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Old 01-14-2013, 02:03 PM   #1
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E30 Mesh Grill

This was a "while waiting for parts project" it was quick and I did it in a few hours (not including paint drying)

stuff needed:

E30 headlight cover L+R and kydney grill
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400 grit sandpaper
gutter/eavestrough covers (got mine from lowes for 15$ tonnes left over)
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Step 1: Re-construction

chisel out all the fins, bondo the holes, and sand smooth




Step 2: moulding the mesh

bend gutter cover straight (its curved when you buy it, previous pic bottom right). Make a quick template with some paper and cut and bend the mesh to match.. It should almost hold itself into the little triangular holes

1 piece is 6in wide so it just fits the E30 front end but if you really want to make it wider for other openings, DONT WELD IT! I tried to take my tig welder to it and it vapourized, so I soldered it and using a torch and soldering paste it turned out pretty good (but was a pain in the ass and in the end was useless because the stuff was wide enough anyway)


Step 3: Painting

scuff the plastic with the sandpaper, clean the mesh parts, prime and paint I made the mesh flat black while the grills gloss




Step 4: Fitment

To make sure that the mesh doesnt stick too far out the back or into the headlights


Step 5: Clean

Clean any paint from areas you will be bonding to, and scuff the plastic

Step 6: epoxy em into place

I used c clamps for the big section, the others just held themselves into place

As you can see, my car before I bought it was painted at MACCO and they did a shitty job taping the front and ended up painting the fan shoroud, also the mounts for the grill stick out, being white... so a little more painting of the stuff behind and it will look better

I also added some pinstripe for a bit more retro look but to each their own


One day I'll paint that bumper


and if you think its too ricer well....
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:23 PM   #2
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That looks pretty good I think, it would probably give a lot more air to a CAI than the stock grills do.
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:46 PM   #3
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Damn, that actually looks really good. I was expecting a lot less.. well done!!
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:49 PM   #4
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You executed it quite well.
Having said that, Euro grills are what you need.
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:57 PM   #5
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I have euro's but couldn't bring myself to cut them up like that lol.
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:04 PM   #6
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Nice!

You may have just started a new e30 trend!
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:51 PM   #7
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Think I'll try it with a spare set of kidneys in silver...great idea!
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:36 PM   #8
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thanks guys, I got the idea watching DTM racing... I thought 1 car had it.. upon further investigation it didnt.. but the idea was in my head lol

I didnt really do this for better airflow... yah it might help the intake, but it will hinder the cooling a bit.. not that e30's have a problem with it (when all the parts are working) lol

Kudos must goto richie for supplying me with a spare set of grills should I have messed up
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:00 PM   #9
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That's a 10ft pin stripe haha

The mesh looks good though, it'd look sweet if you could see a massive intercooler behind it
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Finish blacking out the grill, and it actually doesn't look half bad. Hope she's not running too cold now with all that air flowing freely.

That being said, how about a e30 winter kidney set?

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Old 09-02-2013, 11:44 PM   #11
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On Toyota trucks that mod is called the "Satochi Grill" or simply the "Satochi" after the first guy that did one and detailed the procedure. It's one of the more popular "in depth" mods that folks do. I say in depth because once you cut your grill you're committed.
Most folks get a second grill to do the mod on in case it does'nt work out.

Very good looking mod on the 3 series.
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:30 PM   #12
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Looks good. I did that years ago, only did the kidney and used a much tighter mess. I will try and see if I have pics of it. Car is at the shop.
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Finish blacking out the grill, and it actually doesn't look half bad. Hope she's not running too cold now with all that air flowing freely.

That being said, how about a e30 winter kidney set?

LOL

Nice work dude looks pretty good actually
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On Toyota trucks that mod is called the "Satochi Grill" or simply the "Satochi" after the first guy that did one and detailed the procedure. It's one of the more popular "in depth" mods that folks do. I say in depth because once you cut your grill you're committed.
Most folks get a second grill to do the mod on in case it does'nt work out.

Very good looking mod on the 3 series.
You mean Satoshi?

I think I might try this out on my grills, I gotta put new mesh on the valance anyways. Only problem is the paint chips easily. I wonder if powder coating would hold up better?
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Old 09-04-2013, 10:55 AM   #15
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that's right Satoshi my bad...
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