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2012 Homemade grille inserts

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by pdrunk, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. Mar 13, 2012 at 5:47 PM
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    pdrunk

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    Hi yall. Been lurking and learning a lot the past few months.

    Being too afraid to properly satoshi my grille, I decided to make some inserts myself.

    Tell me what you think.

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    Painted all 3 inserts black to hide my shoddy worksmanship.

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  2. Mar 13, 2012 at 5:49 PM
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    mcdowell

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    Like it. Good job. Love DIY
     
  3. Mar 13, 2012 at 5:50 PM
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    I like it! 1 down 2 to go right?
     
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    looks real good
     
  6. Mar 13, 2012 at 6:02 PM
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  7. Mar 13, 2012 at 6:12 PM
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    All 3 pieces made and painted.

    I was more worried about protection than looks. In the 2 days installed it has caught its fair share of bugs already.
     
  8. Mar 13, 2012 at 6:21 PM
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    HomerTaco

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    Neat idea! :thumbsup:

    Do you happen to know what gauge mesh you used?

    My guess from the pics is that it is 1/4 on 5/16 staggered in .032

    Anything thicker would have been a bitch to bent like that...
     
  9. Mar 13, 2012 at 6:50 PM
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    Thanks for the positive feedback!

    Homer, it's the "small perforated aluminum" from customcargrills. I actually did a horrible job. I plan on recutting some new inserts sooner or later.

    My first time working with metal and tin snips.

    Tools: 30 year old straight cut snips, claw hammer, pliers and zip ties.
     
  10. Mar 13, 2012 at 6:54 PM
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    HomerTaco

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    Yup. That's the same as my M1 mesh... But mine is .063 which is twice the thickness...

    Don't be down on the tools! I use a metal brake that is as old as I am! :D
     
  11. Mar 13, 2012 at 9:39 PM
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    I was toying with the idea of taking some 2000 grit to the mesh and then polish with some mothers. But I'm liking the black more and more.

    Here are a few more pictures before I spraypainted em.
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