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T-REX Sport Series Mesh Grille with Hood Lock Access (07-18 Jeep Wrangler JK)

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      Review & Installation Video

      This T-REX Sport Series Formed Mesh Grille with Hood Lock Cut Out is for those of you that have a 2007 and up JK and are looking for a mesh grille insert to change up the look of your Jeep and also to protect your radiator a little bit. Now, in general, these mesh inserts are going to do both of those things. You're going to have an aesthetic impact on your Jeep and they are going to offer some protection. But if you have a hood lock for a little bit more security, you're not going to be able to easily access that through your more traditional mesh grilles. So this one here has the cut out for access to either a Bolt hood lock or a Mopar hood lock so it's going to give you that security, it's going to give you the protection, it's gonna give you the look. It really does integrate a lot of things all together. Now, T-REX is one of those companies that's known for making a very high-quality product. You are going to get a premium grille insert from this company, but you also are going to have to pay a premium price along with that. Now, while this does feel a lot more substantial when you take it out of the box than some of the less-expensive mesh grille inserts on the market, you are going to have to be willing to pay that additional price for that additional quality. As far as construction goes, as I mentioned, this is going to be a very well-built piece. The upper section here that is one solid piece of steel is very, very , very strong, especially for something that really isn't structural, isn't holding any weight, isn't going to take a beating. If anything, this is going to be overbuilt, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. The mesh itself is, of course, made out of round woven steel material and even that is going to be of a higher gauge, a thicker material than a lot of the less expensive mesh grille inserts on the market. Again, what really sets us apart from the other ones aside from the high quality is this cut out in the center here and that is going to give you access to two different brands of hood locks, again, Bolt and Mopar. If you have one of the other brands of hood locks, this may work, it may not. It's definitely going to work for Bolt and Mopar though. I'm gonna stick with a one out of three wrenches on this installation. Even though there is some drilling to do, as I mentioned, it's not going to be something that if you would ever remove this mesh grille insert, that you would ever see. Those holes are going to be completely hidden. And if you take your time, if you're careful, this still is going to be a very easy install even though there is that bit of drilling. I would say this is going to take you about an hour to get it installed. By the time you remove the grille off the Jeep, drill your holes, get this mounted up, and get the grille back on the Jeep, but that does account for measuring twice, three times before marking and drilling those holes to make sure everything is in the right spot. So the first step in the instillation is going to be removing that grille off of the Jeep. There are some plastic pushpins across the top of the grille that you have to remove, and you can remove those with a pair of needle-nose pliers or a plastic trim tool. Once those are removed, just give the bottom of the grille a pull to completely remove it. Make sure that you've removed your turn signal wires first. You'll have to give your turn signal plugs a quarter turn to remove them from the housing in order to get the grille completely removed from the Jeep. Now, set it on a blanket, something soft, something that's not going to scratch it. You wanna set the face down so your grille inserts face down on top of it, and that's where you're going to be able to mark all of your holes. Drill and use the included hardware and J-clips to get this attached to the inside of your factory grille. Once that's done it's just a matter of clipping the factory grille back into the old location. Put all of those plastic pushpins back in, reinstall your turn signals into the housing, and you're going to be finished. Again, a fairly easy install, there is a little bit of drilling to do, but they are going to be hidden holes. So I think this is something that a lot of you can do in your driveway. This mesh grille insert is gonna come in at $275. And as I've said a couple of times now, that is going to be more than a lot of the other ones on the market. It does have the hood lock access which you are going to be paying for, but you're also paying for the incredibly high quality of this mesh grille insert. So if you're looking for a very high-quality mesh grille insert with hood lock access, I definitely recommend looking at this one from T-REX. And you can find it right here at

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • Mesh Grille Insert Screen
      • Quality Steel Construction
      • Rugged Black Finish
      • Provides Access to Bolt Lock & Mopar Locks
      • Easy to Install
      • For 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK Models


      Practical Style. Upgrade to a bolder look and extra protection while maintaining the function of your hood look with the T-REX Sport Series Formed Mesh grille w/ Hood Lock Access. This grille screen is designed to work in conjunction with Bolt Lock and Mopar Brand hood locks for a seamless integration of function and style.

      Quality Construction. This Wrangler grille insert screen is proudly made in the USA from quality steel for durability and strength. It features a black finish to prevent undesirable corrosion and wear from the element and provide intense style.

      Application. The T-REX Sport Series Formed Mesh grille w/ Hood Lock Access is designed for installation on 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK and JK Unlimited models equipped with Bolt Lock part number 7026128 or Mopar part number 82213051AB.

      Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 Details

      MPN# 46482

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (8)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.4 out of 5 overall rating from 8 customers

      Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

      • May 06, 2019

        1 2017 Wrangler - ChrisK

        Not A Good Fit

        Would not fit my 2017 Jeep Jk, what a wast of time.

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      • March 23, 2019

        5 2016 Wrangler - ToddK Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Formed Mesh Grille with Hood Lock Cutout

        Awesome Product! Very well built and quick delivery. I really like the quality of this Formed Mesh Grille!

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      • February 07, 2018

        5 2016 Wrangler - Gianni Installation Time: Afternoon


        Looks great and easy to install. Looks like a different Wrangler!

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      • November 19, 2017

        5 2014 Wrangler - DavidH Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Excellent quality. Use your Own hardware.

        The product and install video are right on. I am a first time JK owner and this was pretty quick. The included hardware clips seem impossible. Like others I ended up getting 8/32 x 1" stainless machine screws and nylon lock nuts. The hole for the hood lock is perfect and final install looks great!

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      • June 14, 2017

        5 2017 Rubicon - MarkH Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Nervous Purchase - Perfect fit

        This isn't an inexpensive grill insert, but I wanted something with quality I could trust. Turns out the reviews say it won't fit a JK with special grill inserts, such as the Sahara, Hard Rock or new Recon (we have a Recon). That's not exactly true. The inserts have tabs on the back side of the grill that can be cut/sanded down without compromising the grill's integrity, and that allows the T-Rex to fit perfectly. Then just drill holes for screws (the flat metal nuts provided won't fit) but use either tie wraps or small bolts and nuts and you're good to go. The hole for the Mopar or Bolt hood lock was perfectly positioned. I'm very happy with how this installation turned out and the quality of the product

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      • March 02, 2017

        4 2016 Rubicon - Bob Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Nice mesh grille, but pricey

        Excellent quality grille made with better than normal materials. Other comparable products are near $60 and this one is $270 . For me, I got it due to the hole to accommodate the hood lock- no others had that feature. Looks great. Price is the only negative thing I have to say.

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      • August 30, 2016

        5 2016 Rubicon Unlimited - Flyknot Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        Easy Cool

        Cool look, and a great sturdy product. It's is very well made. Make sure you press it in properly and drill the holes one at a time.

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      • August 09, 2016

        5 2016 Wrangler Unlimited - SnakeRed Installation Time: Less than 1 Hour

        T-REX Sport Series Formed Mesh Grill

        The mesh grill is a great fit and easy to install. I particularly like this model that it accommodates the locking hood accessory from Mopar and is great protection of preventing rocks coming through the grill and damaging the radiator. Highly recommended!

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      Questions & Answers (4 answers)

      4 Top Rated Questions

      Will this item fit a 2017 JKU sahara?

      • Yes, the T-REX Sport Series Formed Mesh Grille w/ Hood Lock Access will be compatible with your 2017 Sahara.

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      I have a 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Cheif Edition (Rhino grey with white hardtop). The grille does have factory silver accents. I also installed a Mopar hood lock in the grille. Will this mesh fit my Jeep? I saw a photo submitted under this product ( on this webpage ) that had the exact same trim package on the front of their jeep. I just want to ensure that it will fit. Let me know. Thank you

      • Unfortunately, the T-REX Sport Series Formed Mesh Grille w/ Hood Lock Access is not designed for use with factory grille inserts as it would not sit properly. Some customer may have installed it with their factory grille inserts, but this is not what is was intended for since the inserts would prevent the mesh from sitting flush.

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      Will this fit a 2017 Wrangler Unlimited Recon (the follow-on to the Hard Rock)?

      • Unfortunately, the T-REX Sport Series Formed Mesh Grille w/ Hood Lock Access is not designed for use on 16-17 Wrangler Sahara or 2017 Rubicon, Hard Rock, Recon, or Back Country Editions with Factory Grill Inserts.

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      Will this fit the grill on the 2016 Backcountyr edition Wrangler? The reason I ask is because the grill comes standard with black platic inserts that go around on the side of the slots so the slots are slightly smaller than without them on a regular Wrangler

      • Hello, unfortunately it will not fit the Wrangler that come with the black plastic inserts.

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      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Grille insert screen

      Note: Hood Lock is not included with grille insert screen

      Tech Specs

      Will It Fit My Wrangler

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      • JK Wrangler 2 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
      • JK Wrangler 4 Door - 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

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