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Rugged Ridge Perforated Grille Insert in Black (07-18 Wrangler JK)

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  • Black Grill Insert
  • Perforated Metal Construction
  • Superior Styling
  • Black Powder Coat Finish
  • Corrosion Resistant Hardware Included
  • 5 Year Limited Warranty
  • Fits 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Models

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install Video

I'm Ryan from ExtremeTerrain.com, and this is my review of the Rugged Ridge Perforated Grille Insert, fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs. This is available in the black that you see here, but also in satin and a silver finish. This is for those of you who want to change up the look of the front of your Jeep just a little bit, while still retaining that factory center fog grille. This perforated insert will add some protection to your radiator and your air conditioning components, and it's a really solid and well-built piece that's appropriately pressed. This insert is a one-piece molded design that fits really well into the factory grill. It's available in one of three different finishes, either the black that you see here, a satin, or a silver finish. So no matter what look you're going for on your Jeep, you have an option that'll fit really well. This includes all of the mounting hardware and the brackets that are necessary to get it installed in the Jeep, and that's something that I really like about this grille insert over other ones of a similar style. A lot of these mesh inserts will mount with different L-brackets that are either riveted or bolted to the four corners of the insert. This uses these really heavy duty brackets that mount on the inside of the grille and hold the mesh up against the grille. You will have to do a little bit of drilling with this insert, as well as a lot of the other ones on the market. But because of the way that these brackets are designed, you're going to get a really solid installation. Speaking of installation, getting this installed on the Jeep is a really easy process. The first step is to remove your grille by removing the six plastic clips along the top of the grille and then just giving the grilled a little bit of a pull to get it off the vehicle. From there, you'll lay your new insert on the inside of the grill and line up the brackets. You'll have to mark and drill four small holes on the inside of the grille. But don't worry. If you ever do get rid of your grille insert, those holes won't be visible from the outside. Once you drill the holes, you'll use the included hardware to install the new brackets, which will hold your grille insert in place. After that, it's as easy as reinstalling the grille, and you're done. The whole process shouldn't take you more than an hour, and you'll need a drill, some drill bits, and some traditional hand tools, including a trim tool to remove those plastic clips on the grille. As far as the price and value of these grille inserts, I think you do get a good bit of value for the cost. The black is a little bit more affordable than those other finishes. But even the more expensive finishes I would rather spend a little bit more money on and get something that mounts solidly with this mounting hardware and is really well-built and looks good over some of the less expensive mesh inserts on the market that aren't as well-built and don't mount as solidly. So whether you're looking to add some protection to your radiator and your air conditioning components on the front of the Jeep or you want to change up the look of your grille, but you're looking for something a little bit more subtle than those larger grille inserts that snap in from the front, this is a really well-built, and in my opinion, accurately-priced part that installs really solidly and will definitely get the job done. So that's my review of the Rugged Ridge Perforated Grille Insert, fitting all 2007 to 2016 JKs, that you can find right here at ExtremeTerrain.com

Superior Styling. Hit the road in style with the Rugged Ridge Perforated Grille Insert in Black. This grill insert features unique construction, unlike meshes it features perforations in a single piece of durable metal for a clean look and superior styling. It is completed in a handsome black finish to accent your factory as well as aftermarket trims.

Rugged Construction. This Wrangler grill insert features a durable metal construction and is finished in a tough black powder coat, making it easy to clean with out worry of wear or rust. Corrosion resistant hardware is included to make the insert installation quick and painless. Rugged Ridge provides a 5 year limited warranty on this Jeep grill insert for extreme value and reliability.

Application. The Rugged Ridge Perforated Grille Insert in Black is designed for use in 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler models. This insert may not work in conjunction with the factory grill inserts found on some special edition models.

Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Details

What's in the Box
  • (1) Grill insert
  • Hardware
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Will it fit my Wrangler?
  • JK Unlimited - 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 09, 08, 07, 16, 17
  • JK Rubicon - 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 09, 08, 07, 16, 17
  • JK - 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 09, 08, 07, 16, 17

Will not fit the following models: • Sahara (2016+ only) • Sahara X • Rubicon X • Polar Edition • Dragon Edition • Altitude Edition (2015+ only) • Back Country Edition • 75th Anniversary Edition

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5/5
Grille Insert

Excellent addition to the Jeep. Very easy to install. Also helps with the hood lift when semi's pass by restricting some of the air flow. Could use one more center support bracket. Very happy with this ...

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5/5
Great Buy!

Looks great! Easy install. Holds up well with no issues. A must have for any JK owner. Couldn't ask for a better product!

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Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Is there a version of this grill, or do you make any other grill, that fits a 2016 Sahara?

JoeD

  • Unfortunately, we do not currently carry any perforated grille inserts that fit the 2016+ Sahara Wranglers.

    TerriB

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Is it normal for the top bracket screws to cause slight buldge in grill plastic at top when reinstalling grill? Lock nut should be visible but screw head seems to lift top edge of grill behind rubber seal.

Brianl

  • Yes, it is normal for a slight bulge to happen under the plastic from the head of the screw being above the factory grille surface.

    TerriB

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Will this fit on a 2016 black bear edition?

bzar

  • Hello, yes, you can use this insert on a 2016 black bear edition.

    XTNunoP

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My 2014 Wrangler has a key to unlock the hood. Will this product still work out of the box or will need to be modified>

DavidR

  • Depending on the mounting location of your key tumbler, the Rugged Ridge Perforated Grille Insert will most likely need to be modified for both to be installed.

    Rob D

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Will this grill fit a 2017 Unlimited Sport?

DanaG

  • Yes, the Rugged Ridge Perforated Grille Insert will fit your 2017 Unlimited Sport. It will not fit the following models: Sahara (2016+ only), Sahara X, Rubicon X, Polar Edition, Dragon Edition, Altitude Edition (2015+ only), Back Country Edition, 75th Anniversary Edition.

    TerriB

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Will this fit the 2017 "Rocky Mountain" Sahara?

Cameron

  • Thank you for your question! This will not fit any 2015+ Sahara models.

    MeridethXT

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Overall Rating 4.4

out of 5 stars

Installation Time:Less than 1 Hour

Installation Cost:$100-$250

  • Fit 4.314516 4.3
  • Appearance 4.862903 4.9
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.645161 4.6



  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    November 09, 2016

    Good but not great

    Grille insert is a quality made piece with a good coat of paint on it. Installation is easy and quick. My issues with it is the mounting system. The two bars used to keep the grille in place are not enough. Once the Jeep is put back together the insert is really only tight where the bars are holding it down but the outer areas of the insert are loose. I might look into adding addtional mounts to hold it down.

    TennisFreak

    Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

    Helpful (2)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    October 20, 2016

    Nice Look easy install poor fasteners

    My headline pretty much says it all. I like the look and the install is pretty straight forward. However the spring steel braces that hold the grill in only attach at 4 places along the top and bottom of the OEM grille. This creates a bit of a bulge on top of the grill after reattaching to the Jeep and with only the springs pressing the insert into the OEM grille it's a bit loose.

    Cliff

    Year: 2015Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (2)

  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    September 09, 2016

    grille insert

    looks good, but the installation was not as easy as they lead you to believe.

    mow

    Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

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  • 3/5

    Installation Time: Afternoon

    August 09, 2016

    Made in America

    Like most things here in America it's cheap and flimsy - just like the plastic Jeep grill itself - and apparently we're all right with that. $60 plus shipping will get you a rectangle of painted wire mesh that vibrates in the wind at highway speeds because there's no center bracket.

    Nickname

    Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 30, 2016

    Grille Insert

    Excellent addition to the Jeep. Very easy to install. Also helps with the hood lift when semi's pass by restricting some of the air flow. Could use one more center support bracket. Very happy with this product.

    Sam

    Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 29, 2016

    Looks good

    Over all was t hard to install. Granted the package was missing a few things, a washer and part of the instructions. My only complaint is that once installed it isn't as tight as I expected and can jiggle a bit.

    Zach

    Year: 2007Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    May 18, 2016

    Great Buy!

    Looks great! Easy install. Holds up well with no issues. A must have for any JK owner. Couldn't ask for a better product!

    Danger

    Year: 2013Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    March 24, 2016

    Looks Great

    This looks great on my '15 JK - install was pretty easy, but instructions weren't great. As some others have said, it's a bit loose in the center after install, but because the brackets are on each end, not in center. Either way, I suspect this will protect the radiator from large rocks, sticks, etc. and I think it looks great.

    MattyIce13

    Year: 2015Submodel: WranglerPittsburgh, PA, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    March 04, 2016

    Protectyour radiator.

    This was the only metal mesh kit that I found, that was a solid piece, not just separate inserts. And, for well under $100.00 ! It took about 40 minutes to take the grill out, install the mesh and reassemble everything. It looks really good and will provide protection for my radiator. The lit comes with 2 metal support rods and the bolts, washers and self locking nuts. It seems to be secure, but, I will most likely add some more support in the center of the grill. All in all, it's a great product for a very reasonable price.

    Tony1957S

    Year: 2012Submodel: Rubicon UnlimitedTorrance, California

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    March 04, 2016

    Grille is complete

    This product was so easy to install and the finished product looks so sharp on my Rubicon Hardrock Unlimited. It totally eliminates the view of the exposed radiator and provides protection as well as elegance.

    RBG1

    Year: 2016Submodel: Rubicon UnlimitedSierra Vista, AZ, USA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    February 24, 2016

    Rugged Ridge Perforated Grille Insert Review

    Rugged Ridge Perforated Grille Insert Review I have gotten plenty of comments this looks good! and protects the radiator from damage. Install was a breeze remove grill drill 4 holes and bolt it on then replace the grill.

    jweinsteiger

    Year: 2010Submodel: RubiconDenver CO

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    July 21, 2015

    Rugged Ridge Perforated Grille Insert

    Just what the Jeep needed to keep the rock's and bugs out of the Radiator. Looks great and does the job intended. Very easy to install and would buy it again if I need one again. This is a must for any Jeep and should be your first item after getting your Jeep. Fast Shipping and very nice packing. There is nothing negative I can think of with this product.

    Beck62

    Year: 2015Midwest, IL, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 14, 2015

    Great Value

    Very easy to install and an exceptional value! The insert was pretty simple to install. I do think that a third bracket in the middle would have be a better design. Altogether very pleased!

    TTrial1969

    Year: 2015Chesterton, IN, USA

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  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 12, 2015

    Awesome product w easy install

    This grill is a great piece! Changed the whole attitude of my jeep for cheap. Install took me about 20 min and most of that was spent trying to find my drill. Can't say enough good things about the products from Rugged Ridge.

    Dominionscowboy

    Year: 2015Dallas, TX, USA

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    May 25, 2015

    Good looks, great protection

    I needed something to protect the radiator from bugs, sticks and rocks. The cost and looks are what initially caught my eye. Easy to install took me about 30 minutes. Took my jk to Rausch Creek off road park last week and this guard took a few hits from branches and flying rocks that certainly would have dinged the radiator. 100% happy with my purchase.

    Bulldog2015

    Year: 2015Pennsylvania

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  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    May 20, 2015

    Easy Install

    Product shipped quickly, install was easy and it looks great!

    Midgetman72

    Year: 2012Upstate SC

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 18, 2017

    Grille Insert

    Simple to install , clean nice look , great bargain for the monet

    JeffN

    Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (1)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 12, 2017

    Looks Sharp, but...

    Let me start by saying this thing looks great! Install was not hard, but it did not feel secure at all when done and you could easily rattle it around with your hand. I drove with it like that for 2 days and did not hear any rattling at all, but I was still not happy with the way is could shift around so I took it off and added additional thick foam strips on top of the very thin ones that come on the back of the mounting bars. This did the trick to snug it up in place. Again, looks great, but you may have to do a little extra when mounting.

    Brian

    Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (1)

  • 1/5

    March 20, 2016

    does not fit 2016 model

    This product will not fit 2016 Sahara model. The look would be great if it fit.

    TJWARREN

    Year: 2016Submodel: Wrangler UnlimitedSarasota, FL, USA

    Helpful (1)

  • 4/5

    Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

    June 02, 2015

    Good but watch the install

    I really like the look of this, but have to warn you to make sure you press the brackets firmly on to the grill mesh (ensuring that it's a tight fit) before marking your drill hole. One side of mine was a little loose... nothing a little tape and cardboard couldn't fix, but lesson learned.

    Skrull

    Year: 2015Langhorne pa

    Helpful (1)

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