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i went to pep boys today to pic up a cleaning kit for my k&n, saw the super rice mesh grill material. scratched head for a min, then left with just the cleaner. go to the shop and clean filter, next thing you know im cutting up my grill haha! so i go back to pep boys and grab the mesh $47.xx after tax:crikey: but it was worth not having to hunt down some online and wait just to save a few. it was quick and simple. all you will need is a sharpe marker, a philips and flat head, a box knife, and some tin snips, or garden trimmers. you can use a dremel but it will melt the plastic more than cut it, so that is a PIA in my opinion.

remove the grill, 4 clips on top, 2 clips on each side "use a flat head on all 8, the 4 on the sides, you just turn them like a screw just a little bit and the pull on the grill and the grill comes away from the clips" then take the 6 screws then use the flat head to relese the tabs. once the black plastic is away from the chrome piece, decide weather you want to use a dremel or razor. i prefer the razer method because you dont have to worry about little crap hangin off. cut the black plastic a lil bit behind where the chrome part starts, so you wont have any black plastic that shows. once you cut out all 3 centers place the mesh over the back side of the chrome peice "dont push it down yet" but eye ball the out line with a marker, and make sure to give your self 1/2" - 1" extra to wrap around. use some wire clippers to cut holes where the chrome tabs are to help hold it in place. then while holding it where you want it, start pushing the extra mesh down around the chrome piece. once you have the mesh formed around the chrome peice, then just screw the black plastic piece back on sandwiching the mesh between it and the chrome peice "you will probly have to squeze it together a lil more in some places" then reinstall the grill and you are done!

for the lower i just cut it to shape, then used 2 black drywall screws one at each side and screwed them in to the plastic and its not moving. in total it took about an hour, and it cost less than $50

originally i had planed on painting it black, but once i got it cut out and mocked up, it started to grow on me, so i'll try it out for a lil bit, then i may paint it later.

i should have taken more pics, but wasnt thinkin about making a write up about it sorry.

heres the factory centers cut out.

you can see how the black part of the grill secures the mesh.


it all fits great with no gaps and theres no factory plastic seen.



 

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yeah, i didnt think the silver would go good, and was going to paint it black, but when i got done forming the mesh i put it up to the truck, and figured it let it stay for a lil bit. lol the think i like best about it is the original grill isnt there, thats the one part i dont like about all the billet grills, because you can see the old hamburger patty lol
 

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Very nice. Worked on mine today. Gotta finish later this week.
 

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i showed a buddy and he said you can get a big asz sheet of it at lowes or home depot for like $7 ive looked before and could only find heavy duty expanded steel but he says its by the tile and stone supplies. im gonna check it out, but its probly tin and will rust. but if you where to paint it that would be the way to go.
 

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How did you do the bottom? I did mine and it was super hard. All the curves and what not.

uuhhhmmm well, i am a ninja sir! :laugh:
it was actually the easiest part. i attatched it from the front instead of the back like yours. i could see the metal brackets on the sides would have been killer lol.

i just took a piece of thick paper, and pressed it into corners of the pocket on one of the sides then cut out along the creece to get the template, so i snipped out the one side of it using the straight edge of the mess as the bottom, then using the template i found what row to cut then i cut the whole piece the same width all the way across. then put it most of the way in to measure where to cut it on the other side, then used the template to get the contour again. once i put it in it pretty much stayed in place on its own, but i put black drywall screws in the upper corners where the orange arrows are in the pic. its all very sturdy


 

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Lookin DAMN good man! I am gettin' ideas for my truck now.
 

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grille looks great! just wondering - did you lose any support or fitment or anything like that by cutting out the clips on the left and right of the grille?
i'm working on my own custom grille and just wondering if I should keep the parts of the grille with the clips like others have.
 

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ok so i coudlnt quite see how you mounted the mesh on, im thinking bout this seeing as im already taking the grille out im looking to paint the grill adn mesh black i dont like the chrome.
 

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WOW! this looks like an awesome mod and very interested, but due to pics on how you did the mesh install (cutting, mounting) i'm a bit hesitant. If you ever decide to paint your mesh please please post pics on how the mesh looks installed from the rear.

Did you ever find out the quality of the Lowes/Home Depot mesh?
 

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Looks great. I have a 1st gen that I was thinking of doing this too. Kinda got the idea from the S5 on my Altima SER, but after actually seeing it on a truck, I like it alot....:)
 
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