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04-06-2012 10:37 AM
Celtic
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Originally Posted by CiDZillA View Post
I might have to switch my zombie Jeep pic to my avatar here...
Go for it!
04-06-2012 10:33 AM
CiDZillA 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...
04-06-2012 09:49 AM
Celtic I like your grille insert. And, I especially like your Zombie Jeep witb its left eye hanging out of its socket. Thanks for sharing.
04-06-2012 09:07 AM
CiDZillA 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.

In process:




Installed:



Close up (not great pic):


Zombie Jeep:
04-06-2012 08:21 AM
Casotakar1229
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Originally Posted by rics1997 View Post
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.
04-06-2012 06:43 AM
rics1997 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

04-06-2012 12:50 AM
Casotakar1229
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Originally Posted by Lab Lover View Post
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
04-06-2012 12:29 AM
Lab Lover 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.

04-06-2012 12:12 AM
Casotakar1229
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Originally Posted by Philster View Post
The first looks like it might go on a Buick, Just my opinion! DIY I used epoxy instead of the double sided tape, It is as strong as the grill!
04-05-2012 10:55 PM
Philster The first looks like it might go on a Buick, Just my opinion! DIY I used epoxy instead of the double sided tape, It is as strong as the grill!
04-05-2012 08:55 PM
kbwwolf
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Originally Posted by Militaryman4455 View Post



Why does this Jeep have 20" Chrome rims/low pro's on one side and mud tires with standard wheels on the other!??!
Probably for a photo shoot. Lo-pro's with chromies on one side for the chrome grille inserts; mud tires with black rims for the grille insert shot before or after this photo. Lazy, IMO.

Or Dr. Jekyll bought a Jeep.
04-05-2012 08:48 PM
Casotakar1229
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Originally Posted by ShoreWrangler View Post
Finally got my drake billet grille inserts on. Came out real nice. They seem like real good quality and I think they look great!



nice! grille makes a pretty big different from the front. beautiful area of maryland you're in. parents live in NOVA. I'll be seeing your area in a month or two
04-05-2012 08:45 PM
ShoreWrangler Finally got my drake billet grille inserts on. Came out real nice. They seem like real good quality and I think they look great!



03-12-2012 03:50 PM
Casotakar1229
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Originally Posted by JKatfish View Post
BobH: those are the Rugged Ridge. I have them and they are awesome! Waaaaay better quality than DIY. ABout $50 on Amazon w/free shipping! 15 minute install once grill is off and no fear of it falling off. I added 4 white tabs, but not needed.

looks more and more appealing as I see the rugged ridge reviews...might have to jump on these and call the search off. lol
03-12-2012 01:51 PM
JKatfish BobH: those are the Rugged Ridge. I have them and they are awesome! Waaaaay better quality than DIY. ABout $50 on Amazon w/free shipping! 15 minute install once grill is off and no fear of it falling off. I added 4 white tabs, but not needed.
03-12-2012 09:27 AM
ShoreWrangler
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Originally Posted by Supercop260 View Post
I have the Drake Off Road billet inserts in black. I think they look better than the mesh.
I like the look of these. Getting ready to order a set of black from Quadratec
03-11-2012 05:15 PM
GonzoBobH
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Originally Posted by KYJeepMan1 View Post
Here's what i did. Rugged Ridge from EBay. $50 delivered to the house. Will long outlast the DIY.

Which ones were these? Is there a model number? They look awesome btw.

BobH
03-11-2012 04:22 PM
Eaglektd I bought the inexpensive 1 piece mesh grill by Rugged Ridge from Morris 4x4 for $44, we'll see how it looks installed but I am far too lazy to cut and install all those individual pieces if I were to buy gutter guard or something. I am not worried about paint flecking off since all I want it to do is stop rocks from denting my radiator, and maybe keep the slew of leaves out of there that collect during fall. Since I ordered the grill guard I have been getting alot of compliments on my hair from men... MickeYJ may be onto something.
03-11-2012 04:11 PM
TDUFF
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Originally Posted by kbwwolf View Post
I like the mesh.

Here are some links.

See posts #18-20 for a step-by-step DIY in this link: Rugged Ridge Grill Mesh Install ???

A cheap version from Amazon: Amazon.com: Jeep Wrangler JK BLACK Mesh Grille Insert Kit 07-12: Automotive

I have the "cheap version" and the paint started coming off after only 4 months. Might be fine if you don't care about how they look, but I do.
03-11-2012 02:06 PM
MickeYJ
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Originally Posted by bbbean

I'm sure that's what she meant. Matter of fact while I was looking at the pictures of grill inserts, all I could think of was "George Clooney sure is hot!"
Lol he's soooo not hot! Brad Pitt on the other hand.... R A W R! Lol
03-11-2012 01:35 PM
bbbean
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Originally Posted by GonzoBobH View Post
When you say they look gay, you think it makes it look like the vehicle is driven by a homosexual?!?
I'm sure that's what she meant. Matter of fact while I was looking at the pictures of grill inserts, all I could think of was "George Clooney sure is hot!"
03-11-2012 10:41 AM
JKatfish The Rugged Ridge Inserts are formed to fit into the slots. Its very stiff and hard to bend. Should do the trick to keep rocks/big bugs/grasshoppers out. Very impressed for the price. Just a bit more than DIY, but worth way more in quality IMO.
03-11-2012 08:42 AM
Casotakar1229
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Originally Posted by twalton View Post
+1 on metalcrafters, I've had it for 1 1/2 years on my 11 jk. you can't beat the looks, function and durability of this product.
for $289 I don't doubt a thing you just said...but I can't drop the $$$ for that at the moment and I want something to keep larger sized rocks and grasshoppers out of my radiator (not kidding, the grasshoppers in texas are bigger than my fingers). I don't think it's fair to my jeep being so exposed.
03-11-2012 07:49 AM
twalton +1 on metalcrafters, I've had it for 1 1/2 years on my 11 jk. you can't beat the looks, function and durability of this product.
03-10-2012 10:31 PM
IowaRaider
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Originally Posted by strider_mt2k View Post
Nope. Quite serious, sorry.
I don't mind saving my pennies up for stuff I like. I like to play the long game.
Interesting that the willingness to drop a little coin on a mod would bring such a strong reaction from someone, especially considering the wide range of choices that folks seem to make with Jeeps.

It would be very easy to point out the potential shortcomings to any way of doing this modification: I chose an option with shortcomings I can live with that don't involve engineering compromises. It's my thing, whatever.

I would point out that a plastic grill kinda stands to benefit the most from a formed metal backer of some kind.

If I still had access to a decent sheet metal shop I'd be inclined to fabricate my own, but I'd still have a devil of a time forming the metal to fit into the slots properly. I'll pay for details like that.
I have the metalcrafters and although pricey was worth it to me. I think it looks great and will hold up the best. I recommend it but certainly understand why others would think its crazy to spend that much.
03-10-2012 12:29 PM
Celtic
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Originally Posted by strider_mt2k View Post
I totally hear ya, but truly the slots let a lot of larger stuff through to impact the rads. I thought it was a useless cosmetic-only mod until I saw the dings in mine.
As a mod it does have some merit.
You are right. Mine is only 15 months old, but has done a lot of highway driving. The a/c condensor has quite a few very noticeable dents in the fins. Time for grille inserts before something disables the air conditioning.
03-10-2012 11:05 AM
strider_mt2k
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Originally Posted by MickeYJ View Post
Ooohhh I didn't even know they had an actual function: Sowwwwwiee
I totally hear ya, but truly the slots let a lot of larger stuff through to impact the rads. I thought it was a useless cosmetic-only mod until I saw the dings in mine.
As a mod it does have some merit.
03-10-2012 11:02 AM
strider_mt2k
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Originally Posted by Militaryman4455 View Post
Are you serious!?!? 289$ for fawking stainless steel mesh grill inserts on a plastic grill!?!

Please tell me you're joking.... Or rich as fawk... gotta be one of the two...


People that buy this shit drive Jeeps like this...
Nope. Quite serious, sorry.
I don't mind saving my pennies up for stuff I like. I like to play the long game.
Interesting that the willingness to drop a little coin on a mod would bring such a strong reaction from someone, especially considering the wide range of choices that folks seem to make with Jeeps.

It would be very easy to point out the potential shortcomings to any way of doing this modification: I chose an option with shortcomings I can live with that don't involve engineering compromises. It's my thing, whatever.

I would point out that a plastic grill kinda stands to benefit the most from a formed metal backer of some kind.

If I still had access to a decent sheet metal shop I'd be inclined to fabricate my own, but I'd still have a devil of a time forming the metal to fit into the slots properly. I'll pay for details like that.
03-10-2012 10:31 AM
MickeYJ
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Originally Posted by Fireslayer
It doesn't matter to me that one guy thinks they look gay. I would rather not be on the road and have a stone put my tranny cooler or radiator out of commission.

If it's predictable,,, it is preventable.

It is a simple fix. I'm not sure if I'll keep it this color or plasti dip it black.
Ooohhh I didn't even know they had an actual function: Sowwwwwiee
03-10-2012 10:09 AM
Fireslayer It doesn't matter to me that one guy thinks they look gay. I would rather not be on the road and have a stone put my tranny cooler or radiator out of commission.

If it's predictable,,, it is preventable.

It is a simple fix. I'm not sure if I'll keep it this color or plasti dip it black.
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