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Aftermarket Black Verticle Grille for 2000 WJ

Hey Guys, anybody know of a place online where i can get an ABS plastic black verticle grille for my 2000 WJ? I cant really spend more than $110 and i've been searching and no luck

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Re: Aftermarket Black Verticle Grille for 2000 WJ

You try painting your current grille with plasti-dip? I did that to mine(originally chrome-ish) and now it looks like a plastic black grille! :-)
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Re: Aftermarket Black Verticle Grille for 2000 WJ

i'm trying to stay away from painting it myself.. i'm 16 and would probably mess up lol
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Re: Aftermarket Black Verticle Grille for 2000 WJ

You can attempt a junk yard...but if I were you, I'd grab a cheap can of paint and a piece of scrap and practice/get comfortable with painting. You'll save a ton of money and be able to do a lot more. If you're old enough to drive, you're old enough to learn to use a rattle can.
Also, for $100, I'm sure you can get your current one done by a pro if that's really the direction you want to go. The only other aftermarket options I know of make the front of your jeep look like a Hummer, which is not accepitble, and another that makes it look like a friggin Chrysler Town and Country minivan. No es bueno.



You should also do a google search on "imposter" grilles. I think they make something that snaps over what you currently have. A lot of guys do mesh...I've done billet on mine...lots of options.
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Re: Aftermarket Black Verticle Grille for 2000 WJ

Thanks. Yeah there is NO way i want my Jeep looking like a hummer! and i am looking at mesh for my grille
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Re: Aftermarket Black Verticle Grille for 2000 WJ

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Thanks. Yeah there is NO way i want my Jeep looking like a hummer! and i am looking at mesh for my grille
I'm 18, never spray painted anything in my life.. this is something you can do mate

Here's what I did;

Get a socket wrench and find a 7MM bolt

Pop the Hood

There are 4 bolts at the top of the grille, unscrew those(if you're jeep is old be careful, I snapped off one of my bolts :-/)

After those 4, there are 3 bolts at the bottom in the inside of the grille, using the 7MM wrench you can take those off.

Your grille will be a bit loose.. now pry it towards you carefully and at the top right, and left will be a washer(mine was rusty as hell and I had to pry them off bending them with a flathead screwdriver and a pair of plyers.. well actually they were wire cutters LOL :-P

After those two come off you should be able to pull the grille off without taking the bumper and then you can seperate the backpeice from the grille itself..

DO NOT LET IT SIT ON ITS BACK, YOU WILL BEND AND BREAK THE CASINGS USED FOR IT TO BE BOLTED AND SECURED! My advice lay if faceup and then go outside place some newspaper, or a cardboard box, then get some stones or something to lift your grille up so that the casings for the bolts are not supporting it and won't snap

But before you do that make sure you get a rag, and some water and just clean off your grille don't want to paint bug guts all over xD

Now set it back down(If you do go with the Paint-Dip, it comes in a spray can and works awesome, will give it a plastic look as well) stand back and spray it accordingly... some say more light coats vs heavy coats.. but I just did 2-3 heavy coats and let it dry for 4 hours.. then I just put the backpeice back behind it, and attached it back to the car and bolted it in!

Hope this helps and saves you some money!
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