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Old 09-18-2012, 12:47 PM   #31
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^^ most people think the plastic grills are cheap.

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Old 09-18-2012, 02:10 PM   #32
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Here is few comparisons:
McDonald's Mcdouble burger vs. Wagyu Kobe beef
Mullet fish vs. Yellow fin tuna
Fiber-glass vs. Steel
But all of those serve their function. Is metal better because plastic is perceived as cheap or is there a functional difference?

Seriously, I'm not being a smart ass. I'm curious. I mean if plastic is a McDonalds cheeseburger and metal is Kobe beef then I'd say a cheeseburger fills your belly the same as the Kobe beef, just at a much lower cost. Same with mullet vs. tuna. And the fiberglass vs. steel I don't really get. I mean, steel is stronger, but does that make it better for every application? For example, there's a reason the DeLorean failed.

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This is what I did with mine. Bought like a 36" x 40" sheet for $50 and some Rustoleum truck bed liner spray. It's enough material for 3 grilles.



Like the looks of that, way to go..
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Old 09-18-2012, 04:47 PM   #34
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grill mesh

I used galvanized chicken wire, 8$, does not restrict air flow, keeps the big bugs out
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Old 09-18-2012, 06:52 PM   #35
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Hate to sound like a Debby downer.
Waiting on my JKU, but owned two previous jeeps. How do you open up the hood with these inserts blocking the latch?
But I like the ingenuity and the personalization of this mod.
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Old 09-18-2012, 07:22 PM   #36
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Hate to sound like a Debby downer.
Waiting on my JKU, but owned two previous jeeps. How do you open up the hood with these inserts blocking the latch?
But I like the ingenuity and the personalization of this mod.
The hood latches are on the side of the hood on the outside Debby ...
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:12 PM   #37
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The hood latches are on the side of the hood on the outside Debby ...
I think he meant. The secondary hood latch that you release the hood with. Not the rubber latches on the exterior.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:13 PM   #38
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OP... does it rattle?
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I have not opened my hood in a while. But the secondary hood release lever is accessible when you release the exterior latches and pull up on the hood. I think it is right there in the middle between the hood and top of the grill. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
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I have not opened my hood in a while. But the secondary hood release lever is accessible when you release the exterior latches and pull up on the hood. I think it is right there in the middle between the hood and top of the grill. Someone correct me if I am wrong.
I've always put my hand thru one of the openings to do that. Never tried between the hood and the top of the grill.
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Old 09-18-2012, 08:26 PM   #41
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The hood latches are on the side of the hood on the outside Debby ...
Guess I didn't describe that well enough.
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This is what I did with mine. Bought like a 36" x 40" sheet for $50 and some Rustoleum truck bed liner spray. It's enough material for 3 grilles.
I really like the pattern of yours what material did you use is it metal and where did you get it from?
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No it does not rattle.
After looking at the extra mesh I have....if I flip it the other way the holes lineup straight. Duh! I'll be making another one Wednesday. Post up pics when I'm done. I think I'll also paint it black. It will take me another 30 min. Damn. :-)
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:28 PM   #44
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Any advice for a guy with a TJ since my grill can't come off? Or is takin the radiator out my easiest option? If so I'd rather spend the cash lol!
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I used the billet inserts on my YJ. One of the inserts has a hole for your hood release.

JK grilles don't have a hood release that you have to access thru the grille. You just lift the hood up an inch or so, and then reach into the gap and feel around for the lever.

I did one of these DIY grilles for our first JK, and secured it to the backside of the grille so nothing was blocked after popping the grille off. It looked a little wavy, so I went with the formed Metalcrafter on our next JK. Yes - you're paying for looks, but if I didn't care about looks I'd just slap some screen over the front of the grille.
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But all of those serve their function. Is metal better because plastic is perceived as cheap or is there a functional difference?

Seriously, I'm not being a smart ass. I'm curious. I mean if plastic is a McDonalds cheeseburger and metal is Kobe beef then I'd say a cheeseburger fills your belly the same as the Kobe beef, just at a much lower cost. Same with mullet vs. tuna. And the fiberglass vs. steel I don't really get. I mean, steel is stronger, but does that make it better for every application? For example, there's a reason the DeLorean failed.

You know you just answered your own question with your second paragraph..as for the FG vs. steel, of course they both have their advantages and disadvantages(same with beef & fish) Strength, weight, cost, etc. but of course in the end it all comes down to necessity and preference..usually the latter.
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You know you just answered your own question with your second paragraph..as for the FG vs. steel, of course they both have their advantages and disadvantages(same with beef & fish) Strength, weight, cost, etc. but of course in the end it all comes down to necessity and preference..usually the latter.
So you're basically saying the functional advantage of the metal grill is added strength. Got it, thanks. That's all I was asking.
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Ok so I flipped the mesh the other way around and painted it black this time. No more wavy lines! Cutting the mesh in this direction I could make 5 of these with 1 sheet of mesh.
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This is what I did with mine. Bought like a 36" x 40" sheet for $50 and some Rustoleum truck bed liner spray. It's enough material for 3 grilles.



What material is that?
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Ok so I flipped the mesh the other way around and painted it black this time. No more wavy lines! Cutting the mesh in this direction I could make 5 of these with 1 sheet of mesh.

Looks 100% better.
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I really like the pattern of yours what material did you use is it metal and where did you get it from?
Sorry for the delay. I'm currently in Norway and have no internet access most of the time. It's 16 gauge perforated steel from McMaster-Carr#
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Here is few comparisons:
McDonald's Mcdouble burger vs. Wagyu Kobe beef
Mullet fish vs. Yellow fin tuna
Fiber-glass vs. Steel
This.
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Looks like a great DIY mod that won't break the bank.
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:46 PM   #54
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This was an awesome idea. I think it looks great. $8.65 for the mesh and $7 for a can of black bed liner. Thanks!!!
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A little pricier but I used the aluminum gutter wire mesh used to keep leaves out of gutters. It wont rust out on you. You need 2 pieces they're usually around 6 bucks a piece
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I did mine today I use 1/4 galvanized hardware screen- $3.56 1 piece 24x14 sprayed with bed liner. Plastic bonded 15 zip tie downs to grill and 15 zip ties. It took me less than 2 hours. About $9.00 Thank you OP for this great idea.
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i went with the plastic netting and zip tie holders. probably around $15 for everything and i've got netting left over for the yard









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Old 09-28-2012, 08:04 PM   #58
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This is what I did with mine. Bought like a 36" x 40" sheet for $50 and some Rustoleum truck bed liner spray. It's enough material for 3 grilles.



wana send me a piece???? Huh? Lol were u get that metal though?
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wana send me a piece???? Huh? Lol were u get that metal though?
I wouldn't want to deal with shipping. I'm getting ready to deploy in a few weeks and still have a hundred things to take care of. I bought it from McMaster-Carr item# 9255T941
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Here's $9.00, $3.56 galvanized hardware screen, 10 tie down anchors, 10 zip ties and a quick spray of bed liner and 1 tube of plastic bond and 1 hour.
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