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BAMAJK 05-25-2009 09:42 PM

Mesh Grill Mod.....with Pics!
 
So this weekend I finally got around to doing the mesh grill mod. i've had the parts sitting around for a couple of weeks now.....so here's a quick how-to for anybody who wants to do the same......its rediculously easy....

The components are:

Plastic gutter guard:
http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/v...n/PICT0021.jpg

1x1 Mounting bases with adhesive backing
http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/v...n/PICT0020.jpg
http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/v...n/PICT0019.jpg

Plastic zip ties
http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/v...n/PICT0018.jpg

1. Start out by removing the grill. Just pop the plastic retainers out of the top of the grill and pull on the bottom and it comes off. Then remove the turn signal bulbs.

2. With the grill off, clean the back of the grill (I used rubbing alcohol).

3. Place the mounting bases around the holes in the grill. Spread them out evenly so the mesh will be pulled evenly in all directions.
http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/v...n/PICT0016.jpg

4. Cut the gutter guard into strips slightly longer and wider than the spaces in the grill.

5. Attach the gutter guard to the bases using the zip ties.
http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/v...n/PICT0022.jpg

6. With all of spaces covered and all of the zip ties tight, re-install the grill and you're done.

http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/v...n/PICT0026.jpg

http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/v...PICT0025-1.jpg

jeep95xj 05-25-2009 09:44 PM

looks great but why not cut the work down to 1/10 and use 1 big section all the way across rather than cutting 7 smaller pieces

BAMAJK 05-25-2009 09:47 PM

Because the gutter guard that I used was in a roll that was about 6 inches wide and 25ft long, plus you can control the tension in each one and if one gets broken or damaged, you can replace a single section.

badazzelanore 05-25-2009 11:09 PM

That looks surprisingly good! And it looks cheap enough to get the wife to allow me to do it lol.

What did you use to attatch the mounting base's to the grill?

Deacon 05-25-2009 11:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by badazzelanore (Post 7288943)
What did you use to attatch the mounting base's to the grill?

The answer's in the original post...

Quote:

Originally Posted by bamajk (Post 7288465)
1x1 Mounting bases with adhesive backing


bamajk, that's a really cool idea, and now I'm thinking about doing that to my TJ. The questions I have are 1) where did you get those items and 2) does it feel like the plastic is solid enough to hold up to road duty, taking rocks and june bugs and such without cracking or splitting, etc?

I wonder if you can actually find metal mesh like this. Hmmm...blacked out would look really nice.

Swagger 05-26-2009 01:32 AM

supplies can be purchased at Lowes or Home depot.

Some have reported the blocks turning loose in very hot weather after time. It is double sided tape that adheres them, I believe some have posted they used and epoxy with good results.:thumbsup:

I have had the same materials now for some time.......I would have to remove my winch to get the grill off and have been a bit to lazy to go to that much trouble.:brickwall

Seanbmc 05-26-2009 04:40 AM

Nice writeup. Turned out much better than I thought, good job!

Sean

jtseltmann 05-26-2009 05:11 AM

great idea...and execution...that looks fantastic for such a quick/easy and completely made-up mod. Nice job!

BAMAJK 05-26-2009 08:12 AM

Thanks guys.....it wansn't my idea.....I got it off here, I just did a full write up because no one else has.

As far as the durability of the material goes, I'm expecting it to be pretty tough, since it is made to stay in the weather......

And we will just have to see how the adhesive holds up.....with the grill cleaned off, they seemed pretty strong.....if they fall off, I'll just put some epoxy on them.

propped1 05-26-2009 11:35 AM

i have one just like that. Ordered it on Amazon for 40 bucks. Havent put it on yet. Yours looks good! Cant wait to get mine on.

2007UnlimitedNJ 05-26-2009 08:38 PM

Awesome inexpensive mod!
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Firekite (Post 7288992)
I wonder if you can actually find metal mesh like this. Hmmm...blacked out would look really nice.

They sell gutter guards in metal... I have them on my house. I think plastic is probably the way to go because it can be stretched and I would imagine is easier to manipulate.

Thanks bamajk for the great write-up! :thumbsup:

BAMAJK 05-26-2009 08:55 PM

Somebody on here has used a single sheet of metal and it looked really good as well. I could get these materials easier, so I went with it.

sarahp 05-27-2009 05:42 PM

Looks awesome... I am going to do it on my TJ this weekend.

As far as durability goes - I use gutter guard on my '05 Honda Element for the same purpose and it's been protecting my radiator for the past 4 years... no problems whatsoever!

BiGEN 05-27-2009 08:18 PM

i've done this mod myself.. i used less mounted blocks then you did.. i do recommend that you super glue the mount blocks... the mounting blocks wont hold with the wind.. well at least mine didnt..

http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...0816081321.jpg
http://i296.photobucket.com/albums/m...0816081320.jpg

SilvRSpeedX3 05-27-2009 09:10 PM

i have it done but have to redo them cause the glue and sticky squares dont stick to well to line-x so ill have to find some other way to glue


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