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Re: my new grills. YEA! check em out! (brianpgriset)

I have a question for y'all...
I want to keep my OEM grills on my red GTI. How would you think it'd look if i painted them in matchstick red (the color of my car)?
 

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Re: my new grills. YEA! check em out! (nianmuzik)

actually, ive seen a couple people do it on here, and i like it alot.
in my opinion at least... but i like the mesh look more http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: my new grills. YEA! check em out! (brianpgriset)

where did you get the mesh and how much did it cost? I bought some yesterday at Home Depot and plan on trying to do something myself this weekend but can't decide how ghetto it is going to look!?!? I will not leave anything on my car that does not look right. Yours look very good. Any advice?
 

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Re: my new grills. YEA! check em out! (BoraDR1VER)

i figured you would ask! here it is, step by step:
total time: about 4 hours.
first i bought what is called expanded metal from lowes(home improvment store). i bought a 16x30 inch sheet for about $17. i then bought 7 small, lightweight springs, also at lowes, about $3. last, i bought 3 packs of black door edge molding with built in adhesive at a department store for $9, giving me about 170 inches of mold (more than enough).
1. take out the stock plastic peices by pulling down on the clip parts.
2. set them snug to a peice of cardboard, and trace the edge on to the cardboard of all three peices.
3. cut out the peices
4. set the cardboard on the sheet of expanded metal and arrange them so they are longways with the grain of the sheet. also, make sure you buy a sheet that the grain is longways (if you dont understand, ask me and illl send picks).
4. staple or glue the cardboard to the sheet firmly.
5. using a pair of tin snips, cut a the basic outline of each peice out, but leave about an eight inch around the edge so you can grind off the excess to give a smooth edge.
6. using a bench grinder, i ground away the extra metal all the way to the cardboard cutout edge. (again, ask for pics and ill post)
7. take off the cardboard and go to your car. try to fit one of the peices in. observe where there is too much excess for it to fit and grind away.
8. after you finish all three peices they should fit into the bumper up to the little lip on the inside snugly.
9. grind of approximatly another eight inch from the entire circumfrence of each peice, to give room when you put on the molding. be sure not to do to much!
10. apply the molding to the entire edge. it will bend enough around the two outside edges of the left and right peices, but for the sharp corners you will need to cut it o make it fit.
11. check to see if the peices fit properly!
12. since mine wasnt stainless steel, i removed the edging and painted it black. i gave it three good coats to prevent rust, then reapplied the edging. i also painted he springs black so they wouldnt stand out.
13. using the springs, clip one end to the inner edge of the front bumper peice, which is recessed about an insh behind the front of the bumper. clip the other edge to the mesh, on the inside of course, so it holds against the little lip, and thats it!

again, if you need pics, or dont understand, just ask about whcih step, and ill post!!!!

good luck
 

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Re: my new grills. YEA! check em out! (djizreel)

sorry, djizreel, i didnt see that..
i just used small sprins and clipped one side to the inside of the mesh, and the other to the inner lip of the pumper piece. you have to do a little digging around to get them on, cause there ist alot of room in there! i also used a pair of needle nose plyers to grip the springs sometimes
i also forgot- if you like to steel-silver look, you can just use a clear laquer, but beee sure to paint it with somthing or you will rust!
 

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Re: my new grills. YEA! check em out! (phatplat)

ok, i kinda slopped this together, so...
http://www.geocities.com/brianpgriset/grill1.html
-in this one, heres a picture of most of the materials, including the metal and molding
http://www.geocities.com/brianpgriset/grill2.html
-here you can see how i alligned the cardboard on the sheet. see how its put on "longways"?
http://www.geocities.com/brianpgriset/grill3.html
-here is a close up of the expanded metal with the cut out for the left. see the little staples i put in to hold it to the metal?
http://www.geocities.com/brianpgriset/grill4.html
-here i am cutting around the sheet with tin snips, leaving a small amount arond the edge for grinding.
http://www.geocities.com/brianpgriset/grill5.html
-ah, here i am using the bench grinder, grinding up to the edge of the cut out.
http://www.geocities.com/brianpgriset/grill6.html
-here i am about to put on the molding to a finished peice. you can see where i cut to get around the sharp corner!

if you got any more q's, specify the step number and ill post, and go indepth in description!


[Modified by brianpgriset, 12:20 AM 2-14-2002]
 

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Re: my new grills. YEA! check em out! (brianpgriset)

Looks good! I am anxious to see pics on the placement of springs and such or a closer shot of how they are mounted.
Good work! http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: my new grills. YEA! check em out! (The Shadow)

so you say you want me to show the mounting?
if so itll have to wait till tommorow. its to dark out to take pics.

but ill get em up!! sometime tmrrw!
 

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Re: my new grills. YEA! check em out! (brianpgriset)

wow! great work, and all for $30! i just might give this mod a try on my jetta, after i get my oettinger grill installed. thanks for the great instructions and pics!
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