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Should I add Chrome Bug Deflector?

  • Yes, it looks good, go for it

    Votes: 15 38.5%
  • No way, it looks cheap

    Votes: 24 61.5%

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I saw the front hood chrome bug deflector today, and I liked the way it looked. Does anyone have any experience installing this? I believe there is some minor drilling required. Is this mod a thumbs up or thumbs down? I love chrome by the way.
 

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Do you drill right through the hood? or is it just on the inside of the hood? In other words, if I later on decide to remove the deflector, will my hood have 4 holes on it? :-(
 

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it is on the inside of the hood. it comes with rust inhibitor and the mounting hardware. if you would take it off later you could always leave the screws in it, no one would see them.
 

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I put one on mine and I will offer this advice. Make sure when you mark the drilling locations you mark in the center of each slot of the shield so the plastic clips line-up and fit correctly. Use a very sharp drill bit. Listen very carefully to the sound while drilling. When you get close to punching through the second layer of sheet metal (not the top of the hood) slow your drill bit speed and listen even closer. Back way off on the pressure so you dont go through hard and end up putting a dimple on the topside of your hood. You will be able to hear the sound changes near the point you are almost through and you will also notice longer pieces of metal close to the end coming from the bit (at least for me this was the case). I was never so nervous drilling four holes in my life! After I was through drilling I filled each hole with silicone (help with rust), inserted the plastic anchors and installed the shield. I am impressed with the fit and how solid it sits on the hood. Just my thoughts....hope some of this helps.
 

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That is great advice. I first thought it looked cheap, but after seeing one today I loved it. I think I'll go for it. Need to find more stuff to sell on ebay first. :)
 

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Same as the front bumper molding. I just installed it today. I was dissapointed it was chromed plastic.
 

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Provance, if it wasn't for you I would've taken it back to the dealership. Once I removed the 4 clip pieces it was piece of cake. I first tried with the clips on, just in case you might have done something wrong, but no way it would go in. Once I broke the clips it was piece of cake. My handles haven't arrived yet. It is almost two weeks since I ordered. Take a look at the nerf bars I installed. I got them from ebay's seller "intrigued" at 150.00 shipped.

 

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looks good! mine came monday from a dealership in Indiana. Mopar OEM Chrome bars for $360. Great dealership! Those clips were terrible for the front molding. I don't know why they put them on. Keep me updated on your projects if you need any help. It sounds like we are installing the same items on our JCs.
 

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I'd like to add the chrome gas door. I would also like to add the limited fender with the bolts. Do you know if that would come painted or will it need to be painted? I have even fantasied with the idea of adding the limited fenders but in a second tone like light kaki. But I am not sure. I'd also like to add a wood-like interior. My list goes on and on...
 

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Likewise, provance!! The chrome gas door was cake. Hardest part was maybe shaving a little off the rubber bumpers so that the door lined up with the body JUST right when closed. (I'm a little obsessed!!)

Dabitz, I never thought about getting the Limited fenders with the bolts aftermarket, awesome idea. I've added the chrome grille, chrome Commander body moulding, Mopar tubular side bars (or chrome nerf bars) and chrome gas door thus far. Looks like I've found my next project!

Unless someone has found a way to dip the entire JC into chrome! LOL!
 

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I found out from a fellow board visitor that the fenders are very expensive and they come black, not even primed. I took that project off my list.
 

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see, i'd like to go 'less is more'. we've got a black ltd, and i'd like to put the black grille and door spears in place of my chrome. drop, was it easy to swap the door spears?
 

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Do you mean the door molds? Yes, they are held in place by clips and a very small piece of tape. The clips might break when you pull them out, but I think you can get those from the dealership. Not sure though.
 

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It is just black plastic. It looks very cheap, at least on my silver color. I saw a black commander at work with the plastic parts and it doesn't look that bad. But with silver, it does look cheap.
 
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