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Old 02-17-2012, 05:19 PM   #1
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Rugged Ridge Grill Mesh Install ???

Can someone point me to a good theard on how to remove the grill on my JK. I saw one before but can't find it now.

I going to install this over the weekend, and will take before and after pics.
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Old 02-17-2012, 05:33 PM   #3
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That's what i needed. Thanks
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This will probably be helpful also.

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Old 02-17-2012, 07:58 PM   #5
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It was not a hard job to install. It took about 1 hour total. Only about 5 minunites to remove the grill.

This product is very strudy and preformed to fit, not just a flat peice of metel. I also had to prebend the mesh, by pushing down flat onto a table. Then it laided into the grill slots better. The brackets took a small adjustement at the top end, after being fastened at the bottom first. I ended up installing the 2 nuts facing up, on the top side of the grill. This way i did'nt have to cut any of the trim plastic under the top edge of the grill for it to seat properly. Very small screws and nuts looks fine.





Overall it's a heavy gage steel product worth the money, $47.85 delivered to the door. It should last along time and looks great.

Next mod is this trailer hitch. It is coated in a bedliner coating, and is very heavy duty.

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Old 02-18-2012, 01:06 AM   #6
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What's the functional use of mesh? Protects the radiator?

I was thinking bugs are going to get into the rad on road trips probably.
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Old 02-18-2012, 01:09 AM   #7
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What's the functional use of mesh? Protects the radiator?

I was thinking bugs are going to get into the rad on road trips probably.
Could at least slow a well placed stone in flight.
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What's the functional use of mesh? Protects the radiator?

I was thinking bugs are going to get into the rad on road trips probably.
All kinds of stuff gets in there.
I thought it was cosmetic until I saw the dings in my rad fins, now I'm setting up to get the Metalcrafters model.
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Old 02-18-2012, 08:40 AM   #9
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This mesh is heavy duty coated steel. It will stop rocks and large bugs. Not to metion that it looks great.
The plastic inserts that you mount with wire ties and glue look fine, but will not holdup as long as this one. That why i wanted a 1 peice mesh.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:53 AM   #10
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Looks good! Mine (shown in the thread linked above) looks as good as it did when I put it on a few weeks ago. Still sturdy and no complaints thus far.
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This would be helpful I bought a 07 and a couple Weeks later looked in the grill and found a dead bird.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:20 AM   #12
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Can someone point me to a good theard on how to remove the grill on my JK. I saw one before but can't find it now.

I going to install this over the weekend, and will take before and after pics.
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Great price Just ordered mine today, after looking at the dings on my Rad-fins

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All kinds of stuff gets in there.
I thought it was cosmetic until I saw the dings in my rad fins, now I'm setting up to get the Metalcrafters model.
The Metalcrafters is a bit expensive but it's the best one out there. The ss powder coated will not rust as the other steel ones will. I have it on 2 yrs now and it still looks new. I know the arguments about buying 3 or 4 of the other ones but I only wanted to remove the grill once and I don't want to paint it down the road.
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The Metalcrafters is a bit expensive but it's the best one out there. The ss powder coated will not rust as the other steel ones will. I have it on 2 yrs now and it still looks new. I know the arguments about buying 3 or 4 of the other ones but I only wanted to remove the grill once and I don't want to paint it down the road.
I appreciate the feedback. I'm also looking long-term at the mods I install.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:03 PM   #15
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hey guys... i got all the things to do this project this coming weeken.. but i was wondering if i can get the exact size for the grill mesh... for those who did this MOD... do you remember what's the size for the seven mesh inserts..?? can somebody post the size of the mesh inserts..?? so i can cut my gutter mesh..

thanks in advance...!!
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:44 PM   #16
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I just installed the RR grill mesh and totally agree with the OP that this is easy and very sturdy. No worry of this coming apart or loose and it looks great too! I added 4 tiewraps tho I dont think they are needed. May sound pricey at $50 for what you get, but well worth it IMO. Its a gloss black, but very easy to remove and paint matte if desired later on.
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I just installed the RR grill mesh and totally agree with the OP that this is easy and very sturdy. No worry of this coming apart or loose and it looks great too! I added 4 tiewraps tho I dont think they are needed. May sound pricey at $50 for what you get, but well worth it IMO. Its a gloss black, but very easy to remove and paint matte if desired later on.
i am really leaning towards this one. i like the look. so, install was not bad? i have read that the brackets needed some adjustment for the grille to fit back on? on vacation next week, so looking for a easy install. looks like you had zero issues.

its between this one OR the DRAKE inserts.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/13131_310X_PG.htm



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Old 03-03-2012, 07:10 PM   #18
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Grill Mesh Project by Juancho <<Part 1>>

Well, i finally completed my Grill Mesh project today <<Saturday March 3rd, 2012>> and i would like to thanks all of you for the amazing pointers... however, i tried to put my own touch to make it more easy...

Anyway, i would like to share my experience with all uf you guys and try to help others to complete this unbelievable project...!!!!

Here is a HOW TO: tutorial, like i said... i hope you like it and help others WranglerForum.com members..!!!!

I started this project by visiting LOWES store here in Toronto to get all the material


Here is the receipt showing how much i paid for all the material i needed to complete this project


What you need to complete this project










You won't need these ties... i just bought the case because it was ON SALE...


Anyway, after got all i need for this project... i started to cut the Gutter Guard in my room






The BEFORE picture:


We need to remove the grill... step 1.- remove 6 push down plastic rivets




Here are the "devils" after removed them from the top of the grill
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Grill Mesh Project by Juancho <<Part 2>>

Step 2.- Remove the turn signal connectors from both sides


Step 3.- Very... but Very gentle pull out the bottom part of the grill to get the clams loose..




What clams..?? well... these ones... VVV


But, don't be pussy... pull it as i described it... you won't break it... but heeeeeyyy..!!! do it gently..!!! anyway... Grill is finally OFF..!!!






Now... let's clean the grill inside the garage...






A little test...


After clean the grill both sides... <<specially the back area>> let's take the ties mounting bases


We going to start to place the mounting bases all over the place




I had to cut the ones in the middle because doesn't fit properly...
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Grill Mesh Project by Juancho <<Part 3>>

Now... we going to put some additional glue to the mounting bases just to make them more strong and don't fall from the grill in extreme weather condition like rain, snow, heat..??


And here is how we gonna do it...


Now... the ties...




Don't forget to cut the end of the ties...


And repeat the process 6 more times...


Here is how the back grill look after do the above process...


Now... back to the driveway to put the grill back... remember, you have to start by matching the clams with the holes...




Let's start pushing... a little here...


And a little there...


Let put back in place the 6 plastic rivets


Connect both turn signals...


And finally... this is how my grill look NOW..!!!!
The AFTER picture:


Happy ever after.... my sister Liberty... follow by my Jeep Wrangler... and at the back.. my brother Snow Removal Wrangler using our neighbour driveway...


All the pics came from my HD GoPro 960 using the head strap.
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:58 AM   #21
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The plastic ties will eventually dry out, get brittle and snap. Fyi only.
That said, it does look v. nice.

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Now... we going to put some additional glue to the mounting bases just to make them more strong and don't fall from the grill in extreme weather condition like rain, snow, heat..??


And here is how we gonna do it...


Now... the ties...




Don't forget to cut the end of the ties...


And repeat the process 6 more times...


Here is how the back grill look after do the above process...


Now... back to the driveway to put the grill back... remember, you have to start by matching the clams with the holes...




Let's start pushing... a little here...


And a little there...


Let put back in place the 6 plastic rivets


Connect both turn signals...


And finally... this is how my grill look NOW..!!!!
The AFTER picture:


Happy ever after.... my sister Liberty... follow by my Jeep Wrangler... and at the back.. my brother Snow Removal Wrangler using our neighbour driveway...


All the pics came from my HD GoPro 960 using the head strap.

Looks great. I have everything you used already besides the actual grille inserts so this is going to cost me about 5 dollars. I see you bought the 6" gutter guard. What did you cut them down to? Width x Height?
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7 holes Width... 24 holes for the Weight

in this pic below, i counted 9 x 28 holes... but it was too big... then i had to cut them again to make them fit properly...

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In America we go by inches. LOL. Great idea though, i'll definitely be doing this either in 10 minutes when im super bored, or tomorrow.
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In America we go by inches. LOL. Great idea though, i'll definitely be doing this either in 10 minutes when im super bored, or tomorrow.
LOL..!!!

Sorry.... i didn't measure it... in fact, i did the same question in one of my previous post in this thread when i was thinking to do this project... nobody helped me at the time... then i found few pictures in some other Wrangler Forum and i saw the inserts already cut... i didn't ask the same question there because i was afraid to don't get any answer... like here... so, i used my brain... and i counted the holes in the Gutter Guard... but unfortunately it was too big and i didn't like how they looked... so i decided to cut them again during the installation process... << after i put some glue on the mounting bases >>

anyway... like i said, im just trying to help others to complete this project... btw, you will need more than 10 minutes to complete this job... if you do it... and we use Centimeters and Inches to measure things here in toronto... LOL

let me know if this help..
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Lol I meant i was going to do it 10 minutes from then. I didnt get to it tonight due to me watching the Flyers game. I'll do it tomorrow.
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So it's finally a beautiful day today so I got my drill andRugged Ridge Mesh and went out. I got the rivets out but then when it came time to pull the grill off I chickened out. I pulled a little but didn't realize the grill was plastic and I was soooo scared I'd crack it or not be able to get it back on. The pics in this post are not showing up so I can't see how it was done for reassurance. One thing I know this seems like a must! There was so much debris and leaves back there.
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Glad to hear another Jeeper got this project done..!!! congrats..!!! i know about the debris and leaves... i had a few too..!!!

i thought i got everything covered up... i even show where the "clams" are... anyway... good to hear you did it without any mayor problem...

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So it's finally a beautiful day today so I got my drill andRugged Ridge Mesh and went out. I got the rivets out but then when it came time to pull the grill off I chickened out. I pulled a little but didn't realize the grill was plastic and I was soooo scared I'd crack it or not be able to get it back on. The pics in this post are not showing up so I can't see how it was done for reassurance. One thing I know this seems like a must! There was so much debris and leaves back there.
i did my smittybilt inserts today. i too was worried about removing the grille. ....piece of cake.... omce you get the top 6 out, just pull out from the bottom. it will come right out. then undo your marker lights. here is a good read......

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f96/j...moval-1081265/

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I did the lowes way. 5 bucks. Lol


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