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Old 07-08-2016, 10:47 AM
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Grill insert question

Hey all I'm new to the forums not sure if there is a thread already for this but does anyone know of the safaripal grill rings , and if so how is the fit compaired to mopars oem?
Mopar wants 180.. The aftermarket ones are 85.. I'm up in the air with what to do.. Buy aftermarket , keep my oem ones and paint them black or get them vinyl wrapped black, spending almost 200 on them just doesn't seem reasonable. The problem is with wrapping they need to be removed to get the wrap on well and I don't want any of the clips to break. They are currently plasti dipped but the matte / satin black with the texture isn't the look Im going for right now
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Old 07-19-2016, 09:12 AM
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Re: Grill insert question

I have the same question as well about safaripal.

I wrapped my rings in matte black over the weekend and they look awesome....but....two problems. First, you have to heat the vinyl a bit and get a good stretch out of it to really get the inside of the ring. It cools fine though. That leads to the second problem- engine heat. When the engine has been running, well, it heats up the vinyl, which then starts to trying to shrink back to its original state. Maybe I did it wrong, but the excess engine heat and the vinyl adhesive are not friends. I'm debating getting oem, the real deal, or plasti dip.
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Old 08-15-2016, 07:14 PM
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Re: Grill insert question

Here you go. I've had them sitting around for a few weeks and finally got them installed. Overall they fit great. I've monkeyed around with my inserts a few times, so some of the tabs on the grille are rough. There is some very, very minor fitment quality things, but given the price I can accept them.

The one thing I will note is the packing is quite poor. 5 of the 7 had scratches on them from the alignment tabs on the insert layered below in the packing. They could be easily buffed out if you wanted to spend the time, but unless you're a foot away you'll never notice them.

The chrome honey combs are also the Chinese knock offs as well - bout $45-60 on ebay. They seem to fit perfect.
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Re: Grill insert question

Thanks! Sorry for the late reply holding off and leaving them dipped for now. I got the grill wrapped gloss black so the dip doesn't look to bad ImageUploadedByJeepGarage1472425751.421813.jpg
She's coming together. I have black honeycomb inserts and led /hid headlights. I'm waiting for a harness to do the retrofit and put in the honey comb


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Just did oem black rings they fit perfect


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Re: Grill insert question

How much did you get the OEM ones for


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Re: Grill insert question

You can have yours painted for around $100-$150 if you remove them yourself or buy the painted ones from ebay, amazon, or the dealer for $185 +
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Looks good, definitely a unique combination of white/black for sure with great balance. That lower fascia surround being white looks pretty cool.
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Re: Grill insert question

Since this thread revived, I'll add, that I painted my OEM rings. I didn't want to pay for new rings if I didn't have to. I figured I might as well try to paint the chrome set first. Either it works out great and I don't have to waste the money on new rings, or it looks like crap, and I have to replace them, which was the original option to get black rings anyway. No reason not to try and paint them first, so I did. It worked out great.

I popped them out with a set of trim tools, which wasn't very difficult. I scuffed the chrome with some emery and smoothed out the lines with some ScotchBrite. This process took probably 2-3 hours, which was the bulk of the work. Then I took them outside and hit them with some self etching primer and then satin black paint (use gloss or whatever color you want). In all, I've got a few hours of work into it, and roughly $20 in supplies. Much better than the alternative.

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First is a shot of the rings, scuffed and ready for primer.


Primed with self etching primer, to promote adhesion to the scuffed chrome.


Here they are painted


A close up of one painted


And then installed
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Re: Grill insert question

Looks good man, keep us posted on how they hold up. You planning on doing the mirror caps and fog bezels too? I'm hoping to do my mirror caps in the spring but may try to peel the chrome off first instead of gambling with adhesion over chrome.
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So far it's holding up great. My lower valance was originally chrome too. I did it first, fully expecting it to chip pretty quickly. With it being so close to the ground I figured it would get "sandblasted" with dirt and dust from the road. It's been done since late summer, and so far even the salt and cinders from the winter roads hasn't messed it up. I'm a little surprised.

Yes, I do plan to do the mirrors too. Ultimately I plan on doing the fog bezels, tail light bezels, door handles and window trim too. Unfortunately I'll probably have to wrap the window trim and door handles though, because I don't think they come off too easy (or at all). I guess I could tape everything off and paint them on the Jeep, but that will probably be more work than just wrapping them.
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