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Old 04-29-2013, 07:44 PM   #1
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DIY grill inserts !

I was just wondering if I should pick a black plastic gutterguard or a metal one to do it, let me know whats best ! Thanks

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Old 04-29-2013, 11:15 PM   #3
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Are you going to just mount a rectangular piece of that in the grill behind the openings, or cut out individual pieces for each opening?
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:35 AM   #4
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I used the silver metal ones then sprayed them with black Plasit Dip.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:45 AM   #5
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I've used what yankee is getting except my wasnt that wide. So I had to do each piece. Spray paint it black & clear coat it. Paint does come off over time from stuff. But I'm going tho change mine soon.
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Old 04-30-2013, 10:44 AM   #6
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I used the product Yankee mentions. 27" is just wide enough so that you don't see the edges when the grill is on. It was really simple and took longer for the paint to dry than anything. I used truck bed liner to paint mine.
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Are you going to just mount a rectangular piece of that in the grill behind the openings, or cut out individual pieces for each opening?
One large piece. There is another post around here that demonstrates how to mount the one large piece with zipties and self stick 1 inch square ziptie mounts.
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Cool idea. I'll have to look around
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:02 AM   #9
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Do yourself a favor and spend another $30 and get one that is made to do that job.
I purchased one from Rugged Ridge for $49.
By the time you buy a cheap piece of mesh from HD and the paint and stick-on tabs and zip ties, you will have spent at least half of that for a inferior end result.
The RR mesh is pressed into a shape that mates with each of the grill openings. That shaping makes it very stiff, unlike a flat piece that is going to remain flexible.
The RR has two steel bars and bolts that very securely hold it in place. There are no sticky tabs to come unglued and the screen is powder coated to stay like new forever.
Just like everybody, I like to save money but in this case the RR is a bargan and well worth the little bit more that it costs.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:16 AM   #10
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16 gauge perforated steel painted with rattle can bed liner and mounted with zip tie blocks and gorilla glue

No flex and none of the blocks have come unglued...
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:25 AM   #11
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my $.02, I've done this twice. if you buy the kit, remove the sticky tape completely from the zip tie mounts, so it is just plastic on plastic, use a 2 part plastic epoxy.
the sticky foam is not designed to hold in that environment.
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Old 05-01-2013, 10:48 AM   #12
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I bought some of the plastic gutter guard over the weekend and im gonna give that a shot hopfully this weekend coming up. It was only 3 bucks for 20 feet of the stuff. Im sure i will be able to find some other uses for the leftovers.
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Old 05-01-2013, 11:38 AM   #13
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I bought some of the plastic gutter guard over the weekend and im gonna give that a shot hopfully this weekend coming up. It was only 3 bucks for 20 feet of the stuff. Im sure i will be able to find some other uses for the leftovers.
Thats what I wanna do , seems like the metal gutter guards dont exist where I live . Is there a downside to using the plastic gutter guard ?
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Do yourself a favor and spend another $30 and get one that is made to do that job.
I purchased one from Rugged Ridge for $49.
By the time you buy a cheap piece of mesh from HD and the paint and stick-on tabs and zip ties, you will have spent at least half of that for a inferior end result.
The RR mesh is pressed into a shape that mates with each of the grill openings. That shaping makes it very stiff, unlike a flat piece that is going to remain flexible.
The RR has two steel bars and bolts that very securely hold it in place. There are no sticky tabs to come unglued and the screen is powder coated to stay like new forever.
Just like everybody, I like to save money but in this case the RR is a bargan and well worth the little bit more that it costs.
actually, it's more than half the cost of buying one made already. I didn't spend any more than 10 bucks for everything.
And I still don't have any problems with the tabs coming off.
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Old 05-02-2013, 03:33 PM   #15
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For me it wasn't the lower cost of the DIY screens as much as it was about it being a fun project. I have only had my jeep a month so it is still new to me and this was a fun project for me. In the end though my DIY screens look just as good as the ones I have seen that people bought online or elsewhere.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:15 PM   #16
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Doing your own mods are always fun. Still affordable, but fun. And jeep has alot you can do!
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For me it's a pride thing when i can DIY my own Mods.
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:58 PM   #18
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Just finished mine! Very happy with the result!

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Do yourself a favor and spend another $30 and get one that is made to do that job.
I purchased one from Rugged Ridge for $49.
By the time you buy a cheap piece of mesh from HD and the paint and stick-on tabs and zip ties, you will have spent at least half of that for a inferior end result.
The RR mesh is pressed into a shape that mates with each of the grill openings. That shaping makes it very stiff, unlike a flat piece that is going to remain flexible.
The RR has two steel bars and bolts that very securely hold it in place. There are no sticky tabs to come unglued and the screen is powder coated to stay like new forever.
Just like everybody, I like to save money but in this case the RR is a bargan and well worth the little bit more that it costs.
This is what I got after seeing the DIY posts. My Jeep was over $30k and the RR looks OEM. I didn't want the DIY wire mesh which mostly looks like DIY. Much more other things I can take pride in instead of saving $25 on. Mesh. Jmo.
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:22 AM   #20
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Just finished with the Home Depot/Lowe's Gutterguard mesh grill for my 13' JKU. Spent under $19 including tax. Looks GREAT!!!! A pretty simple and cheap mod. Took about and hour total.
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Can I see a picture of these ziptie mounts you guys are using?
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:30 AM   #22
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Can I see a picture of these ziptie mounts you guys are using?
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Old 06-06-2013, 02:10 PM   #23
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Still waiting for my '13 Flame Red JKU to be built, but I picked up a cheap grill and did the bedliner and Gutterguard mod.
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I used these same zip tie mounts. After about 4 months they are starting to come off. Yesterday I spent an hour in the heat ripping the rest off. I am thinking of trying to bond the plastic mount to the back of the grill. What would last through the hot summers and cold winter? Some kind of epoxy or super glue?
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I got loctite marine epoxy to do this mod. I was thinking that should hold up pretty well even in wet environments. I still haven't put it on though just to be safe. After reading the back of the package, I realized it says it isn't recommended for polyethylene and polypropylene. Does anyone know exactly what kind of plastic the grille is made of?
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I went and bought the 20 min plastic epoxy. I'll give it a shot this weekend.
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:26 PM   #27
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Found one of mine came off. I think that one had the different sealent. Cause I ran out of the epoxy when I was doing mine.
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This is what I bought at Home Depot to do mine. Easy to do, a little tedious but the final look is well worth it.
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This is what I bought at Home Depot to do mine. Easy to do, a little tedious but the final look is well worth it.
Did you peel the adhesive off of the anchors and just use super glue? I put a dab of gorilla glue down before my anchors and they started to come off when the weather got to the high 90s.
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I used these same zip tie mounts. After about 4 months they are starting to come off. Yesterday I spent an hour in the heat ripping the rest off. I am thinking of trying to bond the plastic mount to the back of the grill. What would last through the hot summers and cold winter? Some kind of epoxy or super glue?
I used Gorilla Glue. Mine are still holding stronger after almost 2 years. I took the foam adhesive off of the blocks. If you leave it on they won't get a good bond.

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