Installation

FORD

Installation Instructions

Installation instructions are provided below for specific models and generic applications.

Please don't hesitate to contact us should you have installation questions!

Email: racemesh@sbcglobal.net Phone: 925.628.7502 ( Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 5:00PM PST )

 

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

General / Generic installation note about Lower Valance RaceMesh™ Grilles - ALL Models

To ensure a complete "fill" of the RaceMesh Grille in the bumper opening, the trim gasket can be pressed outward around the entire perimeter of the unit so that it forms a glove like fit against the surrounding bumper opening. This can best be accomplished by taking two screwdrivers and placing them through the RaceMesh and against the inside edges of the trim gasket, and beginning at the center of the bumper (top and bottom) begin pressing outward (up and down) and continue along the edges in one direction and repeat in the other direction. This same process should be done on the ends or sides as well.

Generic (All Models, BMW E46 M3 shown) - RaceMesh™ Grilles Lower Intake installation instructions (Including Pop-Off Sleeve use)

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5. 6. 7.

NOTE: Place the RaceMesh unit into the opening, select a location to thread the zip-tie through where the RaceMesh wire and the OEM plastic grid best lines up. Thread the zip-tie through and around both the RaceMesh and OEM grille as pictured, then pull both ends of the zip-tie until the Pop-Off Sleeve pops off, then secure the zip-tie. Repeat for each zip-tie location that you have selected. Cut off zip-tie leaders, tuck each knuckle behind RaceMesh so only the thin zip-tie is showing.

Optional: Using a Silver Sharpie permanent marker or silver touchup paint, by applying a dab on the zip-tie where it overlaps the RaceMesh wire will completely conceal the zip-tie.

 

BMW

E39 5-Series specific - RaceMesh™ Grilles Lower Intake installation instructions

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7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

12. 13. 14. 15.

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

 

BMW E60 5-Series

Specific E60 5-Series 3-piece RaceMesh™ Grilles Lower Intake installation instructions -
 
1) Remove the Center OEM black plastic grid - simply remove by hand by unclipping the unit from the two center vertical supports and the left and right tabs.
2) Position the center RaceMesh grille in the opening to test fit/position the unit. Drill a 1/8" hole in the left and right tabs and thread a zip tie through the RaceMesh, through the hole and back through the RaceMesh, then secure the zip tie, cut off leader, tuck the knuckle behind RaceMesh.
3) Using the zip ties with Pop-Off Sleeves, thread through RaceMesh and around vertical supports (there are two, so repeat process for each) of OEM bumper, and back through RaceMesh, then secure the zip tie, cut off leader, tuck the knuckle behind RaceMesh.
4)Left and Right Fog Light housings - Using a letter opener or similar thin flat tool, slide tool between bumper and fog light housing where tabs are located (reference the supplied RaceMesh fog light housings for tab locations) to release tabs and work your way around until the OEM fog light housing releases and remove them and set aside.
5) Snap in the left and right RaceMesh fog light housings.

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

E60 M5

Front Brake Duct inserts and Rear Diffuser insert RaceMesh™ Grilles installation instructions

Front Brake Duct inserts - Remove front bumper to access the ends of the brake cooling tubes. Attach each RaceMesh to the end of each tube with a 2-part epoxy adhesive. Replace bumper.

Rear Diffuser insert - Remove rear bumper to access the backside of the opening. Attach the RaceMesh to the inside of the bumper opening, be careful to align the rows level / horizontally, with a 2-part epoxy adhesive. Note: Some trimming of the edges of the RMG part may be required to clear objects such as the mufflers at each end. Replace bumper.

For a more permanent bond, a body-shop grade epoxy called 'Panel Bond', 

an industrial grade 2-part epoxy can also be used as the adhesive to secure the RaceMesh insert

to the backside of the bumper opening for the E60 M5 Rear Diffuser.

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

F10 5-Series

Lower Valance RaceMesh™ Grilles installation instructions

Front Lower Valance -The two horizontal decorative ribs at each end of the lower valance grille need to be removed prior to installation of the RaceMesh Grille, for this model version bumper. Each rib can be removed by simply pulling the plastic part away from the base tab which is part of the black plastic grille. The exposed rib that held the outer decorative rib in place needs to be cut away so that the surface area of the base plastic grille is flush. This will allow the RaceMesh Grille to lay flat up against the black plastic grille all the way across the opening, end to end.

We recommend a dremel tool or similar plastic cutting tool be used to remove this rib.

Now that the left & right ribs are out of the way, simply overlay the RaceMesh Grille into the opening and secure it flat against the black plastic grille with the attachment kit provided. Please reference the General / Generic installation method displayed above for securing the RaceMesh Grille to your vehicle.

 

 

BMW RaceMesh™ Kidney Grilles installation instructions

Since the OEM Hood Catch release arm protrudes forward between the vertical slats of the OEM grill (E38, E39, E46 MODELS), it needs to be modified since this path is gone once the RaceMesh kidneys are installed.

This is accomplished by cutting a portion of the OEM release arm length and drilling a 1/8" hole where the RaceMesh hood catch release wire is secured. The wire path is from this pivot point through the RaceMesh. A 90 degree bend in the wire just outside the surface of the RaceMesh Kidney is the pull lever, where the final catch point is released by pulling the lever toward you while simultaneously lifting the hood.

NOTE: Some OEM Kidney units are two part (inside or backing and outside or surround) assemblies and the hood is sandwiched between the two parts and are secured with clips. Other kidney units are two parts but don't require the two parts to be separated to remove/install. Please check your individual make/model to see how they are removed and replaced. You may also contact your local BMW service department for telephone support assistance if unsure how your OEM Kidney's are removed / installed.

NOTE:If your Kidney Surrounds are painted to match body color, it is highly suggested to protect the paint with a clear bra type of material as this is a HIGH IMPACT area for road debris, etc..

CAUTION: E38, E39, E46 MODELS

Hood release lever MUST be modified before installation of RaceMesh Kidney's, specifically before closing the hood! You won't be able to open the hood! TIP: Thread the release lever through an opening to allow for the best leverage angle to fully release the hood release catch - i.e. the highest possible square opening, while maintaining a 90 degree or horizontal travel path.

E39 5-Series / M5 Shown

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

6. 7. 8. 9.

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

 

 

E46 M3, E65 7-Series Shown

1. 2. 3. 4.

5. 6. 7.

NOTE: E46 M3 kidney’s do not need to be separated to install, simply press the entire unit in from the front. Begin with the left (passenger side) unit. Next, do the right (driver side) - Line up the RaceMesh hood release catch through the mesh opening as you position the kidney grille then press in the RaceMesh kidney unit.

NOTE:If your Kidney Surrounds are painted to match body color, it is highly suggested to protect the paint with a clear bra type of material as this is a HIGH IMPACT area for road debris, etc..

CAUTION: E38, E39, E46 MODELS

Hood release lever MUST be modified before installation of RaceMesh Kidney's, specifically before closing the hood! You won't be able to open the hood! TIP: Thread the release lever through an opening to allow for the best leverage angle to fully release the hood release catch - i.e. the highest possible square opening, while maintaining a 90 degree or horizontal travel path.

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

 

Mini Cooper RaceMesh™ Grilles installation instructions

< Mini Cooper S R53 >

Rear Diffuser Inserts for the M-AERO: Remove the decals from the rear diffuser, Clean area of any dirt and residue with a cleaning agent of choice, rinse with water and dry area. Apply several small 1" sections of the 3M Double Sided Tape spaced evenly around the RaceMesh Grilles trim / frame, Apply a bead of the RTV Clear Silicone Adhesive around the remaining (between the 3M tape) trim / frame. Press the RaceMesh Grilles into position, allow approx 1 hour for the RTV Clear Silicone Adhesive to cure.

 

Front Lower Valance: Follow our Generic / General lower valance instructions at top of this page.

 

 

CORVETTE

C7 Stingray

Lower Valance Grille - REMOVAL / INSTALL

Tools: 10mm & 7mm socket, T15 Torx

Remove / Install time: 30 - 45 Minutes

Bumper removal is typical GM, very easy. Body shop should be able to do entire remove, RaceMesh Install, replace in 30 - 45 minutes. DIY: Approx 45mins - 60 mins.

Wheel well liners do NOT have to be removed on the C7. Remove 7mm & 10mm screws, and size 15 torx bolts, along with a few plastic wheel well liner fasteners.


 
The OEM grille is as snap in / out with obvious clips, and a couple of bolts at the bottom.

 

Rear Tail Light Bezel - REMOVAL

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Rear Tail Light Bezel - INSTALL

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Hood Vent - REMOVAL / INSTALL

 

 

Front Fender Ducts - REMOVAL / INSTALL

Info: 8mm & 7mm bolts, and T15 Torx

Pics in sequence. Approx 1 Hour Total (30 mins each side)

. Turn wheel as pictured to gain access inside fender well.
. Pull off mud flap. This will expose the T15 Torx screws.
. Remove 8mm & 7mm screws, T15 Torx screws, and two plastic retainer pins in fender liner.
. Open door to allow room to pull bottom edge of fender out to get clear access. DO NOT over flex the fender panel outward at the bottom, all you need is about 4-6 inches to have enough room to reach inside with wrench.
. Reach inside fender with ratcheting box wrench to remove 3 retainer nuts from bolts that hold the part on the vehicle.
. Place RaceMesh part into the opening, replace retainer nuts, and tighten. NOTE: It may be necessary to trim some areas of the fiberglass fender under the part to fit into this space.
. Button up the fender and fender liner with 8mm & 7mm, T15 Torx screws.

 

 

Rear Fender Ducts - REMOVAL / INSTALL

Info: 8mm & 7mm bolts, and T15 Torx

 
Pics in sequence. Approx 1 Hour Total (30 mins each side)

 
. Remove 8mm & 7mm screws, T15 Torx screws.
 
. Make note of the small glass window rubber gasket trim position in relation to the body panel.
. Firmly begin to pull top edge of body panel, with downward & outward pressure to untuck the top edge from the small side rear window glass. This top access point is where you will reach into the area to remove the retainer nuts from the parts. DO NOT over flex the fender panel outward at the top, you will need about 3-4 inches to have enough room to reach inside with the wrench.
. Reach inside fender with ratcheting box wrench to remove 3 retainer nuts from bolts that hold the part on the vehicle. This is a much tighter working area than the front Fender Ducts, so smaller hands would be helpful here.
. Place RaceMesh part into the opening, replace retainer nuts, and tighten.
. Firmly begin to push the top edge of the body panel so it tucks back in under the side window glass and rubber gasket until fully tucked in, check that rubber gasket is in its original position as it was before work began.
 
. Button up the fender and fender liner with 8mm & 7mm, T15 Torx screws.
 


 

Corvette - C6

C6

C6 Corvette - RaceMesh™ Grilles Lower Valance installation instructions ( 3 install options )

(Option 1)

1. 2. 3. 4.

5. 6. 7. 8.

9. 10. 11. 12.

NOTE: Place the RaceMesh unit into the opening, select a location to thread the zip-tie through where the RaceMesh wire and the OEM plastic grid best line up. Thread the zip-tie w/Pop-Off Sleeve through and around both the RaceMesh and OEM grille spoke as pictured, then pull both ends of the zip-tie until the Pop-Off Sleeve pops off, then secure the zip-tie. Repeat for each zip-tie location that you have selected. Cut off zip-tie leaders, tuck each knuckle behind RaceMesh so only the thin zip-tie is showing. Optional: A dab of silver touchup paint on the zip-tie where it overlaps the RaceMesh will completely conceal the zip-tie.

NOTE: Due to the width of the OEM grille spokes, the zip-tie w/Pop-off Sleeve may not thread easily. An option is to drill a small 1/8" hole through the OEM plastic spoke at the leading edge and simply thread the zip-tie through the RaceMesh, and through the small hole(s) and back through the RaceMesh.

 

(Option 2) OPTIONAL ( Preferred ) ATTACHMENT Method

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

6. 7. 8.

 

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

 

(Option 3) OPTIONAL ATTACHMENT Method - recommended for our PC Black, Black Chrome models ( can also apply to the C6 Z06 )

11-01-2006, 12:46 PM #12
CF Senior Member

I sawed and Dremeled off the horizontal eggcrate piece completely and did the same to the vertical teeth pieces EXCEPT for saving about 3/8" top and bottom so to make attachment points to the Racemesh. I then drilled holes through these so to attach the zip ties. Then the stock grill was re-installed (sans eggcrate) and voila, I now had a stiff frame again to attach the Racemeshgrill. Pics below show the steps and for the final installed pics taken outdoors you wont see any of the stock eggcrate grill showing through!! I would like to thank the owner of Racemesh who was kind enough to spend some time with me on the phone over this custom install....and the RacemeshGrill is a very high quality item.

Hi...a number of folks have asked me through other threads or PM's on this mod I did. I really cant help on actual removal and reinstall of the stock grill, that's up to you but basically its:

1.You'll remove the spoiler, brake cooling duct inlet covers and front inner wheel well panels. Drop the lower part of the bumper fascia which you'll pull down to access some of the grille screws and push pins. You'll use your hand through the wheel well openings to take out the remaining side push pins. Work the grille back and slightly down at an angle and to one of the side openings and it will come out. Make sure that your front fascia extension is secure as it also uses the side grille push pins.

For more info, there is an excellent C6 OEM stock grill removal/install instructions at:

http://www.c4dhr.com/C6%20Grille%20Install%20Inst.htm




2, Once out, its hacking time on the horizontal and vertical bars of the OEM grill. Remove completely the horizontal bars EXCEPT for leaving about 3/8" horizontal bar at each end of the frame. This will lend a bit of support for that small curved cutout on the sides of the painted intake. Basically, you just want it flush.

3. You can use a hacksaw to get most of the bars out but I left about 1/2" of material on the vertical bar ends and horizontal ends and then used a Dremel cutting wheel to do the finer cutting.
You want no less than 1/4" and no more than 3/8" on each bottom and top side of the vertical bars. Why?
A) you need enough thickness as you are going to drill a hole through it to thread the zip ties as an attachment point.
B) You don't want too much as you don't want it going higher than the RaceMesh trim. The whole point here is you don't want to see any egg crate

4. Some tips if your going to use the method I used to attach the RaceMesh using zip ties to the now hacked stock grill.

a) Make sure the holes in what is left of the vertical bars (baby teeth?) that the zip tie goes through is big enough for the tie to easily slide/move through it, otherwise you are in big trouble when you are ready to really tighten it and need to swivel it. Luckily, I thought about that possibility at the last minute and drilled the holes a bit bigger - 1/8" bit will do just fine.

b) When attaching the RaceMesh, I put the tie ends through the grill and just tightened the tie enough to hold them but with LOTS of slack and started with the bottom ones first. Then the tops. Once accomplished, then I started the actual zip tie tightening process. You will use a total of 10 ties...5 bottom and 5 top.

c) Make sure you have the RaceMesh grill ends exactly and evenly spaced at each end of the painted intake opening before you start tying down the zip ties.

d) When zip tied up, use a screwdriver to push the zip tie knuckle back into the back of the grill, ala like the RaceMesh install instructions say. Also, I used an artist brush and flat black rustoleum to paint over the glossy zip ties that are hooked around the mesh.


 

 

 

C6 Base model 

Front Fender Ducts

( Option 1 - Preferred ) added 11/16/10

Remove the front wheel(s) - I know a few people have asked if this is possible to do the install with the wheel(s) still on....YES, however it is easier access to the working area with the wheel(s) off.

There are 6 push-pins and 3 screws (1x 7mm, 2x 10mm) that hold the panel on. We suggest you not remove the center push-pin (shown in blue) until you remove all the other hardware. This will allow the panel to be held in place while you remove the screws under the car, otherwise the panel would want to fall as you remove the last screw and you would have to hold it up while working.

So, remove 5 push-pins. To remove them either use a door panel tool, or something else that will get behind the center pin and allow you to pull it out. You may also use a screwdriver or even a small set of diagonal cutters which work great just don't cut the center pin. It should come out easily, and once the pin is out you can simply pull the base out with your fingers.

Remove the 3 screws under the panel. The closest one to the outside is 7mm, the inner ones are 10mm. Note that the one furthest towards the front of the car goes in at an angle.

Once everything else is out go ahead and pull the center push-pin + base and remove the panel.


The inner "baffle" is held to the outer bodywork using double-sided tape in 2 locations. Although not necessary, you may use a marker to outline the location of where the 2 pieces meet. This was useful as a guide later during reassembly because it showed exactly where to put the new tape and how the 2 parts should align.

You need to separate the 2 pieces. You should be able to reach in both through the vent and from the back and CAREFULLY pull the 2 pieces apart. You can use the door panel tool and slid it between the 2 parts as you pull up with my other hand. You do not want to pry - especially with something pointy as that may put too much pressure on 1 spot on the outer panel and possibly cause damage.

Once these are separated, do your best to remove all the old tape on both panels. Now you want to tape the '"baffle" out of the way so you can get working on the RaceMesh Fender Duct Inserts. You may use some painters tape and tape it to the electrical harness (passenger's side) or the wiper reservoir (drivers side).

Take the appropriate RaceMesh Fender Duct Insert (should be labeled as to what side it goes on and what side faces out) and lay it against the vent and check for any gaps. It should lay relatively flat. If it doesn't, you will have to make some field adjustments by carefully bending / twisting it to conform to the vent.

Clean (Simple Green works well, followed by rubbing alcohol) the surfaces that the RaceMesh Fender Ducts Inserts will be adhered to.

At this point you want to mount the RaceMesh Fender Ducts Inserts and support it (using the towel method [ Install OPTION 3 seen below ], or using a bungee cord attached to the jack handle or mirror, etc.) so you can start applying the adhesive. Once the RaceMesh Fender Ducts Inserts is in place, centered, and supported so it's not going to move, go ahead and apply the adhesive to the RaceMesh Fender Ducts Inserts where it meets the outer panel. You want to get a good bead in there but you also don't want to get too close to the vent opening because it would show from the outside.

NOTE: We prefer a combination of a few small 3M tape contact points (to position and tack the RaceMesh in place), and RTV Silicone for secure permanent bonding.

Included in each kit: 3M Double Sided Tape & RTV Silicone

If preferred as an alternative, we recommend J-B Weld SteelStik Epoxy  


While the adhesive is drying, move to the other side of the duct using the supplied, (3 per side) adhesive backed tie-wrap holders. Clean (Simple Green works well, followed by rubbing alcohol) the surfaces where the 3 adhesive backed tie-wrap holders will be placed, and apply them to the inside of the duct opening flush against the body panel.

While or after the adhesive is drying / dry, put a tie-wrap through the outer edge of the mesh to the tie-wrap holder and cinch it up so the 'free' side of the mesh is held firmly in place. Cut the tie-wrap excess.

Button everything back up, and mount the wheels - your done.


 

 

( Option 2 )

1. 2. 3.

4. 5. 6.

Step One:(optional - remove wheel) Remove fasteners with forked screwdriver, and 3 screws from bottom of wheel well panel. NOTE: Removing the wheel is recommended, as it creates a much more comfortable work environment and easy access to the application area.

Step Two: Detach two contact points (bonded by double sided tape) of inner fender liner and push toward engine and secure it with masking tape to keep it out of the way while working on the application area. We used blue painters tape for this purpose as seen in pictures 5 & 6.

Step Three: ( VERY IMPORTANT STEP ) Clean the inner fender around the duct and then go over the area with rubbing alcohol to insure a clean surface so the 3M tape/epoxy has a clean surface to adhere to. It is recommended to rough up the surface with sandpaper where adhesive is to be applied.

 

NOTE:As you probably noticed, the mesh material is flexible and can also be un-woven with a little effort as it has no weld points (which is the nature of the material). Given the flexibility of the mesh material, it can be contoured / bent to lay flat against the opening in preparation of the attachment step.

Step Four: Place the appropriate (notice that one is labeled Driver side) RaceMesh Grille Fender Duct insert over the application area and secure or preferably "tack or position" the RaceMesh with the supplied double sided 3M tape as shown, and use RTV Clear Silicone in addition to the 3M double sided tape.

NOTE: We prefer a combination of a few small 3M tape contact points (to position and tack the RaceMesh in place), and RTV Silicone for secure permanent bonding.

Included in each kit: 3M Tape & RTV Silicone

If preferred as an alternative, we recommend J-B Weld SteelStik Epoxy  

 

( Option 3 )

Optional method - VHB

Purchase VHB (Very High Bond) two-sided tape from an auto parts store, 1/2" wide tape is preferred, and apply it on both sides of the inside fender side vent opening (cleaning this area prior to VHB tape application is vital for proper adhesion). Next, press the RaceMesh Fender Duct Grilles onto the tape. Next, use two additional pieces of tape on the outside edges of the RaceMesh to secure it to the fender. Next, cover both sides with duct tape to protect the VHB tape from water. NOTE: It is recommended to rough up the surface with sandpaper where adhesive is to be applied.

 

 

C6 Z06 & Grand Sport & ZR1

C6 Z06 & Grand Sport & ZR1 Corvette - RaceMesh™ Grilles Lower Valance installation instructions

NOTE: See C6 RaceMesh instructions above for general reference. Place the C6 Z06 RaceMesh unit into the opening, (reference the C6 Z06 pictures below) beginning in the center, thread a zip-tie around the center rib of the OEM plastic grille and through and around a single wire of the RaceMesh Grille and loosely secure the zip-tie. Move to the side ribs and repeat, and finally the end points as pictured. Once all zip-ties are in place, begin at the center by tightening the zip-tie, but do not over tighten. Once all zip-ties are secured, cut off the leaders, and tuck each knuckle behind the RaceMesh Grille. NOTE: Zip-Ties w/Pop-Off Sleeves do not work very well for this application.

1. 2. 3. 4.

5. 6. 7.

 

NOTE: The 4-Chamber Lower Valance RaceMesh Grille model is a direct replacement RaceMesh modified OEM factory grille and is simply a swap out of the original factory grille, with the same mounting points.

 

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

 

 

C6 Z06 & Grand Sport & ZR1 Corvette - RaceMesh™ Grilles Rear Fender Ducts installation instructions

NOTE: See C6 RaceMesh instructions above for general reference - wheel and fender liner removal. Each of the 4 Fender Duct Inserts are two-piece elements that snap together from inside and outside the fender. The inner sections will be reused, while the outer sections are replaced with the pre-fabricated RaceMesh Fender Ducts Inserts. See photos (Rear Brake Ducts are shown here) for illustrations of how to separate the inner / outer sections as well as what the pieces look like. Start from the bottom and work your way around the perimeter until all the clips release, while pulling the inner section away from the outer section. Reassembly is simple, just place the outer RaceMesh Fender Duct Insert in the outer opening and press/snap the inner section around the outer section.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

NOTE: If your ducts are painted to match body color, it is highly suggested to protect the paint with a clear bra type of material as this is a HIGH IMPACT area for road debris, etc..

C6 & Grand Sport Corvette - RaceMesh™ Grilles Fender Ducts installation instructions

( Also see C6 base model Fender Duct Install options if desired )

NOTE: Grand Sport 6 Fender Duct Inserts - Highly suggest front fender removal so you can work directly on a flat work bench surface on the inside of the focus areas of all 6 duct openings. Utilize basic adhesion C6 base model fender duct installation method found above, to apply the 6 Grand Sport Fender Ducts to the fenders.

 

C6 ZR1 Corvette - RaceMesh™ Grilles Front Fender Ducts installation instructions

NOTE: Due to the build method we employ for the ZR1 Front Fender Ducts, we must loose the bolts that were incorporated into the factory parts. As a result the bolt in method is lost.

We provide a 3M Double-sided tape, and RTV Clear Silicone Adhesive as the bonding agents for installing the ZR1 RaceMesh Front Fender Ducts. Begin by cleaning the surface areas where the 3M Tape and RTV Clear Silicone will be applied (both the underside lip of the parts and the inside edges of the fender duct openings). Next, apply rubbing alcohol to the same areas to promote a good bonding surface prep for the bonding agents. From the inside of the fender wells, use a few small sections of the 3M Tape to position and hold the parts in place, then apply the RTV Clear Silicone Adhesive to the entire perimeter of the contact surface areas from inside the fender areas. Allow a couple of hours for the Silicone to cure before driving the vehicle.

 

 

C6 Z06 & Grand Sport & ZR1 Corvette - RaceMesh™ Grilles Air Inductions Nose Scoop installation instructions

NOTE: The C6 Z06 nose scoop has 4 small tabs, two very small ones on the top edge about 1 1/2" from each end and two slightly larger ones on the bottom edge about 1 1/2" from the ends. We suggest taping off (blue painters tape works well) the painted area around the nose scoop prior to removing the stock unit and replacing it with the RaceMesh unit.

Using a letter opener or similar flat tool, slide the letter opener between the body and stock nose scoop where the tab is located at either end of the bottom edge. While pressing downward on the body and gently lifting up an the nose scoop releasing the bottom edge of the nose scoop. Continue gently lifting the bottom edge while pressing down on the body from one side to the other until both tabs release. Then, pulling toward you and upward until both bottom tabs release and the top edge tabs release - your done.

Reverse the process when installing the RaceMesh unit into the opening. Start by placing the RaceMesh unit top edge into the opening then gently press the bottom edge down into the opening while pressing down on the body. The bottom two tabs will snap into place. Remove protective tape and your done.

 

C6 Z06 & Grand Sport Corvette - RaceMesh™ Grilles Apron Inserts installation instructions

The C6 Z06 Apron Inserts install from behind the apron openings by using the supplied RTV Clear Silicone Adhesive, 3M Double Sided Tape, and Zip-Ties.

Begin by cleaning the contact areas thoroughly, followed by rubbing alcohol, as this sets up the adhesion foundation for a good bond. NOTE: It is recommended to rough up the surfaces with sandpaper where adhesive is to be applied. Using the Zip-Ties, attach each part by temporarily securing them to the 2 vertical ribs that run through each opening. Next use the 3M Tape to "tack" the left and right ends of the RaceMesh Apron Inserts. Adjust to align and fit/cover each opening. Next, from the backside of each opening, using the RTV Clear Silicone, run a bead along the length of the RaceMesh Apron Inserts, both top and bottom. It may be necessary to run your finger along the bead to "spread" the RTV Clear Silicone through the RaceMesh Apron insert so it fully contacts the Apron plastic for a good distribution of the adhesive. Allow RTV Clear Silicone to cure, then remove the Zip-Ties.

 If preferred as an alternative, we recommend J-B Weld SteelStik Epoxy  

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

 

C5

 

C5 Corvette - RaceMesh™ Grilles installation instructions

Front Brake Duct Installation

The grilles are appropriately marked for left and right installation. Please note the top is the straight edge.

The RaceMesh is shaped to fit inside the flow tube and against the inner rib or lip.

NOTE: You SHOULD remove the lower fender panel to access the tube.

The ducts are installed from the front by pushing back the tube end and pressing the RaceMesh into the tube end and into the first rib (see picture), then using a pair of needle nose pliers, pull the RaceMesh / tube back into its original position.

 

Front Fender Ducts Installation

Remove the wheels so you can get a better view of the panels, however, it is not necessary to remove the wheels. With a 7mm socket wrench remove the panel from the inner fender. There you will find 2 more 7mm screws that hold in the inside fender plastic.

IMPORTANT:

After you remove this piece clean the inner fender around the fender vent thoroughly and then go over the same area with rubbing alcohol to insure there is no dirt or grease.

Place one of the RaceMesh Fender Ducts into the opening and use the 3M tape to "tack" the piece into the desired position. Use the RTV Clear Silicone to secure the unit into place - allow approx 45-60 minutes for it to set. NOTE: It is recommended to rough up the surface with sandpaper where adhesive is to be applied.

It may be required to shape or form the RaceMesh to fit flush in the opening so don't be afraid to manipulate the RaceMesh to suit your taste.

 

Rear Diffuser Inserts Installation

IMPORTANT:

Clean the inner fender around the fender vent thoroughly and then go over the same area with rubbing alcohol to insure there is no dirt or grease.

Place the RaceMesh Rear Diffuser Insert into the opening and use the 3M tape to "tack" the piece into the desired position. Use the RTV Clear Silicone to secure the unit into place - allow approx 45-60 minutes for it to set. NOTE: It is recommended to rough up the surface with sandpaper where adhesive is to be applied.TIP (Preferred): You can also use zip-ties wrapped around the center bar to hold the parts in place while the RTV Silicone Adhesive cures, them remove zip-ties when done.

It may be required to shape or form the RaceMesh to fit flush in the opening so don't be afraid to manipulate the RaceMesh to suit your eye.

If preferred as an alternative, we recommend J-B Weld SteelStik Epoxy  

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

 

GMC

2007 - 2010 GMC Yukon Denali - RaceMesh™ Grilles

 

Installation:

1) Remove stock upper grille by 1st removing the 6 screws along the top edge of the assembly and the 2 in the lower left and right area of the grille face. Next reach behind the grille surface from the top with a stubby slot screwdriver and depress the plastic clips around the chrome frame edges (see the RaceMesh grille for location of these clips for reference) beginning at the top left and right ends working your way around to the bottom. You are working blind somewhat, so be patient as you work to release the clips.

2) Install the RaceMesh upper grille by placing the bottom edges / clips into the slots around the perimeter working your way toward the top ends of the chrome frame. Replace the 6 top edge screws (note: the two bottom screws are not accessible due to the small mesh weave openings) and your done.

3) Remove the stock lower grille by releasing the clips, with a stubby slot screwdriver, around the perimeter of the grille (see the RaceMesh grille for location of these clips for reference).

4) Install the RaceMesh lower grille by placing it into the opening lining up the clips with the slots they snap into. The ends of the RaceMesh have mounting blocks with double sided tape attached, remove the red liner tape to expose the adhesive tape and press into the opening to meet the bumper surface where appropriate, and your done.

 

2001 - 2006 GMC Yukon Denali - RaceMesh™ Grilles

1) Remove the stock lower grille by removing the fasteners that hold the plastic grille in place.

2) Install the RaceMesh lower grille by first removing the tabs that held the stock plastic grille in the opening (a dremel cutting tool works well here). Test fit the RaceMesh Grille by placing it flush up against the backside edge of the lower valance opening, trim and excess material as required so that it sits flat. We suggest tacking the RaceMesh Grille around the perimeter with a double sided tape to hold its position while you apply an epoxy through and around the RaceMesh Grille and flow the epoxy onto the backside of the bumper skin (clean it first and prep with rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits so to promote a good bond). Allow the appropriate amount of time for the epoxy to fully cure before driving the vehicle.

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

 

 

Chevy

2007 - 2010 Chevy Tahoe/Avalanche/Suburban - RaceMesh™ Grilles

 

Installation – RaceMesh Tow Hook Inserts

1) Test fit each Tow Hook Insert - Place the designated RaceMesh inserts into the opening as marked, they should be approx 1/2" deep into the opening. NOTE: Some bending / flexing may be required to get a flush / uniform fit along all four sides.

IMPORTANT: CLEAN (Simple Green works well) the areas where the rubberized trim will contact the bumper, and prep with rubbing alcohol to promote 3M tape and RTV Silicone adhesion. Use the supplied 3M tape along the 4 backside / top edges (approx 2" pieces) of the inserts and RTV silicone to the remaining areas and attach theRaceMesh inserts into the openings. NOTE: The 3M tape is more to "tack" the inserts into position to allow the RTV silicone to cure and bond securely to the surfaces. Please allow approx 1 hour for the RTV Silicone to cure before driving the vehicle.

 

Chevy Trailblazer SS

Each of the RaceMesh OEM modified parts are direct replacements for the OEM stock parts.

Simply remove the OEM stock parts and replace with the RaceMesh OEM modified parts. Contact your local dealership if any questions.

The two small inserts located under the headlights require removal and are replaced with the RaceMesh inserts. See picture.

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

 

 

Lexus

2006-2008 Lexus GS - RaceMesh™ Grilles

 

Suggested attachment points for both Upper & Lower RaceMesh Grilles

 

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

 

 

 

Jeep Cherokee

> The RaceMesh Brake Duct Inserts are inserted from underneath the bumper, and are a friction fit into the space with the duct tube pressing against the back face of the RaceMesh Brake Duct insert. The use of a single zip-tie attached (or two) from the bottom of the center bar will prevent the piece from shifting. Drill a 1/8" hole and thread a Zip-Tie through the hole (from behind brake duct opening) and then come back through the mesh at an appropriate point and secure the Zip-Tie, cut off leader. You can also use an RTV Silicone adhesive around the perimeter at a few locations if desired.

> The RaceMesh Lower Intake (see Generic instructions at top of page) is secured with as many Zip-Ties w/Pop-Off Sleeves as you wish, but 3 to 5 will secure it sufficiently.

> The RaceMesh Rear Diffuser Inserts are attached with the 20 gauge wire sections provided (we suggest 3 wires per insert). Test fit the RaceMesh Rear Diffuser Insert into the opening, locate a single RaceMesh wire and mark two points on either side where the wire is to be threaded around the single RaceMesh wire. Drill 1/16" holes where you have marked the two points. Repeat in at least two other locations, evenly spacing these 3 attachment points. Bend each 20 gauge attachment wire at the center creating a U shape, and thread each wire around the RaceMesh wire by feeding the points through the two 1/16" holes you have drilled. From behind the opening, twist each of the pair of wires to secure the RaceMesh Inserts, and cut off the excess 20 gauge wires.

> The RaceMesh Upper Grille is as simple as removing your stock grille and attaching the OEM modified RaceMesh Grille.

Removal and installation of the Grand Cherokee grilles is extremely easy:

1. Remove the 6 plastic push pins. The pins are comprised of two pieces. With a small flat screwdriver pry up the circular pin top and remove. Then pry up and remove the sleeve.

2. Tip grille forward and remove. Be careful not to scratch top of fascia.

3. When replacing the grille, be sure that the tabs along the bottom are aligned correctly over the lip of the fascia.

2005 WK grille

WK grilles are held in place with 6 push pin fasteners

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

 

Pontiac

Pontiac GTO RaceMesh Kidney Grilles

 

Remove the stock grilles. Use the 3M Tape, cut into a few 1" (approx) strips, to "tack" the kidneys into place, and between the 1" strips, apply the RTV Silicone to make a permanent bond. Allow approx 1 hour for the RTV Silicone to set before driving the vehicle.

NOTE: The RaceMesh Kidney Grilles may need to be test fit and reshaped prior to final installation.

( VERY IMPORTANT STEP ) Clean the surface areas where the RaceMesh Kidneys will contact the fascia around the edges, then go over these areas with rubbing alcohol to insure a clean surface so the 3M tape / RTV Silicone has a clean basis to adhere to.

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

 


Pontiac G8 RaceMesh Grilles

KIDNEYS

 

REAR DIFFUSER

Place RaceMesh Rear Diffuser into opening, locate at least 4 spots to loop the supplied 20 gauge wire attachment hardware, drill two 1/6" holes, one on each side of one RaceMesh wire, thread the 20 gauge wire through the two holes, and secure from the backside of the rear diffuser.

 

LOWER VALANCE - see Generic instructions at top of page

 

HOOD SCOOPS

From under the hood, locate the tabs that hold the stock Hood Scoops in place to remove the parts. Align the tabs with the slots and press the RaceMesh Hood Scoops into the hood.

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

 

 


Pontiac SOLSTICE RaceMesh Grilles

KIDNEYS

Remove the stock grilles.

 


This is what it looks from the inside, the metallic clips need to be removed.

 

 


 

 

 

 

You can use a flat screwdriver to twist maneuver and push at the same

time to free the metallic clips from the plastic tabs.

You can either remove the metallic clips from the outside or from the underneath the

 


vehicle, you will need to remove the bottom engine cover panel to reach up inside to release the clips

 

& plastic tabs holding the stock plastic kidney grilles in place.

 

Use the 3M Tape, cut into a few 1" (approx) strips, to "tack" the kidneys into place, and between the 1" strips, apply the RTV Silicone to make a permanent bond. Allow approx 1 hour for the RTV Silicone to set before driving the vehicle.

NOTE:The RaceMesh Kidney Grilles may need to be test fit and reshaped prior to final installation.

( VERY IMPORTANT STEP ) Clean the surface areas where the RaceMesh Kidneys will contact the fascia around the edges, then go over these areas with rubbing alcohol to insure a clean surface so the 3M tape / RTV Silicone has a clean basis to adhere to.

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

 

 

 

Dodge Charger

Dodge Charger RaceMesh Grilles

Hood Scoop -

Remove the stock hood scoop by releasing the two tabs on the bottom and sliding the part out of the hood housing.

Install the RaceMesh Grille Hood Scoop by sliding it into the hood housing and snapping the two tabs into position.

 

Upper Grille -

Remove the stock grille by removing the 4 screws that hold the stock grille in place. 2 screws are located in the center vertical rib, and one each are located at each end of the center horizontal rib. Next, there are 4 tabs (two top and two bottom) around the edges of the grille assembly that need to be flexed to release the stock grille from the fascia.

Install the RaceMesh Grille by placing it into the fascia opening and securing it with the 4 screws removed in the previous step.

 

Lower Valance -

NOTE: RaceMesh Grilles highly recommends that a professional body shop or your mechanic who has experience with this type of installation do the Lower Valance installation.

Raise the front of vehicle for easier access.

Remove the lower engine cover to gain access to the lower valance / stock grille area.

Remove the lower stock grille.

The tabs that held the stock grille will need to be remove in order for the RaceMesh Grille to be attached flush against the lip of the opening.

Use a masking tape to mark the lines to follow when removing the tabs. The tape also reduces the possibility of chipping the paint as you remove the tabs.

Use a cutting tool (a Dremel tool is preferred) to remove the tabs and create a flush lip all the way around the opening.

( VERY IMPORTANT STEP ) Clean (Simple Green or similar product) the surface areas and surrounding areas behind the opening where the RaceMesh Grille will contact the lip, and around the edges of the lip. Next, go over these areas with rubbing alcohol to insure a clean surface so the adhesive of choice has a clean basis to adhere to.

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

 

Dodge Challenger RaceMesh Grilles

Hood Scoops -

Tape off the area around the hood scoops so to prevent any damage to the hood paint. Remove the stock hood scoops by releasing the two tabs on the bottom with a letter opener or similar tool to depress the tabs. Slide the letter opener under the bottom edge of the hood scoop where the tab is located, hold one side up slightly while working the other tab with the letter opener in the same way to release both tabs. Once the bottom tabs are released, gently lift the bottom edge toward you and up until the top edge releases.

Install the RaceMesh Hood Scoops by reversing this process, sliding them into the hood housings at the top edges and snapping the two tabs at the bottom so the parts are fully secured to the hood.

NOTE: For the SRT8 model, if you want the soft rubber boots that were attached to your stock hood scoops to be used along with the RaceMesh Hood Scoops, you may fashion a way to secure the boots into the cavities with a silicone adhesive or some epoxy at the other end of the boot where they can be seen from under the hood. This is optional, and not required.

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

 

 

FORDFord F-150 RaceMesh Grilles

Upper Grille -

Remove the stock grille by removing the nuts at the attachment points along the hood line. Install the factory RaceMesh modified Grille using the same nuts as the attachment points along the hood line.

Lower Valance -

NOTE: RaceMesh Grilles highly recommends that a professional body shop or auto restyler / mechanic who has experience with this type of custom installation to the Lower Valance. The rectangular RaceMesh Grille part needs to be formed a bit to match the subtle contours of the bumper opening. IMPORTANT: Clean the attachment area thoroughly followed by rubbing alcohol to promote the bonding of the adhesive. The RaceMesh Grille can be fit into the opening from the front if desired, but can also be inserted from under the bumper. After the RaceMesh Grille has been formed and positioned into the opening from behind the bumper, an Epoxy or Silicone adhesive of choice is recommended to secure the RaceMesh Grille to the backside of the bumper opening.

Another option is to epoxy 18 gauge galvanized wires (that thread through RaceMesh and are bent back) or bolts (with nylon threaded nuts) every 4" or so around the perimeter of the backside of the opening to thread through the RaceMesh and secure the part in place.

 

2009 - 2014 F-150 Bumper Insert

 

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

 

 

 

Toyota

Tundra / Sequoia RaceMesh Grilles

Upper Grille - Hood Release modification

The factory hood release mechanism needs to be slightly modified in order to open and close the hood with the new RaceMesh Grille installed. Re-route and bend (approx 70 degrees) the factory hood release rod as pictured.

 

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

 

NISSAN 350Z (2006-2008)

Lower Valance

NOTE: Some modification / removal of the stock grille is required (Not required for the 2002-2005 350Z model).

You will notice that the horizontal bars of the factory grille can be removed, which will expose the support bars that held them in place. The leading edges of the support bars will need to be shaved down approx 1/4" in order for the RaceMesh Grille to lay flat against these points. Use the supplied attachment materials, referencing our generic installation method for our Lower Valance grilles - SEE TOP OF PAGE.

NOTE: For some, it may be necessary to contact a local restyler or a body shop to complete the installation.

 

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