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2021/10/03 18:14:26 (permalink)

Cleaning out radiators and fitting mesh grills on my 986

Afternoon all
 
i have been dodging rain showers today but wanted to get this job done this weekend as the ‘good weather’ seems on its way out now here in Sussex. Autumn is here and winter seems on its way! 
 
I have watched a few videos regarding the removal of bumpers and completing this task. There’s various ones to choose from. One of the shorter ones is here (about 5 mins) 
https://youtu.be/N7J4bhz9brg
My radiators looked like this;



Allow about a day to do this if like me you are juggling demands of kids/family. Dodging the weather and have other jobs to do (I wanted to look into an issue with the heated rear window, fit a new air filter and new headlight bulbs (to brighten up the commute). It’s also handy if you can get a second pair of hands to refit the bumper also. 


I bought some race mesh from Amazon and I have cut and shaped two grills to sit behind the bumper. I hope this stops the worst of the leaves and debris to find its way in. Click this link for the race mesh. 
AUTOSTYLE TG1253Z Race mesh aluminum black - diamond design 16x8mm - 125x25cm https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005BP79ZS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_ABQ96S500EMKNDS3F3S6

when I cleaned mine out (this is the first time that I’m doing this - I bought my car in august). I found quite a lot of damp debris and leaves and alarmingly a piece of woodchip (see pics). 




Anyway everything is now clean/clear. I have fabricated the grills and fitted these (see pics) 


The bumper was tricky to refit but after some encouragement (and some swearing) everything is back where it should be!
 
post edited by Sid_76 - 2021/10/03 19:46:16

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Re: Cleaning out radiators and fitting mesh grills on my 986 2021/10/03 18:44:05 (permalink)
No pics Sid!

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Re: Cleaning out radiators and fitting mesh grills on my 986 2021/10/03 19:47:42 (permalink)
Arrrgh!  photo's can you upload please!!!
 
https://flic.kr/ps/3XvdW4
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Re: Cleaning out radiators and fitting mesh grills on my 986 2021/10/07 23:46:39 (permalink)
Looks great - are there no purpose made grilles available?
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Re: Cleaning out radiators and fitting mesh grills on my 986 2021/10/14 19:47:23 (permalink)
Did the same a few years ago on my 2012 981S when one of the ac condensers failed.
I fitted a plastic mesh.
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1995 Mitsubishi FTO GR 2.0 V6
1977 MG Midget 1500
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Re: Cleaning out radiators and fitting mesh grills on my 986 2021/10/14 20:48:00 (permalink)
I think there are some but they cost over £100 and probably closer to £200. I bought some race mesh for around £20 and they weren’t really fiddly to cut and fit. 


 
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Re: Cleaning out radiators and fitting mesh grills on my 986 2021/10/14 20:59:34 (permalink)
Not seen plastic mesh. The stuff I used was aluminium - so not hard to cut and shape. 
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Re: Cleaning out radiators and fitting mesh grills on my 986 2021/10/14 21:29:37 (permalink)
Zunsport do the made to measure mesh grilles but fit onto the front of the cross-bars and are not cheap to DIY or be fitted by Zunsport.
 
This was the mesh I fitted, bought from eBay.
Also easy to cut and attached behind the cross-bars by 100mm cable ties.
 

 
 
post edited by BoxsterLL11 - 2021/10/14 21:30:41

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1995 Mitsubishi FTO GR 2.0 V6
1977 MG Midget 1500
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