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Old 05-17-2015, 11:52 AM
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I installed some stainless steel sill guards to protect the paint from short people getting in and out.

They aren't OEM, but half the price (around $40). The result is, the type faces don't match the vehicle lettering perfectly, but it's close enough and they won't appear in direct view of each other.

They stick on with the same 3M tape that some of the Jeep decorations attach with.

I had to very slightly bend the rear door covers in order to place them exactly where I wanted them due to the curve of the sill. They're kind of small, but should still serve their purpose. Some of the reviewers actually mention the size as a negative, but overall people seem happy with them. It would be nice if they had been built to fit the curve so they could be longer.

The fronts went on without any modification.

I ordered them delivered directly from the factory in China, so they took about 3 weeks to arrive. The packing looked a bit sketchy, but it held up well and protected the guards. The were individually bagged and packed inside a block of foam that was then wrapped completely with tape for shipping. I did have to buff out a few marks from the plastic bags rubbing on them, though. The marks came out with little effort.

So far, I'm happy with them. We'll see how they hold up long term:


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Old 05-18-2015, 06:39 AM
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They look nice against that deep cherry red.👍🏻 Another thing you might consider is adding some clear plastic to protect the other areas of exposed paint. I got some from a local sign shop and cut it to fit. It's almost invisible unless you really look closely you can detect an edge. My kids are always getting in with their backpacks so I ran it pretty high up the rear door opening. So far so good.


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I have tired to find a body shop would paint over the chrome with no luck. I have tried to wrap it around with vinyl but I peel off. I am glad I finally able to fine a solution.
Just curious as to why you guys dislike the chrome on the mirrors so much?
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Old 05-18-2015, 08:49 AM
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Just curious as to why you guys dislike the chrome on the mirrors so much?
Yeah, most of us prefer one paint color instead of chrome. I do like chrome but on old cars... just my opinion.

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Old 05-18-2015, 11:11 AM
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Just curious as to why you guys dislike the chrome on the mirrors so much?

Looks horrendously tacky to me. So glad I didn't have them on mine.
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Old 05-18-2015, 12:31 PM
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Looks horrendously tacky to me. So glad I didn't have them on mine.
I like them. Not only that, but out here in the desert southwest, anything painted fades over time. The darker the color, the more and the FASTER it fades. It's very common out here to see the Clear Coat burned off of dark colored vehicles in just 3 or 4 years that are not garage kept. After that the paint starts flaking off. That won't happen to Chrome, be it plastic or metal.

It, (Chrome), along with light colors, are also far more reflective of heat. If you put your hand on a white vehicle out here in 110 degree heat, sitting in the Sun shine, it will feel very warm. If you do the same thing with a black or midnight blue vehicle, it will blister your hand in seconds. No automotive paint is designed to take that kind of temperature for very long without negative results. Both of my vehicles are white, and are garage kept. That's the best recipe out here for keeping a car nice looking for decades. Naturally, Chrome helps as well. Show me a blacked out car here, and I'll show you a vehicle that makes paint shops salivate. Depending where you live, YMMV. I would have paid extra for Chrome mirrors.
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New intake, black rear Jeep emblem and stainless braided catch can lines...busy Sunday HAHA

Rear Jeep emblem changed to PX8 black...

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Emblem removed...2-sided tape holds it on and two pins align...was easy to get off with some heat and then goo-gone to remove the left over adhesive. I started under the "p" on the Jeep to get underneath it to lift it and then pull it off...I put think tape under the bottom of the "p" on the paint so I didn't scratch it when using a flathead to lift it up. Once you have it started use your hand(s) or some gentle pry tool

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After!!! I think it looks a lot better...great $60 mod IMO

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Another cheap and easy mod...stainless braided hoses for the catch can...go well with the satin billet theme I am going for

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Old 05-18-2015, 01:23 PM
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I like them. Not only that, but out here in the desert southwest, anything painted fades over time. The darker the color, the more and the FASTER it fades. It's very common out here to see the Clear Coat burned off of dark colored vehicles in just 3 or 4 years that are not garage kept. After that the paint starts flaking off. That won't happen to Chrome, be it plastic or metal.

It, (Chrome), along with light colors, are also far more reflective of heat. If you put your hand on a white vehicle out here in 110 degree heat, sitting in the Sun shine, it will feel very warm. If you do the same thing with a black or midnight blue vehicle, it will blister your hand in seconds. No automotive paint is designed to take that kind of temperature for very long without negative results. Both of my vehicles are white, and are garage kept. That's the best recipe out here for keeping a car nice looking for decades. Naturally, Chrome helps as well. Show me a blacked out car here, and I'll show you a vehicle that makes paint shops salivate. Depending where you live, YMMV. I would have paid extra for Chrome mirrors.
So, your mirrors and window trim are going to look great in a few years and they'll be cool to the touch, but the rest of your Jeep will, as you say, fade quite a bit and be on fire...

Not seeing a huge benefit there, but you are entitled to your opinion too.
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They look nice against that deep cherry red.👍🏻 Another thing you might consider is adding some clear plastic to protect the other areas of exposed paint. I got some from a local sign shop and cut it to fit. It's almost invisible unless you really look closely you can detect an edge. My kids are always getting in with their backpacks so I ran it pretty high up the rear door opening. So far so good.
I thought about doing the helicopter tape thing, but I just don't have the hands for that sort of thing. I always end up with bubbles or permanent fingerprints in the sticky side.

That's why I went with solid glass for my cell phone screen cover. With the hard stuff, you only have to get one edge lined up and the rest goes right on.

Besides, it's normally just me. No munchkins - just a short mother that I visit a few times a year. She's a member of several guilds, just none involving lollipops.

To be honest, I'm a bit disappointed the Grand Cherokee doesn't come with the sill guards already included. Even the OEM ones probably don't cost more than $15-$20 to produce (then they want around $100 for them).
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Not seeing a huge benefit there, but you are entitled to your opinion too.
You are, as well...but some of us do take offense to what we prefer being called "tacky".

Stripes mixed with polka dots is tacky. Fake stick on wood trim is tacky (unlike the real stuff, which is classy). Chrome is just a preference, and one I happen to have.

I grew up in an era where cars were intended to to sparkle and shine. I still love chrome on a truck or a large luxury vehicle. I like it on darker colors because it adds a nice amount of contrast, the way white with black trim does. It also gives it an assertive appearance that says, "that's right, I'm driving here..."

Little cars look like they're trying to hard when they have chrome, though. Sports cars look silly with it since it implies you've added something heavy (real chrome is heavy - though very little is real anymore) to a fast vehicle.
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I like chrome. I'm thinking about putting a swan on my hood.

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