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Jeep fanatic 01-01-2012 10:15 PM

Does anyone use grille inserts?
 
I keep going back and forth on whether to buy grille inserts for my Tj. Does anyone know if it protects the radiator well enough that it would be worth the money?

ou812 01-01-2012 11:50 PM

I drove thru trailess woods,A 4" round branch hit my grill,going in it and hiting the radiator.

The grill inserts Ive would have only gotten damaged.Arent they for looks only?

s3nt3nc3d 01-02-2012 12:59 AM

I have them on mine...they were chrome, I painted them black (previous owner had installed them). They probably wouldn't do much good. They're just cheap plastic...they'd help keep larger/light debris out of the radiator, but a branch or something would probably just bust right through without much effort required.

Rayko 01-02-2012 07:14 AM

I've had large dragon flies, bee's, hornets and one time a sparrow mashed onto my radiator. I put in the grill inserts about 2 yrs ago and i think they're great. Thet keep my radiator free of unwanted debris.

jeepjones 01-02-2012 07:16 AM

I use the old A/C condenser to protect the rad :rofl::thumb:

wwch99tj 01-02-2012 07:27 AM

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I've got some aluminum billet grill inserts. I got them from Quadratec like 4 yrs ago I don't even remember who makes them

Rayko 01-02-2012 07:40 AM

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Originally Posted by jeepjones (Post 1879952)
I use the old A/C condenser to protect the rad :rofl::thumb:

OK, to protect the A/C condenser then. Nothing worse than a smart aleck Canook:D

blkrubi88 01-02-2012 07:57 AM

Mine is homemade for $2.


http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/a...N/IMG_4278.jpg

Jeep fanatic 01-02-2012 08:37 AM

Thanks for the tips everybody

chevyvettered 01-02-2012 09:28 AM

how did you mount them? If I remember correctly from another post of yours, it was gutter gaurd you used right?

jeepjones 01-02-2012 10:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Rayko (Post 1880011)
OK, to protect the A/C condenser then. Nothing worse than a smart aleck Canook:D

It's Canuck not Canook.:doh::rofl:

denisbaldwin 01-02-2012 10:32 AM

wwch99tj - Have you noticed any temp change in your running/idling temp? I ask as I noticed a 5-10 degree climb when I put my winch on. I can't imagine restricting radiator flow any further with the guards.

blkrubi88 01-02-2012 10:37 AM

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Originally Posted by chevyvettered (Post 1880192)
how did you mount them? If I remember correctly from another post of yours, it was gutter gaurd you used right?

That would be correct.:thumb:

wwch99tj 01-02-2012 10:55 AM

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Originally Posted by denisbaldwin
wwch99tj - Have you noticed any temp change in your running/idling temp? I ask as I noticed a 5-10 degree climb when I put my winch on. I can't imagine restricting radiator flow any further with the guards.

No no temp change at all I've had them almost 4 years. They aren't really all that restrictive they have plenty of voids to let air in, here's a closer pic.

I believe these are what I have, but I don't remember them being that much tho http://www.quadratec.com/products/13131_300X_PG.htm

Sloan409 01-02-2012 01:38 PM

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Originally Posted by blkrubi88 (Post 1880030)



That looks great, Ill have to try that soon

Irieblue 01-02-2012 02:48 PM

I just put mine on today, just like the pic 2 posts above. Made by Drake, sold by most everyone. Mine are black.

Jeep looks better than seeing the rusty radiator. I was going to use gutter guard, but you can't get behind the grill on a TJ like you can on a JK. Looks like it will offer protection for the radiator too.

dfry 01-02-2012 03:17 PM

I have a set of the Drake Brushed Aluminum grill guards sitting under my Christmas tree...just wanting to be installed. Having a hard time getting motivated in this blustery Michigan wintery weather that has just hit us. Supposed to be 46 degrees on Friday, hopefully I'll be installing mine then.


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