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Date Registered: 02-2008
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Re: My First Big mod for my T31. Radiator protector


Silicone is not a adhesive, just a sealer and with time will perish and fall apart.

A epoxy resin type glue made for plastics may have been a better choice!

Top job though it really does look good emoticon

Regards Scot

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Date Registered: 11-2009
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I agree. The epoxy would have set a lot faster too. I didnt think of it at the time. I can always add some epoxy on the top surface by reaching down between the mesh and the radiator. I tried superglue initally to hold it into position but this didnt work. Just covered my fingers with the horrible stuff. Ended up using blocks of wood to hold it in position while the silicone set. Cut short lengths of scrap wood and used a screw to adjust the length.

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Date Registered: 06-2008
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Nice job Barry
Those screws are the hardest part of the job, oh and those lttle plastic clips next to those screws.

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Hi all,

I did this to my chariot last night, a couple of tips are

1. Got my mesh from a local sheetmetal fabricator, he had a range to choose from

2. Dont pull too hard on the wheel arch strips as once those 3 plastic clips are up they change to a white clip that easily break.

3. I managed to screw the mesh around the bumper, they are not visible and it has the mesh tight to the bumper so nothing will get in

4 Kids love to see a car with its front removed, Wifes dont (especially when the kid runs in saying 'look what dad did to the car')

This is easy to complete yourself and thanks Tony for the instructions on the removal of the bumper as I wouldnt have located all the clips and screws without instructions

Matt
   

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Glad to hear that it was helpfull to you Matt.

Yeah those white plastic clips on the wheel arch are a bugger.

How bad was the radiator before you did the mesh?

After around 1000kms after buying my Xy, the radiator looked like it had been shot with a machine gun.

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My radiator isnt too bad, I didnt bother straightening fins. It was obvious from the small bits of debris that a larger stone could get in and cause damage.

Matt

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Hi to all mod doers
I was inspired to do this 'mod' on my day off and was puzzled as to why Mr Missan would neglect an important & delicate item such as the radiator. My radiator, like so many before, looked like tissue paper in a hail storm!
Any way my advise on this matter is in relation to the plastic dress arch that is attached to side fender. After removing relevant screws and then gently lifting 'Fillet Moulding'dress trim away 3 'Pawl' clips from front, the other remaining 6 clips are brittle and release the dress trim by bayonet method and not by pulling straight out.
Nearly all my clips broke, if the same should happen to anyone here is the part number for replacement clips - "CLIP TRIM 76882-JGOOA".
Great 'mod' and fantastic information / inspiration.
Thanks heaps. emoticon
Ben.

  

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Hi Ben.
It is a good mod and an essential one a t that.
Yes those dreaded little white clips are so brittle it's not funny.
Thanks for sharing the part number.

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Date Registered: 05-2012
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I was looking for mesh inserts to keep insects and stones from hitting the radiator through the massive gaps in the Series 4 bumper/grille design.

There was nothing commercially available within my budget (50 bucks) so I made a set for about 28 dollars and a few hours of my time.

I started with a packet of the aluminium grille mesh available almost everywhere (for me it was about 20 bucks from Supercheap, but I've seen it as low as 11 dollars on special).

Then did a trip to Clark Rubber and purchased 1.6m of the smallest edging material (pinchweld?) they had......anyway, it is a metal reinforced nylon edge protector for door trims etc

I then made a cardboard template cut to fit the gaps in the Grille and cut the aluminium mesh to that size.

Heavy duty scissors do that job well.

A bit more trimming with the scissors while holding the mesh to the hole... looked like a snug fit.

Oh, the pinchweld adds a fraction to that, but as the edges of the inlets are slightly dished, that is not a problem if you have sized the mesh to sit snugly against the outside of the supporting struts.

I did have to open the lips of the pinchweld to easily slip over the mesh. Either use a screwdriver (slow) or a brick bolster( faster) or tap it over a straight edge of hard plastic or metal (fastest).

Press the edging around the cut-outs.

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I attached the mesh using cable ties as I wanted the mesh in front of and supported by the struts and it was far too much bother to remove the front bumper just to fit external mesh.

Later, I might Sikaflex or Silicone them in but at the moment I don't know how or if it would affect the paintwork...as it stands, the inserts are simply removed by snipping the ties.

Note. use long ties inserted to the first lock point and do not start to tighten them until they are all in place, - that gives plenty of finger room to place the next tie.

When they are all in place, then begin to tighten the mesh into place. Then snip off the extra.

I know the cable tie ends are there, but they are black on black and effectively invisible until at very close range.

Coincidentally, I copped my first head-on bird strike the day after I fitted the mesh. (The bird could not have been avoided or saved. )

At 80kph the mesh stopped a possible beak into radiator intrusion.

The photo's were taken after that impact. No visible effect.



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Date Registered: 12-2010
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Great job. I like the idea of the edging material you used. I didn't think of that.
I also don't mind the mesh being installed on the outside of the grill using cable ties.
Asa you said, a lot easier than removing bumper.

Cheers and well done.

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