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Hollywood 05-01-2012 11:16 AM

Stainless Steel Mesh Grill Insert Install
 
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).

http://www.justforjeeps.com/megrin.html

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":

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/h...g?t=1332958370

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) :eek:

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/h...g?t=1335886328

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:

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/h...g?t=1335886381

Plastic Mesh Removed:

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/h...g?t=1335886437

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:

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/h...g?t=1335886414

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/h...g?t=1335886414

From here, it was simply a reverse of the above to button everything up:

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/h...g?t=1335886353

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! :thumbsup:

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!! ;)

Scottina06 05-01-2012 11:43 AM

Re: Stainless Steel Mesh Grill Insert Install
 
very nice write up and pics!

Hollywood 05-01-2012 11:50 AM

Re: Stainless Steel Mesh Grill Insert Install
 
Thanks Scott. Gonna get her washed this weekend, and hopefully the sun will be shining and I can get some better shots of the "after". It really does look "stunning"!! :thumbsup:

Brewster 05-01-2012 05:31 PM

Re: Stainless Steel Mesh Grill Insert Install
 
Looks great, thanks for the detailed how to!

Chrazy-Chris 05-02-2012 12:24 AM

Re: Stainless Steel Mesh Grill Insert Install
 
Interested in selling your take-off plastic mesh?

Edit: Never mind, you said they were cut out. Please disregard.

Hollywood 05-02-2012 05:30 AM

Re: Stainless Steel Mesh Grill Insert Install
 
As you can see, the mesh was cut off in 7 pieces. I chucked it! :(

AussieJeep 05-02-2012 06:04 PM

Re: Stainless Steel Mesh Grill Insert Install
 
Adds a real touch of class to your Jeep, I must say I wish I had " double nutted" mine, I used the self tappers and clips provided against my better judgement, I think the Stainless metal inserts are excellent looking and very practical, thanks for the writeup.

ErikRP 05-03-2012 08:14 AM

Re: Stainless Steel Mesh Grill Insert Install
 
A little off topic - but is that a camera or sensor I see on the passenger side, behind the mesh? I've noticed the same thing on my Overland that has the FCW but wasn't sure what it was for. I had assumed it was all handled with the big "eyeball" at the bottom.

rubicontrail.net 05-03-2012 09:03 AM

Re: Stainless Steel Mesh Grill Insert Install
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ErikRP (Post 623655)
A little off topic - but is that a camera or sensor I see on the passenger side, behind the mesh? I've noticed the same thing on my Overland that has the FCW but wasn't sure what it was for. I had assumed it was all handled with the big "eyeball" at the bottom.

Kind of looks like a horn to me.

Hollywood 05-03-2012 09:46 AM

Re: Stainless Steel Mesh Grill Insert Install
 
Yep, that's the horn! :thumbsup:

ErikRP 05-04-2012 07:44 AM

Re: Stainless Steel Mesh Grill Insert Install
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by rubicontrail.net (Post 623688)
Kind of looks like a horn to me.

Lol... Stupid me. Thanks!

montgb 05-04-2012 08:47 AM

Re: Stainless Steel Mesh Grill Insert Install
 
Excellent write-up - thanks! My only gripe is that I wish the mesh wasn't as tightly woven, but that's just me.


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