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Old June 21st, 2014, 11:59 PM
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I'm having clearance issues trying to refit my bull bar after installing the extended breakfast.
The brush bar would fit if the black louvered grill wasn't there.

I know I've seen some flat panel metal mesh grills in photos. Who makes them and where to I take a look at what options I have?
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Old June 22nd, 2014, 12:20 AM
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Old June 22nd, 2014, 09:14 AM
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Old June 22nd, 2014, 11:07 PM
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The Heritage Grill would be a "flat" option. Also, I'll probably have a 1/4" aluminum option soon .
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Old June 22nd, 2014, 11:27 PM
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Black anodized aluminum would be perfect. What do you think something like that would cost?

The heritage grill is alright, but expensive.
I've been poking around looking at pics on here, but whatever it is, it needs to be flat.
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Old June 22nd, 2014, 11:36 PM
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Get hold of Manimal on this site. He is working on some aluminium options...

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=50367
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Old June 22nd, 2014, 11:36 PM
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Black anodized aluminum would be perfect. What do you think something like that would cost? The heritage grill is alright, but expensive. I've been poking around looking at pics on here, but whatever it is, it needs to be flat.
AC needs that pushed out grill... If you look at models without Ac, the grill isn't as deep... May be the same story for diesels with intercoolers...

Khan also has a military type heritage style grill that rovers north sells but it's big bucks...
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You're correct, I didn't need the air conditioning breakfast, but it does afford much more room and allowed the Alisport intercooler to be placed slightly forward with no possibility of chaffing on the radiator housing. I could probably have reused the older flat breakfast panel, but this was the route I ended up going.
My bullbar and fog lights end up blocking most of the view of whatever I put in there, I just want the most protection for that expensive Alisport intercooler!
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Black anodized aluminum would be perfect. What do you think something like that would cost?

The heritage grill is alright, but expensive.
I've been poking around looking at pics on here, but whatever it is, it needs to be flat.
I'm working on either an 1/8" or 1/4" prototype as we speak, and have actually been in the drawing board phase for a year (or more)...but more actively with prototypes in the past few months (which aesthetically would match the wingtop vents). Though admittedly have been shying away from anodizing and leaning towards powdercoat as the current thought du jour is that the layer of powdercoat would add a bit of a "buffer" between a nicely painted grill surround (rather than having bare metal, even if anodized, directly up against the paint).
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Scribed, cut, installed, done!
While I like the idea of Jason's aluminum grill idea, I really want to put this to rest now....and without taking out my wallet yet again!!
The OEM plastic grill is cheap enough so I didn't mind hacking it.
It doesn't look bad IMO. The grill now looks integrated into the bull bar.
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Scribed, cut, installed, done! While I like the idea of Jason's aluminum grill idea, I really want to put this to rest now....and without taking out my wallet yet again!! The OEM plastic grill is cheap enough so I didn't mind hacking it. It doesn't look bad IMO. The grill now looks integrated into the bull bar.
Nicely done!
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I used chicken coop flooring, worked well
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I used chicken coop flooring, worked well
I have seen Rons grill. it looks very retro. It really is chicken coop flooring. Fits perfectly on the slam panel.

Its the first thing I thought about when I saw this thread.
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Yeah it worked well but looked like chicken coop flooring. Careful what you ask for Jeffe he might post one of his famous bmp's.
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Yeah it worked well but looked like chicken coop flooring. Careful what you ask for Jeffe he might post one of his famous bmp's.


Here you go: http://www.farmtek.com/farm/supplies...15_HA2217.html
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I used this exact flooring from Farmtek for the floor on my basket based on Doug's advice.
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I used this exact flooring from Farmtek for the floor on my basket based on Doug's advice.
yep- that stuff served me well for years on my first 110's roof rack.
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A lot. It will never compare price-wise to plastic. Aluminum is expensive (compared to steel & plastic) and custom fabrication is expensive. If cost is a factor I would say forget anything other than plastic. I currently have two grill designs in development. I am working on an aluminum version of the OEM grill (see pic) and a water-jet cut Wolf style grill.

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