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CJ7 - Grill support question

CJ7, Just built a shock hoop that goes over the motor. The supports that go from the firewall to the grill need to be removed. I would like to connect the grill to the frame rails on each side using a metal tab welded to the frame with a hole in it lined up with the bottom fender bolt. The bolt will go through the tab, fender then grill on each side.

Anybody see anything wrong with this? I
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Re: CJ7 - Grill support question

You'll be better off just shortening your grill support rods and attaching them to your shock hoop. The fenders are too weak to support the radiator and grill.
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Will,

Did you read the part

"I would like to connect the grill to the frame rails on each side using a metal tab (2" wide or so)welded to the frame with a hole in it lined up with the bottom fender bolt. The bolt will go through the tab, fender then grill on each side."

This would be a solid connection to the frame. So there wouldn't be any side/side movement in the grill. The fenders will keep the grill straight.


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Re: CJ7 - Grill support question

I agree with Will. Use the support rods to the shock hoop. The fenders won't support the forward/aft load of the grille/radiator. I'd expect it would rip out the fender top bolt holes in a matter of months.
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Re: CJ7 - Grill support question

The radiator rods are not to control side to side movement but to support the radiator and grill fore/aft like Taz said. The side to side is taken care of by the bottom center mount under the grill. The hood is what keeps the grill from rocking side to side via the hood catches attached to the fenders.
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Done, I will modify the supports to bolt to the shock hoop. Thanks.
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Re: CJ7 - Grill support question

Hey All,

Just thought I would mention that I did what you guys said and I am very happy with it. I will post some pics after the weekend. I cut the grill supports, re threaded the one end by the grill, and tapped a hole in the shock hoop for the other end just as the support would bolt to the fire wall. Looks kinda weird having them so short (about 6inches) But that grill isn't going any where. ITS TIGHT!

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