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Old 05-28-2013, 10:57 PM   #31
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Looks great! Hey, how about making a few sets and selling them? I'm first
HA, thanks! I'm afraid the amount of time it took to get the guards cut just perfect and the time to glue the 7 pieces would drive the cost up way too much for me to sell them.

If you want the same look I'd just do plastic gutter guard and spray paint it grey/silver/color of your choice with Krylon plastic spray; I've only seen the plastic guard in black or white. The plastic gutter guard would be much easier to work with than the metal gutter guard that I purchased.

I have also added the black plastic headlight trims and the look is pretty sick IMO.

Give it a shot, great project if you want to to do something for the Jeep but it's rainy out and you can't be outside actually working on the beast.

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how did you get the glue to set on the sides? I am in the middle of this mod right now and am having trouble getting the sides to lay down onto the grille inserts for the epoxy to set.

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Not trying to hijack the thread, but did anyone buy these grille inserts? Once piece:

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You can build it yourself for less. The one I made looks about identical and was cheaper than that and I had the material to make 3 grilles.
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Old 05-30-2013, 03:17 PM   #34
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how did you get the glue to set on the sides? I am in the middle of this mod right now and am having trouble getting the sides to lay down onto the grille inserts for the epoxy to set.
Before I glued any part of the mesh to the plastic I bent and shaped it so there was as much contact between the mesh and the plastic trims as possible.

Also, I did use small spots of hot glue to hold the mesh into place. Dpending on your time constraints you can epoxy over the small bits of hot glue or just peel the hot glue right off when you get to that section.

One bit of advice that I failed to mention is make sure that the mesh does not protrude too much past the left and right sides of the opening on the plastic trims. If too much of the mesh is sticking out then you will have a tough time getting the trims to *click* into place.
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Here is my attempt - Gutter Guard Mod - Less than $10

Rather than use the grill inserts, I attached mine from behind using black gutter guard, zipties, and ziptie adhesive points... I think in total this mod came to $9.85. It looks VERY clean and sharp
Was that black nylon or black metal gutter guards? Looks nice!
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Before I glued any part of the mesh to the plastic I bent and shaped it so there was as much contact between the mesh and the plastic trims as possible.

Also, I did use small spots of hot glue to hold the mesh into place. Dpending on your time constraints you can epoxy over the small bits of hot glue or just peel the hot glue right off when you get to that section.

One bit of advice that I failed to mention is make sure that the mesh does not protrude too much past the left and right sides of the opening on the plastic trims. If too much of the mesh is sticking out then you will have a tough time getting the trims to *click* into place.
Would it be easier to start with rectangle pieces, glue them to the inserts, then use clippers to trim the guard close to the edge? Seems like you'd have more to hold when glueing them
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Would it be easier to start with rectangle pieces, glue them to the inserts, then use clippers to trim the guard close to the edge? Seems like you'd have more to hold when glueing them
I cut 12inch by 4inch piece and it worked perfect. It was just enough room to work in between them.
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I know a daytime picture is long overdue but here it is. I have also added the headlight trims and I think it really completes the look

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I know a daytime picture is long overdue but here it is. I have also added the headlight trims and I think it really completes the look
Do the headlight trims just snap in place?
I wonder on my dozer, if I want black gutter guard and the snap in black borders you have, is it best to go with metal, and spray, or get the plastic gutter guard already in flat black (which is what I would spray the metal if I did metal )?
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I cut 12inch by 4inch piece and it worked perfect. It was just enough room to work in between them.
I was asking if I wanted to use the technique the original poster used, with the pop in black grill pieces
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I was asking if I wanted to use the technique the original poster used, with the pop in black grill pieces
Ooh...Sorry dude. Was just trying to help.
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Ooh...Sorry dude. Was just trying to help.
No worries. I'm still undecided about which will look better for me. So I am appreciative you shared the size for your method, too..
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Do the headlight trims just snap in place?
I wonder on my dozer, if I want black gutter guard and the snap in black borders you have, is it best to go with metal, and spray, or get the plastic gutter guard already in flat black (which is what I would spray the metal if I did metal )?
The headlight trims have a few pieces of automotive adhesive tape as well as a single clip on it to hold it into place.

As far as doing the trims with black guard, I would just use the plastic gutter rather than spray painting the metal guard black. The plastic will be so much easier to cut/work with. If there was plastic gutter guard in silver I would've gone with that.
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Was that black nylon or black metal gutter guards? Looks nice!
Black Nylon Mesh from Lowes. Got a 26' roll for less than $4. Nice part is I won't ever have to worry about color chips or rust
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Black Nylon Mesh from Lowes. Got a 26' roll for less than $4. Nice part is I won't ever have to worry about color chips or rust
Did the same thing, gutter guard black plastic mesh, zip ties, zip tie squares (4 packs of 10) ran me $17. Total time was 2 hours 15 minutes, including taking off the grill, cutting the mesh, doing the work and re-installing the grill. Looks AWESOME. I'm very picky and went OCD on it so 2 hours is damn good in my book. I bet you could crank this out in an hour. I cut 4" wide strips 13 inches long. When I was done I went around trimming excess between slots in a "V" pattern and knocked off the corners...yah, OCD, but it looks good from behind too...like any girl should
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Finally did the "traditional" gutter guard mod. It's not the prettiest one I've seen but it looks better than nothing! Now I just need to cap my "homemade stubby bumper"
It has nothing to do with LOOKS, it's to stop your buddy from throwing a stone threw your radiator when your wheeling in the dirt.

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