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Grill mod

The trademark 7 slot grill of a Jeep is all fine, but the open slots expose the radiator to all sorts of hazards both on and of the road.  Rocks, tree branches, small animals, who knows!

Many people zip tie nylon mesh or eavestrough mesh to the back of the grill.  Seems like a fair bit of work, and not that strong or rugged.

I think this is a better method – it’s much stronger, and it can be removed if necessary. It’s simpler I think, and uses no drilling, gluing, etc. It’s starts with a sheet of the perforated or expanded metal. Make a few cutouts, make four bends, and it’s ready to slide in between the radiator and snug up against the back of the grill slots.  One thing to be careful with is to ensure you choose a perforated mesh with enough hole density to ensure adequate airflow so that the radiator can do its job.

I was able to pick up piece of perforated stainless steel for about $30 – a few bends and a few cuts later, it was all done, and looks good 5 years later.  I added a cutout lined with door edge guard to allow my winch power cables to feed back to my battery.

Used a metal break to do the bends, used tin snips and a grinder to cut out the tabs.



Here’s a rough pattern that I used to make mine – use it as a guide – perhaps make your own template starting wit a piece of cardboard, and add the necessary bends and cutouts so that you can make an even better grill insert than mine!


A new Jeep!

Well, it has been a while since I’ve done some wheeling, and since we bought my wife’s Mitsubishi RVR, I think I’ve been jealous of the technology in the newest vehicles.

When we were initially looking at different vehicles for her, we had stopped in at one dealership to look at the Fiat 500x.  The dealership also had Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk in the showroom that we were looking over.  A number of months later, I returned to that dealership to have another look, and a few days later, we now have one in our driveway 🙂 .


Murphy strikes the Jeep – again!

Northstar Ultra High Performance AGM batteryWell, I’m just about to pull the trigger and buy a new bumper for the Jeep, and this past Friday I go out into the torrential downpour only to find the Jeep is dead. Completely dead. No dash lights, no odometer, nothing.

Over the weekend, I pulled the battery (a Northstar ultra high performance one that I purchased a year or so ago from Battery World – read -“not cheap!”) and hooked it up to a charger, and after a few hours, the charger displayed “bad”.  Tested with a multimeter and something discharged the battery down to nothing – but no idea what.

Hopefully can get the battery replaced and all will be good in the world again!  If that doesn’t fix it – then I’m afraid my bumper budget will get swallowed up in troubleshooting and fixing an electrical problem!

Things are looking promising I think – Battery World has the battery now and are testing it, and recharging it.  In the meantime, they gave me an Optima Red Top to throw in the Jeep and see how things go.  With the Optima, the Jeep fired up – which is encouraging.  I ran the Jeep a little while – checked the voltage while running – which came out to 13.8 volts – which I think is in the right neighbourhood.  Tried this morning, and the Jeep fired up again as well.  Fingers crossed – hopefully Battery World calls back soon!

Improving the factory sound

jk sound barI read about this trick a while last summer or fall, and just now finally got around to trying it out.

Materials required:  a cheap fibre fill pillow (i bought one from Walmart – cost $4.97.

Tools required:  a small torx driver, sorry I don’t recall which #

Removed the 3 screws from each speaker in the top sound bar just behind the front seats, and let the speakers hang by the wires.  I then ripped open the pillow, and pulled out chunks of fibre fill, and stuffed it into the holes – not too loose, but not too packed either.  Mounted the speakers and grills bak in place.  Did the same with the rear sub woofer.

Amazing the improvement in sound without spending a small fortune in new electronics!

I didn’t do the front lower dash speakers – but I think I’ll take a look another day and see if the fill would be contained – otherwise, I might just see about some foam cones to mount in behind them.



Is this the bumper?

JCR Offroad Mauler
JCR Offroad Mauler

I do need to get a bumper for the Jeep.  It’s a tough call as to which to go with.  I like the Poison Spyder, and then I came across this offering from JCR Offroad.  Neither bumper includes the disco skid – which I would also add.

Poison Spyder BFH
Poison Spyder BFH