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Old 03-14-2015, 10:45 AM
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3D Grille Inserts

Woke up today to a failed radiator. Noticed fluid all along the bottom of the radiator and fluid all around the engine bay. Going to pick up a new radiator today w/new hoses and clamps.

Considering purchasing the grill inserts to protect the new radiator from debris. Living in FL, lots of big bugs that smash into the radiator. Wondering if spending close to $200 for the inserts is worth it or if the inserts restrict airflow hindering the radiator from doing its job properly. Any thoughts from forum friends?

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Old 03-14-2015, 10:57 AM   #2
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Imo the grill inserts really should not restrict the airflow. But that does depend on type you get. Added mine a few months back with no issues Drake off road inserts for $70 from Amazon. Got mine for same reason to prevent rocks from damaging the radiator fins and reducing the overall surface area.

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Imo the grill inserts really should not restrict the airflow. But that does depend on type you get. Added mine a few months back with no issues Drake off road inserts for $70 from Amazon. Got mine for same reason to prevent rocks from damaging the radiator fins and reducing the overall surface area.
Thanks for your response and feedback. I'll take a look at those Drake inserts. Just got back from the dealership with a new Mopar radiator. Here we go.
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No way you have to spend a lot. I believe my billet aluminum ones were under 40. ebay is full of them but you have to shop. Prices are all over the place.
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Yeah 200 way too much.
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I've had the drake billet inserts for over 7 years the work great. I didn't like the large openings either.


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I've had the drake billet inserts for over 7 years the work great. I didn't like the large openings either.
Got same ones in black.
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Thanks everyone. I'll take a look at the drakes and review installation. My hope is find find a set that snaps in from the front.
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I've had the drake billet inserts for over 7 years the work great. I didn't like the large openings either.
Nice looking Jeep. Super clean!
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For what it is worth, after installing an electric fan I had all kinds of overheating issues. Finally resolved when I removed the grill inserts. Electric fan could not pull enough air through them. Stock fan had no problems. They do reduce airflow a bit...
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I went with the Drake ones as well in black. I think they look great and protect well without restricting.



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Don't know if you have the same space behind the grill as the jk's do, but I used a roll of gutter guard and it worked perfectly. Has held up to decent abuse too.


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On your JK you can separate the grille to get at the back side. TJs cannot.
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You don't have to spend a ton on it.

Go to home depo or lowes and get gutter guards. Then shape and cut then epoxy inside the grill.
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Hi all, does anyone have any experience installing the billet inserts? I bought some on line but they did not come with any hardware or instructions. I had no success in trying to return them. Thanks all.
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Hi all, does anyone have any experience installing the billet inserts? I bought some on line but they did not come with any hardware or instructions. I had no success in trying to return them. Thanks all.
Pics of the inserts? We might be able to help you out
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I'm in Florida too and built a big screen out of screen wire and sheet aluminum. Works like a champ and uses 4 zip ties to hold in place. Keeps the Sex Bugs out of the A/C condenser and radiator. Cost about 10 bucks to make.
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On your JK you can separate the grille to get at the back side. TJs cannot.
Ah gotcha. Is it part of the core support? Or just requires the removal of a bunch of other panels first?
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Ah gotcha. Is it part of the core support? Or just requires the removal of a bunch of other panels first?
The grille on the tj is the core support. You'd have to remove Thx radiator and ac condenser to get to the back side

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