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Stanton Tucker 03-29-2013 11:17 PM

Which grill inserts are better?
 
Can't decide, need opinions. Aside grime the price, which style of grill inserts are better?
Billet style or normal?

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Stanton Tucker 03-29-2013 11:18 PM

*from the price

Darn auto correct

Gorving3 03-29-2013 11:28 PM

The top one looks neat and would help keep bugs and leaves out of the radiator but is there any chance it could also cut down on air circulation to the radiator causing heating problems out on the trails.

Stanton Tucker 03-29-2013 11:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Gorving3 (Post 3570537)
The top one looks neat and would help keep bugs and leaves out of the radiator but is there any chance it could also cut down on air circulation to the radiator causing heating problems out on the trails.

I don't think over heating is an issue, talked to the guys at quadratec and they said its just a matter of preference on look... I want opinions lol I'm so indecisive

staud11 03-30-2013 12:16 AM

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I have the 2nd ones! I love them!



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This is the best pic I have of them:)

viperx6x9x 03-30-2013 12:35 AM

Looks wise i like the billet style. But i question that air circulation too.

The other ones put horizontal lines across a grill that is supposed to be 7 vertical slots. Doesn't look bad, just looks like it doesn't belong there to me.

migbuz 03-30-2013 07:21 AM

I've had the billet style ones on for over a year and haven't run into any air circulation issues.

MIZFAN 03-30-2013 07:30 AM

I have the billets and have no overheating problems.

MLaborde 03-30-2013 07:33 AM

Use option 2 but cut out the horizontal supports & replace with sheets of gutter guard.

blkrubi88 03-30-2013 07:37 AM

I had the plain ones and made the mesh inserts out of gutter guard.


http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/a...N/IMG_4337.jpg

ntemerario 03-30-2013 08:09 AM

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I have the black open ones. Looks good!

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rgroesbeck1 03-30-2013 08:23 AM

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Originally Posted by blkrubi88 (Post 3571190)
I had the plain ones and made the mesh inserts out of gutter guard.


http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/a...N/IMG_4337.jpg

How did you attach the gutter guard? Looks good.

blkrubi88 03-30-2013 08:28 AM

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Originally Posted by rgroesbeck1 (Post 3571312)
How did you attach the gutter guard? Looks good.

Cut to fit the inside and zip tie them on.

http://i868.photobucket.com/albums/a...s/IMG_4233.jpg

Stanton Tucker 03-30-2013 09:17 AM

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Originally Posted by ntemerario (Post 3571272)
I have the black open ones. Looks good!

How much did those cost you? And how long have you had them?

Stanton Tucker 03-30-2013 09:17 AM

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Originally Posted by MIZFAN (Post 3571172)
I have the billets and have no overheating problems.

Would you mind posting a picture? I would much appreciate it :)!!

Stanton Tucker 03-30-2013 09:18 AM

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Originally Posted by migbuz (Post 3571150)
I've had the billet style ones on for over a year and haven't run into any air circulation issues.

Would you be willing to post a picture of them and what they look like in a tj?:)

Stanton Tucker 03-30-2013 09:19 AM

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Originally Posted by staud11 (Post 3570683)
I have the 2nd ones! I love them!

This is the best pic I have of them:)

That is a bad ass jeep! Thank you

ntemerario 03-30-2013 11:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Stanton Tucker (Post 3571426)

How much did those cost you? And how long have you had them?


They were about $50. Had them about 6 months

Stanton Tucker 03-30-2013 02:15 PM

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Originally Posted by ntemerario (Post 3571820)

They were about $50. Had them about 6 months

Who did you buy them from? Sorry for all the questions and thank you

Neil F. 03-30-2013 02:50 PM

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I have the Billet and painted them (and headlight bezels) body color.

ntemerario 03-30-2013 03:09 PM

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Originally Posted by Stanton Tucker (Post 3572210)

Who did you buy them from? Sorry for all the questions and thank you

No worries on the questions. That's what this forum is for. I got them on amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0013R...sr=8-2&pi=SL75

Rugged ridge black grille inserts. Just snap into grille takes only a few minutes

Rayko 03-30-2013 03:21 PM

I have the billet ones ( in black), there's no problem with overheating. My opinion, I think they're the best looking.

viperx6x9x 03-30-2013 07:07 PM

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Originally Posted by Neil F. (Post 3572293)
I have the Billet and painted them (and headlight bezels) body color.

I like that color match idea. Looks good.

MIZFAN 03-30-2013 08:02 PM

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Originally Posted by Stanton Tucker (Post 3571429)
Would you mind posting a picture? I would much appreciate it :)!!

http://imageshack.us/scaled/thumb/20...3021300082.jpg

wwch99tj 03-30-2013 08:53 PM

I have drake billiet inserts

http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...7324472125.jpg
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...7949519982.jpg
http://i1228.photobucket.com/albums/...7949566166.jpg

Had them about 5 years and no problems...

Stanton Tucker 03-30-2013 11:42 PM

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Originally Posted by wwch99tj (Post 3573501)
I have drake billiet inserts

Had them about 5 years and no problems...

How much did those run you?

Stanton Tucker 03-30-2013 11:43 PM

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Originally Posted by Rayko (Post 3572364)
I have the billet ones ( in black), there's no problem with overheating. My opinion, I think they're the best looking.

Mind posting a picture of them? Would love to see the billet style in black

Stanton Tucker 03-30-2013 11:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Neil F. (Post 3572293)
I have the Billet and painted them (and headlight bezels) body color.

That looks great!!

Jeffreybomb 03-30-2013 11:50 PM

When it comes to grille inserts, it's really more of a matter of appearance over functionality. They don't really do much of anything other than allow you to add a visual style to your TJ.

I've got the "normal" black inserts on mine. I like how they look.

Wesboy 03-31-2013 12:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Jeffreybomb (Post 3574128)
When it comes to grille inserts, it's really more of a matter of appearance over functionality. They don't really do much of anything other than allow you to add a visual style to your TJ.
I've got the "normal" black inserts on mine. I like how they look.

That may be true of the clip-in plastic inserts :whistling:

I've got a 'Rampage 3D Mesh Grill' made from one piece of heavy-duty steel mesh that has a 3-dimensional surface and formed inserts.
It creates a very strong barrier in front of the radiator and will stop anything getting through and damaging the radiator fins - birds, rocks, twigs, branches, bats - you name it.

Also when the giant mutant grasshoppers in the North of my State get splattered all over the front of my rig, it's a lot easier picking them off the mesh than getting in the slots and picking them off the radiator.

Installation was a real PITA - The overflow bottle, fan shroud, radiator, aircon radiator (if equipped) all has to be loosened and moved back so the mesh can be pushed up into place from below, but once installed, you have a VERY STRONG barrier between your radiator fins and whatever wants to damage them.

For those under the impression they restrict airflow - I live in a VERY hot climate and haven't seen any changes in the running temperature in any conditions - either all day @ 60mph on the highway or all day crawling rocks in 100 degree heat.

Here's a pic - hope my chrome grill doesn't offend :redface:
Now that REALLY IS a mod that is...
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Originally Posted by Jeffreybomb (Post 3574128)
a matter of appearance over functionality.

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