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Old 06-28-2012, 07:24 PM   #1
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Did the Grill Guard Mod Today

I just finished doing my grill guard mod tonight and took a few pics for those who would care to look.

I think it turned out pretty good as I went with a different type of gutter guard.
I used this:



Then I cut the edges off to make it flat:



I then cut them down to size, kept the width the same but cut the length:



Then it was time to epoxy the mounting blocks:



Then attaching the guards:



The grill before:



And the finished grill:




And mounted on the jeep:



Sorry for all the pictures and long post but, like they say: Photos or it didn't happen. Opinions on this versus the regular mesh guard?

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Old 06-28-2012, 07:27 PM   #2
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I like it, I think it looks good, nice job. I just did mine yesterday and used the plastic gutter guard method from Lowe's.

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Old 06-28-2012, 07:30 PM   #3
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I like it. I like the different pattern. I have done this mod with the regular wire mesh from Home Depot.
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:37 PM   #4
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Looks really good. Nicely done!
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:47 PM   #5
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That's awesome. What are the mounting blocks and what did you use to connect the screen to the mounting blocks?
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:49 PM   #6
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Another couple of dumb questions? I'm assuming you painted them black. Did you plasti dip to paint them black?

Also, is it hard to take off the grill assembly?

Finally, does doing this mod affect air intake to the engine?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:56 PM   #7
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They are "mounting bases" found in the electrical department of Lowes and I used zip ties I had at the garage.
Yeah I used Plasti-Dip! Stuff is awesome.
And taking the grill assembly off is easy. Just open the hood, remove the six pop inserts in the top along the edge of the grill, remove the fog light harnesses and then lightly pull straight out along the bottom to remove the grill.

With the amount of holes, I don't foresee any negative effects to air flow.

Very simple, fun mod to do!!
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:17 PM   #8
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Looks great!
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Old 06-28-2012, 08:21 PM   #9
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Looks awesome I like it a lot better than the regular mesh!
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:15 PM   #10
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WOW.. and I spent 45 dollars on an ebay store to get what lowes has for 5 bucks.. and I have had to redo mine once and gonna be a third time...

Love the way that came out though.
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:38 PM   #11
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THAT looks really good. I used the metal guards on mine and after about 8 months those little squares are popping away from the grill. If I re-do it I swear I'll just gorilla glue these plastic ones to the grill and be done with it.
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:44 PM   #12
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I used this stuff:
Shop J-B WELD 2 Oz. Interior/Exterior Epoxy Adhesive at Lowes.com

It sets pretty quick and fully cures in 4-6 hours.
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:51 PM   #13
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Good tip. Should have used JB weld to begin with. Nice job on the guards, I like the pattern on it, it's different.
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:47 AM   #14
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Very nice job there! im experimenting with glue. mines keep popping off. i dont think i put enough of epoxy on it.

Nice pattern!
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Old 06-29-2012, 02:24 AM   #15
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Nice look!
Before I took the plunge on the metalcrafters model I thought about using some perf for this mod.

It looks really great!
-and your choice of materials also means it should last for a while too.
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Not bad for a DIY look, but seems like airflow is decreased by 33 %. not good going uphill in hot weather, but if there are no areas like that, you should be fine.
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Eastern NC here so no hills
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Nice. I like the different patters people are using. The other gutter guards I've seen are either square or diamond shaped holes. I used wire mesh and plasti-dipped it:

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You instructions were so good I did mine yesterday and here is the photo of the finished product and before. My family says it looks like it should have been that way from the factory! Thanks again!




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