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A CFans Members Mod Projects / How-To by supermodulation
This How To demonstrates how to fabricate a second grille behind your upper bumper grille.
Basically a double grille to hide the radiator and A/C dryer components etc..
CANYON SLE 4WD
Upper Bumper Grille:
Modified Factory Canyon grille with the center grille removed.
Billet insert by Carriage Works Black Powder Coated Grille, Part # 41953.
a. Small Diamond Grille Mesh, Powder Coat Gloss Black, 12" x 48" sheets.
Made from 0.032 thick aluminum with an open area percentage around 68%. Purchased from http://www.customcargrills.com
for $48.98 plus shipping.
b. RTV Silicone Adhesive Sealant.
c. 2" wide masking tape.
a. Wire Cutters.
b. Brake/Sheet metal bender or wood/metal blocks.
c. Small mallet.
d. Yard Stick / straight edge ruler.
f. Pencil or any fine point sharpie marker.
Step 1. Mesh Orientation:
Place the mesh in front of you. Hold the top of the mesh towards your head and the bottom away from you, about 45 degrees.
Look straight in to the mesh. If you can see threw the mesh then your holding the mesh up-side down. Rotate the mesh 180 degrees.
Repeating the first step, you shouldn't see anything threw the mesh. Apply some 2" masking tape and mark "Front Site" and arrow showing the "TOP" of the mesh.
if light passes threw mesh screen.
, Light does not pass threw mesh screen.
(TOP) Facing front of truck.
Step 2. Mesh Layout and fabrication:
a. Layout mesh on a clean table.
b. Using the 2" masking tape, apply tape to the mesh boarder and anywhere needed for marking your measurements.
c. Cut and fold mesh, following the template drawing layout. (See above)
d. The aluminum mesh material is very easy to bend by hand. If you do not have a brake/sheet metal bender, you can use either wood or metal blocks to form the straight and square edges when forming the bends.
(Front side, All folds are facing forward)
Step 3. Test Fit, Some trimming and bending maybe required for proper installation.
Step 4. Install mesh and apply RTV adhesive Sealant glue to the grille and mesh, let harden overnight.
Note: I added some weight in the corners, keeping the mesh from curling.