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Unread 01-18-2009, 12:34 AM   #1
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Bling Bling Grill Conversion

To make the Limited with its body-coloured painted grill look more unique, I figured it'd be pretty sharp sporting a chrome grill off a Laredo. (I'm still not sure why Laredos got the chrome while the Limiteds got the uglier paint).

Ended up trading front bumpers and grills off my black parts-Limited with a buddy who's wife has a black Laredo.




Laredo (front), Limited (rear). Last October. ...I've been slacking..




Buddy and I didn't feel like cutting the Limited grill off the bumper so we just swapped everything. A couple days later he tells me the wife hates the new look, saying that the black bumper makes the Jeep look like it's been in an accident. We thought it looked cool, but she's the one driving it so we're going to have to cut the bumper afterall. The grill , she said, is fine which is all that mattered to me.




Before starting.



Bumper skin and grill removed. Snowbrush hood prop doing a great job.



Tow hooks from parts Jeep installed. ...don't think they'll be used much.



Neglected workbench.



Jobmate "Dremel" to cut the grill from the bumper.



All done!









Overall, it was a really fun project and I'm very happy with the results.






CZJ.

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So I installed the flux capacitor but the Jeep just won't do 88 mph.

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Unread 01-18-2009, 12:42 AM   #2
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i like the painted grille with the chrome inserts better. A subtle bling
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Unread 01-18-2009, 12:43 AM   #3
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Looks nice, and looks like a fun little project.
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Unread 01-18-2009, 01:16 AM   #4
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Looks great. I have a Laredo S/A package, so the cladding is paint matched. I also swapped a set of Limited headlights on...looks great. IMO the best looking combination is the Laredo grill with the Limited lights.
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Unread 01-18-2009, 01:17 AM   #5
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Chrome grille looks so tacky against the Laredo cladding IMHO opinion, but i like it on a limited.
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Unread 01-18-2009, 08:27 PM   #6
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i like the painted grille with the chrome inserts better. A subtle bling


Agreed. But in this case I couldn't beat the price (free trade), and I'm happier having a more uncommon look. However, I'm sure only the odd Jeeper out there will actually notice a chrome grill didn't originally come on that Jeep.



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So I installed the flux capacitor but the Jeep just won't do 88 mph.

-'99 WJ Limited, 4.7, Patriot Blue, 2" BB, 31" Mall-Terrains, Pavement Princess
-'97 TJ, Stone White, 4" Superlift, 33" SSRs, lunchboxed rear, 12K Titan winch, and 2.5 litres of exhillirating performance.
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Unread 01-18-2009, 08:37 PM   #7
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Sorry, but I prefer the painted. But I aint Hatin'!
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Unread 01-18-2009, 10:50 PM   #8
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Sorry, but I prefer the painted. But I aint Hatin'!
yeah I like it chrome, it really adds some more style to it, the painted grills, its like, they blend too well. The chrome gives a nice contrast
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