Thanks for the tips everyone, giving me some ideas.
A question for you Gutter Guard guys, is the plastic gutter guard stuff available in widths wide enough to do just one piece, rather than seven narrow ones?
see , I am sure you guys all relate, but I have weighed the same buck-fifty /buck-fifty-five since 10th grade and I am in my forties; I mention this because I had NEVER considered weight nor anything re: "saving" weight - I'm not unlike an OCD ,point-of-heaviness-seeking monster - until I bought my JK. Yes, we are talking a matter of ounces in weight between plstic and tin/aluminum gutter guard but I went with the plastic you see in that post up there. I have, literally, hit a blue-jay at 45mph and had feathers (purdy blue ones!*) lodged into that stuff as well as rocks, mud, grain from cattle trucks, more rocks, cig butts from arseholes in front of me and my 8 year-olds 12/6 curveball all smash into my plastic grill inserts. I even poked them with a 17mm box wrench after all that 'cause I was shocked at the way GORILLA GLUE EPOXY will , simply, hold freaking anything. The cable tie 1"x1" mounts that we are talking about? they have adhesive on back; fit perfect between the grill slats ( there are several detailed write-ups on here and 'elsewhere
' ) and if you are wise, ya already know not to buy any cable-ties that arent advertising the weight load they can bear on the packaging ( UV safe & mil-Spec only) so....slap the strips ya cut down , cabletie-lashed to the mounts and before you smoosh the little bungs or whatever they're called , smack a dollop of epoxy between the grill and the tab mount and then let it dry for a few hours in the sun. It wont ever go ANYWHERE....I imagine these plastic rain gutter guards that weigh ever so little
less than the metal ones will outlast my scrawny behind on this earth.....unless we fall into the Sun and melt....I'd say it's a personal preference but I will always go with lighter stuff like everything else on my JK pig....aluminum-nom-nom-nom.......cause that's just how I roll.....
wow, i said that, didnt I?
so, to answer; get whichever, just mount it right
(* I love animals. I begged the dude to not smash into my grill as it occured but it seems Deer, rabbits, opossums, armadillo, squirrels and other small critters like to smash into my winch or my Jeep ....for the PETA folks, I saved the feather and made sure the Jay was dead and not in misery when I stopped and peeled it off the 35" ,10 ply cooper STT it wound up stuck to after it fell from the grill.... see? I am nice to animals!