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Well with the snow thawing after we got 2ft! this past day or so, I decided to kick it in gear and do some work on the grill.

Here are the three stages.
Mat board to steel template to mesh cut peice.
Note: there are mating features that are cut into the egdes, thus they are not supposed to be smooth. :)



with a little help from the plasma cutter of course.



Now I added some contour via the english wheel



and test fitment in the old bumper courtesy of my low speed wreck.


I should be throwing this in next time I get something powdercoated...or maybe just get it painted at the same shop that did my grill. The next step is to get these laser cut with my own mesh pattern an then I can make them for you folks. I also plan to have a carbon fiber surround version, but this will go in the place of the factory plastic grill.

Feedback always welcome

Fig
 

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Looking good Fig! I would really like to see the surround in CF :cool:
 

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OK I got it in just a few minutes a go. I simulated the solid surround with electrical tape for "proof of concept". I had to tweak a few little things but I think it came out OK. Next step is to feed back my tewaks to teh flat pattern and come up with a new perf pattern with a solid border to hide some of the bumper. I think I will also add some tabs to space it off. Once I get teh carbon surround done, I can then use this same peice for the mesh. I will toss up a few ideas for you guys to look at.







 

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Fig, are you also going to make one for the bottom grill to match? It looks like you painted the mesh black on the last two pics, correct? Will this design leave out the logo?
 

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Fig, are you also going to make one for the bottom grill to match? It looks like you painted the mesh black on the last two pics, correct? Will this design leave out the logo?
I plan on making both to match for sure, the mesh I used here was just some I happened to have. I will design my own pattern and apply it to both areas. I am also going to have F logos made to put in the lower corner.
 

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I plan on making both to match for sure, the mesh I used here was just some I happened to have. I will design my own pattern and apply it to both areas. I am also going to have F logos made to put in the lower corner.
That's going to be a unique design. I'm assuming the logo that will be placed on the lower corner will be smaller...a small F logo to match what we have, maybe?
 

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Nice work FIG...

How about an X pattern mesh to match the lower grill??

TRD Grill seen below for the IS300... ;)

 

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Nice work FIG...

How about an X pattern mesh to match the lower grill??

TRD Grill seen below for the IS300... ;)

I have never found a good source for that mesh here in the states.
 
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