So I was tired of pulling leaves from my radiator. (when my wife had her Liberty in the field, it was a HUGE problem each day). I read on here about someone who used aluminum gutter guards to fab some grill guards. I searched to add my post to his, but couldn't find it. so here's mine.
I used the plastic gutter guards mostly because they were already black, and I wouldn't have to paint them. Also, they are more flexible, and I thought if they were hit by a small rock or two they wouldn't get all dinged up.
1. Remove the Grill- very easy. There are a few plastic clips to pop up with a flat head screwdriver, then remove the plastic pin and remove the plastic retainer.
2. Wipe down with clean rag- I used just a bit of degreaser to make sure the zip tie clips would stick.
The whole thing was probably the easiest mod I've ever done. The whol;e thing took about an hour.
You'll need one roll of gutter guard, 30 zip tie clips, and a bag of zip ties. the whol;e thing cost $15 +/-
I've heard of a lot of people using super glue to put them on after they remove the adhesive backing. I think the trouble with the adhesive backing arises in the summer months when it gets really hot. I can't personally attest to this though. I haven't done the mod yet; I want to, but I can't decide exactly how i want to do it. I've seen three different methods, and they all have their pros and cons.
Zipped tied mine to frame.... Used expanded metal...Though I am looking for a smaller patteren
I got mine from Lowes over where the concrete material is at. A 32" by 8 foot piece was $9.98 and was a smaller pattern and worked great. Zipped tied a large one piece to my frame also.
__________________ 2010 Dark Charcoal Pearl Jeep Wrangler Sport S Automatic
4.88 Yukon w/Trac-Lok rear and Eaton ELocker Front - Synergy Gussets - B&M 70264 Trans Cooler
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The more I read this forum, the more I realize that Jeep owners are cheap and ingenious.
Somebody above posted about using epoxy. Make sure it's "plastic safe". Not all are. Been epoxying "sticky-backs" (the little plastic squares that the tie-wraps are attached to), on communications towers for years. The stuff I get at work is "mil-spec", but you can get similar stuff at hardware stores.
Use a razor blade and cut off the majority of the adhesive that is pre-stuck to the sticky back. First couple ones suck, but you get the hang of it pretty fast.
Aelwero- Ohhh man, I spotted that chainmail and smiled. I used to mess around with different weaves when I was younger but got embarrassed of it and shied away. Being as its easy to do and it would look awesome I may just do that to my Jeep. 4-1 is a piece of cake but do you close your links? From the pic it doesn't look like you do. I never did.
One must learn by doing the thing; though you think you know it; you can't be certain until you try.