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trikkonceptz 05-10-2008 07:17 PM

DIY Vibe Grille / Fog Deletes
Well had the chance to day to remove the tape and work in the 90+ degree heat, (Mistake#1). So I went to Home Depot and picked up some 10" x 10ft, aluminum roofing material to make my grille and fog deletes. Here was my journey.

This was all I needed as far as materials. The aluminum, a pair of shears, a sharpie, some rivets, a rivet gun, and something to make a template with. I had some abs plastic laying around.

Using my template material I made the template for the fogs first.

Once cut I taped them on the vehicle for fitment.

Now because my bumper is FUBAR, I decided to rivet the piece into it. It turned out to be real easy, but will leave permanent damage in the long run via drilled holes ... So a couple minutes of drilling and riveting and the first side is done.

Because the two sides are mirror images I simply cut two pieces at once and flipped it over for the other side, so basically rinse and repeat ..

Now I got lucky in that the same 10" piece fit as a main grille block, so I took a piece and laid it over for general sizing and held it in place with tape to get the best placement.

Once cut properly I used the same method, drill and rivet all along the sides until the side was complete. Now because of he compound curve and the deformed bumper these pieces may never sit flat unles they are flat. So expect some waviness as I have. I personally think that imperfection does not out weigh its benefit, but only time will tell.

And as before I cut 2 pieces at the same time, so I simply flip the other over and repeated the steps.

All in all the project took 2 hours, with multiple breaks to get out of the sun ... Cost of the project was less than $20 and I hope the returns continue as they have with the tape. Now as a final mod I am having some red vinyl cut to fit over the panels to not make them as obvious as they are.
Funny enough last night a cop pulled me over thinking the blue tape meant the vehicle was unsafe to drive. Once I explained myself he apologized and applauded my efforts. LOL

Since I had some spare time left from this project, I decided to gut the vibe a bit more for maximum weight benefit to my limits ... Enjoy ..

cfg83 05-11-2008 04:31 AM

trikkonceptz -

Wow, butch grill blocks AND major weight reduction. I salute you!!!!!!


SVOboy 05-11-2008 09:02 AM

Looking forward to pictures with the red vinyl! :)

trikkonceptz 05-17-2008 05:22 PM

Well another day off and another chance to hack at the vibe. Today I added the vinyl tp the aluminum to make it less obvious and began step one of shaving the door handles ... I say step one because the fronts are easy, I could not for the life of me figure out how to remove the rears ... ANyone with a vibe, Matrix or bodyshop know how help me get the rears off?

Thank you and enjoy ..

Daox 05-18-2008 10:01 AM

Well now, I missed this thread initially. Looks a lot better with the vinyl on it. Sorry, no clue on removing handles.

SVOboy 05-18-2008 10:18 AM

Nice red vinyl, :)

TheDon 05-18-2008 01:46 PM

how do you open the doors?

trikkonceptz 05-18-2008 09:39 PM


Originally Posted by TheDon (Post 26748)
how do you open the doors?

Please note this is my single passenger commuter car. That being said all doors still open from the inside and for now I am not removing the DS front door handle. In the upcoming weeks I will add an extra selinoid I have to the my DS door in order to open it with a popper, just like on my xB. The other doors will remain manual from the inside. I rarely take any passengers at all, for me it was key ..

TheDon 05-18-2008 09:48 PM

ah, I figured that or thought the vibe windows would go down like my old VR6 did

OneBadBird 06-06-2008 11:52 PM

Who needs door handles when they have the Jaws of Life only a few more minutes away?

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