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Old 04-29-2013, 10:34 AM   #31
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:36 AM   #32
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Does anyone know if there would be a problem with using plastic gutterguard to make the inserts ?

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Old 04-29-2013, 11:09 AM   #33
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What are the Zip tie blocks called and where do I get them
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Old 04-29-2013, 01:30 PM   #34
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umm not sure their official name but they are at any home depot or lowes in the electrical aisle , i didnt know the name either and went and had no problem finding them as long as you know what they look like , they were by the zipties at my home depot
Gardner Bender Mounting Bases, 1 In. x 1 In., Natural, 100 / Bag-DISCONTINUED-MB-20 at The Home Depot
thats what they look like , but mine are black , the ones in that link are discontinued so just go to the store , they'll have them
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:41 PM   #35
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That looks really cool, but wouldn't it be pretty loud?
it's got a tension wire frame around the outside. If it does make noise, it's not anywhere near loud enough to drown out the tires
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Old 04-29-2013, 05:52 PM   #36
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I went the Home Depot gutter guard route. Has held up fine for the last year
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Metalcrafters. They cost a little more but they're made in the USA, fit like a glove and if you look around you can sometimes find them on places like Craigslist, brand new, for a lot less than the regular price.
x2 love the metalcrafters
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Old 04-29-2013, 10:49 PM   #38
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guys I need help I bought the Rugged Ridge black insert from Amazon I think it was 150.00 for this price the install should be better I spend a hour or more trying to get it to fit properly (what I think is right) then after I thought it was as good as I could get the grill would not fit properly back on the jeep the top brackets are in the way and I hate trying to force or cut parts just to make what something fit that should have been a easy install so I took it all back off. I like the idea of one piece can you guys help tell me what I am doing wrong or recommend a better fitting piece I can just send this one back

I had the same problem with my R.R. insert as well. 2nd try- What I did is installed the bottom as show and left the top nuts and bolts off lined it up and push it back on, put the black plastic push plugs back in no problems works great this way. Hope this helps.. P.S. If you click on my garage I have a pic of it.
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:46 PM   #39
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Thanks bud, they're sold by northridge 4x4, look for JK 7 Slab Grille.

You have to view these as more than just "something to prevent small objects from flying through the grille." Many of us don't buy the absolute cheapest armor, wheels, lifts, etc. that "do the job." We take style and quality (among other things) into consideration. This is the same thing. This is like "armor" and the quality of the metalwork and powdercoating of these inserts is awesome--they will outlast the Jeep. They become the strongest part of the front grill, all while distinctly changing (enhancing) the appearance. They're a conversation piece. Due to all those factors, to me they were worth the four bills.

These guys make some pretty cool stuff and the quality is top notch, so I'm glad to pay the premium to support their operation of making unique parts for our Jeeps. I picked up some dual Rigid Dually windshield mounts and a 20" LED hood mount from them as well.
Hey Mike, it's your money to spend and I think most of us on here won't judge you. Many of us here do the DIY thing for things like the grill inserts because we're on a budget. Leaves us $375 to spend toward a bumper etc.
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Hey Mike, it's your money to spend and I think most of us on here won't judge you. Many of us here do the DIY thing for things like the grill inserts because we're on a budget. Leaves us $375 to spend toward a bumper etc.
I understand that, and I don't judge them. As everything in life, to each their own. But, pretty much everyone freaks out on me about the price of these, simply because they've never seen any other insert priced that high. So that makes these "absurd." But like I said, to me it was worth it for all the reasons I mentioned, and I work hard just like anyone else (and don't spend much anywhere else) so that I can get exactly the parts I want for my Jeep.
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I understand that, and I don't judge them. As everything in life, to each their own. But, pretty much everyone freaks out on me about the price of these, simply because they've never seen any other insert priced that high. So that makes these "absurd." But like I said, to me it was worth it for all the reasons I mentioned, and I work hard just like anyone else (and don't spend much anywhere else) so that I can get exactly the parts I want for my Jeep.
I've heard much of the same for my inserts. I don't care...I think the look awesome. I've never seen anyone w inserts like mine....and that's how I like it.

Plus, they do an awesome job as a butterfly catcher.
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Sounds good guys. Thanks for sharing the pics so we can enjoy. That's what we're here for!
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Mike do you take the Jeep on the beach much? I normally go once to twice a week once it gets a little warmer, let me know I'll bring some more filets out with us, come meet up!!!
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Metalcrafters. it took about an hour to install and the instructions were excellent.
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Metalcrafters, expensive but worth it
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Old 05-06-2013, 09:13 PM   #46
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Does anyone know if there would be a problem with using plastic gutterguard to make the inserts ?
I used the plastic gutter guard and have no issues.
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:32 PM   #47
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Curious what everyone thinks about whether overheating should be a problem with the DIY gutter guard. I live in Texas and haven't been through a summer with it yet.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:36 PM   #48
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I splurged. Going with a cheap DIY for the front (face) of your Jeep after spending thousands upon thousands on all the other upgrades makes no sense to me...but to each their own I went with Black Diamond Fabrications, stainless steel & powdercoated black. They're actually more of a satin/matte finish and match the bumpers rather than the paint. I get questions & compliments on them all the time, making it worth the $$.


those look awesome. Tried looking them up online. No luck Where did you get them.
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Mike do you take the Jeep on the beach much? I normally go once to twice a week once it gets a little warmer, let me know I'll bring some more filets out with us, come meet up!!!
I haven't yet, but after Sandy I wasn't sure if anything would be open around me.

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those look awesome. Tried looking them up online. No luck Where did you get them.
Check out northridge 4x4
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I recently did a write up about this. My take on the insert/gutter guard mod:
I borrowed this idea today. The hardest part was cutting the gutter guard to form, but I love the way it's turning out so far. Epoxy all of it together tomorrow and out it on Monday!
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Does anyone make light bars or some type of lights that fit behind the grill?
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Old 05-26-2013, 09:24 AM   #52
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Maybe I missed it, but, did anyone post a link to using the gutter guard and zip tie technique?
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Maybe I missed it, but, did anyone post a link to using the gutter guard and zip tie technique?
I did this last weekend. Came out awesome! Here's pics of the process...



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what size did you cut the rectangles of mesh? They look awesome!
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12 inches by 4 and it works out perfect.

Thanks! I'm not usually very handy so I was definitely proud of the results.
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I've heard much of the same for my inserts. I don't care...I think the look awesome. I've never seen anyone w inserts like mine....and that's how I like it.

Plus, they do an awesome job as a butterfly catcher.
Which are these?
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Which are these?
http://www.carid.com/2013-jeep-wrang...le-353062.html
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:34 PM   #58
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I am picking up my rugged brown '13 on monday. I am already planning on doing the diy inserts using the aluminum screen door protector method. I don't want to do black inserts, so am gunna do leave them silver. Any suggestions, though, on another color that might look good with the brown?
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After I installed mine...I wondered...why did they not do this from the factory? LOL!

I think it just looks right. And the one piece grill does not budge.

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After I installed mine...I wondered...why did they not do this from the factory? LOL!

I think it just looks right. And the one piece grill does not budge.
One piece? Did you just cut a big rectangle and use zip ties ?

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