Something I think Irmscher have missed in there bolt on styling line up is the lower front grill, while there are 3 bonnet options for the pre facelift there are none for the Bumper grill. Well this is my attempt.
My Idea is to fit the VXR lower grill to the pre facelift front end. Not a hard thing to do at first look but when you get the Honeycomb in your hands the differences are huge. Where the SRI/GSi grill is pretty much flush the VXR item is curved in every direction. The main problem with it being that it curves under itself, in affect the hole grill is convexed.
My first plan was to just place the grill over the existing hole, you could then press the edges down in it would sit flush against the bumper, problem with that is you need somehow to hold it down and in place but you would then have to cut off all the lugs that hold the original in place. Here you can see the lugs.
So my next option is to cut the VXR grill down to fit inside the bumper aperture as the original does. Right, so how to hold it in place mmm? My decision is to cut the SRi mesh out of its frame then simply cut the honeycomb to fit, (simple..... I wish).
The top of the VXR grill is mostly solid and also houses moldings for the numberplate fixings, something the SRi doesnt have, so this was the first thing to come off which left me with this.
Starting to look good but the dremel is taking a right kicking and shearing fixing screws. If I had access to a band saw then this would be so much easier but I don't so I'll just persevere.
Last job of the day was to make a template of the SRi frame so I can then transfer this to the Honeycomb for cutting.
Tomorrow is the fit or bust day where I find out if the cut Honeycomb fits into the SRi frame, but first i'll have to make a jig for the frame as its going to be very flimsy once the mesh is cut out.
So this is my work in progress so far. Hope it all works and fits as I think it will freshen the front end up in addition with Honeycomb grills for the fogs with Facelift Siggy surrounds fashioned to fit.