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This is a discussion on Homemade Mesh Protectors within the Exterior & Appearance forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; I have the sport mest grill in my 09, any body recommend a some way of installing a matching mesh ...

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    I have the sport mest grill in my 09, any body recommend a some way of installing a matching mesh into the scoop, and the remainder of the front end. Trying to not spend a whole lot of money on this process but I've seen some really good home jobs.
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    It is pretty easy. I think people call it the gutter guard mod. You can buy the gutter guard stuff at your favorite home repair store.
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    Yea I had been reading into those, I just want to make sure it didnt look to cheap but I'll look into them. Can you, any body recommend a good material to use or installing trick they used. My car is in the body shop now and I need to do this fairly quick. While my hood and bumper are off the car or I'll be taking the car apart myself.
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    You can find all sorts of high quality mesh that actually looks as good/better than a pre-manufactured part. You just have to take your time.

    Google for: wire mesh, wire cloth, screen cloth, wire screen, woven wire, etc... in your area.
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    Any recommendation on installing tips or materials to use for lower grill? Does anyone have any nice of job they did themselves? I saw some really nice pics awhile back but can't find them anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by <Ksubi> View Post
    Can you, any body recommend a good material to use or installing trick they used.


    It's called "gutter guard".. they sell it at Home Depot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MainFrame View Post
    It's called "gutter guard".. they sell it at Home Depot.
    yep, works good too.. and a crapload cheaper than buying pre-made parts. Though, I like to look at the pics of the expensive stuff and make my cheap stuff look just like it

    Haven't done this to my subaru, haven't seen a need to.. but have done it on previous vehicles and for friends vehicles. Any mesh material you can get cheap will work.. stuff thats more rigid works better. Wander down to your local LOWES and see what they have.. its worth a shot.
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    Found the material I'm going to use but the body shop closed early today. Can anyone help me out with the dimensions for the lower grill and hoodscoop opening? For a standard 2009 wrx. Have a couple trial pieces to practice on.
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    The last one I did for a buddy with a ms3 was to use thin cardboard that I cut to the shape of the opening. Used a sharpie marker to transfer the pattern onto the mesh and cut it out slowly/carefully with tin snips.

    Your car is accessible right? That would be your best source for dimensions
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    Not a fan of this mod at all but I would imagine that matte black would be the best color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJ View Post
    Not a fan of this mod at all
    Why not? I've been thinking about doing this as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shadowpr View Post
    Why not? I've been thinking about doing this as well.
    IMHO:
    • Looks tacky.
    • If it were really necessary I believe Subaru would have done it.
    • Reduced air flow and added weight seems like it would negate the perceived benefit.
    • Strikes me as largely a mod just for the sake of doing a mod.
    • Seems like a waste of effort/expense.


    I know people who I trust and like who have done it so I'm really not passing judgment on anyone who has done this or wants to, just saying it's not my bag.
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