Nice job. Instead of using CJ/YJ grilles...I wonder about having sheet metal stamped into the headlight receptacle shape, then welded in? It seems like it would be fairly simple to remove grille, cut out the square holes and weld in the round ones. I had been thinking of doing the TJ grille swap and keep the YJ fenders, but your idea sure would be simpler to do.
My boss owns a tool and die company and after I did the third one I took one to him and we talked about the idea of the stamping. The cost estimate for the tool and die was outrageous. The other thing is the copy right thing. The way they are being done now it's a customization thing. The stamping could get nasty with the copy right owner. That is a bear I don't want to poke.
I am working on number 13 now.
Thanks for all the compliments and gripes for those being true to their squares.
Sweet fab work but it just looks bug eyed. Its hip to be square. Dont forget your roots
1990 YJ 1988 4.3 V6 700r4 automatic with np231c/j
2" spring lift, TJ front shafts, M.O.R.E 5/8: lift boom shackles SOA, Aussie locked F & R Ford 8.8 rear No trackbars No swaybar Smittybilt 8000# winch
BFG KM2 35x12.50 x15 7 AR-767 rims
OBA Pontiac sunfire seats
I would definetly ordr one of this grills if you can make it.. I am an owner of a YJ 1995 Wrangler and would love to convert it to a round headlits and turn signal type of grill... for many reasons other than just the looks.. So.. please confirm you can make it and how much and we can talk busines. thank you.,..... nice job
...mmmm....they're about as close as they are on CJ's ....about 1" protrusion into the vertical slats.....just like decades of them were.....looks fine to me....what kind of gets my attention is the now two "break angles" on the grille...one in the center of the slats (stock) and the other further down below the headlights.....mmmm..
I guess all optinos thus far have some drawback......I honestly find the gaps left by the TJ grille into a YJ hood pretty hiddeous and more out of place looking......I'll dig up a pic of some guys conversion where he grafted the sheetmetal edges off the YJ grille onto de TJ grille to get the same contours of the YJ hood...looked great....
2009 JK X 2 door
Stock for now.
This is my version of this. Notice the bend in the grill is even across the entire grill, not two separate bends. Still working on the angle of the headlights. Almost ready for install. Final pics to follow.
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