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dmross 03-03-2008 10:17 AM

DIY grill for my '08 spec b
 
I was inspired by some of the other DIY efforts here and decided to have a go at making my own.

I removed the stock grill and went crazy with tin snips and my Dremel. I cut all the crap out of the center so it is just a frame. I took off the outer chromed ring and put a screen behind it, then remounted it. It took about 2 hours total time and looks pretty decent IMHO. I screwed up when cutting the screen so there is a spot with a gap on the sides, but I am going to buy another screen and do it right. The screen I used is from www.customcargrills.com which someone had linked to in another thread.

Total cost is about $40 right now, which was the price of the screen.

Notes:
1. Cutting plastic with a Dremel smells really bad and is probably not good for you to breathe.
2. Patience is a virtue, take your time when cutting. I have to buy a second screen now which will double the cost.
3. I am considering painting my radiator with some thermal dispersant paint, in order for everything to look "black" behind the grill. *see #4*
4. Make sure you mount the mesh the right way. The screen I bought is more transparent from certain angles making it easier to see the radiator in the pics below since I mounted it the upside down!

http://chrono.firex.org/images/diygrill1.jpg
http://chrono.firex.org/images/diygrill2.jpg

dmross 03-03-2008 01:43 PM

After staring at it all day and talking to my euro-snob brother, I've decided that I'm gonna mount the Subaru emblem in the center because this looks a bit too ricey. :p

I will post follow up pics later.

Underdog 03-03-2008 01:46 PM

Definitely add the emblem. Good call.

It's gonna look hot!

Repsak 03-03-2008 01:47 PM

i would say paint the chrome. i think it sticks out waaay to much now.

looks great tho!

CTATV 03-03-2008 01:53 PM

looks good to me man, a nice STi or subaru logo just icing on the cake

collegemt 03-03-2008 03:12 PM

Looks good, I might have to try this soon, getting real tireed of the chrome wings.

I think the Emblem would look nice in the center.

collegemt 03-06-2008 12:21 PM

Any updates with the Emblem in the Center yet. I really want to see how it turns out.

dmross 03-06-2008 12:55 PM

I'm waiting for the replacement mesh to arrive before I mount the badge.

I also realized that the current setup has the mesh upside down! Basically, it's much easier to see through it the way it is mounted. If it was right-side-up it wouldn't look so transparent. I will post update pics soon as I can.

CTATV 03-06-2008 01:08 PM

cool. Im planning on just manning up and getting the rallitek one i know its 200 but i dont have the time to DIY it...

dmross 03-06-2008 01:12 PM

Well, nice that you have that option with an 06. ;) AFAIK there is no grill available for the 08. $50 and 2 hours and you're set!

BTW I don't know who said that you need to take off the bumper to get the grill out but you don't (implied in one of the Rommel threads). It's a bit tricky to unscrew the grill with your hand jammed but it can be done!

CTATV 03-06-2008 01:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dmross (Post 1755208)
Well, nice that you have that option with an 06. ;) AFAIK there is no grill available for the 08. $50 and 2 hours and you're set!

BTW I don't know who said that you need to take off the bumper to get the grill out but you don't (implied in one of the Rommel threads). It's a bit tricky to unscrew the grill with your hand jammed but it can be done!


that just for 08s or you mean for all of the grills? I too would prefer not to take the bumper off

lamw001 03-06-2008 01:45 PM

Thanks. Very good DIY result!

Subscribed for future reference.

Throttlejockey 03-31-2008 06:23 PM

Which screen did you use? I'm thinking if trying the smaller hexagon mesh.

Throttlejockey 04-06-2008 06:05 AM

Just did mine yesterday, I got the small hexagon mesh powdercoated black. Came out great. I'll post some pics later.

hakgwai 04-06-2008 12:41 PM

where'd u get the mesh?


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