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MOPAR MULiSHA 06-09-2010 04:15 PM

Latest Mod :-) Cheap and Easy the way I like em!
 
After taking off the roll bar monday to touch up some blemishes I started looking at my grille, then next thing I knew I was at Home Depot buying gutter guards lol I think you can figure out the rest from there. Here's a pic with it's 1st catch of the day included haha.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f5...s/hdgrille.jpg

Oh and removed the front air dam.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f5...sroots/hd2.jpg

City Slicker 06-09-2010 04:51 PM

Looks really good, I like it :smileup:

wermbang 06-09-2010 04:55 PM

Gotta love the gutter guard insert!

MOPAR MULiSHA 06-09-2010 05:02 PM

yup! and using the cutting wheel attachment on my air compressor to cut just the bars out of the old grille insert then using the frame to hold everything together the gutter guards fit nice and flush.

texas05ram 06-09-2010 05:06 PM

How did you attach them to the grill insert frame?

chithead 06-09-2010 05:08 PM

That's nice! I still like the color matched grille. The mesh complements it very well!

MOPAR MULiSHA 06-09-2010 05:18 PM

Damn haha someone did this DIY on another forum but I did the same thing he did except not on a Dakota lol. check it out.
(getting pictues since link won't work)

MOPAR MULiSHA 06-09-2010 05:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chithead (Post 234971)
That's nice! I still like the color matched grille. The mesh complements it very well!

Thanks, I'm loving it more and more also. I'm thinking next month I'll have my Line-X done :-) (bumpers & bedliner) then no more chrome :-D

MOPAR MULiSHA 06-09-2010 05:53 PM

Unsnapthe grille insert from the main shroud
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f5...sroots/g1a.jpg
Using a cutting wheel attachment for an air dremel (plastic isn't that tuff if you don't have one you can probably use a razorblade or hacksaw blade) cut the inner bars from the frame.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f5...ssroots/g1.jpg
should have this when done (the space is for the Dakota's hood latch, on the 1500's it'll be a complete loop)
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f5...ssroots/g2.jpg
Next you'll need 4 gutter guard pieces ($1.49 at Home Depot) and lay the mesh accross the main shroud openings using a permanent marker, outline the opening on the outer parts so the mesh will overlap on the edges a little bit and trim with tin snips. Mine over lap as in the picture but since our openings are larger than his you need to make sure it covers on the top and bottom evenly. Then you'll be folding the edges down, this will also help keep them in place. As for the mounting tabs I cut holes for them to poke thru instead of cutting around them. Also you won't be cutting the hole in the mesh as shown as that's access for the Dakota's hood latch.
http://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f5...ssroots/g3.jpg
By folding the edges down as previously mentioned it'll allow for the black frame to snap in as it did before you may need to use a flat head screw driver tohelp bend the dges more tightly and to push down on the black frame for it to snap inhttp://i45.photobucket.com/albums/f5...ssroots/g4.jpg

300 Addict 06-09-2010 06:34 PM

That looks sweet man! Love the look! Rep point to ya! :)


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