|07-28-2014 12:14 AM|
I started with a sheet of perforated steel (I forget the size of the holes), took the front grill off completely and measured the open area of the radiator and then added approx. 3 inches to the height and cut out the steel. Along the top of the screen I bent it back 90 degrees and then cut off most of the lip so there was only 2 "tabs" left, I did the same with the bottom except that I made 2 bends, 1 backwards at 90 degrees then bent that portion in half 90 degrees downward. Again I cut most of this lip off so there were 2 "tabs".
I used a saw horse to give the entire screen a bend and used the steel lips that run vertically on either sides of the rad as a template. As long as the screen fits between these 2 lips and follows the curve the screen will sit nicely behind the grill. Once I had it shaped I just used self tap screws into the front frame, 2 on the top and 2 on the bottom.
The 2 pictures are taken at night so hopefully you can see them. The first one is a spare I made but is pretty much identical to the one installed.
|07-27-2014 10:01 PM|
|Sutherlandst||Great idea. Thanks for the detailed instructions.|
|07-27-2014 09:54 PM|
|BBFlapjack||Wait, what? What kind of adhesive did you use and how exactly did you do it?|
|07-27-2014 07:53 PM|
|Mclunk||I did mine but instead of attaching it to the back of the grill, which is awkward and prone to falling off, I attached it to the Jeep itself. It will never come off, it's easy to attach, and you can't tell the difference.|
|07-27-2014 06:38 PM|
Okay, I'm trying to do this mod, but I have a really dumb question that I'm hoping someone on here can help with.
I went with the exact same single sheet of the radiator screen that wolf1 used. I've got the zip tie clips glued in place. Ready to just attach the sheet, but I cannot get the zip ties to go through the mesh, through the clip, and back up through the other side of the mesh to close! I got short 4" zip ties because that's all I can find that fits through the holes in the sheet.
Does anyone else who did this mod with a single sheet of metal have any advice?
I thought about trying to use wire, instead, since I should be able to shape it into a hook and bring it back through, but I feel like I must be doing something wrong with the zip ties...
|06-27-2014 03:20 PM|
I live in Florida and had a hard time finding the metal mesh (radiator screen). I finally found a place online, Metals Depot, that had all different size sheets and hole diameters. Metals DepotĀ® Shopping Cart
Hope this helps. Will post when complete.
|06-21-2014 11:55 AM|
|beepinthejeep||wow what a great cheap affordable mod that looks great!|
|06-02-2014 08:53 PM|
|drogio||Just some advice, if you're using zip tie clips you may just want to remove the adhesive and just bond the clips to the grill with crazy glue. I've had to redo the job twice so far this spring just because my grill faces the sun and melts the adhesive enough to delaminate it from the clips and grill. If I had not be hasty and just glued plastic to plastic I'd be fine.|
|04-08-2014 06:38 AM|
|Oneironaut||I'm going to go to Lowes sometime this week and pick up the supplies I need for this mod. All the awesome pics have finally persuaded me to try it out for myself. Does anyone know how large the tie mounts were that they used? I don't want to buy a size that's a quarter inch too large and won't fit between the grill openings. Thanks in advance!|
|03-03-2014 07:18 AM|
Wow I just looked at this link on now it was completely made by hand. That is crazy! I don't think I would have that much patience but it looks really cool
|05-31-2013 12:49 PM|
Did mine a few weeks ago... Came out great!
|05-31-2013 12:39 PM|
Edit: Didn't mean to bring this back from the dead. Please forgive me!
|04-23-2013 07:55 AM|
|Wrangler1771||Just spent the $20 bucks on the one from ebay.. gorilla glued the zip tie hangers, looks good and I hope it lasts!|
|04-11-2013 11:43 AM|
|03-15-2013 01:52 PM|
|011Crmn||I just did my grill on Tuesday. I went with the plastic gutter guard method and while I was at it I plasti-dipped my grill. It's snowing again now so we'll see how it all holds up. Thanks everyone for the ideas|
|01-25-2013 12:57 PM|
I did mine last week and originally used JB weld, with the sticky foam peeled off each square, but after a couple days some squares started coming off. Not sure if I didn't mix the ratio quit right, but I've used JB weld numerous times with no issues before now. Anyway, I went back and gorilla glued them all back down, and no issues so far.
Nice little mod
|01-25-2013 11:38 AM|
|Jdpatt12||Went to Lowes and picked up parts for this Mod. I also got the epoxy. I spent $26.88. I will need to wait for warmer weather.|
|01-22-2013 02:59 PM|
Here is the link
M-D Building Products 84327 .020-Inch Thick 3-Feet by 3-Feet Small Hole Aluminum Sheet, Black - Amazon.com
|01-21-2013 09:33 AM|
|01-16-2013 09:25 PM|
No regrets at all!
|01-16-2013 08:40 PM|
|05-30-2012 08:37 AM|
Finished mine up yesterday. I epoxied the zip tie squares and let them set up over night first. Easy and cheap! Thanks for the write up everyone!
|05-28-2012 04:31 PM|
Here are a few pics of the process.
Step 1: attach zip tie anchors with Gorilla Glue
Step 2: attach Grill Guard AKA gutter guard using zip ties
Step 3: Snip all the Zip tie ends.
Step 4: Re-attach grill to Jeep.
Step 5: Crack open a beer and jump in pool!!
|05-28-2012 04:24 PM|
Completed the grill mod this morning. The pictures aren't great but they work. Easy MOD that makes a huge difference.
|05-27-2012 09:46 PM|
|jlr551cfd||Thanks CRNA, I hope to have the same luck!|
|05-27-2012 07:25 PM|
|05-27-2012 11:08 AM|
|Rida29r||Anyone do this mod around a hood lock yet?|
|05-27-2012 06:07 AM|
|05-26-2012 07:09 AM|
|05-26-2012 12:27 AM|
Heres mine. I started with the original double sided tape on the tie blocks, however after a month of the great Chicago weather (85 and sunny one day and 40 and rain the next...) a few had popped loose. I removed them all and replaced the tape with 3M body panel adhesive tape (any auto parts or hardware should have it) its been golden ever since!
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