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Old 01-10-2018, 03:37 PM
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Default $6 radiator diversion plate

Im 19 with tuition bills, so I can't really afford to fork over $60 for a steel plate. I try to save money where I can so I decided to give making my own radiator diversion plate a go.

I found this $6 36" piece of ducting at home depot.


I went home and made a rough template out of cardboard of a basic shape of the diversion plate.



Im not an HVAC guy so i don't really know the best way to cut sheet metal, so i just sat around with some tin snips and carefully cut out the basic outline.



After trial and error and a lot of measuring, I eventually had the plate cut out. I used a rattail file and sandpaper to clean up the edges. I don't remember the drill bit size but I drilled holes in the OEM location where the bumper clips snap into the rad support. I used these to hold the plate in place.



Finished



ALSO, idk how forums work lol so hopefully I'm doing this right...
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Looks good.

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Old 01-11-2018, 10:13 AM
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Nice! I felt stupid after buying one for $70 and realizing just how simple it is. In fact mine didn't fit great so I had to trim with a Dremel.

FYI what front bumper is that?
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Old 01-11-2018, 10:41 AM
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We need more posts like this. DIY-er's making things from "scratch" being cheap/functional.

This is actually a really nice job from the photos, I wouldn't have the patience to do that.(anymore)
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I paid $200 for a greddy CF one. Luckily it was cracked when it arrived. Biggest ripoff ever. The thing was as thin as cardstock........traced it and sent it back.
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Looks good man.

I'm trying to make one for my splash guard. Just too lady to actually go buy it tho.
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Wow. That looks damn good.. Well done!
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Old 01-12-2018, 07:21 PM
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Good work, no idea how much I paid for my aluminum Greddy one
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Id buy one from you
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Nice job. Not sure if you did it or not, but you can clean up the inside corners better if you drill first before cutting.
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Really nice workmanship, even better that it was so inexpensive!
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Nice work!!

Care to build me one and I'll buy it or sell me your cardboard template? We need one for our road racer.

You won't need to bend the lip where the diversion plate meets the radiator support....we have a sheet metal bending brake, so we can easily put that bend in once we get the flat diversion plate from you.

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Shame he hasn't posted since
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Shame he hasn't posted since
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Originally Posted by speedk1ng View Post
Nice work!!

Care to build me one and I'll buy it or sell me your cardboard template? We need one for our road racer.

You won't need to bend the lip where the diversion plate meets the radiator support....we have a sheet metal bending brake, so we can easily put that bend in once we get the flat diversion plate from you.
Yeah Im always down to help out. You can PM me or something.
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what part of mass? if u make one i'll drive up and pick it up if u selling
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Yeah Im always down to help out. You can PM me or something.
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Dude this is clean!! Looks great, hope you sell a lot.
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Hell I might make me one too. I've got some aluminum lying around in the garage.
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