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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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Old 06-29-2012, 09:29 AM   #16
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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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Old 06-29-2012, 02:09 PM   #18
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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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Old 07-22-2012, 04:46 PM   #19
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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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Old 08-02-2014, 03:04 PM   #20
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I know this is an old thread, but it came in very useful for me - thanks, OP!
I have read many of these threads about grill mesh installs, but do not recall seeing the extra mod I had to do. I have a 2013 JKU and it has a temperature sensor in the front. I just needed to snip the corner off one of the mesh panels, so that it did not interfere with the sensor when I put it back on. Hopefully these photos will show what I mean.
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Old 08-02-2014, 05:06 PM   #21
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I like this. Its cheap and it turned out nice....has anyone done one in body color?
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Old 08-02-2014, 05:13 PM   #22
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Lol my grill is currently in my shop waiting for the gorilla glue to set up
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Old 08-03-2014, 08:45 AM   #23
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I love this, it looks awesome! I'm just scared of reducing the intake air like said previously (Hot miami)
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Old 08-03-2014, 12:16 PM   #24
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Mine is very similar to the OPs and air flow is not a problem. I've driven through California, Arizona, Nevada, etc. Lots of hot places and even offroading it hasn't been a problem. The temp needle has never even budged once and my tranny cooler keeps that tranny just as cool as before. I even drove 30 hours straight from Missouri to Cali and no problems at all.
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Old 08-03-2014, 12:38 PM   #25
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I like this version with the round holes. Looks great!
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Old 08-03-2014, 12:47 PM   #26
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2.5 years later and mine is still holding up. My stock track bar bracket...not so much lol.

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Really sharp look with the round holes.

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Old 08-12-2014, 09:07 PM   #28
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@MangoTangoJK where did you get that gutter guard from? Looks Great!
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Old 08-13-2014, 09:57 PM   #29
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Nevermind. Think I found it at Lowe's. The one at Home Depot had "fins" down the length of the guard - and clear plastic on the sides
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Old 08-13-2014, 10:42 PM   #30
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So I know this is mentioned somewhere....but I don't have the time to search.

So where do I find the white tab thingies. Yes, thingies is a technical term.

TYIA!!

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