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TheWrightAudi.
09-19-2008, 06:53 PM
sorry seerlah i saw your rs4 mesh from lltek for sale and it inspired me to DIY project. so here is what ive accomplished so far..
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Rhinop21
09-19-2008, 06:58 PM
Pretty gangster, nice diy.

TheWrightAudi.
09-19-2008, 06:58 PM
following the rest of the lower girlls will be the rs4 grile from awe

also how does a fmic fit in a stock a4 bumper..??

B518T
09-19-2008, 07:09 PM
I have the same thing on my stock bumper...mine are held on with zipties though...and I had mine powdercoated black....

my diamonds are larger than yours....I picked up mesh that was almost identical to my Rs4 brill....

BTW-your lower grills would contrast better is you had an Rs4 grill.....

looks good!

nrowensby
09-19-2008, 07:12 PM
Damn... That looks really good... Can't wait to see the RS4 grill to match it... Maybe use flat/satin paint instead of gloss to match the rest of the moldings?

TheWrightAudi.
09-19-2008, 07:23 PM
yea flat black would loook sick if i was keeping the moldings but there getting painted silver

TheWrightAudi.
09-19-2008, 07:29 PM
I have the same thing on my stock bumper...mine are held on with zipties though...and I had mine powdercoated black....

my diamonds are larger than yours....I picked up mesh that was almost identical to my Rs4 brill....

BTW-your lower grills would contrast better is you had an Rs4 grill.....

looks good!

yea i got away with cutting out the fins on the stock grill and kept only the clips so it fits OEM :) and yea you probably got the 3/4 in diamonds i didnt know what to get when i was buying it, i went with the half inch and have no regrets. [wrench]

biketsai
09-19-2008, 11:26 PM
GL with the center piece, you have to have a huge piece of the material

TheWrightAudi.
09-20-2008, 10:14 AM
tack weld with two peices.. ima pro lol you wont know the diff.. but i might leave it open if a can shove a fmic in there??/

NorCal1.8T
09-20-2008, 10:35 AM
where do you guys buy the mesh?

TheWrightAudi.
09-20-2008, 11:23 AM
i bought it at homedepot. they are idiots there you would think it was in the building materials section but it wasnt where i live it was in some random isle that was ''fence acsessories'' or somthing..

boostedup
09-20-2008, 12:12 PM
it's in the hardware section, and it's called expanded metal mesh

Seerlah
09-20-2008, 01:32 PM
This thread got me thinking about completing the project. Looks good [up]


following the rest of the lower girlls will be the rs4 grile from awe

also how does a fmic fit in a stock a4 bumper..??

It would be cheaper to get the grill with a WTB ad (Audizine or Fourtitude). Those things got pricey. I got mine for $115 off a WTB ad. You could always get one for cheaper.

And for the fmic, if you want one that can fit behind the stock bumper with no cutting you would have to go with Racetec. I also have one saved on my ebay favorites list that claims very little cutting. Link (http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/97-01-AUDI-A4-B5-PASSAT-B5-1-8T-FRONT-INTERCOOLER-KIT_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1713Q2em153Q2el1262 QQcategoryZ33742QQihZ011QQitemZ320301482272QQtcZph oto).

TheWrightAudi.
09-20-2008, 02:25 PM
lol so im going all out and doing the main grill with the mesh i bought. allready got it cut and apoxyed and cant wait to paint it tonight. im going to through the audi rings and quattro badge back on :)
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h215/ovechkin8_01/IMAGE_013.jpg

t1demont1
09-20-2008, 02:30 PM
how do you plan on poppin the hood?

TheWrightAudi.
09-20-2008, 02:33 PM
i allready messured where the realese pull thingy and im going to just use tin snips to cut a hole in the mesh..

Seerlah
09-20-2008, 02:38 PM
It just does not sit in a freindly position. There is a pretty snug spring rate and the bottom of the latch has a groove that uses the grill as support, as not to be pushed back into the engine bay due to the spring rate. Just want to give you a heads up before you find out the irritating way.

TheWrightAudi.
09-20-2008, 02:41 PM
oh yea?? k so i gotta cut the hole before i even try and fit it in.

Seerlah
09-20-2008, 03:18 PM
You could maybe just cut a hole at first (smaller than what it really is), then slowly snip away till you are able to have the bottom of the latch sit properly to the mesh. But you would need it to be at a flat angle, so maybe epoxy a flat metal wire/cable (durable enough to withstand the spring rate) at the place the latch is supposed to sit snug on the grill mesh. If you know how to use a solder iron, that would be even better.

TheWrightAudi.
09-20-2008, 11:42 PM
update
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h215/ovechkin8_01/IMAGE_015.jpg
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h215/ovechkin8_01/IMAGE_017.jpg

biketsai
09-20-2008, 11:57 PM
update
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h215/ovechkin8_01/IMAGE_015.jpg
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h215/ovechkin8_01/IMAGE_017.jpg

Not too bad at all!
I wonder how it would look with a black surround

speedydragon
09-21-2008, 12:02 AM
Not too bad at all!
I wonder how it would look with a black surround

look up sixfiveoh 's posts/threads his rs4 grille is black all around.

biketsai
09-21-2008, 12:07 AM
look up sixfiveoh 's posts/threads his rs4 grille is black all around.

LOL, well my car has the RS4 grill with black surround. Sixfiveoh has the stock grill with black surround.
I just wanna see how his "DIY" mesh grill looks with the black surround,.

TheWrightAudi.
09-21-2008, 12:30 AM
yea i like the shiny chrome :) but if owned a black a4 it would be just totally murdered out! ill install it tomorrow on the car and take another pic.. cant wait. [:D]

TheWrightAudi.
09-21-2008, 10:54 AM
update
http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h215/ovechkin8_01/IMAGE_020.jpg
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TheWrightAudi.
09-21-2008, 11:00 AM
HAHA!!! DOPE!

Seerlah
09-21-2008, 11:00 AM
That's clean [up].

trevor303
09-21-2008, 12:09 PM
nicely, done, looks great :D

if ya don't mind me asking, how much did the mesh run ya? and how much time/effort did it take you to do this?

biketsai
09-21-2008, 12:23 PM
major props for making the grill.

TheWrightAudi.
09-21-2008, 12:29 PM
k this whole project cost me around 35$ 20 for mesh, bought 15 for can of primer and two cans of glossblack. i got real lucky cuz the mesh you buy at homedepot is only 2' by 2' but i found an old table at my house that was made of the stuff and the main grill and lower middle grill are both around 32''...

the effort was time consuming.. you really gotta hack up your stock inserts and cut out all the fins in order to just have the plastic frame with clips.. then you gotta cut the mesh, use tin snips. and trim untill you think it fits perfect. then expoxy the outside, prime it and then paint it..

when your done the finished product is just as strong as the stock insert if not stronger :)

mnsirtee
09-21-2008, 04:38 PM
for those who want a cleaner front grill look without the realese pull sticking out from the rings, you can bend the realese pull lever downward toward the bumper and it would became a lever under the hood. you need to remove your front grill to do this. to open the hood, you just need to stick your hand under the hood and pull. you might need some adjustment for spacing by bending it more. i did this to my and it look a lot better with full mash grill. feel free to pm me if you need more instructions.

turbox2
02-10-2010, 10:41 AM
great project, i want to do it for my a6, but what did you use to hold the metal mesh to the plastic outer grill?

ADNpro
02-10-2010, 11:04 AM
Back from the dead. This thread is well over a year old.

And a few posts up he said its epoxied.

Coopa
02-10-2010, 05:23 PM
Mehhhhhh, eff it. Since it's already back from the dead..
Anyone got an idea on how to reroute the hood release latch so I can run a fully badless grill without having a hole?

NJ3Q
06-17-2010, 01:34 AM
and what about the fogs? Did you ever adapt the grilles to fit them?

giusto1989
06-20-2010, 12:17 AM
I think this is going to be the next project on my list. Anybody know how to remove the lower middle and driver side grille inserts? I got the passenger insert out easy, it just popped out. I couldn't seem to get the other two out. I didn't want to force it and end up breaking it. I've tried to do a bit of searching but couldn't find anything. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks guys!

Seerlah
06-20-2010, 04:05 AM
They pop out just like the other ones. The easier way to pop out the fog grill ones is to pull out on the inside (side that is next to the middle insert) side of the grill. The side of the grill to the outside of the vehicle is where it is locked in. The inside part has the part where the fog light insert has sort of like a clip (I think 2 of them) that pops out. And I found it easier to remove the middle insert by popping the hood, reaching down, and pushing it out from behind the bumper, in front of the radiator. With that said, I finished this mod a while back, due to this thread (I mentioned it a couple posts up). I used LLtek RS4 ABS plastic mesh.

Winter mode pic
http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee147/seerlah/PICT0342-3.jpg

craniumcrak3d
06-21-2010, 06:39 AM
Do you know where i could purchase that mest or if anyone can make it pm me

NJ3Q
06-21-2010, 08:09 AM
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/HIGH-QUALITY-RS4-PLASTIC-RACE-MESH-GRILLE-VENT-/330440694402?cmd=ViewItem&pt=UK_CarsParts_Vehicles_CarParts_SM&hash=item4cefccda82

I've been considering it too but haven't made up my mind. would be good to see someone manage to get fog grilles made too

vaporhat
06-27-2010, 06:21 AM
looks great!

if anyone try this I would recommend using truck bed liner instead of the powder coat. I had better luck with it. both look great though.

PuntA4
07-29-2010, 03:18 PM
I suggest clear corner mod to finish it off :)

coolgraymemo
07-29-2010, 04:09 PM
^
yes. that would make the car look great.