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my DIY satoshi grille

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by cball917, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. Feb 23, 2012 at 8:59 AM
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    cball917

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    started on it last night. i bought another grille to run in my truck so i would not be rushed to get this done. will update pics as progess continues

    yota grille.jpg
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  2. Feb 23, 2012 at 9:38 AM
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    NO Chrome,3" NFab's steps,TRD skid,Wet okie's.011 grill, k&n,5100's,All this comes right off when the old lady says let's go get a NEW ONE!!!
    Cut out the small sides Op otherwise its only 1/2 done.....[​IMG]
     
  3. Feb 23, 2012 at 9:40 AM
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    i just did mine too. not a good job, but good enough for me. i was too much in a hurry. i'll post pics asap
     
  4. Feb 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM
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    That's why I bought a grille to put in while in building. Did not want to feel rushed
     
  5. Feb 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM
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    looks good man what kind of mesh did you use and where did you get it?
     
  6. Feb 23, 2012 at 2:48 PM
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    i want to know the same thing.......reply back asap
     
  7. Feb 23, 2012 at 9:03 PM
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    just search on ebay for aluminum black mini mesh. the buy it now is 29.99 plus 5 for shipping. the lowest offer they would accept was 25 plus shipping. took abotu 3 days to get it. comes in a 12x48 sheet. enough to do grille and triangles

    here you go
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/BLACK-ALUMI...Parts_Accessories&vxp=mtr&hash=item53e326ac6d
     
  8. Mar 11, 2012 at 7:10 PM
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    cball917

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    here are some updated pics. i sanded, glassed, bondo, then primed. installed back in an ran for a solid week to see if any changes in the operating temp because of the small holes in the mesh. i noted no temp change at all. going to finish it this week and will post pics when finished. it will be super white.

    grille 1.jpg
    grille 2.jpg
    grille 3.jpg
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    grille 5.jpg
     
  9. Mar 11, 2012 at 7:12 PM
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    and a side note. the pic of it back on the truck..... i bought this small hole mesh so you could not "see" through it. i have not painted the radiator yet and you still can not see it when grille is installed. i am very pleased with it. the mesh was only 30 bucks
     
  10. Mar 11, 2012 at 8:29 PM
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    How did you get the glass to bond to the ABS?

    I tried glassing mine and 3 days later it peeled off like a banana skin when I lightly flexed the grille.
    Started searching online, and everything I found indicated that glass resin will not properly bond with ABS.

    And I wondered why HomerTaco made his using plastic welding.
    I ended up laminating some ABS sheet to the back and attaching some cut pieces from the removed parts of the grille. One end is nice, the other end is still soft (after a week!).. I'm hoping it will firm up or I'll have to strip it back down and try again.
     
  11. Mar 11, 2012 at 8:32 PM
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    :thumbsup: Looks good! :cheers:
     
  12. Mar 11, 2012 at 8:42 PM
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    Looks Good
    Doin' one of these is like startin' a new career.
    I also bought a 2nd grill, as it took me a couple months, a little at a time.


    CC
     
  13. Mar 12, 2012 at 10:51 AM
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    anytime your bonding plastic to something you have to sand area for it to stick to
     
  14. Mar 12, 2012 at 6:15 PM
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    Did that.

    60 grit.

    It peeled off without an argument like a whore's skirt.
     
  15. Mar 13, 2012 at 6:40 PM
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    it should have stuck i would think. i used 8o grit and lightly scuffed and then degreased and layed it to it
     
  16. Mar 13, 2012 at 6:42 PM
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    still trying to decide if i want to put an emblem back on grille. it looks bad aZZ without one. so i am torn???
     
  17. Mar 13, 2012 at 7:11 PM
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    I'm going to use a white one from an FJ
     
  18. Mar 13, 2012 at 7:30 PM
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    Awesome job OP. Satoshi's are quite an endeavor. All you guys who do it yourselves get props.
     
  19. Mar 13, 2012 at 9:41 PM
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    X2 :cool:
     
  20. Mar 14, 2012 at 10:56 AM
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    thanks for the comments. hopefully will get it on this week. watersanding now
     
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