Is it not possible to install the hardware cloth from above or below without removing the bumper?kallisti5 wrote:The hardware cloth worked wonders.
It really looks best if you install it with the bumper off... which I admit is a pain for such a modification.
I view this as an advantage because debris that is trapped by the hardware cloth would instead end up potentially blocking the heat exchanger where it is more difficult to remove.kallisti5 wrote:Only downside is you'll need to check it once and a while to make sure it doesn't get blocked by leaves, etc.
That's good to know. Thanks!MKH wrote:In talking to an engineer friend who works with high-end building and equipment AC/ventilation systems, he said that you can (very) roughly estimate air flow reduction of mesh, by taking the surface area that is 'blocked' and subtracting 10%.
It looks like 10 screws plus an unspecified number of latch mechanisms. I worry about breaking these plastic latch mechanisms.MKH wrote:Once I get it, going to look at how easy it is to drop the plastic drag-reduction skid panel under the front of the car, for easier installation access behind the plastic grill (and to remove several leaves )
I agree on that front lower bumper piece - danger of breaking some of the latch things.I worry about breaking these plastic latch mechanisms.
That's too bad. During my brief examination, it appeared that this panel was a bit too far to the rear to provide the needed a access.MKH wrote:Found that dropping the plastic skid plate under the front of the car does NOT give any access to the rear of the grill area,
I have my #5 stainless steel woven wire mesh (74% open area) and look forward to reading your installation instructions.MKH wrote:But I have figured out how to mount the grill mesh I bought right behind the grill, without doing any dismantling of any part of the front of the car what-so-ever. A little fiddly, and time-consuming, but easily do-able. Will post pics and how-to in the Modifications/Accessories section when I get a chance.