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Old 01-08-2006, 05:28 PM
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Custom Grille Insert - 3rd Gen 4Runner

Custom Grille Insert - 3rd Gen 4Runner
By Jacksonpt

Here is basically what I did:

- removed the grille
- used a dremel to cut out 'center section' of the original grille, leaving behind only the outside chrome edge.
- laid the grille on some super thick, very rigid cardboard (it's what I had laying around... but wood would probably be better) and traced the inside edge.
- I then cut out the cardboard to form a "mold" of the inside of the grille.
purchased gutter guard (super cheap at Lowe's) and formed the gutter guard around the cardboard mold. I left a slight overhand around the edge.
- drilled a few small holes around the inside edge of the grille.
- laid the formed gutter guard in the grille
- used zip ties to attach the insert to the holes I drilled (see right pic below).

Then just clean up your mess... took me about 2 hours (3 hours including trips to Lowes for the gutter guard and Sears hardware for zip ties)

Total Cost: about $4 (slightly more if you buy wood to use for your mold). Not very difficult, just pretty tedious.

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