This thread is for the infamous (previously unavailable) Stainless Steel Mesh Grill Insert (Mopar/Jeep Accessory Catalog Part #: 82212227).
I saw this item in the Mopar/Jeep Accessory Catalog when I ordered my 2011 Overland, and FELL IN LOVE with it. I decided that when I ordered my Overland, I'd include that, as well as the Stainless Steel Pedals and Illuminated Door Sills as part of the deal, and have the dealer install everything before I took delivery. Unfortunately, I was told by my salesman that the mesh grill insert was unavailable, and was on backorder with no expected availability date. Months went by, and it became apparent that the part was just NEVER going to become available through the dealer.
Not wanting to go with the "plastic faux chrome" Summit Grill, I searched and searched until I found the part available on the Just for Jeeps website
. (Great vendor by the way! They stand behind everything the sell, and are just all round great people to deal with).
And although the part number was different, it did appear to be the exact same grill I wanted, and even came with a "Mopar" tag on it, although made in "China":
Now to the install. Overal this is not a very difficult job, although some knowledge of how modern vehicle bumpers are attached is definitely a help.
Step one was to open the hood and remove the two lower plastic rivits on the wheel well trim strips by the front half of the bumper. With the wheel well trim pieces loose, you simply pull the front bumper forward off the clips it's held on by. (Amazing that a $50k truck is held together by plastic)
Next order of business was to remove the grill assembly, simply held in place by a couple of bolts. With the grill assembly removed, the plastic inner frame simply unclips from the assembly. With this inner frame removed, you can now proceed to cut away the plastic "mesh" pieces. We used plastic snips and then a dremel to smooth out any rough edges.
Frame with pieces cut out:
Plastic Mesh Removed:
Next step was to simply lay the Stainless Steel Mesh Insert into place and attach it. Self-tapping screws were provided for the install, but we instead chose to drill several small holes and use small stainless steel bolts and "double-nut" them, feeling it would provide and more secure install and eliminate the chances of anything coming loose:
From here, it was simply a reverse of the above to button everything up:
Unfortunately, it was raining today, which made it impossible to get any really nice "after" pics. I'll be sure to update within some within the next several days.
All in all, great part and a great mod!! Total time from start to finish, approximately 90 minutes!
I think the reason Chrysler never brought this part to market, was because even though it's not an extremely difficult install, it's not a "plug 'n play" affair either. However, for those (like me) who saw the stainless steel mesh insert in the catalog, and wanted THAT PART, here ya go!!