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Old 04-06-2012, 12:50 AM   #61
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I installed the Metalcrafters a couple weeks ago. It was a little more that I thought I would spend, but I'm glad I did after seeing the quality and the easy installation. I would say to install the insert before you put a Power Plant winch on. The grill will not come completely off with this winch on. Luckily as a woman I have small hands and was able to get the insert all the way in without removing or loosening the winch. Not the best photo, but I really like it with the Orange Crush.

yea, no denying that is a good looking insert. everyone who buys them gives them great reviews, but for 300 dollars they better have great reviews
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Old 04-06-2012, 06:43 AM   #62
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I paid $7 for mine at lowes. Got the a 3' by 8' sheet of wire mesh from the concrete department and cut it the size of the radiator frame and attached it to the frame. No need to try an attach to grill IMO but you can. Left mine unpainted and it has been on for over a year with no issues. Old pic but can see the mesh


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Old 04-06-2012, 08:21 AM   #63
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I paid $7 for mine at lowes. Got the a 3' by 8' sheet of wire mesh from the concrete department and cut it the size of the radiator frame and attached it to the frame. No need to try an attach to grill IMO but you can. Left mine unpainted and it has been on for over a year with no issues. Old pic but can see the mesh

nice! 7 dollars for 1 year so far? that is the most cost effective grille insert I've see thus far.
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:07 AM   #64
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If I was gonna buy one I'd be the Rugged Ridge, but I chose a DIY method because I wanted to learn stuff.

I got some black masons cloth (I think that's what it's called even though it feels/looks like plastic) from Home Depot and some black mounting brackets and ties. Used some super glue and threw together my grill mesh. Total cost was $10. Here are some pics.

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Old 04-06-2012, 09:49 AM   #65
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I like your grille insert. And, I especially like your Zombie Jeep witb its left eye hanging out of its socket. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:33 AM   #66
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No problem. It should mention too that it only took about 2 hours and I was yapping away with a buddy the whole time too. Also, that $10 cost includes replacement parts for years to come.

I might have to switch my zombie Jeep pic to my avatar here...
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Old 04-06-2012, 10:37 AM   #67
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I might have to switch my zombie Jeep pic to my avatar here...
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Old thread: I tried grill inserts to keep bugs out. Cruising on the highway my temps were 199-205F, which is fine. With the inserts I bumped up to 212F and in traffic it will hit 220F. I took them out and temps dropped down again. I'll stick to cleaning up after them which I'm not happy about either. Those temps don't leave me feeling warm and fuzzy.
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My coolant temp runs at around 218 to 226F here in Arizona without any grille inserts with OAT at 110F. I believe it is within the normal operating range. Around 235 to 240F would be considered the high side I would think.
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My coolant temp runs at around 218 to 226F here in Arizona without any grille inserts with OAT at 110F. I believe it is within the normal operating range. Around 235 to 240F would be considered the high side I would think.
With all the issues that keep popping up regarding CEL and misfires, bad heads, etc. a few of us think it has something to do with these things running hot.
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I made mine with aluminum rain gutter then painted it TEXAS flag. I have not had a change in temp. Because of it.
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First coat of paint I made the star bigger on the final one, you can see the mesh better here.
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Old thread: I tried grill inserts to keep bugs out. Cruising on the highway my temps were 199-205F, which is fine. With the inserts I bumped up to 212F and in traffic it will hit 220F. I took them out and temps dropped down again. I'll stick to cleaning up after them which I'm not happy about either. Those temps don't leave me feeling warm and fuzzy.
I think the danger from rocks is overblown for most people, the reduction in airflow for a lot of inserts looks to be pretty significant. Radiators get dinged up, anything that hits hard enough to hole the radiator will probably go through the plastic grill or most of those inserts too.
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I think the danger from rocks is overblown for most people, the reduction in airflow for a lot of inserts looks to be pretty significant. Radiators get dinged up, anything that hits hard enough to hole the radiator will probably go through the plastic grill or most of those inserts too.

That was another reason why I pulled them. The risk of overheating in traffic imo was higher than a bug wrecking the radiator, at least where I've been driving.
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I haven't noticed any temp changes in my JKU since I put in my grille insert. Most of my driving is bumper to bumper crap and I haven't see any change that would make me want to remove the insert.
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I haven't noticed any temp changes in my JKU since I put in my grille insert. Most of my driving is bumper to bumper crap and I haven't see any change that would make me want to remove the insert.
I have the EVIC and recorded temps for a few days, with and without. 8-10+F hotter on average at the same ambient temps in traffic. I pulled them as a result. The temp needle on the cluster stays the same though.
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i have had them on for 6 months now this summer temp in okla has been up in the 100 there has been no change in the running temp of the jeep
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I have the EVIC and recorded temps for a few days, with and without. 8-10+F hotter on average at the same ambient temps in traffic. I pulled them as a result. The temp needle on the cluster stays the same though.
Reading from my EVIC are similar, higher temps in traffic, about 10F higher. Running down the road a few degrees higher. Traffic was my main concern so I took them out. Going by the dash gauge told me nothing, it was in the same position with them in or out.
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I did the black mesh. It was really easy to install, fit well and has done a great job of preventing rocks from hitting the rad and damaging fins. Best $70 or so I have spent.
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I did research this topic and ended going with the e-autogrilles. I liked the crosshatch protection and put three coats of bedliner on it. Installed in less than an hour. I let it dry thoroughly between coats. So far so good.
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