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post #541 of 638 Old 04-04-2020, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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I don't think I like the way it is looking! The grille slots maybe too tall and Kenworth Truck like? Looks a little vacant or naked?


Even one doesn't help even once extended to across all slots like stock.


Three is what came on my 58 donor Willys. Obviously the top bar sits a bit higher than this.


Five is what the 52 grille that makes up part of the panels had. Maybe too busy?


Maybe I should be different and do four which none of the models had? It is Lisa's favorite and don't mind it myself. All bars would be made to cover all the grille slots and the spacing would end up slightly wider once the top is in its correct position. Thoughts?

Or I am now thinking of cutting up the grille and reducing the height of the slots back to stock height and adding the 50mm-2" instead below the slots so it matches the distance between the slots and the top of the grille!


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post #542 of 638 Old 04-05-2020, 08:12 AM
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It is a little Kenworth-looking with nothing, but I kind of like it. 3 bars looks like a mouth, 1 gets lost in the grill, and I agree with you that 5 is too busy. All that to say that with the current grill, I think I like 4 bars as well.
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I think

1. It will make a big difference look-wise once they are the right width. It will change the proportions, and take some of the 'height' out of the current grill.

2. You might even consider going slightly wider than stock.

3. The correct location of the top and bottom bar will make a difference on 'the look' as well.

4. What are the plans for the horizontal bars? Painted the same as truck?or chromed brightwork.

Without any of these answers, my gut tells me that once the grill is painted, 4 or 5 chromed crossbars is really going to work nicely. It will take away the squareness, the visual height, and the overall busy look.

Again, JMHO!



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I like the 4 imo it will look good once you move the top one up and evenly space them
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I like the 4 bars. One other idea is just the middle 3 bars evenly spaced? Similar to picture #4, but without the top and bottom bars.
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All that for a little extra downforce at the track, eh?

That looks great, Marcus. Are you all sheltering in place down under?
Thanks mate. We are in what is called stage 3 lockdown, so no restaurants, clubs, churches etc. Only takeaway. Only allowed to leave home for food and exercise, maximum 1 hr a day. No visiting at all unless caring for someone. No sports etc. Essential workers only. No crossing state borders unless for freight.
Seems to be working as we peaked at a 100 new cases a day in our state and last 3 days it has been dropping to now only 20. Nationwide only 37 deaths with all but 2 cases in over 70's with existing illness.
Not bad stats as we have to same land area as the US lower 48 but only have 25.5 million people.
Compared to your 331 million, we are doing alright on a population ratio.

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I think

1. It will make a big difference look-wise once they are the right width. It will change the proportions, and take some of the 'height' out of the current grill.

2. You might even consider going slightly wider than stock.

3. The correct location of the top and bottom bar will make a difference on 'the look' as well.

4. What are the plans for the horizontal bars? Painted the same as truck?or chromed brightwork.

Without any of these answers, my gut tells me that once the grill is painted, 4 or 5 chromed crossbars is really going to work nicely. It will take away the squareness, the visual height, and the overall busy look.

Again, JMHO!



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Grille is already 9" wider than stock and has two extra slots in that.
Not sure on chrome or painted black bars maybe?

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I like the 4 bars. One other idea is just the middle 3 bars evenly spaced? Similar to picture #4, but without the top and bottom bars.
Have not tried that and would at least show the ends of the slots which I think is the most iconic thing for a Jeep to have!

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Grille is already 9" wider than stock and has two extra slots in that.
Not sure on chrome or painted black bars maybe!
Sorry, I was unclear, I was thinking perhaps you could extend the horizontal bars wider, not just to accommodate for the extra grill width, but perhaps even slightly wider, which would make the grill appear lower/ narrower.

I really think with chrome bumpers you should have chrome crossbar on the grill as well. That's what makes it classic!

That said, the black would basically accomplish the same thing, breaking up the vertical slots of the grill. It would just do it by providing a 'negative space' against the grill (being black) as opposed to the chrome, which would make the vertical bars 'disappear' behind them.

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Initially, just based on looking at the pictures, I like 4 horizontal bars. JoonHoss makes some very good points. It now becomes difficult to make that decision right now. You almost have to see the grill in paint and the cross bars mocked up in their final finish to really grasp the look.
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In the search for opinions, I like the grill without any cross bars on it. I think it looks good being simple and open. The cross bars make it look too busy in my mind. Just my $.02...
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Id like to see the 4 with a bulldog hood ornament


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I have started to cut the extra 2" out of the slots length and then will add sheet below them to make up the space. Grille edge to start of slots will be the same as at the top. I can then raise the tray and bumper height in front of this, effectively shorting the grille, until I get the right balance. I'll give that a go first as prefer the exposed slots look most over the added bars. Just ordered some black metal mesh to go behind it as well.
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I know whatever you decide will be amazing, as per the usual.

I think it's tough to envision what the finished product will look like in this case because of the absence of contrast between the vertical and horizontal bars both being 'bare' metal.

In the pic below, you can see how the top (blue) has same color vertical and horizontal bars. Not a great look, in m opinion.

Take a look at that second one... man, same bars, same location, but the just POP on that beauty!



Like I said though, whatever you decide, it will be stunning for sure!

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I know whatever you decide will be amazing, as per the usual.

I think it's tough to envision what the finished product will look like in this case because of the absence of contrast between the vertical and horizontal bars both being 'bare' metal.

In the pic below, you can see how the top (blue) has same color vertical and horizontal bars. Not a great look, in m opinion.

Take a look at that second one... man, same bars, same location, but the just POP on that beauty!



Like I said though, whatever you decide, it will be stunning for sure!

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Pictures are not showing mate.
It's a new pic I uploaded, I think the admins have to approve it first

(For what it's worth, I can see it in both posts?!?!)

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