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grantb 03-20-2011 06:37 PM

Different Grill setup
I took apart the Laredo grill i had on which had CHROME TRIM and brushed (faded) aluminum on the vertical bars.

The chrome trim and the brushed aluminum parts can be taken apart from each other. After removing the brushed aluminum insert, I took a dremel took to the mounting brackets that held that part in place to end up with a flush chrome trim part. Cut the wire mesh to size and hot glued in place. I decided to hot glue after trying several other methods that failed - like epoxy!, gorilla glue, and others. the issue seemed to be the wire mesh wanted to pull away from the chrome trim part before the stuff had a chance to set. I was able to use my fingers and a propane tank to glue it down and hold it until the hot glue set. Seems to be working fine (and doesn't show from the front - just take your time).

Now that we got that setup its time to reinstall. Since i wasn't putting the brushed aluminum part back (which had the mounting brackets to hold the snap the grill in place I used a few strategically located zip ties. By putting two zip ties together and using a part that was on the chrome trim (small u shaped part on the plastic I zipped it to the bumper/ backing part that holds the entire front assembly in (the black part that holds the headlights and others...). So two of those at the bottom on each side, make those tight as possible (with out breaking the plastic piece on the chrome trim. Now you can easily access those if you ever need to by removing the last to zip ties you have YET TO PUT IN PLACE. To fasten the top in place we will actually use your wire mesh (on the inside of the chrome so you cant see it from the front - so be sure to leave a little bit of overhang when you cut your wire mesh) and fasten it to the front clip as well at the top. Same thing for the other side and before you tighten it down, snip the loose wiretie ends - adjust grill left to right than fasten the two two down! If you ever had to take it off, simply use snips or needle nose pliers to break/tear, rip off the top wire tie , snip the bottom and its off.

And this is what mine looks like --->

Skillers Inc 03-21-2011 09:38 AM

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Nice grille, did you use a strong mesh, because it seems like that would leave the radiatior a little too exposed for my taste. About how long did it take to complete?

grantb 03-21-2011 08:21 PM

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The mesh is very strong... So strong in fact I had to stop and go buy more dremel bits and a fast changing head (since they were buring through them so fast).

And while at the HW store i also bought a pair of very large SNIPS (and took a part of the material with me to the store to test it on :thumbsup: ).

I ended up using the dremel tool for most (since it was faster) the snips were cutting it cleaner for sure. Make sure to buy some black paint (maybe gloss if you want shine, or matte or flat for no shine) because I would suggest painting the bare metal tips to prevent rusting. Unless you know what the metal is and that it is NOT prone to rust.

Time wise now that I have a plan probably not long. I spent alot of time trying to do it the best way possible and not half ass it (while some folks are laughing at this comment and looking at zip ties) but I know the grill is secure 100% and also easily accessible in the event i need to remove it. If you have any other questions let me know!

Mesh can be found here --->

White Chocolate 03-21-2011 08:23 PM

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I like it actually. Like that you kept the jeeps nature look with the jeep original grill behind

Sskafar 03-21-2011 09:43 PM

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Nice job! Looks sharp! I'm itching to rid my black 01 limited of the chrome throat housing on the grill and paint my mesh insert black. I want an all black look like the 99-00. But the chrome pieces are fastened in and would leave holes if removed.


Chaoul1 03-21-2011 09:49 PM

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I like that too. You want to know the truth...I was about to do that to my old WJ. Can we get a pic showing the whole front end please, but a little further?

ANd I also thing if you color matched the Chrome, it will make it more aggressive in the front!

Sskafar 03-21-2011 10:10 PM

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Maybe I'll just put an 04 grill on my 01 and black everything out.


moparBG 03-21-2011 10:12 PM

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looks cool man. Very unique. There is nothin like custom.

briggy 03-22-2011 04:08 AM

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i dont know what you guys call it there but we have builders glue called liquid nails. i think that would do a good job of holding the mesh in if the silicon failed.

grantb 03-22-2011 01:46 PM

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Briggy, I was looking around and did see that stuff.

What I SHOULD HAVE DONE (and will now likely take the time to do) is Hot glue it temp. so that I can use a more permanent adhesive.

After a day or two of riding around the engine warmed up my hot glue and the tough/strong wire mesh pulled away form the plastic.

Will fix it tonight but probably use hot glue to hold it long enough (probably overnight) while I use some liquid nails or something similar...

Epoxy would probably work fine - but yesterday I was trying to use it to set the grill and it wasn't strong enough (and curing fast enough).

Thanks for the suggestions and nice comments!!!

moparBG 03-22-2011 04:02 PM

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I used JB weld. It takes a while to set-up. Best overnight atleast. If you use the hot gule to hold it in place during set-up, that may work. Goodluck.

grantb 03-22-2011 04:19 PM

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Ya that is what I am going to try shortly.

I didn't give it enoigh time it set up... Going to give it another shot tonight

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