the same thing with my grill, bought a new one, which is way better than Plasti-Dip or paint.
I found my black headlights online by chance. Got rid of the chrome ones. New ones have grey border and black inside. Big improvement. Might plasti dip the border black though, not sure.


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Nice. Appreciate the info... I'm realizing how difficult it is to find much of anything for this truck... why is that?
 

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There ia a lack of aftermarket parts because the Dakota saw sales dropping through the years, so the demand wasn't there. The Dakota just got too large, and many people went with the Ram since the price jump wasn't that much, and aftermarket parts are plentiful for the 1500s.

Yeah, it's a shame.
 

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There ia a lack of aftermarket parts because the Dakota saw sales dropping through the years, so the demand wasn't there. The Dakota just got too large, and many people went with the Ram since the price jump wasn't that much, and aftermarket parts are plentiful for the 1500s.

Yeah, it's a shame.
All the better for us later-model guys... not many of these left out there. I swear half the folks who stare at mine don’t even know what they’re looking at. This truck rides too low from factory in my opinion. When they did the later redesigns they made them look too grampa-like. A 3” lift makes this truck look good. They should have priced them lower than the rams and made them look more attractive! Now the midsize market is back and we have no Mopar contender.


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Yeah i plan on getting rid of all chrome. Love that black... Here's a pic of what color mine is... Door handles and few other things are black. See no need for that chrome anywhere. View attachment 110103
Yeah i want to black out a few more things too. I got my wheels professionally powder coated black a few years back and they have held up very well. Not a single chip or scuff yet. I think I’m going to dip the grille and headlight border black. What u think?



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I said screw it, I'll see what $20 worth of plasti-dip will do... I'm happy 👍... Guess I'll try it on the wheels next and see I can save a thousand dollars.
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Hit the gas door with it too and tailgate emblems!... I'll share pics of wheels when done. Has nothing to do with original post but I'm armed with plasti-dip and giddy as all hell right now lol
 
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