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07-23-2013 05:02 PM
kik
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Originally Posted by ChargerPilot View Post
I was thinking about getting the Metalcrafters, but from some other posts it looks like it requires some drilling and relocating a temp sensor? How is the install? The Drake looked nice, but I am concerned with it blocking the air flow some.
It's an easy install. Refer to :http://www.quadratec.com/Assets/Installation/85274.pdf It doesn't block air flow.
07-23-2013 04:58 PM
pepatrick My RR mesh grill insert was junk. I cut it up in 3 sections 3x1x3 and plasti dipped it. It fits better and has a matte finish which imho looks better than the shiny black powder coat.

If metalcrafters had the hood lock hole, I would buy it in a second and replace the RR version.
07-23-2013 04:56 PM
kik
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Originally Posted by Caveman1965 View Post
Actually, my Metalcrafters grill insert is black chrome over stainless. Much better than powder coat (in my opinion). And, it fits perfect and looks fantastic on my black 10A. You get what you pay for. Since this is my opinion and you all got it for free......take it for what it's worth.
They only make chrome plated stainless steel and black powder coated stainless steel. But, it's good that you have one. No complaints with mine. Look perfect after 3 1/2 years.
07-23-2013 04:47 PM
ChargerPilot
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Originally Posted by Caveman1965 View Post
Actually, my Metalcrafters grill insert is black chrome over stainless. Much better than powder coat (in my opinion). And, it fits perfect and looks fantastic on my black 10A. You get what you pay for. Since this is my opinion and you all got it for free......take it for what it's worth.
I was thinking about getting the Metalcrafters, but from some other posts it looks like it requires some drilling and relocating a temp sensor? How is the install? The Drake looked nice, but I am concerned with it blocking the air flow some.
07-22-2013 06:15 AM
Caveman1965
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Originally Posted by kik View Post
Invest in a Metalcrafters stainless steel black powdercoated mesh grill and you'll never have to worry about it or touch it again. If you look at it as an investment to the thousands you already spent, the higher price tag for an exponential increase in quality and fit is negligible. If you spend $50 you're getting $10 worth of quality.

Actually, my Metalcrafters grill insert is black chrome over stainless. Much better than powder coat (in my opinion). And, it fits perfect and looks fantastic on my black 10A. You get what you pay for. Since this is my opinion and you all got it for free......take it for what it's worth.
07-21-2013 11:53 PM
Tweak people are paying how much for a 2 foot by 4 foot piece of wire mesh with paint on it?
07-21-2013 11:26 PM
THW
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Originally Posted by ChargerPilot View Post
The paint was peeling on my Rugged Ridge insert too so I had it glass beaded, primed, and re-painted. Now this weekend I am all ready for the big install, but when I go to install it; I see it doesn't even fit! It doesn't even cover the last opening in the grill (see photo). Did I get a defective one or are they all like this?
Mine had this exact fitment issue. I read about others having the same problem too. You are not alone!
07-21-2013 10:32 AM
damndirtydog Yep that's typical of Rugged Ridge products. I emailed the company and they said that it would be covered under their 3 yr warranty but they want you to return it to the store where u bought it. Needless to say I was out of luck for my brake light brush Guards and windshield light mounts. I pulled Light mounts off and repainted myself. The brush Gaurds will be next. I wanted the RR hood latches but I'll bet they'll peel after awhile too, so went with Drake's.
With RR products.....keep the receipt.
07-21-2013 10:21 AM
fireron Rampage grille insert. In between the RR and Mastercrafter's in price. About $180 so the RR is a better buy IF you want to play manufacturer. The Rampage has an excellent powdercoat finish BTW. Mine is 1 1/2 years old and looks brand new in the AZ sun.
07-21-2013 09:36 AM
panthermark I think mine is peeling a little bit...but if/when it gets bad, I'll hit it with some black paint and call it a day.
07-21-2013 09:13 AM
Big Fran
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Originally Posted by ChargerPilot View Post
The paint was peeling on my Rugged Ridge insert too so I had it glass beaded, primed, and re-painted. Now this weekend I am all ready for the big install, but when I go to install it; I see it doesn't even fit! It doesn't even cover the last opening in the grill (see photo). Did I get a defective one or are they all like this?
Mine fit just like that. I was refunded for it and asked to toss it in the trash. Now to add mesh to my grille I would have to remove my winch to get my grille out.
07-21-2013 08:55 AM
Postmon OP here. I wound up returning it. Not worth the effort for me to sand it down, paint it, etc. I think I'm going to go the vinyl gutter guard approach.
07-21-2013 08:39 AM
ChargerPilot The paint was peeling on my Rugged Ridge insert too so I had it glass beaded, primed, and re-painted. Now this weekend I am all ready for the big install, but when I go to install it; I see it doesn't even fit! It doesn't even cover the last opening in the grill (see photo). Did I get a defective one or are they all like this?
07-20-2013 10:56 PM
kappaknight
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Originally Posted by kik View Post
Invest in a Metalcrafters stainless steel black powdercoated mesh grill and you'll never have to worry about it or touch it again. If you look at it as an investment to the thousands you already spent, the higher price tag for an exponential increase in quality and fit is negligible. If you spend $50 you're getting $10 worth of quality.
I honestly wouldn't call anything on the Jeep an investment, unless losing money is a good way to invest.

As for the grill, I'd sand off whatever is flaking, hit it with some etching primer, then black or whatever color on top of it and call it a day. (That is assuming the one you got fits over the entire grill.)

This was one of those MUST HAVE mods when I first got my Jeep and as soon as I put it on, I never gave it another thought. If you do the above and fix the paint, you will never think about it or worry about it again.
07-20-2013 09:57 PM
Lusus_Naturae Here's that high dollar one I mentioned. Rugged Ridge 11401.30 - Rugged Ridge Billet Grille Inserts in Black for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
07-20-2013 09:21 PM
JBADV First one I ordered was complete crap , the paint just fell off it. The mesh under the paint was rusted. I say paint because I have never seen powdercoat that thin. Received a second grill to replace the "defective" first one. About the same quality. Paint falling off and rusted metal. Time to spend more on a good product , or go to the hardware store.
07-13-2013 06:56 PM
THW
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Originally Posted by Postmon View Post
Everytime I touch it, more paint flakes off!

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It's because they painted over rust. You can see it in your photo. Rugged Ridge should be ashamed to put their name on this trash (not that their name is worth much anyway).
07-13-2013 06:55 PM
THW
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Originally Posted by THW View Post
I just got mine from amazon. It was as bad as it gets- paint was peeling, exposing rusted metal underneath; too short (didn't fully cover the last grille slot); out of shape; hardware was just scattered in the box. What a piece of crap.

I still prefer this design over the DIY method because I'd rather use bolts than zipties. Is there any other option out there that bolts in, and isn't just utter chinese crap?
P.S. I should add "that doesn't cost $300?"
07-13-2013 05:29 PM
THW I just got mine from amazon. It was as bad as it gets- paint was peeling, exposing rusted metal underneath; too short (didn't fully cover the last grille slot); out of shape; hardware was just scattered in the box. What a piece of crap.

I still prefer this design over the DIY method because I'd rather use bolts than zipties. Is there any other option out there that bolts in, and isn't just utter chinese crap?
07-13-2013 09:40 AM
Peter T
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Originally Posted by Aeschylus View Post
I have only had mine installed for a few weeks now, but it was pristine out of the box.

The area that was cut for the hood lock has held up well (no rusting) with just a single application of black automotive touch up paint.
I also used a dremmal tool to cut out for the morpar hood lock gave it a shot of black paint. No signs of peeling or rust. Must be a bad batch.
07-13-2013 08:52 AM
kik Invest in a Metalcrafters stainless steel black powdercoated mesh grill and you'll never have to worry about it or touch it again. If you look at it as an investment to the thousands you already spent, the higher price tag for an exponential increase in quality and fit is negligible. If you spend $50 you're getting $10 worth of quality.
07-13-2013 08:45 AM
Postmon Everytime I touch it, more paint flakes off!

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07-13-2013 08:16 AM
Aeschylus I have only had mine installed for a few weeks now, but it was pristine out of the box.

The area that was cut for the hood lock has held up well (no rusting) with just a single application of black automotive touch up paint.
07-13-2013 07:32 AM
Postmon
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Originally Posted by StarBrite View Post
Sorry, I haven't seen/heard about those. Are they painted on top of stainless? Maybe I'll change my mind if/when I have to fix, but I just can't see paying for stainless and cover with spray paint.
Rugged Ridge, Mesh Grille Insert, Stainless Steel 11401.21
07-13-2013 07:02 AM
StarBrite
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Originally Posted by Postmon View Post
Unless you strip off the original paint, isn't it just going to peel off?
I tried to sand ours before I sprayed it blue. The finish didn't want to come off with a wire brush or the sanding block. It didn't seem like the finish was going anywhere to me...

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Originally Posted by Postmon View Post
Yes, it's the $50 ones. But, I did see some RR stainless steel ones somewhere that are more expensive.
Sorry, I haven't seen/heard about those. Are they painted on top of stainless? Maybe I'll change my mind if/when I have to fix, but I just can't see paying for stainless and cover with spray paint.
07-13-2013 06:42 AM
Postmon
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Originally Posted by StarBrite View Post
The Rugged Ridge grill is (I don't think there are two) about $50 on amazon.com.
Yes, it's the $50 ones. But, I did see some RR stainless steel ones somewhere that are more expensive.
07-13-2013 06:40 AM
Postmon
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Originally Posted by isitme View Post
Get the rattle can out. It will save you the time of returning them. I had to paint mine after a year anyway.
Unless you strip off the original paint, isn't it just going to peel off?
07-13-2013 06:39 AM
StarBrite
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Originally Posted by Lusus_Naturae View Post
Are these the grill guards that are supposed to be powdercoated and cost about $150+ or the cheaper ones?
The Rugged Ridge grill is (I don't think there are two) about $50 on amazon.com.
07-13-2013 12:49 AM
Lusus_Naturae Are these the grill guards that are supposed to be powdercoated and cost about $150+ or the cheaper ones?
07-12-2013 11:19 PM
isitme Get the rattle can out. It will save you the time of returning them. I had to paint mine after a year anyway.
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