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Old 02-08-2011, 11:45 PM   #1
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grille inserts

Hello all,
I commute with my tj and a fellow jeeper recomended buying grille inserts to protect the exposed radiator. I looked into it and inserts are somewhat expensive.
I was wondering, has anyone just bought some aluminum mesh or something and screwed it on?? Pics??
I can't afford to have a rock take out my radiator.

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Old 02-08-2011, 11:56 PM   #2
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Mine already came with the vertical slats when I bought it but just my .02 is get them black if ya can. I think they look so much better

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Old 02-08-2011, 11:59 PM   #3
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Here is it before and I'll get ya a pic of the after tomorrow
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Old 02-09-2011, 12:23 AM   #4
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I got the black inserts a couple years ago. I feel they protect the radiator, and thats why I got them. But you asked about a mesh screen, yes they do make a custom fit screen for TJ's. Check quadratrac & 4wd.
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Old 02-09-2011, 12:42 AM   #5
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Just type in grill mod on the search. There a few threads where people have taken mesh and placed it between the grill and radiator for like $10. Thats what i did i jus dont have pics.
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Yea i could really use some pics
How did u put the screen on the grill? If you use double sided tape, what about the heat from the engine bakeing on the tape?

Thanks for all the help guys
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Old 02-09-2011, 11:42 AM   #7
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Mesh Grill Mod.....with Pics! - JeepForum.com

I bought the same stuff basically that this thread suggested for ~$20. However, I have yet to put it on because I haven't made the time yet. Our TJ grilles are a bit more involved when it comes to taking it off.
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Old 02-09-2011, 02:22 PM   #8
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Is there nothing we could straight tie the zip ties to on our grilles?
Im not looking to really remove the grill, to cold. but with all the commuting, i would like a quick install.

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lol im sure you can just zip tie the wire mesh by doing it between the grill lol but that'll look like crap! im sure their are some holes somewhere that you can rig something together. Their is a thread somewhere about putting a wire their
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Is there nothing we could straight tie the zip ties to on our grilles?
Im not looking to really remove the grill, to cold. but with all the commuting, i would like a quick install.

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I just bought a 8ft. sheet of metal mesh for stuco at home depot for $10 , Painted it black cut a nice size square and zip tied each corner to the radiator mounds between the grill and radiator. Took 10 minutes besides the paint. And if it breaks or gets damaged i can cut another. Looks good when the hood is closed too. Cant tell it was home made.
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Pics man??
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I bought the same stuff basically that this thread suggested for ~$20. However, I have yet to put it on because I haven't made the time yet. Our TJ grilles are a bit more involved when it comes to taking it off.
I am thinking the plastic won't be to good in summer with a hot radiator
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I am thinking the plastic won't be to good in summer with a hot radiator
that's a good point i didn't think of... if the stuff is polypropylene copolymer then the melting point is 248 to 338°F
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That was my concern as well.
Does anyone have a great recommendation that does not involve taking the grill off?
I don’t think its necessary to spend really any money on this mod.

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Pics man??
Ill try to get some up when im back in town. But i didnt remove the grill i just dropped it in an zip tied it. Really easy.
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Old 02-13-2011, 07:15 PM   #17
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Well I just bought all the supplies the upper link in this thread suggested. Any one have suggestions on taking the grill off a tj?
I have not heard the best things, but help is apreciated!

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Can't you just slip the stuff in through one of the slots up front?
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Well if u look at the link in this thread, the best results would lead to a tight seal. I can't really get a good hand in there to secure fastners and the bases I bought.

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Well if u look at the link in this thread, the best results would lead to a tight seal. I can't really get a good hand in there to secure fastners and the bases I bought.

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I see. Hmmm I've never taken the grill off before. Not sure of all that is involved with that.
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Well I just bought all the supplies the upper link in this thread suggested. Any one have suggestions on taking the grill off a tj?
I have not heard the best things, but help is apreciated!

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If its like my YJ , you will have to undo the radiator and just bungie chord it out of the way then there are i believe 3 bolts on each fender. Then one on the bottom. But i don know the differences for the TJ.
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16 bucks later I got this
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Yea I bought the same materials. How'd you do it? Did u have to remove the grill? Is it one sheet or cut for every opening?
I am asumming that's a tj correct?
Any pics of the install would help.

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So I took a different approach than the zip ties and squares. Mine is made of 7 sections, each about 2" wide by just a hair under 13" long. Then I installed 3 clips down each side. Put a small square of tape on the lip of the stock grill where the clips would contact, then slid them onto the edges. They went on very tight, so far have not come loose due to wind or anything. I have not washed the Jeep so I dunno about power washes.

I installed 6 of them starting from the outside ones moving in, then for the last one I used a small dental pick, to hook through the mesh and pulled the clips into place.

I put tape on the stock grill because without it, the clips would scratch the paint.

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If I were to redo it, I think I would go with just a little bit longer clips. but these do hold pretty good.

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The edges you see looking in, hard to see with all the dirt.

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