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Old 05-07-2018, 07:45 PM   #183
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Finally took the plunge. Lots of work but worth it. Thanks @BRZen for the inspiration!
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@tehShirt this doesn’t look too bad
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Finally took the plunge. Lots of work but worth it. Thanks @BRZen for the inspiration!
Another mesh grille joins the club!
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Looks great against the silver!
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@tehShirt this doesn’t look too bad
I agree, they did a good job. Would be interesting to see someone keep the mustache, but replace the horizontal bars with the honeycomb.
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I agree, they did a good job. Would be interesting to see someone keep the mustache, but replace the horizontal bars with the honeycomb.
For sure. I'd like to keep the foam crash protection.
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Here's some more angles of the grill after I installed the plate re-locator. Something to keep in mind as you're lining up the grill to minimize the amount you have to cut away to install the post. I got lucky, only 1 horizontal needed to be removed.
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Anyone willing to post a link to where they bought the mesh? Looks so so much better than stock imo. Seems like a cheap mod that really changes the look of the car. Both you guys said huge time consumer, but can it be done in one day? Also, what did you guys use to glue it to the bumper and how is it holding up on the roads?

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Anyone willing to post a link to where they bought the mesh? Looks so so much better than stock imo. Seems like a cheap mod that really changes the look of the car. Both you guys said huge time consumer, but can it be done in one day? Also, what did you guys use to glue it to the bumper and how is it holding up on the roads?

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I got this mesh (16x48 black version):
https://www.customcargrills.com/prod...rod=Brick-Mesh

Looks like the other guys doing this got mesh in a different pattern, they're more of a honeycomb shape. Since mine is a '17 BRZ the front bumper is a bit different so there was no glue involved - I can't speak to what glue to use or how long that part of it takes. One thing to keep in mind though is you will most likely want to do something with the crash beam - paint, plasti-dip, something like that. It's ugly otherwise. Got my mesh grille done without doing anything to the crash beam at first and was happy with it for a bit before I got tired of looking at it and had the bumper taken off again to plasti-dip the crash beam. Here's a pic of a crash beam in stock form, before painting it. BirdTRD's post has a nice picture of the after, so you can see the mesh grille with a nice black crash beam like you'll probably want to go for.
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Anyone willing to post a link to where they bought the mesh? Looks so so much better than stock imo. Seems like a cheap mod that really changes the look of the car. Both you guys said huge time consumer, but can it be done in one day? Also, what did you guys use to glue it to the bumper and how is it holding up on the roads?

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For the mesh I used https://www.ebay.com/itm/152828435566 the material itself is 1/4" thick. The "honeycomb" openings are 1-1/4" across and 1/2" high, which looks to be a bit larger than the one @BRZen used.

For the adhesive I used JB Kwik and you'll used most...if not all of the 10 oz size. https://www.amazon.com/J-B-Weld-8270...=jb+kwik+10+oz

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I got this mesh (16x48 black version):
https://www.customcargrills.com/prod...rod=Brick-Mesh

Looks like the other guys doing this got mesh in a different pattern, they're more of a honeycomb shape. Since mine is a '17 BRZ the front bumper is a bit different so there was no glue involved - I can't speak to what glue to use or how long that part of it takes. One thing to keep in mind though is you will most likely want to do something with the crash beam - paint, plasti-dip, something like that. It's ugly otherwise. Got my mesh grille done without doing anything to the crash beam at first and was happy with it for a bit before I got tired of looking at it and had the bumper taken off again to plasti-dip the crash beam. Here's a pic of a crash beam in stock form, before painting it. BirdTRD's post has a nice picture of the after, so you can see the mesh grille with a nice black crash beam like you'll probably want to go for.
why did did you plastidip the crash beam? isn't it just going to start peeling before too long?

Also, why are there all those tabs around the edge visible still?
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why did did you plastidip the crash beam? isn't it just going to start peeling before too long?

Also, why are there all those tabs around the edge visible still?
Thought the plastidip would hold up better than paint against rock chips etc from road debris. It's just a thin coat so hopefully doesn't start to peel too quickly. The tabs are visible because that's actually what my mesh is attached to, it's not glued in like the others you've seen on here. The '17 bumper has the stock grille attached to those tabs and the grille just pops out so the mesh was basically just tied onto the tabs. Earlier model year BRZs wouldn't have had those tabs to begin with.
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Thought the plastidip would hold up better than paint against rock chips etc from road debris. It's just a thin coat so hopefully doesn't start to peel too quickly.
It's a paint that's marketed as easy to remove, I wouldn't expect too much.


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The tabs are visible because that's actually what my mesh is attached to, it's not glued in like the others you've seen on here. The '17 bumper has the stock grille attached to those tabs and the grille just pops out so the mesh was basically just tied onto the tabs. Earlier model year BRZs wouldn't have had those tabs to begin with.
I understand now. thanks for the clarification. I think I'd either paint the tabs black or trim them off entirely.
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Here's some more angles of the grill after I installed the plate re-locator. Something to keep in mind as you're lining up the grill to minimize the amount you have to cut away to install the post. I got lucky, only 1 horizontal needed to be removed.
this is interesting, i think i may have to do this to my brz now... My crash bar got replaced by a JDL bar and I do have a big fat intercooler.... so this may be a win win. lol
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