square tubes after being hacked, drilled, banged and painted.
Jeep TJ Grill Supports
you were fortunate enough to get new and longer supports or extensions
with your kit, your rubber grill supports will just hang in the air
after completing a 1" Body Lift. Although it is probably fine
to leave things well enough alone, it just didn't seem right to me.
So, I decided to make my own grill supports out of steel tube and
attach them to existing bolts on the frame. This mod will take all
but an hour to fab and cost me about $5.
You Will Need
1" Steel Square Tube
• Jigsaw with Metal cutting blades or Hacksaw
• Bench Vice
• 7/16" Cobalt Drill-bit or equivillant metal drill bit
• Primer and Paint
Start by taking a 1"x1" square steel tube and cut 2 pieces
off measuring 3.5". You can use a hacksaw, but I'm lazy and used
a regular jigsaw with a metal cutting blade.
2. Cut an 1.5"
length wise off the top of each piece and filed them down to make
3. Mark a center point
1/2" from the edge and drill your holes.
4. Give the top part
of your brackets a couple of good taps with a hammer to give it a
"little" angle and then check it against your Jeeps frame.
Make any corrections required.
5. Spray paint with
primer and then some Rustolium.
6. Remove the plastic
swaybar cover off your Jeep.
7. Remove the bolts
behind the swaybar bracket and install. The rubber mounts are pretty
flexible so I just put a little grease on it and squeezed/slid the
new grill support under it.