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nikgallagher
Thursday 10th March 2005, 14:53
Thinking about either:
- Chopping out the crome plastic uprights in the front grill and backing the volvo diagonal with fine black mesh, or
- Painting / spraying the crome bits black.

Worries:
- Would like to install mesh behind all of the openings in the front, but think cutting the plastic will leave a bad finish.
- Don't think the spray will take very well to the shiny surface.

Has anyone else done this before, who has any tips? Promise not to copy-cat.

Bracer
Thursday 10th March 2005, 15:07
I wanted to change the grill on SAM but have had a hard time deciding which one to go for.

So I decided to see what both would look like.

Option 1 (As is)

http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/3/web/639000-639999/639353_40_full.jpg


Option 2 (Semi Sport)

http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/3/web/639000-639999/639353_69_full.jpg


Option 3 (Hard Core Racer)

http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/3/web/639000-639999/639353_70_full.jpg

From this (http://www.volvot5.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=461) thread

Bracer
Thursday 10th March 2005, 15:09
Followed by this


Well to follow on from Am I Getting Too GARRY ? (http://www.volvot5.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=461) I went for Option 3 :eek:


I must apologise for the poor camera phone quality and the dirty car, but you get the idea.

http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/3/web/639000-639999/639353_72.jpg

http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/3/web/639000-639999/639353_75.jpg

http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/3/web/639000-639999/639353_74.jpg


I must say I think it looks mad, just totaly transforms the front end !

Regards

Racer Bracer

lol

From here (http://www.volvot5.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=474)

Bracer
Thursday 10th March 2005, 15:11
Better pics


SAM Naturally !

http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/3/web/639000-639999/639353_77_full.jpg

http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/3/web/639000-639999/639353_79_full.jpg

http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/3/web/639000-639999/639353_81_full.jpg

http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/3/web/639000-639999/639353_83_full.jpg

And theres lots more here (http://www.cardomain.com/memberpage/639353/12)

From here (http://www.volvot5.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?t=494)

Tomcat
Thursday 10th March 2005, 15:12
Are we talking 850 grill?, if so I've done exactly what your suggesting to mine. better off using a hand saw or jig saw to cut the fins out of the grill. Anything else just melts the plastic and doesnt work very well. Cut along one edge of the fins, then bend them over and they will break off at the other end. Don't forget to leave yourself somewhere to glue the mesh on with afterwards.

The plastic vents at the bottom of the bumper can be done as well, there is a thick border around the edge of the grills, leave this in place and cut out the fins. Neaten up the edges and glue your mesh in from the rear( I used a hot glue gun).Once done just clip them back into place. I did think about just replacing all the plastic with mesh but I didn;t think it would look right.

If you have any questions let me know I've done a couple now, they're a pain in the a*se but worth it in the end.

Wobbly Dave
Thursday 10th March 2005, 15:20
I bought an aftermarket grill off ebay Then I painted the mesh with chrome paint, added a slash from a S40 and a little R badge

Wobbly Dave
Thursday 10th March 2005, 15:23
So I started with this

http://www.bigredvolvos.co.uk/images/t5_seaside/fairhaven_lake_bonnet.jpg

Wobbly Dave
Thursday 10th March 2005, 15:23
Then went to this

http://www.volvot5.co.uk/volvogallery/albums/album28/nsFront.jpg

Bracer
Thursday 10th March 2005, 15:24
This is what I would recomend too :wink:

Dont bother to mod the stock grill, it will never be that great :mad:

Wobbly Dave
Thursday 10th March 2005, 15:24
and finished up with this

http://www.volvot5.co.uk/volvogallery/albums/album28/normal_DSCF0589.JPG

Mrsmopp
Thursday 10th March 2005, 15:31
Good lord!!!! Do you lot want to take up anymore forum space with supersize pics :rolleyes:

Please keep it to the necessities rather than spamming us all :spam: :spam1:

x

Wobbly Dave
Thursday 10th March 2005, 15:34
I am sorry missus - I have reduced them to mere links.

Just trying to share the love. :hidesbehi

and it aint really spam is it?


An inappropriate attempt to use a mailing list, or USENET or other networked communications facility as if it was a broadcast medium by sending the same message to a large number of people who didn't ask for it. Mass junk E-mail.

Bracer
Thursday 10th March 2005, 15:36
I'm hurt.

A pic of SAM = Spam :eek:

Never :shifty:

Mrsmopp
Thursday 10th March 2005, 15:43
Bracer - Honey - you know i love you (and SAM) but there are 10 (:eek: yes 10) pics of SAM on page one!!!!!!!!!!! Are they all necessary?? :eek:

Mrsmopp
Thursday 10th March 2005, 15:45
[QUOTE=dave850R]I am sorry missus - I have reduced them to mere links.

QUOTE]


Thanks babe :remybussi

x

Bracer
Thursday 10th March 2005, 15:46
Bracer - Honey - you know i love you (and SAM) but there are 10 (:eek: yes 10) pics of SAM on page one!!!!!!!!!!! Are they all necessary?? :eek:

LMAO

Sorry got a bit carried away :rolleyes:

I will clean it up.

Sorry, must be the excitment :bounce:

nikgallagher
Thursday 10th March 2005, 17:10
Looks like I opened a can of worms there... Oops!!

Thanks for info people. I added mesh on my Rover, but am dubious to start cutting plastic bits as these things can easily get out of hand (trim a bit off the left, right, left 'till nothing remains!). Will probably rough it up and spray it matt black.

Never been a big fan of chrome really - wouldn't make a very good double-'ard-bling-gangsta-rappa!

siamblue
Thursday 10th March 2005, 18:01
Yes the chrome doesn't look too good,But the black mesh is very nice.The badge sets it off nicely too.

Luke
Thursday 10th March 2005, 18:30
Well that's all very well for the 850 front grille, but what am I going to put on the front of my V70? Of course... C70 egg crate!

Has anyone seen these online? I want to swap out the grille and change the light lenses to the clear variety fitted to late model C70s, so I'm after the lot, so far my local dealer is the only place I've found them and thier prices aren't too freindly...

SaffronC70
Thursday 10th March 2005, 19:23
Get em ! you know it's worth it ! I have pics of both on my website (click my signiture)

Luke
Thursday 10th March 2005, 19:44
What a difference!

How much did you pay for those parts Chris? Euro Car Parts list C70 lenses, but only do "up to 12/2002", so not the clear ones then! Did you just have to change the lens or is it a complete assembly?

My V70 is metallic red, so I think it'll really suit the facelift...

Hmm... Wonder if I can get my hands on a V70R front bumper too?

SaffronC70
Thursday 10th March 2005, 19:58
I paid too much, but got the parts from Nordic as they are local.

I was left with little change from 500, but the difference is worth it, imo. Few days later, I got a stone chip through a lense though! been waiting for a new lense for months.

Luke
Thursday 10th March 2005, 20:24
I was left with little change from 500.

:eek:

Er, yeah, maybe I'll just keep it standard for now...