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I'm thinking I ought to reduce exposure of my new HKS FMIC to Colorado's rock and gravel before a full season.

If I can get really clever, I'd love to have a screen that I could take off for car shows, and replace for long drives.

Exactly what material have you used for screen? Other tips? Pics?

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I used aluminum gutter screen from Lowes. First cut a piece of cardboard to the shape of the large opening in the front of your bumper. Then cut and bend the screen to match the cardboard. I bent all the edges back to form tabs that mount under the bumper-mounting trim. Test fit, adjust, repeat. When I was happy with it, I painted it with several coats of semi-gloss black. Then mounted it. Sorry I don't have any pictures (all the pictures I have of the front of the car just look black in that area).
 

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^ Thx! - that is the same material I used long ago on my first mkiv. Still interested in some other alternatives.

I know Ken H has a screen on his 1A1 - hoping he spots this : )
 

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Not on my supra but on my Sti I used a fine mesh screen from lowes. It worked great and looked pretty good too. The intercooler stayed in perfect condition.
 

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^ Thx! - that is the same material I used long ago on my first mkiv. Still interested in some other alternatives.

I know Ken H has a screen on his 1A1 - hoping he spots this : )
You rang, my friend :)? I'm not sure I can be of much assistance, although I tried. My hardtop has the subject screen, but it came that way. Before responding to this thread, I reviewed my questionnaire I had the owner complete and the only thing he said was, "Custom FMIC screen; not Home Depot special!" Here's a pic:



Before I had the Do-Luck body kit installed on Blackie, I had SP Engineering install an FMIC screen when she was stock-bodied. I liked the screen a lot because it was black, had structural integrity and did the job really well without impeding flow. Because my car was black, the screen was black and my intercooler was anodized black, the screen was invisible in pics.

The Do-Luck Late Model body kit came with the FMIC screen material which was installed on the front bumper as part of the body kit installation process. It has been on the car since 2003 and has accrued about 15,000 miles of wear and tear with no ill effects, including annual trips to SILV from 2003-2008. I looked through various pics, trying to find a couple where you can actually see the screen. Hope this works.





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Brian,

I just remembered, I have my OEM bumper (with the screen, I believe) somewhere in storage. I probably can't get there before this weekend but, if it still has the screen installed, I can take pics and email them to you if you can host them and post them in this thread (have had incredible (very bad) pic hosting of late when I don't use Wreckless for this.). LMK.

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thanks, Ken. Pics are very helpful for confirming there are higher quality materials out there to work with, and that the result can look that good.
And we all get to enjoy some bonus pics of your sparkling cars. Please hold off on looking in your storage area, this gets me a step forward.

I've seen sturdy aftermarket grill-mesh for other cars that look very similar to your 1A1 material. Time to power-google, and will post back here if I find some good sources.
 

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Here's mine. I ordered aluminum hexagon mesh and cut it to fit (something like $50 on ebay). It's all held on via the OEM fastener locations. No glue. I cut and formed the 3 pieces, installed and test-fit. Then removed them and coated with truck bed liner for texture and dark color. The mesh is really easy to work with. Don't be afraid to use a light hammer to work out the high spots when forming around corners. Works wonders and looks great. Keep in mind this equates to about a 30% loss of airflow (or at least airflow potential). I have an enormous Koyo radiator with a perfectly sealed shroud so it's not even noticeable. Your setup may be different.
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Marshall (my son) made me one out of carbon fiber...Well, it is an insert for trips. It fits over the mouth of an OEM 97-98 bumper. The 2 cut outs on the left and right are there because I have laser jammers receivers. I haven't had time to install a screen on the back side yet. Probably SS mesh with 1/8" squares.

 

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TwinsTurbo Motorsports made both the front and side screens for my intake duct, oil cooler, and front mount. They powder coated them black and used all existing holes, no extra cutting or drilling to mount them.

 

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This is a strong set of quality examples - thanks for posting up !

I think I found the source I'll be using. Lots of options, already powdercoated/finished. I think I will try using the rubber edging they sell, and hopefully it will hold itself in place without permanently attaching:

http://www.customcargrills.com/Custom-Grill-Mesh.asp
 

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would love to see more pictures blue!
 
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