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Disclaimer: "Please use caution and seek professional assistance when necessary. ColoradoFans.com, myself and all associated members are not responsible for any damages, injuries or other harm which may occur with this modification. This post does not reflect the views of ColoradoFans.com and it's ownership." Before attempting this modification, it is advised to verify your Colorado or Canyon service manual or a certified mechanic, as not all GMT 355's are the same!

A CFans Members Mod Projects / How-To by supermodulation




This How To demonstrates how to fabricate a second grille behind your upper bumper grille.
Basically a double grille to hide the radiator and A/C dryer components etc..


Skill Level: Moderate

Modified GMT355:
Make: GMC
Model: CANYON SLE 4WD
Year: 2006
Power windows: Yes
Sun Roof: No
Upper Bumper Grille:
Modified Factory Canyon grille with the center grille removed.
Billet insert by Carriage Works Black Powder Coated Grille, Part # 41953.

Material List:
a. Small Diamond Grille Mesh, Powder Coat Gloss Black, 12" x 48" sheets.
Made from 0.032 thick aluminum with an open area percentage around 68%. Purchased from http://www.customcargrills.com for $48.98 plus shipping.
b. RTV Silicone Adhesive Sealant.
c. 2" wide masking tape.

Tools:
a. Wire Cutters.
b. Brake/Sheet metal bender or wood/metal blocks.
c. Small mallet.
d. Yard Stick / straight edge ruler.
e. Square.
f. Pencil or any fine point sharpie marker.

(Template Drawing)


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Step 1. Mesh Orientation:

Place the mesh in front of you. Hold the top of the mesh towards your head and the bottom away from you, about 45 degrees.
Look straight in to the mesh. If you can see threw the mesh then your holding the mesh up-side down. Rotate the mesh 180 degrees.
Repeating the first step, you shouldn't see anything threw the mesh. Apply some 2" masking tape and mark "Front Site" and arrow showing the "TOP" of the mesh.

Wrong Orientation if light passes threw mesh screen.




Correct Orientation, Light does not pass threw mesh screen.

(TOP) Facing front of truck.

(BOTTOM)

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Step 2. Mesh Layout and fabrication:

a. Layout mesh on a clean table.
b. Using the 2" masking tape, apply tape to the mesh boarder and anywhere needed for marking your measurements.
c. Cut and fold mesh, following the template drawing layout. (See above)
d. The aluminum mesh material is very easy to bend by hand. If you do not have a brake/sheet metal bender, you can use either wood or metal blocks to form the straight and square edges when forming the bends.

(Back side)


(Front side, All folds are facing forward)


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Step 3. Test Fit, Some trimming and bending maybe required for proper installation.



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Step 4. Install mesh and apply RTV adhesive Sealant glue to the grille and mesh, let harden overnight.



Note: I added some weight in the corners, keeping the mesh from curling.





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Before:



Finished:

After:



Close up:

 

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Great mod and thanks for the post






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i was wondering if any of you guys running this grill have problems with it make noise at between 35 and 55 mph sounds like a tornado siren in a way
 

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jessie_klinge said:
i was wondering if any of you guys running this grill have problems with it make noise at between 35 and 55 mph sounds like a tornado siren in a way
Kind of off topic but no. Do you have this grille?
 

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supermodulation said:
jessie_klinge said:
i was wondering if any of you guys running this grill have problems with it make noise at between 35 and 55 mph sounds like a tornado siren in a way
Kind of off topic but no. Do you have this grille?
I have the grill but no mesh and i was wondering maybe if i put mesh behind it it would quit making noise sorry to be off topic im just looking for answers thanks
 

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jessie_klinge said:
supermodulation said:
[quote="jessie_klinge":3v4ikbwd]i was wondering if any of you guys running this grill have problems with it make noise at between 35 and 55 mph sounds like a tornado siren in a way
Kind of off topic but no. Do you have this grille?
I have the grill but no mesh and i was wondering maybe if i put mesh behind it it would quit making noise sorry to be off topic im just looking for answers thanks[/quote:3v4ikbwd]


Not a problem. Is the noise speed related?
 

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supermodulation said:
jessie_klinge said:
supermodulation said:
[quote="jessie_klinge":3ucr7ssb]i was wondering if any of you guys running this grill have problems with it make noise at between 35 and 55 mph sounds like a tornado siren in a way
Kind of off topic but no. Do you have this grille?
I have the grill but no mesh and i was wondering maybe if i put mesh behind it it would quit making noise sorry to be off topic im just looking for answers thanks

Not a problem. Is the noise speed related?[/quote:3ucr7ssb]

yes its all about speed it does it between 40mph and 55mph then it goes away it really weird
 

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That's a Great how-to Super!

I may try this myself. Only suggestion to people who may want to do this is to remind them that RTV silicon adhesive sealant also comes in black. It might make it less noticable when the hood is up, or if you use a bit too much, and it can be seen from the front. :cry: :oops:

Thanks,

Duane S
Wilson, NC
 

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Duane S said:
That's a Great how-to Super!

I may try this myself. Only suggestion to people who may want to do this is to remind them that RTV silicon adhesive sealant also comes in black. It might make it less noticable when the hood is up, or if you use a bit too much, and it can be seen from the front. :cry: :oops:

Thanks,

Duane S
Wilson, NC

Good advice Duane! :D


Here is the The RTV silicone I used for the mesh wite-up is made by MG Chemicals Premium RTV Silicone Adhesive Sealant.
This is not the typical RTV found at Homedepot or anything. This is industrial grade!
For more info: http://www.mgchemicals.com/products/1035.html
 

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So...is there any places i can get mesh cheaper? I know home depot has the strips for gutters but i believe its only 4"-5" wide.

Im in the process of doing a Canyon grille swap and installing a cutout and i dont want to see the radiator and condenser etc. Guess i could paint it but eh.
 

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so if i were to have a chrome billet grill, would it be best to get the chrome mesh or the black still?
 

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chrome it is, thank you :)
 

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Has anyone done a deep Dish grillor seen one on a colorado or canyon?..
 
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