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New Dentures!

A wrenching choice today: pull the head off the grocery getter... Or.

So, I installed a new to me grill. Looks pretty good, it's nice having a shark with teeth (0:,'

I have a question about the spoiler: there are tabs along the front that appear to line up with the grill mounting tabs. Is it supposed to attach to the grill? The grill seems so fragile, plus held to the uprights with those puny 4mm bolts... I can see that if the two are connected, whacking an object with the spoiler would take out the grill too?

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The vertical grill supports do attach to the spoiler. On a below zero day in Chicago some years ago, while leaving my driveway, the plastic vertical supports broke off. I guess the flexing of the spoiler, and the cold weather caused the plastic to break.
Like you I noticed how fragile these pieces were, so I fabricated new vertical grill supports from aluminum. Now they won't break again.
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Did you CNC them? Do you have a .dxf you wouldn't mind sharing?

If not, maybe I'll do the same. I was thinking this morning that I could design a beefier set that could either be 3D printed or vacuformed at low cost. -There are some really good spools of Carbon Fiber filaments now for 3d printers that cost less than $50/

Aluminum sounds great.

What about a solution that separates the two? A simple plate that extends the chin underneath the grill that the spoiler can bolt to?
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Nothing fancy, just used aluminum bar stock purchased from McMaster-Carr, and welded the parts together, using the broken plastic parts as a model. I felt the aluminum was the best solution for a strong, non-corrosive, and inexpensive replacement.
I have TIG welding equipment, so the fabrication was not a problem.
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