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Old 09-17-2012, 12:45 PM   #1
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$8 Mesh Grill

Got the idea from a post on this forum so not taking credit for it :-) but I thought I would put up some pics so you can see how it's done.
1) cut mesh with tin snips 27"x15" I used a sharpie to mark it, then some painters tape so I could see the cut line.
2) set it in place and put two zip ties at the top to keep it from moving.
3) notch out where the temp sensor and grill clips go.
4) reinstall the grill. Done!
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Old 09-17-2012, 12:47 PM   #2
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and to think some people pay $200 plus for this

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Old 09-17-2012, 01:09 PM   #3
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Crazy part is there is enough mesh leftover to make 2 more grills. So if you have a couple of buddies that want it the cost is less than $3 each!
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:14 PM   #4
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Maybe a good idea to prime and paint it, so it does not corrode and/or rust..Most people use the vinyl plastic gutter mesh. Enjoy.
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I assume the mesh is not stainless though? Looks good, nice job.
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No it's not stainless, but for the price it's hard to beat. I figure if it does start to look bad I can always pop it off and paint it. Getting ready to take a 400 mile trip to georgia for hunting and some trail riding, just wanted some extra protection. :-)>
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Maybe a good idea to prime and paint it, so it does not corrode and/or rust..Most people use the vinyl plastic gutter mesh. Enjoy.
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:27 PM   #8
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I use the aluminum window screen stuff from Lowe's. It looks no where as nice but, it keeps the bugs out of the radiator.
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Old 09-17-2012, 05:44 PM   #9
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That is awesome. Where did you buy that.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:07 PM   #10
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That is awesome. Where did you buy that.
I got it at lowes.
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I got it at lowes.
I'll be stopping at lowes tomorrow. I think a spray can of bed liner to spray it black also.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:25 PM   #12
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and to think some people pay $200 plus for this
Oh, I don't know. Maybe some of us who have one like metalcrafters wanted something that's made of heavy gauge stainless steel, powder coated, has a one piece design professional fit, custom molded for each grill opening, won't rust, no broken plastic ties, tape or glue to deal with, won't bend under harsh conditions, will last the life of the vehicle and always look good and won't have to paint or ever remove the grill to repair it. That's the only reason I can think of. But, kudos to the OP for the effort and doing a great job for little cost. It does look nice.
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:28 PM   #13
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I actually did the same thing and it works great!
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Old 09-17-2012, 06:29 PM   #14
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I have done this with the mesh panels from satellite dishes, you know those 8 and 10 foot monstrocities in peoples yards that they will almost pay you to get rid of. already powder coated black, just cut to size, 10-12 panels per dish.
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I'm doing it the same way tomorrow, I have a list of things I want and I can't make. And for life of vehicle whats that 4-5 years.
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Oh, I don't know. Maybe some of us who have one like metalcrafters wanted something that's made of heavy gauge stainless steel, powder coated, has a one piece design professional fit, custom molded for each grill opening, won't rust, no broken plastic ties, tape or glue to deal with, won't bend under harsh conditions, will last the life of the vehicle and always look good and won't have to paint or ever remove the grill to repair it. That's the only reason I can think of. But, kudos to the OP for the effort and doing a great job for little cost. It does look nice.
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Oh, I don't know. Maybe some of us who have one like metalcrafters wanted something that's made of heavy gauge stainless steel, powder coated, has a one piece design professional fit, custom molded for each grill opening, won't rust, no broken plastic ties, tape or glue to deal with, won't bend under harsh conditions, will last the life of the vehicle and always look good and won't have to paint or ever remove the grill to repair it. That's the only reason I can think of. But, kudos to the OP for the effort and doing a great job for little cost. It does look nice.
Thanks for the thumbs up. Just remember "won't bend under harsh conditions" (our grills are made of PLASTIC). "no broken zip ties" ( our grills are made of plastic). No matter what you put behind it, or over it. It's still made of plastic. Until Jeep starts making grills out of metal again then my $8 fix and your $100 fix... Do the SAME thing.
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Looks good, nice call. I use that aluminum mesh on my race car to keep out rocks and rubber from my radiator, it works wonders at saving the radiator.
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Looks good, nice call. I use that aluminum mesh on my race car to keep out rocks and rubber from my radiator, it works wonders at saving the radiator.
Thanks. That's the idea...keep rocks-n-such from the radiator. Looking good is just a bonus. Still wish they/someone would make a metal grill. I'd buy one in a second. This plastic is just weak.
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I actually did the same thing and it works great
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I definitely like the price point! In a lot of photos of the DIY mesh's though, it looks like the mesh is not sitting in there straight. Or (especially with the gutter guard option) looks like it pulling too hard from one direction. It's picky, I know, but that would bother me each time I walked up to my Jeep. The RR one, at $37, does not break the bank and has a nice fit to me, personally.

I like the ingenuity of all these different DIY options, though. It's fun to see what people come up with.
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Thanks for the thumbs up. Just remember "won't bend under harsh conditions" (our grills are made of PLASTIC). "no broken zip ties" ( our grills are made of plastic). No matter what you put behind it, or over it. It's still made of plastic. Until Jeep starts making grills out of metal again then my $8 fix and your $100 fix... Do the SAME thing.
More like $200. I like the metalcrafters. Yours will look even better sprayed black.
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Metalcrafters and others make great stuff don't get me wrong. For me it was done for some extra protection not for looks. I still just want a company like metalcrafters or mopar to make a metal grill like every other CJ, YJ, TJ, has had. That's just something that makes me nuts. Why a plastic grill? Only thing I don't like about my Jeep.
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I definitely like the price point! In a lot of photos of the DIY mesh's though, it looks like the mesh is not sitting in there straight. Or (especially with the gutter guard option) looks like it pulling too hard from one direction. It's picky, I know, but that would bother me each time I walked up to my Jeep. The RR one, at $37, does not break the bank and has a nice fit to me, personally.

I like the ingenuity of all these different DIY options, though. It's fun to see what people come up with.
The mesh itself has a " wave "in it from top to bottom. I cut it straight. Oh well.....
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I paid $250+ for mine
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Metalcrafters and others make great stuff don't get me wrong. For me it was done for some extra protection not for looks. I still just want a company like metalcrafters or mopar to make a metal grill like every other CJ, YJ, TJ, has had. That's just something that makes me nuts. Why a plastic grill? Only thing I don't like about my Jeep.
I'm just curious about what the advantage of a metal grill would be? The plastic is lighter and cheaper. Flimsier? Sure, but isn't the grill there mostly for aesthetics?
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I used the Drake billet inserts, they go on from the outside. Ingot mine polished, but they have them in black too. They are very strong and sturdy, and look great. Protect the condenser great too
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I'm just curious about what the advantage of a metal grill would be? The plastic is lighter and cheaper. Flimsier? Sure, but isn't the grill there mostly for aesthetics?
Here is few comparisons:
McDonald's Mcdouble burger vs. Wagyu Kobe beef
Mullet fish vs. Yellow fin tuna
Fiber-glass vs. Steel
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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.



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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
Couldn't have said it better myself. I think most people the plastic is kind of cheap.

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