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Old 06-22-2006, 07:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Make And install lower grill to protect Condenser

I was wondering if anyone has designed and installed a lower Grill to protect the condenser from stones.
I notice mine is already getting the fins dented from road debris etc.
I dont know about anyone else but it was one of the things I asked the dealer when looking at the car(where is it ? ),It does look good open but that condenser is a expensive part to replace.


Would like to hear from some one else on the subject because I am going to give it a go ,it doesn't look to hard to make one out of that expanded metal they sell at the preformance shop.(approx $25.00 for a 1' x 4' )
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yeah I got some stock mesh, cut it accordingly. Fashioned some clips, and boom done. 30 minutes.
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i did too, picture here...
http://pictures.lsjowners.com/thumbnails.php?album=56
its black so its hard to see, gets the job done though, spent maybe 20 bucks.
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i did too, picture here...
http://pictures.lsjowners.com/thumbnails.php?album=56
its black so its hard to see, gets the job done though, spent maybe 20 bucks.
Nice pics ,Like the way the grill turned out.
Going to try it on the weekend but wat did you use to glue it ,epoxy,silicone or what.
Do you find the paint lasts .I was thinking of using that stone guard stuff but dont know if the stuff will stick to aluminum.
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paint has lasted on my grand am for a year before i removed it
i used epoxy, bought from home depot. the duct tape was to hold the grill down while the epoxy dried, then removed the tape after
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Old 06-24-2006, 01:13 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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Just a tip, but the easiest way to get a grill for the lower opening in the SS/SC bumper is to go to Lowe's or Home Depot, buy Gutter Guard, and flatten it. It looks exactly like the $25-$40 mesh kits and is only $6. Just so happens that it comes in a pack of 5 or 6 pieces and on piece will fit the bumper opening perfectly. Looks good in black if I may suggest.

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Whats the gutter guard made of ?

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Just a tip, but the easiest way to get a grill for the lower opening in the SS/SC bumper is to go to Lowe's or Home Depot, but Gutter Guard, and flatten it. It looks exactly like the $25-$40 mesh kits and is only $6. Just so happens that it comes in a pack of 5 or 6 pieces and on piece will fit the bumper opening perfectly. Looks good in black if I may suggest.
Sound Like a plan I will check it out.
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Gutter guard is steel, not stainless but anodized (spelling??).
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Just a tip, but the easiest way to get a grill for the lower opening in the SS/SC bumper is to go to Lowe's or Home Depot, but Gutter Guard, and flatten it. It looks exactly like the $25-$40 mesh kits and is only $6. Just so happens that it comes in a pack of 5 or 6 pieces and on piece will fit the bumper opening perfectly. Looks good in black if I may suggest.
That's exactly what I did.

Gutter Guards FTW!!

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Old 06-25-2006, 01:12 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Got the grill installed and I say I really like it .
I feel better knowing that I have some protection there now and the fitting was quite easy.Secured it with silicone adhesive so I can easily get it out if I have to replace or repaint it.
The grill from a distance is invisable painted flat black and still looks stock driving by.

Thanks for the Info guys !!!
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