Welcome to the North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club Friday August 22, 2014
Home Forums WikiNASIOC Products Store Modifications Upgrade Garage
NASIOC
Here you can view your subscribed threads, work with private messages and edit your profile and preferences Home Registration is free! Visit the NASIOC Store NASIOC Rules Search Find other members Frequently Asked Questions Calendar Archive NASIOC Upgrade Garage Logout
Go Back   NASIOC > NASIOC General > Interior & Exterior Modification

Welcome to NASIOC - The world's largest online community for Subaru enthusiasts!
Welcome to the NASIOC.com Subaru forum.

You are currently viewing our forum as a guest, which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our community, free of charge, you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is free, fast and simple, so please join our community today!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.
* Registered users of the site do not see these ads.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-10-2011, 08:33 PM   #1
Millhouse_5
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 269208
Join Date: Jan 2011
Chapter/Region: E. Canada
Location: Nova Scotia
Vehicle:
95 JDM STI RA
08 2.5i Sedan

Default DIY - 08+ mesh front grill

well since i dont ever recall seeing one of these before weeing as the 08+ have a grill shape thats not easy to replicate, unlike the bugeye, i decided to make one myself.

Also, this saves me a lot of money by not having to get a grillcraft grill or buy someones wrx grill.

however, as i stated, its hard.

im not done yet, but im working on it and i can see why theres no other guide on this. as it is rather tedious to get around all the round edges

as in my scoop grill mod, i started with cordboard templates fitted to the car 1/2 at a time.



Next i mated the two half together and cut out a general shape of the grill with plenty of space left over to bend in support braces to later drill to if this comes even remotely close to working.



I intend to use the cardboard guides as bend guides to get the general shape down and the rest will be when i fit it to the car. wish me Luck, ill keep you updated with pictures as the night progresses
Millhouse_5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-10-2011, 09:37 PM   #2
Millhouse_5
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 269208
Join Date: Jan 2011
Chapter/Region: E. Canada
Location: Nova Scotia
Vehicle:
95 JDM STI RA
08 2.5i Sedan

Default



Well, there's the finished product so far.

I have already test fit it outside in the dark and it seems to line up just fine. As for my experience working with the Gutter guard as a bending medium. My thumbs hurt. Quite a bit actually. There is so much crappy ass bending is this awkwardly shaped SOB that i want to shoot someone or something RIGHT NOW!

Ugh... ill post some test pics tomorrow with it just sitting in front of the grill. But I work for the next 5 days so i wont be gutting my old one any time soon to put this thing in. But I'll keep you updated.
Millhouse_5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2011, 01:20 AM   #3
jonnylin1
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 232228
Join Date: Dec 2009
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Bellevue
Vehicle:
2008 SWP WRX -BYE <3
WHITE FTW - AW e92 335i

Default

interesting...

the grille shape is really tricky though, i remember when i took mine apart to paint flat black it just reminded me of the batman wing shape =P

are you keeping it silver or you going to paint it?
jonnylin1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-11-2011, 01:24 AM   #4
FkVtech
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 198968
Join Date: Jan 2009
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: A pineapple under the sea
Vehicle:
2008 WRX
RIP Soccerkid52688

Default

I got an 09 grille for cheap

But for the people that couldn't get a deal like that, this is looking pretty promising.
FkVtech is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2011, 02:18 AM   #5
Skibum101
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 265502
Join Date: Nov 2010
Chapter/Region: VIC
Vehicle:
2008 5 Door WRX
Rally Blue

Default

thanks alot for the inspiration. i saw this and thought id continue your work. heres a pic of what i got so far. so far it holds itself together it just needs some trimming and painting. should be ready to go on the car tomoro or the day after depending on paint. il put together a DIY guide later.

[IMG][/IMG]
Skibum101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2011, 05:22 PM   #6
Skibum101
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 265502
Join Date: Nov 2010
Chapter/Region: VIC
Vehicle:
2008 5 Door WRX
Rally Blue

Default

just finished it this morning. super stoked on how it turned out. waaay better then the stock grill and total cost was $20. 10 for 1ft by 4ft aluminum mesh (probs only need 3 ft) and 10 for paint

Last edited by Skibum101; 04-20-2011 at 01:50 AM.
Skibum101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2011, 06:59 PM   #7
MisterG
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 150771
Join Date: Jun 2007
Vehicle:
2011 WRX Ltd
Obushidianburakku Pearl

Default

^^ Looks great. Where did u get the mesh at?
MisterG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2011, 01:12 PM   #8
wgr73
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 232458
Join Date: Dec 2009
Chapter/Region: SWIC
Location: Las Cruces, El Paso
Vehicle:
2008 STi (OBP)
CAMTuning.com

Default

That's a sweet mod, looks good!
wgr73 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2011, 01:39 PM   #9
f575gtc
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 267839
Join Date: Dec 2010
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: Shelton, CT
Vehicle:
2011 STI
SWP

Default

what the hell is up with your scoop insert?
f575gtc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2011, 02:55 PM   #10
Skibum101
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 265502
Join Date: Nov 2010
Chapter/Region: VIC
Vehicle:
2008 5 Door WRX
Rally Blue

Default

i picked up the mesh from metal supermarkets in Burnaby, BC.

I covered my scoop insert with painters tape and panted it black to see how it would look with the grill before i commited myself fully. thats why it looks all messy in the pic. still not sure if i want to paint it black or get it CF wrapped.
Skibum101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-19-2011, 03:19 PM   #11
Millhouse_5
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 269208
Join Date: Jan 2011
Chapter/Region: E. Canada
Location: Nova Scotia
Vehicle:
95 JDM STI RA
08 2.5i Sedan

Default

That looks really nice, much better than mine. turns out mine looked like crap and i just couldn't get it to look right mounted so i chucked it

However i can show you what a CF scoop looks like. It came with my WRX hood. Otherwise i probably would have just gotten it colour matched



Millhouse_5 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2011, 01:17 AM   #12
Skibum101
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 265502
Join Date: Nov 2010
Chapter/Region: VIC
Vehicle:
2008 5 Door WRX
Rally Blue

Default

thanks for the pic with the cf scoop. that will definately help me make a decision.

Now... Time for the full DIY

Disclamer: what you choose to do to your car is your choice and responsibility. I am not responsible for any failures deriving from this DIY. I am in no way claiming this to be the best method it is just the method i used. I played this mod by ear because as Millhouse pointed out noone has done a writeup yet. therefore it is likely that there are other methods of doing it but this works for me and im happy with the result. If you do find another way post it in this thread so we can keep all the info in one area.

first step is getting the grill off. i dont wanna cover it so just watch this vid. you can take it off without popping the bumper off its just awkward. that being said taking the bumper off is pretty damn awkward as well.


getting the mesh to fit and mount properly was really time consuming but i found that its easier if you trim the bottom of the old backing peice/mesh off entirely. it gives more room for the mesh to sit between the back of the bottom peice and the car.




then i used a dremel and trimmed the back edges of the chrome peice to remove all the little tabs (NOT screwholes or the big tabs) so the mesh would sit flush against the bottom. then i cut down the bottom back edge of the black piece to create a uniform width all the way across.

before pic


no after pic but I trimmed both ends to make it an even width all the way across. personally like having the top of the mesh sitting farther back then the bottom but if you want a more flush look you can trim down the top more.

Next thing I did was to bend the full sheet of aluminum to match the bends of the grill. and clipped holes in the mesh to fit the screw holes and big tabs.




TIP: i found that you can secure the mesh temporarily by bending the clipped ends of aluminum under the screwholes. but the more you bend the ends the sooner theyl break off.

once i had the mesh in the position i wanted i used a dremel to cut away most of the eccess. later I learned it is much easier on the ears and your supply of cutting bits if you just use tin snips and bend each clipped end back and forth with pliers till they break off.



Then i bent all the edges of the mesh so that they would slip into the little gap inside the back of the chrome peice and on the corners of the black peice.once i got the fitment of the mesh to the grill nice i took it all apart and started painting. TAKE YOUR TIME WITH PAINT. make sure you sand and spray light coats. I f'd it up at the end doing a clearcoat and it took me another day of sanding and acetone to get back where I was before and you do not wanna do that. also I bailed on the clearcoat 2nd time around because i didnt want to screw up again and it made it too glossy.

I used duplicolor sandable primer on all the pieces (you could probs use cheaper stuff but i had some from painting my rims) and tremclad semigloss for the final coats.(i wouldnt use it again the nozel on their paint cans don't spray lightly and spray in a tight circle making it hard to get a nice even coat.) i used rustoleum flat black to black out the blue behind the grill.

Tip: i found that with the new mesh being much more seethrough the ugly ass horn behind the grill stood out like a sore thumb so i loosened it off and rotated it so its hidden behind the centerpost. it looks much better that way i encourage you to do the same




once I finished painting I did the 1/4 inch pinstrip so I could wrap the ends behind it to make look better and did the final bending of the edges to wrap around the plastic peices and that secured it surprisingly well though i made sure it was secure with zipties as well. I attached the zipties around the loop near the end of the cut up black peice. you'll see it near one of the screw holes used to attach the chrome piece. I dont have any pictures of the back of the finished grill but il take some when i pull the front bumper off to do the bottom grill




Overall I'd say this mod is a pain in the ass to do but if done correctly (and patiently) itl come out nice. I would definately encourage any DIYers or anyone on a tight budget to try this mod. itl save you 130 bucks and if it doesnt work you were probs gonna order the sport grill anyway.

FYI this is my first real DIY so this isnt just for those hardcore few who need everything to be homebuilt. This is also my first DIY writeup so if theres anything i missed or should include tell me and il see if i can get it in here and in future writeups.

Last edited by Skibum101; 04-20-2011 at 01:55 AM.
Skibum101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2011, 09:40 AM   #13
O.C.D.
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 19640
Join Date: Jun 2002
Chapter/Region: RMIC
Location: Colorful CO
Vehicle:
2005 RBP LGT 5T WAG
Cryotuned Stage 1

Default

Man those 08 grills are completely hideous!!!

That is a fine job you did on that mesh by the way!!!
O.C.D. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2011, 10:46 AM   #14
JavaBot
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 156723
Join Date: Aug 2007
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: Illadelph
Vehicle:
99rs Slvr City Buggy
'14 swp 5dr sport

Default

Looks real nice, good job! Did you protect it with any clear enamel? I'd recommend rustoleum satin clear to keep the flat look or you'll get rock chips in no time.
JavaBot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2011, 01:10 PM   #15
Skibum101
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 265502
Join Date: Nov 2010
Chapter/Region: VIC
Vehicle:
2008 5 Door WRX
Rally Blue

Default

i dont have a clearcoat on the final product. It took me 2 tries to get the paint to look good. on my first attempt everything was perfect until the clearcoat which got all veiny after it dried so i had to sand everything down again and restart over. that took me another day so i just bailed on the clearcoat. wasnt worth worth risking restarting again
Skibum101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-20-2011, 05:59 PM   #16
JavaBot
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 156723
Join Date: Aug 2007
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: Illadelph
Vehicle:
99rs Slvr City Buggy
'14 swp 5dr sport

Default

gotta lay the clearcoat on in thin layers. a satin finish will be a bit less runny than your crystal clear. what brand did you use? Looks nice, just remember to overspray never stop the can in one spot on your painted object.
JavaBot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2011, 01:31 AM   #17
Skibum101
Scooby Newbie
 
Member#: 265502
Join Date: Nov 2010
Chapter/Region: VIC
Vehicle:
2008 5 Door WRX
Rally Blue

Default

i used duplicolor clearcoat first time. no clearcoat the second. i did the first layer quite light but it gave the paint a speckled look. so I thought a slightly thicker coat would be better. apperently not. lesson learned
Skibum101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2011, 10:41 AM   #18
polarisboy385
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 222041
Join Date: Aug 2009
Chapter/Region: South East
Location: Biloxi MS
Vehicle:
2009 Impreza 2.5i
PRP

Default

This thread reeks of win! I tried forever to do this but couldn't. I will be going back at this as soon as the nice weather cones back
polarisboy385 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2011, 10:53 AM   #19
JavaBot
Scooby Guru
 
Member#: 156723
Join Date: Aug 2007
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: Illadelph
Vehicle:
99rs Slvr City Buggy
'14 swp 5dr sport

Default

It looks great and if you used rustoleum flat black enamel that should actually withstand pretty well depending on your primer. Since it's actually a primer itself, it should be stronger than regular paint would and if you laid it on thick it should be fine unless your undercoat does not adhere to metal too well.

Trick with clear coat is thin layer(S)(plural). That speckled look you got will go away as the coat is laid on EVENLY. Ideally since it's a finish you want to shoot from straight above so it doesn't run, but if your rattle skills are up to par your light coats should enable you to get it angled without having to sand/wetsand in the long run. Overspray all day!!! if you stop the can (change directions) you get deposits/runs.

I use the primer route too though quite often and find it to be durable and effective. Also easier to reshoot later. Keep up good work I like the new look much better!
JavaBot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-23-2011, 10:59 PM   #20
polarisboy385
Scooby Specialist
 
Member#: 222041
Join Date: Aug 2009
Chapter/Region: South East
Location: Biloxi MS
Vehicle:
2009 Impreza 2.5i
PRP

Default

I'm currently following this to an exact T

I can't wait to finally have a normal looking grill!

This write up has been great!
polarisboy385 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-25-2011, 09:45 PM   #21
myoussef17
*** Banned ***
 
Member#: 266296
Join Date: Dec 2010
Chapter/Region: Tri-State
Location: NJ
Vehicle:
2008 WRX
SSM

Default My grill

I just did mine a few weeks ago. The pics came out like crap...



myoussef17 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
WTB 08 STI Front Grille Nacron Private 'Wanted' Classifieds 10 10-03-2008 05:21 PM
FS: Stock 08 Impreza Front Grill + 07 STI OEM Shift assembly Kilya Tri-State Area Private Classifieds 0 09-19-2008 12:50 PM
08 STi front grill. mattjk Exterior/Styling 4 03-05-2008 03:08 AM
FS: 08 STI front grill. mattjk SCIC Private Classifieds 5 02-28-2008 07:07 PM
sti limited or polyurethane front lip and wrx or black meshed front grille for 06-07 Combsysti Private 'Wanted' Classifieds 0 01-09-2008 02:48 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:18 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Powered by Searchlight © 2014 Axivo Inc.
Copyright ©1999 - 2014, North American Subaru Impreza Owners Club, Inc.