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BradWhite 04-30-2008 10:11 PM

My Grille Mod - Help Finding Mesh (05/06 new pic)
Well, I couldn't find any good mesh in my area so I used what I had on hand. What I would really like though is to find some nice stainless steel mesh. Anyone know of a good supplier? I'll make you a deal, I find a good supplier and I will tell you all what I used on my 08 grille (see pic). I'm sure you'll find it funny, total cost of the job was about $15 bucks and I have 1/2 the material left over.[hihi]

shepski 04-30-2008 10:22 PM

Great. Now it looks like a Lincoln.

Oregon-ized 04-30-2008 10:31 PM

That just looks like rain gutter mesh from Lowe's or Home Depot. Anyhoo, here's an awesome source:

FocusFreak09 04-30-2008 10:33 PM

that looks sick man good work

BradWhite 04-30-2008 10:58 PM

LOL, you are 1/2 right, the upper grille is $1.67 rain gutter guard. And thanks for the link, that looks like what I'm looking for. I'm hoping it doesn't look like a "Lincoln" with some nice mesh. Now what about the bottom material, any thoughts?

BradWhite 04-30-2008 11:48 PM

All right, I'm going to bed. The bottom material is BBQ screen (made to put your veggies and stuff on while grilling). And I really did buy them for the BBQ (4 for 5$) but some how two of them wound up on the front of my car. Just an experiment, too much time on my hands, to see what it might look like with some mesh. I'm liking it but the center section with the 9$ Auto Zone chrome door trim maybe a bit much. But then, that was mostly to protect my freak'n hands from the sharp edges on that stuff.

j-zetec_pr 04-30-2008 11:52 PM

gotta say, i was expecting something really crappy but that looks good

Oregon-ized 05-01-2008 12:40 AM

I definitely know about the gutter mesh; that's what I've sprayed black and overlaid onto my stock grill, with the oval on top of it all. As to the lower grille, you get to guess what that is. [idea]

loudfocus01 05-01-2008 01:37 AM

That actually looks pretty good man. Not bad.

stoopidsteve87 05-01-2008 01:49 AM

not bad at all.

Oregon-ized 05-01-2008 03:00 AM

Thanks. Next up is tinting the turn signals.
As to the lower grille, it's plastic eggcrate mesh that's used as diffusers in fluorescent light fixtures. Like the other mesh, it was leftover material from the house, and sprayed with the same black paint. Modding done cheap. [;)]

OCS12 05-01-2008 08:02 AM

I have to admit, I'm impressed. That weird gap at the bottom of the upper grill that extends all the way under the head lights always bugged me on the '08 models. You've done the impossible. You've made an '08 front end look good!!! Very nice work.

Khanaar 05-01-2008 08:16 AM

chickenwire on cars looks horrible, i suggest not putting meshes, but thats just me.

Mr.Bergner 05-01-2008 08:43 AM

Yeah, I agree, that looks really good actually.

We have a place called Metal By The Foot that has absolutely everything. Might check it out even though its in MO

BradWhite 05-01-2008 08:55 AM

Oregon-ized - nice job, that looks great! Thanks for the link Mr. Bergner - I'll check 'em out.

And thanks to all for the comments. I post here because I know I'll get honest opinions, really helps me figure out if I'm on the right track or not.

Mr.Bergner 05-01-2008 09:55 AM

So on that grill (where the gap normally is) did you put door trim around it? That's kinda what it looks like, but because the stock grill is chrome, it looks really good actually. I did that on my last car when I made a grill.

OH yeah, speaking of, my last grill was made out of an old satallite I found in a junk yard. It's the kind with round holes instead of diamonds. Make any sense? lol But maybe check a junk yard or something, never know. Plus, junk yards are just fun anyway.

NissanAJ 05-01-2008 10:04 AM

Hey that looks great. Plus it looks really clean, almost like it came from the factory like that. Good Job.

Mr.Bergner 05-01-2008 10:52 AM

Another note, can you show a pic of the front from farther back?

BradWhite 05-01-2008 03:10 PM

Yes, the center section (under the Ford Emblem) has chrome door edging around it. But I wasn’t concerned with the gap at the time, I was sick of the sharp edges shredding my fingers. But, I guess it worked out.

I’ll get another pic from further back; hopefully the sun will shine around here long enough to get that.

BradWhite 05-01-2008 03:50 PM

Here's that pic from further away.

Mr.Bergner 05-02-2008 11:46 AM

Dang, yeah, that filled in gap looks stellar. Great job.

BradWhite 05-02-2008 03:52 PM

Thanks for the nice compliments. My wife told me it looked good, but hey she thinks I look good, so I wanted another opinion. I re-did the center section last night, but I'm still not satisfied. It's now about 1/4" wider and looks even better (my opinion) but I keep taking the grill off when I do this. One more re-work with the grill on so I make sure it goes all the way over to and follows the contours of the headlights and I think I'll be satisfied.

Thanks again, really appreciate all the input.

Djmike2485 05-03-2008 12:07 AM

I have to admit, when I see people making their own grilles, I expect really sloppy work. What you have done Bradwhite, looks incredible. Great work!

BradWhite 05-03-2008 11:29 AM

Thank you gentlemen, one and all. What an incredible boost to my confidence. [woot]

BradWhite 05-06-2008 01:24 AM

OK, 3rd re-work of the center section done and I'm finally happy with it. I tried to get a pic but it was dark when I finished. I'll post a pic tomorrow.

CJohn364 05-06-2008 04:05 AM

Nice work on the grill mod.

BradWhite 05-06-2008 03:54 PM

Well, I'm done. The center piece is now wider than it was and it finally makes it all the way to the headlights.

theWorst 05-06-2008 05:49 PM

i think it looks great... any plans on painting the chrome body color?

BradWhite 05-06-2008 06:24 PM

Well no, not until you mentioned it. Geez, thanks - now I've got more to think about, I thought I was done. :-)

Justin svt 08-23-2008 11:45 AM

anyone ever put mesh behind their stock 2000-2005 focus grille?

way2yellow 08-25-2008 10:28 AM

Im doing about the same thing. But on mine i got a grill from the junkyard, cut out all the crap inbetween the fog lights, then im putting the gutter gaurd as mesh behind it and painting it black, and im not going to have an emblom or however you spell that

BradWhite 08-25-2008 01:22 PM

That should look great. Pics when your done?

way2yellow 08-26-2008 10:00 AM

ya ill post some, might be a little, almost done but we need a couple things and everyone around here is broke lol.

runfocusrun 08-28-2008 01:46 AM

You did a heck of a great job. Since my stock grill from my ZX5 took a rock, the upper part is broken so took it out. Now the fofo looks like missing a tooth LOL. Have to get creative to fix something up grill wise. Thnxs for posting your pics, gives great ideas.

BradWhite 08-28-2008 01:53 AM

yeah, a little dental mesh just might help - sorry, bad attempt at humor there

Sn4ckM4st3r 08-28-2008 08:58 AM

Looks good. Not a huge fan of mesh myself. Looks cheap and cheesy.But good work.

Pross07 08-28-2008 11:51 AM

That looks really nice on the new Focus!! Great Job!!

Waffles ZX3 Kona Sport 09-04-2008 04:43 PM

That looks awesome Brad!

BradWhite 09-04-2008 05:22 PM

Thank you gentlemen - I've actually changed it a little since this thread started. I wrote up a "how to" on it and got myself curious about something. Here's what it looks like now.

If you're curious the "how to" is HERE.

oldpunk78 09-04-2008 05:41 PM

nice job... hey! ^ i used to live in tacoma, nice.

BradWhite 09-04-2008 06:17 PM

Cool, I still know a few oldpunks that live here, like me. LOL

oldpunk78 09-04-2008 06:52 PM

it must have been like what(scratching head) 17 years ago. i lived in roman ridge. i think they changed the name though. btw, you are deff. OLD jk. trying to remember back that far makes me feel old, haha.

FocusVet 09-04-2008 07:04 PM

nice '08 look [thumb]

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