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Old 09-22-2007, 07:42 PM   #1
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Did the mesh grill mod to mine today

First off for the record this Idea came from another board it is not mine but I havent seen it here so ill post up some how to pics for everyones benny

I used stretched steel gutter protector...4 peices at 1.76 a peice



You will also need some thin zipties and little adhesive squares that can be found in the eectrical section of your local hardware to attach the zip ties to the grill......zipties 2.00.......attachment squares......4.00 for enough to last a lifetime



Cut seven peices to aproximate size......this stuff is easy to cut so cut it a lil larger than ya need and trim it a nessasary to avoid cutting a peice to small

wear gloves this stuff will cut you......bandaids(2) .49 cents



I didnt want my Jeep ta have anything even resembling chrome on it so I painted mine with Krylon semiflat silver........1 Can metal primer 3.29....1 can Krylon 4.76



I used some rubbing alchhol we already had ta clean the ares where I was putting the attachment squares.......RA....pretty much free



simply run zipp ties thru the SS and the mounting square



I found it helpfull to severly bent the tip of the zip tie so I could easily thread it



Just work your way across threading and weaving the SS together while adding mounts....Dont cinch down the zip ties til you are at least a section away from the latest SS peice this allows adjustment up down and sideways and lets ya get yer fingers under the SS as ya go



Its nice ta check how it looks as ya go



After youve attached all the squares and zip ties tighned it all down and cut all the zip ends off it will look like this



The finished product took me 2 hours not including material gathering

Keep in mind you could do this with plasic gutter sheild as well but it doesnt hold paint as well......My freind asked me why I didnt use a big peice of SS ta do this......I think it would be hard ta tie down the middle areas with a big peice and end up with a tight finished product

I think it looks nice and may keep a stray stone from nailin my radiator one day

Total cost.........21.59

To many images B and after next post.........g

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Old 09-22-2007, 07:44 PM   #2
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Before and after pics

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Old 09-22-2007, 07:49 PM   #3
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nice write up
looks real good
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Old 09-22-2007, 08:07 PM   #4
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Yeah great write up, and even better results. I don't see why it wouldn't work on a t.j. any opinions??
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looks good!
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Daaaaammmnnnn, that looks sweet. I gotta do it on mine too.
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Old 09-22-2007, 09:49 PM   #7
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that really looks great !
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Old 09-22-2007, 10:51 PM   #8
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Yeah I thought it turned out pretty good......Damn near free, looks good,it actually has a function that improves my Jeep and it was a nice relaxing few hours.....g
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Old 09-23-2007, 06:40 AM   #9
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Yes, great instructions, illustrations, & final product. A++ Thanks for taking the time.
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Old 09-23-2007, 09:01 AM   #10
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Damn that looks sweet! they want $300 for that on eBay! I'm gonna do it myself too. thanks for pics man
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Old 09-23-2007, 09:14 AM   #11
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Very Nice Gary. I might have to use this Idea on our TJ.
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looks badass. nice write up.
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I see my next project. Great job.
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That looks great, Gary. Thanks for the write up too.
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Yes, well done!

Have some new thoughts and images dancing in my head. Thanks!

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Old 09-26-2007, 06:26 PM   #16
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I like! Although not as blingy as I thought it would look. Very nice!

If one falls out it'll look like he's missing a tooth
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if you wanted it to be a permanent fixture, do you think some kind of acrylic glue would work if you put it around the back edge and was careful not to touchie the paint?
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if you wanted it to be a permanent fixture, do you think some kind of acrylic glue would work if you put it around the back edge and was careful not to touchie the paint?

The JK grill is plastic.....I dont know how the glue would react with it......it may not look like its on there real securly but trust me it is not gonna fall off on its own anytime soon
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Thanks for taking the time to share the idea....it looks sweet! It's hard to tell but do thos adhesive patches have a loop or something that the ziptie attaches too? The insert would look good in black too imo....
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man that looks nice. i think it would look good in either a satin black or body color paint too. real nice. i'm really digging the new JK's.
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Old 09-27-2007, 10:58 AM   #21
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yeah so im gonna do this as soon as i have time because it looks awsome ive been wanting to do it for a long time but i wasnt sure how it would look and now im deffinatly doing it lol
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looks great!
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has anyone done it on a tj yet?
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yea you could bond it to plastic, you could use marine adhesive. i think its strong enough to hold houses together lol....

looks awesome!!!
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has anyone done it on a tj yet?
Yeah, I want to see the writeup on that. lol
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Looks good.
Does your hood stell move alot?
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Old 10-13-2007, 07:55 PM   #27
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amzing write up!!! just finished mine. i'll start a new thread with some pics!

thanks for the walk through. helped out alot.
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The JK grill is plastic.....I dont know how the glue would react with it......it may not look like its on there real securly but trust me it is not gonna fall off on its own anytime soon
Hopefully they stay on for awhile for you, I did mine back in winter/spring 2011 in Delaware, pretty cold at the time, but I had the whole thing in the house so everything held on good for a year or so, started having trouble in the heat in Kansas and Texas later on. Finally got around to fixing it last night.

I wasn't sure about metal / silver for the grill mod, but I like the look. If I need to redo and replace the plastic gutter guard, I might consider the mesh.


A few more than half the adhesive squares weren't attached anymore, so I pulled those out of there. Sat & watched parent trap with the wife & picked most of the foam pads off (points + worked on Jeep stuff = win/win). Those that still had adhesive on them dunked each square in an adhesive remover (goo gone) and let sit for an hour. Made the pads & adhesive come off pretty easy with a rag, then dunked all in alcohol.

Next I got out the 5-min epoxy, (great great stuff) and mixed up a batch to get started, cures pretty quickly so move fast or mix up just a little at a time.

When I got done, I know these will stay in place better than the adhesive pads which just don't hold up to the TX heat. Be careful not to use too much adhesive, without the pads it's easy to get glue into the loops where the zipties go and make the things useless. Note the white pads still stuck to the grill from almost 3 years ago.


Done, looks better than before where it was basically a leaf/bug trap


I'm wondering how hard it'd be to pull those pads off when they're new. I remember looking for some without pads but never found any.

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