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Old 10-30-2011, 08:42 AM   #31
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Indeed- hard to gain MPG and not get lighter. I like the "feel" of metal- but the reality is that for al of the reasons mentioned above an increase in plastic is de rigeur for automotive development these days.

BTW- I think a mesh backer on the grill should be standard. I need to do that mod- I've already got one minor stone dent in the radiator fins, and me no likey.

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Old 10-30-2011, 09:14 AM   #32
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You all HAVE given consideration to the lower radar signal havn't you?
now thats an idea.....wondered why i had less speeding tickets in my 2007 and 2012 JK's....last one i got was in my TJ in 2006. it all makes sense now.

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Old 10-30-2011, 09:53 AM   #33
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Wow, just noticed it this evening. The grill is plastic.
Take a good hard look at that rear bumper.
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Old 05-03-2013, 03:48 PM   #34
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now thats an idea.....wondered why i had less speeding tickets in my 2007 and 2012 JK's....last one i got was in my TJ in 2006. it all makes sense now.

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How in the world did you get a speeding ticket in a TJ? Doing 40 in a 20 zone? heh... I have both a TJ (03) and a newb JKUR (13) and I fine myself driving waaaaaay to fast in the JK. Probably because I can't hear/feel the hum of the engine.

The JK has nice high-end torque/power to pass people on the highway, but it doesn't take off the line as well as the TJ.

I was a little disappointed that the JK grill is plastic.
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Old 05-03-2013, 05:18 PM   #35
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I always wondered if the milspec versions of the jeeps, and hummers for that matter with a softtop had kevlar instead of canvas
Off topic but whatever...

Ballastic Kevlar is really heavy, really expensive, and does not stop rifle rounds. Check bulletproofme.com for prices to see.

Cops wear it because its easier to wear then steel or ceramic plate that does stop rifle rounds.

I'm not sure why you would want it on your Jeep though...

Current model military 'Jeeps' do have armor, but it's a combination of multiple types working together.

End of off-topic...
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:07 PM   #36
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I'm coming from a 1997 Sahara and was looking at the 2013 Wranglers. Was also shocked to see plastic grill, and plastic (or at least plastic covered) bumpers. Quite a change from my metal grill and steel front/rear bumpers. I understand some of the luxury upgrades (electric locks, windows, cruise control, etc.) but plastic bumpers/grills seem to be a cheapening of the brand.

That said, I can see how the plastic grill might be more durable, but I still don't agree with the plastic bumpers.
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Old 07-17-2013, 02:53 PM   #37
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At least it's not "plastic chrome" thats on my Ford 350's
the chrome plastic grill is a $350 option
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Does anyone have a lead on cnc company that will mic it and cut it? I would like to have it!
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The grille isn't a structural member of the body anymore. Grilles of earlier jeeps was the radiator support, front fender mounts and the front body mount to the frame.
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I'm coming from a 1997 Sahara and was looking at the 2013 Wranglers. Was also shocked to see plastic grill, and plastic (or at least plastic covered) bumpers. Quite a change from my metal grill and steel front/rear bumpers. I understand some of the luxury upgrades (electric locks, windows, cruise control, etc.) but plastic bumpers/grills seem to be a cheapening of the brand.

That said, I can see how the plastic grill might be more durable, but I still don't agree with the plastic bumpers.
Most people replace the bumpers anyway. I'd rather not pay for steel when it's going in the trash. I replaced my front bumper with steel, but my rear factory bumper is modified so it holds 7 gallons of water. Pretty handy. Also there is a steel crossmember behind the plastic bumper so no worries.

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