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Won new billet grill

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...096882177&rd=1

I just won this Stull Billet Grill on ebay. Will it fit in either a 2wd or 4wd grill? I know I have to cut the stock grill in order for it to fit but it didn't specify if it was for 2wd or 4wd.

Also for those of you who have cut their stock grills before, what did you cut it with? I've tried a dremel before, but it just melts instead of cutting well.
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I would use a hacksaw blade to cut plastic. Just take and wrap some duct tape around the end you will have in your hand. Then file to shape and smooth.
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I just took my front shell off...grill and all... had some clips that held the grill in and had to pry the grill out and drill new holes and mounts for my new grill then just put the front shell back on..I have an 02 though
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dude, if you can cut it into the shape of the mazda grill, it'd be AWESOME. I've never seen a mazda with a billet, so DO IT!
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dude, if you can cut it into the shape of the mazda grill, it'd be AWESOME. I've never seen a mazda with a billet, so DO IT!
I swapped my front end over to a 98 to 00 ranger.

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I swapped my front end over to a 98 to 00 ranger.

Sweet, take lots of pictures when installing it because Im about to be doing the same thing. Id try a sawzall.
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The 2wd and 4wd grille's are not interchangeable without serious modification. The verticle bars are removed when installing a billet grill. You cut along the trim line with a DIE GRINDER.

Make sure your grille is for a 4x4, since you have a 4x4 front. If it's not, see if you can get one!

Here is my 2WD grille.
As you can see, there are no more vertical bars.
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in order to install that, it doesnt matter if its a 4x4 or 4x2 grill, there will be nothing left in the middle, just the billet left, his isnt like yours where it left the big 2wd middle bar in
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oh.. boo

good luck with the install.
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in order to install that, it doesnt matter if its a 4x4 or 4x2 grill, there will be nothing left in the middle, just the billet left, his isnt like yours where it left the big 2wd middle bar in
On a 4x4 the vertical bars are on the same plane as the surround, so if you cut them out you will be able to see where you cut them out. On a 2wd the horizontal bar is slightly behind the plane of the surround so you can cut a line all the way around so you cant tell where it was cut.
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i really wanna try and custom do a billet grill for my mazda... i think it would be a challenge but would look good!
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cant wait to see.
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On a 4x4 the vertical bars are on the same plane as the surround, so if you cut them out you will be able to see where you cut them out. On a 2wd the horizontal bar is slightly behind the plane of the surround so you can cut a line all the way around so you cant tell where it was cut.
So, I need to get a hold of a 2wd grill. Anyone selling one? And while were at it anyone want a 4wd grill? Also what did you use to cut your grill with?
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So, I need to get a hold of a 2wd grill. Anyone selling one? And while were at it anyone want a 4wd grill? Also what did you use to cut your grill with?
you can still do it with the 4x4 you will just have to put the grill behind the vertical bars

it would look something like this
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^^^that looks awful in my opinion. What did you cut your grill with?
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I used a dremel and then hit it with a belt sander to smooth out the edge, this was a real pain. Sawzall would probably be the best.
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A die grinder (air drill) with a 3" rotary blade works great. If you have air tools, avoid the Dremel. It's RPM's and smaller bit size melt the plastic, instead of cutting it.

If you don't have that, find someone who does or use a very fine tooth blade in a sawzall. You don't want to vibrate the heck out of it, and you don't want to have to sand it down after hacking it up. That's why I used an air drill - for more control while cutting.
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^^^that looks awful in my opinion. What did you cut your grill with?
I think it does too.

If the grill you got has one solid section, it's a custom grill. If it has two sections, it's for 2wd. If it has 3 sections like the blue ranger's (pictured above), it's for a 4x4.
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It has one solid section.
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