I'm after some bash plates for my WH Grand Cherokee for a trip to the Cape later this year so have been emailing around to get some idea of prices for a custom set.
I've seen plenty available in Europe (strangely enough) and a few in the US but shipping is crazy given the size of the plates or not even possible. I'm know the Murchison ones are the best (only) local ones available but there are only 2 plates available and I would like the 3 under a WH replaced. It was the 3rd transfer case one I ripped off during a the Vic High Country last year.
Of course I'm in NSW so no-one here seems to make any or can even give a ballpark quote on any. It's either QLD or VIC.
My best email result so far is a mob in Melbourne who do lots of bash plates for lots of different vehicles and are happy to make some for a WH. Great feedback and enthusiasm from them so far. They make 4mm laser cut, zinc plated plates for Hilux, Pajero, Triton, Navara, Isuzu, Prado and even Land Rover Discovery. They are keen to add a Jeep to there lineup. They can also do red or black powdercoating for an extra cost.
The price - about $300-$350 for the 3 plates! This is just an estimate but it's about the same as they charge for other vehicles in their range so I can't see it changing much.
What I am after is someone who lives in Melbourne with a 2005 WH CRD Laredo who is willing to be a guinea pig to prototype the plates. I am happy to drive down to Melbourne to do it myself but if anyone else wants/needs some bash who lives there then it makes sense for them to do it locally.
At that price I'll be buying some anyway and I can't offer any discount on their behalf for prototyping or a group discount if a few people want them but they are very willing to help in the discussions so far so you never know. I'm just putting the feelers out at this stage to see if anyone interested.
So post back here if you are or can help with prototyping and hopefully we can can get some more accessories made for the WH.