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Old 10-24-2013, 01:13 AM   #1
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TJ Budget grille mod?? Is it impossible??

Okay I have been looking all over the WF and JF forum for a good budget, sturdy grille mesh mod for my beloved tj. I cant seem to find anything for under $30 bucks!!! I have seen jkers use these little square adhesive clips and zip tie the mesh down. Is that possible on a metal TJ grille? Will the adhesive not melt away from the heat?? Any other options for a budget grille mesh mod? I am going insane trying to figure this out!!!!!!!! Also color doesnt matter for when I take the grille off I am also rattle can bed lining it. Any advice is welcome from anyone!!!!

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Old 10-24-2013, 01:25 AM   #2
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I went to the local Tractor Supply Co and bought some chimney lath that was finer and cut out a shape of my grille and placed it behind the grill and mini zip tied it to back side of headlight mounts. I painted mine yellow to go along with my lights and shock boots and in my opinion it looks nice and keeps out weeds and rocks. Also real cheap. hope this helps.

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I went to the local Tractor Supply Co and bought some chimney lath that was finer and cut out a shape of my grille and placed it behind the grill and mini zip tied it to back side of headlight mounts. I painted mine yellow to go along with my lights and shock boots and in my opinion it looks nice and keeps out weeds and rocks. Also real cheap. hope this helps.
Do you have pictures?? Did you just drill holes and zip tie it? Would home depot have that chimney lath
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Okay I have been looking all over the WF and JF forum for a good budget, sturdy grille mesh mod for my beloved tj. I cant seem to find anything for under $30 bucks!!! I have seen jkers use these little square adhesive clips and zip tie the mesh down. Is that possible on a metal TJ grille? Will the adhesive not melt away from the heat?? Any other options for a budget grille mesh mod? I am going insane trying to figure this out!!!!!!!! Also color doesnt matter for when I take the grille off I am also rattle can bed lining it. Any advice is welcome from anyone!!!!

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Yeah I have seen them but $85 dollars for plastic isn't a fair trade off for me
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Yeah I have seen them but $85 dollars for plastic isn't a fair trade off for me

the grille portion is steel...the surrounds are a hard plastic that seems to be pretty durable. I just bought a set - haven't put them in yet, but I am very impressed with the quality.
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Old 10-24-2013, 10:57 AM   #7
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I just can't seem to willing my pay 80bucks
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Since TJs can't remove the grill easily like the JKs here's my takes.
Version 1.0
Hillman Speed nuts, gutter guard mesh




Version 1.5
I used some trimlok, zipties, an gutter guard mesh.

Ziptied the mesh to the trimlok then pushed the trimlok on to the edges of the slats from behind.








Im ordering a different style of trimlok so I can attempt a little bit better look that should pull the mesh more close to the opening. And it'll be longer sections so it will run the whole length of the slats to look even.
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I used expandible weldable metal sheet. Sturdy for the tj. paintable and the price is about 20 bucks at lowes. i ziptied mine in and love. I painted it black installed behind the grill. the best part was it simply slides down behind.
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I am going to be doing something similar soon with a perforated sheet of aluminum, but I'm going to be installing mine in the outside of the grill slats.

My question to everyone that has done it is, after you've installed the mesh, how do you access your good release?

The grille guards that are $50 from crown have access holes in them.
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I open mine from between the hood an top of the grill. Not between the slats
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I am going to be doing something similar soon with a perforated sheet of aluminum, but I'm going to be installing mine in the outside of the grill slats.

My question to everyone that has done it is, after you've installed the mesh, how do you access your good release?

The grille guards that are $50 from crown have access holes in them.
On TJs, only the VERY early 97s have the hood release between the grill slots.
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Do you have pictures?? Did you just drill holes and zip tie it? Would home depot have that chimney lath
I can get some pictures for you by tomorrow, any lath will do I feel its just a personal preference. I just cut a rugged shape and curled any un-needed lath back and tin snipped it off. Didnt need to drill any holes or anything, but getting it behind the V-shaped cross member is kind of a pain.
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Any ideas and pics would be awesome
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Old 10-26-2013, 02:34 PM   #17
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On TJs, only the VERY early 97s have the hood release between the grill slots.
Alas, I drive a 97... Ha. Guess I'll figure something out.

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