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07-27-2013 05:24 AM
mcgee10
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Originally Posted by Atheyisnumber1 View Post
Attachment 238454

Finally did the "traditional" gutter guard mod. It's not the prettiest one I've seen but it looks better than nothing! Now I just need to cap my "homemade stubby bumper"
It has nothing to do with LOOKS, it's to stop your buddy from throwing a stone threw your radiator when your wheeling in the dirt.
07-26-2013 10:56 PM
Reluctant
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Originally Posted by Andrew_Evs View Post
Black Nylon Mesh from Lowes. Got a 26' roll for less than $4. Nice part is I won't ever have to worry about color chips or rust
Did the same thing, gutter guard black plastic mesh, zip ties, zip tie squares (4 packs of 10) ran me $17. Total time was 2 hours 15 minutes, including taking off the grill, cutting the mesh, doing the work and re-installing the grill. Looks AWESOME. I'm very picky and went OCD on it so 2 hours is damn good in my book. I bet you could crank this out in an hour. I cut 4" wide strips 13 inches long. When I was done I went around trimming excess between slots in a "V" pattern and knocked off the corners...yah, OCD, but it looks good from behind too...like any girl should
06-01-2013 11:46 AM
Andrew_Evs
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Originally Posted by supercazzola View Post

Was that black nylon or black metal gutter guards? Looks nice!
Black Nylon Mesh from Lowes. Got a 26' roll for less than $4. Nice part is I won't ever have to worry about color chips or rust
06-01-2013 11:41 AM
vinnydags
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Originally Posted by supercazzola View Post

Do the headlight trims just snap in place?
I wonder on my dozer, if I want black gutter guard and the snap in black borders you have, is it best to go with metal, and spray, or get the plastic gutter guard already in flat black (which is what I would spray the metal if I did metal )?
The headlight trims have a few pieces of automotive adhesive tape as well as a single clip on it to hold it into place.

As far as doing the trims with black guard, I would just use the plastic gutter rather than spray painting the metal guard black. The plastic will be so much easier to cut/work with. If there was plastic gutter guard in silver I would've gone with that.
05-31-2013 03:25 PM
supercazzola
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Originally Posted by smontesi81 View Post

Ooh...Sorry dude. Was just trying to help.
No worries. I'm still undecided about which will look better for me. So I am appreciative you shared the size for your method, too..
05-31-2013 02:27 PM
smontesi81
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Originally Posted by supercazzola View Post

I was asking if I wanted to use the technique the original poster used, with the pop in black grill pieces
Ooh...Sorry dude. Was just trying to help.
05-31-2013 02:20 PM
supercazzola
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Originally Posted by smontesi81 View Post

I cut 12inch by 4inch piece and it worked perfect. It was just enough room to work in between them.
I was asking if I wanted to use the technique the original poster used, with the pop in black grill pieces
05-31-2013 02:18 PM
supercazzola
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Originally Posted by vinnydags View Post
I know a daytime picture is long overdue but here it is. I have also added the headlight trims and I think it really completes the look
Do the headlight trims just snap in place?
I wonder on my dozer, if I want black gutter guard and the snap in black borders you have, is it best to go with metal, and spray, or get the plastic gutter guard already in flat black (which is what I would spray the metal if I did metal )?
05-31-2013 12:16 PM
vinnydags I know a daytime picture is long overdue but here it is. I have also added the headlight trims and I think it really completes the look

05-30-2013 06:57 PM
smontesi81
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Originally Posted by supercazzola View Post

Would it be easier to start with rectangle pieces, glue them to the inserts, then use clippers to trim the guard close to the edge? Seems like you'd have more to hold when glueing them
I cut 12inch by 4inch piece and it worked perfect. It was just enough room to work in between them.
05-30-2013 06:25 PM
supercazzola
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Originally Posted by vinnydags View Post

Before I glued any part of the mesh to the plastic I bent and shaped it so there was as much contact between the mesh and the plastic trims as possible.

Also, I did use small spots of hot glue to hold the mesh into place. Dpending on your time constraints you can epoxy over the small bits of hot glue or just peel the hot glue right off when you get to that section.

One bit of advice that I failed to mention is make sure that the mesh does not protrude too much past the left and right sides of the opening on the plastic trims. If too much of the mesh is sticking out then you will have a tough time getting the trims to *click* into place.
Would it be easier to start with rectangle pieces, glue them to the inserts, then use clippers to trim the guard close to the edge? Seems like you'd have more to hold when glueing them
05-30-2013 06:21 PM
supercazzola
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Originally Posted by Andrew_Evs View Post
Here is my attempt - Gutter Guard Mod - Less than $10

Rather than use the grill inserts, I attached mine from behind using black gutter guard, zipties, and ziptie adhesive points... I think in total this mod came to $9.85. It looks VERY clean and sharp
Was that black nylon or black metal gutter guards? Looks nice!
05-30-2013 03:17 PM
vinnydags
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Originally Posted by chum1600 View Post
how did you get the glue to set on the sides? I am in the middle of this mod right now and am having trouble getting the sides to lay down onto the grille inserts for the epoxy to set.
Before I glued any part of the mesh to the plastic I bent and shaped it so there was as much contact between the mesh and the plastic trims as possible.

Also, I did use small spots of hot glue to hold the mesh into place. Dpending on your time constraints you can epoxy over the small bits of hot glue or just peel the hot glue right off when you get to that section.

One bit of advice that I failed to mention is make sure that the mesh does not protrude too much past the left and right sides of the opening on the plastic trims. If too much of the mesh is sticking out then you will have a tough time getting the trims to *click* into place.
05-30-2013 05:49 AM
Raiderfan001
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Originally Posted by st1264 View Post
Not trying to hijack the thread, but did anyone buy these grille inserts? Once piece:

Home page - JWM 4x4JWM 4×4 | Jeep Wrangler Protection

I like the diamond.
You can build it yourself for less. The one I made looks about identical and was cheaper than that and I had the material to make 3 grilles.
05-30-2013 01:09 AM
chum1600 how did you get the glue to set on the sides? I am in the middle of this mod right now and am having trouble getting the sides to lay down onto the grille inserts for the epoxy to set.
05-28-2013 10:57 PM
vinnydags
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Originally Posted by Suebabe View Post

Looks great! Hey, how about making a few sets and selling them? I'm first
HA, thanks! I'm afraid the amount of time it took to get the guards cut just perfect and the time to glue the 7 pieces would drive the cost up way too much for me to sell them.

If you want the same look I'd just do plastic gutter guard and spray paint it grey/silver/color of your choice with Krylon plastic spray; I've only seen the plastic guard in black or white. The plastic gutter guard would be much easier to work with than the metal gutter guard that I purchased.

I have also added the black plastic headlight trims and the look is pretty sick IMO.

Give it a shot, great project if you want to to do something for the Jeep but it's rainy out and you can't be outside actually working on the beast.
05-28-2013 10:09 PM
Suebabe
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Originally Posted by vinnydags View Post
The grill inserts with the gutter guard have been finished! I went with a waterproof epoxy and i think it came out great, thanks for all the input guys:

Before



After


I will get a picture tomorrow during the day to get a better idea of how it looks
Looks great! Hey, how about making a few sets and selling them? I'm first
05-18-2013 09:58 PM
pas914 Ditto -- I did the same with metal gutter guard, spray paint and 2-part epoxy .. it's been almost 2 years and still holding up.
05-18-2013 02:50 PM
smontesi81 I just finished my grill! Here are some pics of the process and finished product.

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Attachment 250560

So happy with the result!
05-13-2013 01:40 PM
Andrew_Evs Here is my attempt - Gutter Guard Mod - Less than $10

Rather than use the grill inserts, I attached mine from behind using black gutter guard, zipties, and ziptie adhesive points... I think in total this mod came to $9.85. It looks VERY clean and sharp
04-24-2013 10:06 PM
st1264
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Originally Posted by Kabfab View Post
I just bought my 2012 Altitude and through on a JWM 4x4 Billet Grille Insert.
It installed easily and looks awesome. Delivery was fast and uneventful.
I'd highly recommend it to anyone wishing to protect their rad from roads and debris.
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Originally Posted by Senior Chief View Post
Nice... And welcome...
Is that Curt Schilling

Inserts look good though... I saw most were out of stock when I looked.
04-24-2013 09:58 PM
Senior Chief
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Originally Posted by Kabfab View Post
I just bought my 2012 Altitude and through on a JWM 4x4 Billet Grille Insert.
It installed easily and looks awesome. Delivery was fast and uneventful.
I'd highly recommend it to anyone wishing to protect their rad from roads and debris.
Nice... And welcome...
04-24-2013 09:32 PM
Kabfab
JWM 4X4 Grille Inserts

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Originally Posted by st1264 View Post
Not trying to hijack the thread, but did anyone buy these grille inserts? Once piece:

Home page - JWM 4x4JWM 4×4 | Jeep Wrangler Protection

I like the diamond.
I just bought my 2012 Altitude and through on a JWM 4x4 Billet Grille Insert.
It installed easily and looks awesome. Delivery was fast and uneventful.
I'd highly recommend it to anyone wishing to protect their rad from roads and debris.
04-20-2013 03:47 PM
Atheyisnumber1 Attachment 238454

Finally did the "traditional" gutter guard mod. It's not the prettiest one I've seen but it looks better than nothing! Now I just need to cap my "homemade stubby bumper"
04-19-2013 03:22 PM
jklarry
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Originally Posted by Bullethead View Post
Great job man!

Im so mad at how nice yours look. I thought the $7 gutter guard mod would be a great way to save $ and get this look. But after 4 days of trying to get the grill detached I am debating just doing what you've done here.

See my troubles here http://www.wranglerforum.com/f19/jee...ml#post3635637
my grill comes off in less than 5 minutes, and I have a winch in front of it.
04-19-2013 11:50 AM
Bullethead
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Originally Posted by vinnydags View Post
Tough time you're having! This way would be a bit more simpler and rugged ridge does make the grill inserts for the TJ (Rugged Ridge 11306.03 Black Grille Insert : Amazon.com : Automotive)But alas, you still might have trouble...... it looks like there is extra plastic in those inserts and hopefully it doesn't affect their structure or stability. I think you'd have to dremel that out or see how it would look with the gutter guard over it if you chose those inserts.
Thanks for the advice. Some other forum lads gave me a few tips on possibly removing the rest of the grill. I will say that I am going to go out and buy a sturdy gutter guard though, originally I was just going to make a cheap version but I don't want to do this again thats for sure.
04-19-2013 10:38 AM
Andrew_Evs Inserts Look Great!!!
04-19-2013 10:25 AM
vinnydags
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Originally Posted by Bullethead View Post
Great job man!

Im so mad at how nice yours look. I thought the $7 gutter guard mod would be a great way to save $ and get this look. But after 4 days of trying to get the grill detached I am debating just doing what you've done here.

See my troubles here http://www.wranglerforum.com/f19/jee...ml#post3635637

Tough time you're having! This way would be a bit more simpler and rugged ridge does make the grill inserts for the TJ (Rugged Ridge 11306.03 Black Grille Insert : Amazon.com : Automotive)But alas, you still might have trouble...... it looks like there is extra plastic in those inserts and hopefully it doesn't affect their structure or stability. I think you'd have to dremel that out or see how it would look with the gutter guard over it if you chose those inserts.
04-18-2013 05:50 PM
SilverMiner Lol, I started the same thing, using mesh screen a few weeks ago. I completed one as a test but haven't got around to the others yet. I was using a generic automotive adhesive which seems to be holding up well on the test one, even with a high pressure car wash.
04-18-2013 07:37 AM
Bullethead Great job man!

Im so mad at how nice yours look. I thought the $7 gutter guard mod would be a great way to save $ and get this look. But after 4 days of trying to get the grill detached I am debating just doing what you've done here.

See my troubles here http://www.wranglerforum.com/f19/jee...ml#post3635637
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