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My attempt at a Rad Guard for Jeep CJ's. (YJ's and TJ's could be done the same way)

You just spent big $$ on your radiator, why not spend a additional $30 on a Rad Guard kit to protect it from flying debris? 
Follow along and make your own.

This simple modification could save you hundreds of dollars by protecting your radiator from a wound,  not to mention valuable time on the trail. Make yours today, before that stick pokes, or rock hits, your radiator.

This article will show you how to install and make a Rad Guard kit for your radiator!

First Step you need to remover your radiator and any coolers you might have in your grill. Picture shows radiator removed.

Sure is a lot of space in-between those grill slots.

 

You need to droop the front wiring loom that is at the top of the grill.  Use a needle nose pliers to compress the plastic sticking out the top of the grill.  Do note you'll need to drill a new 3/16" hole to relocate the center wire loom holder.  Drill the hole back 1.5" from the stock location.
With the radiator removed take a piece of paper and trace the back side of your grill.  Trace paper to the metal flooring, cut along your lines but leave extra material for the top and bottom.  Measure twice...
 Showing the  lip at the top.  ~2.5" How you bend the metal will affect the fit.  I recommend several test fits and trims if your making your own.
Showing the ~1" lip at the bottom.  To bend the lip at the top and bottom I used a simple pliers and bent each 1/2" at least three times to make 90 degrees.  Double check your measurements, if everything looks good paint your metal.  Back side shown.
Picture shows the Rad Guard cut. 

That is thick 13 gauge metal!

The wire loom is moved out of the way, top placed in first.

Test fit shown, grill removed for better visibility for picture.  With the top in slid the bottom into position. To fit the bottom you'll need a crowbar or other device to fit over the two sides of the bottom Jeep grill.  A simple snap over  this small protrusion and it should be sitting nice.  
Picture of Bolt Holes. Do note the grill will hold it self in perfect position, However you will need to bolt it into place.  Drill three holes on the bottom and three for the top.  The Rad Guard kit comes with 6 1/4" bolts and nut's, install them.  Additionally you will get 6 strong zip ties to secure the center.
Left: Picture of front grill in Jeep with the the Rad Guard kit installed.

Note, the Jeeps Radiator is not installed to show the product.

Right: Picture of a 1/4 stick trying to poke thru the 13 gauge Rad Guard.  Tape Measure is at bottom of the picture.
Above, and open stock Jeep Grill.  Those are some large slots Above, Rad Guard installed.  Picture is washed out to show the Rad Guard in a digital picture.  Notice the cooler, the Rad Guard will not interfere with them.
The Rad Guard kit installed!  Pictured without radiator to show the he Rad Guard!  With radiator in the he Rad Guard almost completely disappears. 

Also note there is no obstruction to hood release lever.

Below shows typical picture with the Rad Guard installed.  Notice how it almost disappears and can not be seen.

Enough information is given to make your own!  price it might be better to wait until I'm selling them.

All thought the Rad Guard is an great product, do to the unpredictable nature of driving we will not be responsible for any damage done to your vehicle or radiator. 

 

  Warning! These pages are for information only.   If you want to modify your vehicle Or steering; take you vehicle to a qualified shop and let them do the work.  If done improperly you could not only lose your life you many take others with you!  This page is Pro-Life, including saving others and your own life, not to mention the un-born children.


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  Warning! These pages are for information only.   If you want to modify your vehicle Or steering; take you vehicle to a qualified shop and let them do the work.  If done improperly you could not only lose your life you many take others with you!  This page is Pro-Life, including saving others and your own life, not to mention the un-born children.

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