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DIY Chrome Mesh grille <$25

I spent last saturday lounging around my apartment and decided to do something with my day, so I went to lowes and picked up some mesh from a storm door guard for appx $23, and with my trusty dremel and plastic cutting bit, made this grille.

If there's enough interest I'll post a how to, however I'm sure everyone's done better.

If any of you have any advise as to metal that I could replace the mesh with, that is a little sturdier, I would love to hear it, this is just the best I could find on short notice.

I picked up the silver version of this, for some reason I can't find the silver on their website.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_15664-15369-...esh&facetInfo=

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I gotta admit, for $23 thats pretty kick a$$
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That is pretty awesome.
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Sexy.
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how did you get it to stay?
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how did you get it to stay?
It's bent right behind the OEM grille, at about 90 degress, and held with 3m automotive double sided tape, the stuff that holds emblems on. In the corners it's bonded with quicksteel. (Both can be picked up at any local auto store like napa or advanced)
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Not bad for $23
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gross. if i was close i'd poke it so it bent
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gross. if i was close i'd poke it so it bent
Well hello, I seem to have met the forum troll.


Now crawl back in your hole, troll.
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no. i had that crap on my truck when i first got it but it was done different so it wouldn't bend if someone like me saw it and poked it. Billet grille would of only cost you about 40 more bucks.

01-03 swap is the better option tho
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no. i had that crap on my truck when i first got it but it was done different so it wouldn't bend if someone like me saw it and poked it. Billet grille would of only cost you about 40 more bucks.

01-03 swap is the better option tho
The problem is those two vertical peices on my grille, I can't find any billet grilles online that come with a frame, and I'd need one, because otherwise those two vertical peices get in the way.

Let me know if you know anyone who's installed a billet on the kind of grille I have, and if they found one for sub 60 bucks, if so, I'd definitely get it and black it out.
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I've looked at that, from the pictures below I can't tell that it comes with the surround, because the pictures of the box are just the billet insert, and I don't want to spend 70 to have to go find a surround to swap out from the auto yard.

I'll probably end up emailing the Ebay poster sometime soon, til then, this mesh holds up just fine, haven't had a problem with denting at all.
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weird. when u go down it only looks like the billet piece comes in the box. the persons truck on the ad is lurking in the thread lol maybe he'll chime in
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That looks good!
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I am not lurking haha yes you need to cut out your stock grille center and keep the chrome surround, there have been a few people who have installed a billet grille in your style of grille... see here
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Those grilles look good, nice ideas.

mesh

That is the same stuff I used on the Headache Rack to keep the leaves out.
You can’t buy a sheet of the mesh for less.
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I am not lurking haha yes you need to cut out your stock grille center and keep the chrome surround, there have been a few people who have installed a billet grille in your style of grille... see here

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Woah, I hadn't even THOUGHT about mounting the billet behind the two bars, and I've already cut it just like those pictures in order to mount the mesh.

Those look amazing, thank you so much for the post.
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