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dslide 07-18-2012 12:41 PM

Grill Mesh/ Screen- Update
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Thinking of replacing my stock grill plastic "mesh" and lower front bumper screen with the black diamond cut from Ablaze. I've attached a picture from Ablaze showing the upper and lower pieces I'm interested in, and a picture of the front of my black Overland. Does anyone think the lower screen may look cleaner if I ask Ablaze to raise the height so the screen is level with the left and right plastic bumper pieces? I've tried to draw a red line on my photo to show what I mean. I go back and forth about whether this mod will look better than stock. I really don't mind the grill plastic as much as I do the bottom piece, but feel like I should do both or none. Thanks in advance for the feedback.

Megatron 07-18-2012 02:55 PM

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Go for it !

Brewster 07-18-2012 06:16 PM

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I agree the cheap plastic on the bottom bothers me more than the grill.

I would do both. I think their stuff looks like good quality, so I would think the grill would start looking cheaper. Plus I just have to have stuff match.

bigjgcfan 07-18-2012 10:38 PM

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FWIW in regard to the JGC grille, I think that there is room for improvement to both those upper & lower sections, as I am considering doing this as well.

In doing some research on this, it is my opinion that the Ablaze grilles are some of the best that you could buy... Real metal in real finishes and Made in America.
Plus, JG members get discount pricing as well.

Depending on the color of your Jeep & what look you're going for...
Whether black or chrome & diamond cut or mesh, this mod upgrade is way better than the stock plastic and will really set a JGC apart from others.

With all mods, I always say that it's in the "eye & wallet of the beholder" and for my eye & money... I will call David at Ablaze when I'm ready.

I would definitely do both upper & lower to get the 'most' out of this mod.
As far as the custom height raising for the lower, I think that you just might be creating a new problem in that you may be 'calling too much attention to this lower area' of the Jeep front that is not really needed.
Not to mention what this customization would cost extra or do to mounting easily?
So, No... IMO I think the cleaner look will come from Ablaze's stock lower section.

Hey, Good Luck & keep us posted with the finished pics! :thumbsup:

dslide 07-19-2012 09:15 PM

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Thanks for the comments. I am only a short drive from Ablaze so I met David to look at a few options. Must say his work is even more impressive when you see it in person. I've added a picture above showing what the diamond cut, gloss black looks like when held against the lower bumper. After seeing in person I've decided on the semi-gloss black, and asked him to do the diamond cut but vertically (similar to the stock pattern but smaller) instead of horizontally. I'm also going with the standard height down below and not looking to customize and make it taller. Should have it done and installed within the next couple weeks- I'll post finished pictures. David's a really good guy and I recommend anyone interested in this mod check out his page in the vendor section here. Peace.

jgc4ever 07-19-2012 09:24 PM

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I'd only make the change to the grille mesh if the diamond shape was the exact shape, thickness, angles, and size as stock and I could have it all painted brilliant black to match.

dslide 07-20-2012 12:31 PM

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Yeah, I've been going back and forth about the size of the pattern. David showed me a new pattern he has that is almost identical to the stock plastic, but I'm gonna give the other a shot because it looked really good in person. We shall see.

Brewster 07-20-2012 06:08 PM

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Thanks for the info and extra pic. Looking forward to see how they come out. Ablaze is on my to do list.

Jeep_addicted 07-21-2012 10:58 AM

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dslide 07-22-2012 09:52 AM

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^^ not exactly the look I'm going for, but to each his own.

JRNYC 07-22-2012 02:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Jeep_addicted (Post 659460)

Do you have ny more pics of this? From this is looks as if the chrome inserts totally overpower the look of the front and grill...

Jeep_addicted 07-27-2012 12:39 PM

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Originally Posted by JRNYC (Post 659888)
Do you have ny more pics of this? From this is looks as if the chrome inserts totally overpower the look of the front and grill...

No I actually found this picture off a listing on ebay. they are asking for $170.00 for the set

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