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Lusus_Naturae 05-07-2013 05:43 AM

new possible grill design - aftermarket..
 
I was looking at photos of JK's and after really breaking down the design in my head, I realized I just don't like the grill design. I used comparisons between the different Wranglers, and noticed the parking/blinkers moved out on the JK - a lot. To me, this visually gave the Wrangler a short and fat look. I played with a few ideas today using a photo I found online - this is not a Wrangler I know or own, just worked well for editing.

The technicalities of doing this may be a bit difficult, the blinker housing may be a bit too deep to use as is, but I'm going for looks at the moment.

What does everybody think?

nocibur2 05-07-2013 05:49 AM

..... I think you have way too much time on your hands!




:rofl:

Lusus_Naturae 05-07-2013 05:57 AM

Ha! This is what happens when you have long overnights at work and the mind wanders.

Lusus_Naturae 11-27-2013 12:51 AM

Moved photo over here - Jeep JK - Grill Edited - Left Side Stock, Right Side Edit Photo by Lusus_Naturae | Photobucket

Raiderfan001 11-27-2013 01:57 AM

I think I like the stock location better.

m998dna 11-27-2013 02:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Lusus_Naturae (Post 6415810)


I like it a lot better with your new design... and I'm really picky.

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doufus1 11-27-2013 05:07 AM

I like your design. But you really do have to much time to play with.

dgsholar 11-27-2013 06:01 AM

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Originally Posted by m998dna (Post 6416362)
I like it a lot better with your new design... and I'm really picky. .

Ditto. Good idea. Send to Chrysler...they are straining for ideas! Hence the change from amber to clear turn signal lenses for 2014! I do think it looks better.

Ricanbandit 11-27-2013 06:41 AM

Maybe it is just me (probably) but I really don't see a difference in the pics on that link.

BeanieAZ 11-27-2013 06:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Ricanbandit (Post 6417618)
Maybe it is just me (probably) but I really don't see a difference in the pics on that link. Jeep JK - Grill Edited - Left Side Stock, Right Side Edit Photo by Lusus_Naturae | Photobucket

Only diff I saw were the turn signals moved in

lt721 11-27-2013 06:55 AM

I absolutely love it. Much more authentic Jeep look. I wouldn't mind finding another grill and actually doing that.

Strokerswild 11-27-2013 06:59 AM

I like it, but I'd prefer to see the signals directly in line with the headlights. Less authentic, but more pleasing to my engineer/OCD brain.

m998dna 11-27-2013 07:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Ricanbandit (Post 6417618)
Maybe it is just me (probably) but I really don't see a difference in the pics on that link.

Remind me not to let you drive my Jeep.

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4Jeepn 11-27-2013 07:48 AM

looks much better with the lights in..

m998dna 11-27-2013 07:59 AM

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Originally Posted by dgsholar (Post 6417218)
Ditto. Good idea. Send to Chrysler...they are straining for ideas! Hence the change from amber to clear turn signal lenses for 2014! I do think it looks better.

I can see a team of engineers clamoring to get to the suggestion box every morning...

"Here's one Harry .. 'move the blinkers in' ... let's go through those 1947 drafting design drawings again and see what we can change this year."

Must be an exciting job working on a legacy Jeep line.

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Vin 11-27-2013 08:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Strokerswild (Post 6417866)
I like it, but I'd prefer to see the signals directly in line with the headlights. Less authentic, but more pleasing to my engineer/OCD brain.

Look at is connect the dots between the headlights, turn signal and fog lights. Makes a strait line. :happyyes:

Ricanbandit 11-27-2013 09:22 AM

I saw that, what I am saying is that it is not that big of a difference. Not enough to me anyway. I am all for modding vehicles, hell I have a Z4M roadster with more than a few $ in mods, but they truly make the vehicle stand out from others, this is pretty subtle.

colliderman 11-27-2013 09:28 AM

Looks like I'm in the minority but..I much prefer the original.

Lusus_Naturae 12-10-2013 06:47 AM

We have been working on a few things here and there, now the big question - would anyone be interested if we produced a replacement grill design based on the blinkers being moved inward?

We are looking into it, very early at this point, but it looks like if we do come up with this it will most likely include very similar parking/blinker lights but it would not reuse the stock ones due to clearance issues in back of the new location. These would be LED based we are thinking, but options are open, we are looking at something that would be cost effective, reliable, and replaceable if needed. The grill would be paintable. We would have an option to have it bedlined as well.

Feeling it out - what do you think? If this happens we will look at all the legal stuff like patents and licenses, right now it's just in early, hobbyist mode.

Also, we may make it open source as well where people can play with different options like grill patterns and cutouts. Any opinions welcome.

1Topp 12-10-2013 05:01 PM

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Originally Posted by lt721 (Post 6417826)
I absolutely love it. Much more authentic Jeep look. I wouldn't mind finding another grill and actually doing that.

:thumb:

2five22 12-10-2013 05:15 PM

The original looks better to me, because the grille is too wide and not 'tucked in' as it was in the CJ series.

Were I you, I'd buy a used grille, then drill holes and mount a clear set of turn signals in your new proposed location just to see who notices. Tell the curious its a 2013.5 model year modification.

Captain Ahab 12-10-2013 05:18 PM

It took me a minute to think about it, but I definitely like the look of moving them in. Agree with RICANBANDIT that it is a very subtle change and not worth buying a new grille for. Go crazy and leave them where they are and add some fogs in the new position!

2five22 12-10-2013 05:22 PM

Here is the 'tucked in' grille on a CJ-2A. The JK light relocation brings in the lights and leaves too much body width visually. It makes it look wider than it is, design-wise.

http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f1...ps4174902a.jpg

Captain Ahab 12-10-2013 05:29 PM

http://ansanidesigns.com/products/im...ll-250x250.jpg

Lusus_Naturae 12-19-2013 02:49 PM

^ That's an interesting grill as well. I'm looking into a few things with the stock grill as well, just diy stuff at the moment. I will post back again after the holidays on that.


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