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Old 03-12-2016, 08:02 PM
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DIY Mesh Grill

I've always liked the looks of the mesh grill over the standard slotted ones, but the cost of an aftermarket grill or inserts is way out of my range for what they're worth. I did this same project on two of my old KJs and my old WK.

On my previous Jeeps I used a galvanized steel gutter guard (I included pics of my previous Jeeps at the very bottom), I searched Lowes and Menards and they do not carry it anymore. I ended up getting a painted (black) version of what I used to get. I really liked the look of the galvanized with the black grill, but I liked how this turned out. I did this in the evening so its hard to judge what it will look like in daylight, if I dont like it, Ill buy some spray paint and paint the pieces silver-ish to get that galvanized look.

Time: 1.5 hours (includes removing bumper, cutting/fastening inserts, and reinstalling bumper)


Materials:
Gutter guard 2 X (3' by 6")
Cutters
Small zip-ties
Tape measure
10mm socket
screwdriver



To start off, follow the steps in the video to remove the front bumper and grill. Its very easy.


Cut out your inserts from the gutter guard. I went a little over width-wise, but I cut mine into 8.6" x 4.75".
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Lay your removed grill upside down on a towel and lay the pieces over top. MAKE SURE THEY ARE ORIENTATED THE SAME! I had two of them that were not the same and you can definitely see the difference.
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With the top side of the grill facing me, I started by running a zip-tie through the middle slot/blade of each insert. In my experience, if you don't fasted the top down, the inserts start to bend backward over time.


I then fastened two more ties through the center. You can add another at the base.

Cut off the excess and youre all set. Follow the video steps backward to reinstall the bumper.

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A few tips:

You "will" need four of the plastic rivets to properly put the wheel well trim back on. They are not super important, so you will be fine driving around until you get them.

When you lay out all the pieces, pay attention to how you slant them. The far left and right slots have quite a slant, but if you keep it even with the rest of them it will look fine.

Here are my old Jeeps.
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Re: DIY Mesh Grill

Ive been sitting on it for over a month now and I decided I still like the gray mesh look over the black. In the next few weeks I plan to pull the grill and paint the mesh a metallic gray color. I'll update with pics when it happens.

So far, the mesh has caught many rocks and bugs that normally would have been mashed into the radiator so I'm glad I did it.
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Re: DIY Mesh Grill

Kboon, this is a fantastic post. Great detail and direction on what and how to do it.

And the pictures really show how well it can turn out.

Well done. It's posts such as this that inspire others to get creative and think outside the box. And it looks fantastic.

As the aussie say " good on yah mate"

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