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mhassler 11-11-2013 04:33 PM

Paint-matched Grille & Tow-Hook Install
 
I finally had a chance to swap out my stock Overland grille today. I swapped it out for a paint matched grille (thanks Scotts Paint & Performance) with the Summit inner mesh. I simply bought a Summit grille online ($299 on eBay), popped the chrome bars off and sent it out for painting.

While I had the front off I installed my tow hooks. I didn't want to spend the $285 for the genuine Trailhawk hooks so I painted the traditional black Mopar's with red caliper paint. I simply sanded, primed and painted four coats. I know these will not stand up to abuse of chains or straps but since I do not do much more than mild trail riding in my Overland I doubt I will be using them so I went with style over function.

BEFORE
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DURING
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AFTER
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This took me about 4-hours to do alone.

GELOverland 11-11-2013 07:35 PM

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Looks Great!! Nice work and way to get it done before it gets too cold here in Maryland :)

mhassler 11-11-2013 08:09 PM

Yeah, it was a gorgeous Veterans Day so I took advantage of it.

Which reminds me, thanks to all who have served and continue to serve and I'll keep doing my part to supply you with the best armor, equipment, vehicles and firepower!

MAXGroup 11-11-2013 08:28 PM

Sharp man!

kkreit01 11-12-2013 12:46 PM

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Looks very nice. Great job. They don't make it easy swapping the grille.

dancemf 11-14-2013 11:22 AM

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How hard is it to remove the front bumper?

mhassler 11-14-2013 12:08 PM

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Actually, it is pretty easy. I've done it twice now, both times by myself and have managed not to scratch or destroy my bumper.

Drill out the two rivets in each fenderwell, remove a few screws underneath and then start at one end of the bumper and give a firm tug and work your way around

Be mindful that the fogs will still be attached (you can reach in and disconnect prior to removal) and if you have ACC watch the sensor when replacing -- my bumper was getting hung-up while I was trying to put back on because the inside of the lower bumper was hitting the lower portion of the ACC sensor.

I went ahead and placed masking tape on the fender trim pieces and the other edges so I didn't inadvertanly scratch anything.

Also, make sure you have a rivet gun and rivets aead of time: Hand Riveter with 40 Industrial Strength Poly Rivets I used the 6.6mm x 17.2mm rivets as replacements and they fit fine.

MOPAR removal instructions: http://www.wk2jeeps.com/pdf/2011_201...mp_removal.pdf

Raptor 11-14-2013 01:18 PM

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Looks great!
You could have bought a Brilliant Black "Altitude Edition" Grill to match your brilliant blank WK2 & saved some time and money as it comes already painted from Jeep!

Brilliant Black Painted Altitude Grill..........
Mopar part #1ZW79AXRAA MSRP $499.00 Cost $299.00 {PXR paint code}

mhassler 11-14-2013 01:26 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Raptor (Post 930370)
Looks great!
You could have bought a Brilliant Black "Altitude Edition" Grill to match your brilliant blank WK2 & saved some time and money as it comes already painted from Jeep!

Brilliant Black Painted Altitude Grill..........
Mopar part #1ZW79AXRAA MSRP $499.00 Cost $299.00 {PXR paint code}


Thanks. I had originaly planned on buying an Altitude grille but the Altitude's inner mesh has a slightly different (darker) chrome finish than the Summit inner mesh (Platinum Chrome vs. Bright Chrome) and with the other bright chrome pieces that I don't plan on removing (door handles, window trim, etc.) I wanted it to match.

But a great recommendation for others and $299 for the Altitude grille is a steal... justforjeeps has it at $449.10

Raptor 11-14-2013 05:34 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by mhassler (Post 930374)
Thanks. I had originaly planned on buying an Altitude grille but the Altitude's inner mesh has a slightly different (darker) chrome finish than the Summit inner mesh (Platinum Chrome vs. Bright Chrome) and with the other bright chrome pieces that I don't plan on removing (door handles, window trim, etc.) I wanted it to match.

But a great recommendation for others and $299 for the Altitude grille is a steal... justforjeeps has it at $449.10

You can always do better than the 10% justforjeeps discount if you try a little!

Yes your right the "Altitude" Platinum chrome is slightly different than the Brighter "Summit" chrome but they are very, very, close to being identical. When I mounted my Summit chrome grill face to a Altitude Platinum chrome inner mesh grill I couldn't really tell them apart! I did this to get the painted Altitude look on my Summit without having to remove the urethane front bumper skin and the entire front grill assembly. I sold the Summit chrome grill face mounted to the Altitude platinum chrome inner grill assembly to another forum member whom wanted the Summit chrome look. They looked identical when mated together!

STCjpr 01-19-2014 11:29 PM

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Just swapped mine in today too...

So nice without all the ugly chrome!

MoparKing 02-08-2014 07:54 PM

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I wasn't able to send pics over p.m so I'm going to write it here. Yes I did tint the corner of my headlights with Lamin -X "Smoke" (done by a local tint shop) and honestly it's my favorite thing on the whole truck, it really made everything come together.
I have a build thread named "The Queens Terror" with a bunch of pics. Here's a few
If I were to do it again I would probably go one stage darker with the lamin-x called "Charcoal", but I still love how mine are. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. Post pics if you do it! Lol


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