So I just bought my first Jeep and am wondering if I need to put some kind of protection on the vehicle, maybe something like Clear Bra or buy a Mopar grill and hood cover?
I am trying to guard against love bug season in Florida, misc road grim while driving from Florida to North Carolina several times a year, along with general nicks you get when driving off-road in Florida (think heavy sticks and brush).
I know this is Jeep and meant to be abused, but I just don't have it in me to not try to protect what I can.
Husky Liner makes a clear front end cover, it comes with a piece for the leading edge of the hood too. I put it on our jeep as soon as we got it. We haven't had it a long time yet but the material felt heavy enough to protect it from most road debris and bugs. Had similar stuff on a previous vehicle and it worked well.
One thing it didn't say in the instructions but I would do if I ever had to do it again - Take the grill off to put it on. I was screwing around on my knees, then standing, then sitting on the floor, then standing again trying to put it in place. I took the grill off when I put a light bar on later, it takes literally 2 minutes at most to take the whole thing off, then you can just do it on a table.
Had a 3M product installed on our JKUR, local shop in Spokane did it for 100.00 dollars. Included grill, headlights, fog lights, and a six inch strip on the hood. Very well done and don't have to worry about rock chips. Washington DOT uses gravel the size of marbles around here to sand roads in the winter. I have been using the same company for over twenty years and the owner always gives me a deal.