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i just bought a drift kit for my cougar and was wandering where the best place to by some chrome mesh or somthing for it would be. Also does anyone have the demensions on what size of mesh you need for the big gap in the front. also did anyone put the mesh in the other gaps on the side I"D LOVE SOME PICS of any thing you got

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go to your local home improvement center and buy a sheet of the mesh that is used for underneath concrete or stone on the sides of houses... I bought a 12 ft sheet for under 4 bucks... took tin snips and cut out pieces to fit, bent the pieces so they fit perfectly on the outside of the bump outs inside the bumper and took pieces of fiberglass mat and cut it into strips.. soaked em in resin and laid the strips over the edges of the mesh to hold them onto the bumper... they aren't going anywhere... I did that with all the vents on the bumper (3 front and 2 side)



 

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i wouldnt use that stuff if I were you. Just go to your local custom paint shop and they can get you the GOOD stuff for about $25. That homedepot stuff looks like crap after one nice rock.

 

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Either is good, the way Crispy went is the nice inexpensive good lookin way. Plus I havent actualyl seen anything wrong yet with hers. I mean its made to work with cement which is basically rocks....
But like Cat said the other stuff is nice, but more expensive. Also Summit racing has it but its like the bigger stuff, RacerX has it for his bumper etc. Looks sweet but mad cash.

Im gonna go Crispy's route as well, cuz hers looked sweet everytime Ive seen it, well the few days I saw it lol.
 

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Gerald didn't your extreme front come with mesh already in it? if so then you shouldn't be showing your pic of it... secondly the stuff I bought is not cheap.. it is SUPER thick.. its not gutter guard which you can bend and break - this stuff is incredibly hard to cut and form even with the correct tools...
 

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where did you get the fiberglass mat and the resin from crispy and how long do you soak it (i've never messed with this kind of stuff before) so don't laugh
also did you do it w/ your bumper already atatched or before whats the best way
 

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I think this whole "my grill is better than yours" arguement is total and complete BS...
its all the same, and as long as you dont go buy grampa hillbillys chicken wire gutter guard, anything you use is fine.

this year i used the factory 'andys autosport' mesh from the front of my bumper. and "that APC garbage" for the sides... and you know what?! ITS ALL THE SAME! and i've driven from here, 15 hours to HCKC, 16 hours to Cougarfest, 10 hours to Hamillfest, and all over the place around town, and BOTH kinds of mesh have had ZERO problems... :)
 

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it seems that Gerald always has to have some sorta comment against everyone lately.. regardless to answer the question..

you buy the thick fiberglass mat and resin.. mix the resin according to the directions.. start out small (2 ounces or so of resin) cut the mat into strips (2 inches by like4 inches) dip them into the mixed resin and smooth out the mat with your fingers to push it against the mesh and to attach it to the rest of the fiberglass that forms the bumper. you need to wear gloves and work pretty fast although you can reduce your hardner a bit but it will take longer to dry... once the strips harden it will hold the mesh in place... as far as the mesh form it using a hammer and adjusting it until you get it to fit the openings in the inside.. obviously you will not hammer on the bumper, you will hammer on the concrete or wood and then test fit each time until you get it right... use mechanic gloves when you are bending and fitting the mesh too.. that stuff will make you bleed like crazy if you don't protect your hands.. the metal is sharp and thick -- and you do this all before the bumper is on the car and before you take it to be painted, any reputable shop can mask the mesh for you or paint it the same color as the car or contrasting
 

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You know this turned totally around from the point being made. Some points were made but then it went down hill fast. Also how bout no more usage of that Icon anymore. I dont see a need for it on here to be honest. You can deffinently make your point the exact same without using it.
Nothing personal towards anyone just a thought.
 

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it seems that Gerald always has to have some sorta comment against everyone lately.. regardless to answer the question..
No just you sorry.

Anyway thanx for deleting my post.... seems like everyone knows everything about my car. I dont care if you run your mouth but go do it to someone that cares. I could give 2 ****s what you think about my car. Im just telling this guy not to use crap because he will just have to redo it in the end. Sorry that I like the use QUALITY things on my ride.
 

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thanks alot every one it helps alot especially you crispy didn't mean to cause a fight though.

one last question i think where do you get the fiberglass mat and the resin from, Advanced auto or something and aprox. how much is it.

thanx again for helping the new guy (me)
 

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Any respectable auto store would have the materials for fiberglassing. Hell, I've even seen small kits at Wal-Mart.

From what I've seen it should run you about $100 or so for all the materials you'd need.
 

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You gotta get the sandpaper, masks & whatnot. When I was looking (not for me) it was about $40 for just the resin, alibiet a lot. Just browsing around at other stuff you could use I could see it adding up. Let's say $100 for a lot of fiberglass and all the right tools. ~$50 for a simple projects worth.
 

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I used expanded steel on my bumper. I cut it to fit, then took it to a powdercoating shop and had it powdercoated. The mesh cost me about
60 bucks after all was said and done, then the powdercoating was about 75 for all 7 pieces. Very expensive, but I love the way it looks.
 

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Originally posted by: CATerina
it seems that Gerald always has to have some sorta comment against everyone lately.. regardless to answer the question..
No just you sorry.

Anyway thanx for deleting my post.... seems like everyone knows everything about my car. I dont care if you run your mouth but go do it to someone that cares. I could give 2 ****s what you think about my car. Im just telling this guy not to use crap because he will just have to redo it in the end. Sorry that I like the use QUALITY things on my ride.
I don't know what you are TRYING to start here but STOP it NOW! I refuse to get in a pissing battle with you over how you think your car is better than anyone else... BTW - if it's because of you being in S3, hop off that pedastal cuz I hate to tell you that another Cougar you obviously hate will be in the January issue.

Cougar11190: glad to help... if there are any other questions you have feel free to ask.. doing this project yourself isn't all that hard.. it's just tedious and messy and if you don't wear gloves painful...
 

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wow, watching Crispy and Cat fight, is like watching your parents fight. You love them both and you just want them to stop, kiss, and make up.
 
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