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Old 04-26-2013, 08:38 AM   #1
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Yaris Cattle Guard for the GhostTurd

I almost hit a coyote on the way to work last fall and thought to myself, "Boy, this would spell doomsday for the GhostTurd."

I did this with the following tools: Drill, welder, chopsaw, angle grinder, plasma cutter (although you could get by with other), and of course, paint.

It is very solid, supported at 4 points. I'm new to this site but have done several fun modifications to the car to make it more comfortable and safe to drive.

If there is a lot of interest in the cattle guard, I can post some more pictures and explanations.
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:02 AM   #2
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Curious to see how it turned out. Post some pics
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:58 AM   #3
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Definitely post pics. There has been quite a bit of interest on doing something like that.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:02 AM   #4
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I almost hit a coyote on the way to work last fall and thought to myself, "Boy, this would spell doomsday for the GhostTurd."

I did this with the following tools: Drill, welder, chopsaw, angle grinder, plasma cutter (although you could get by with other), and of course, paint.

It is very solid, supported at 4 points. I'm new to this site but have done several fun modifications to the car to make it more comfortable and safe to drive.

If there is a lot of interest in the cattle guard, I can post some more pictures and explanations.
Where were the first pictures? Im so angry right now!
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:37 AM   #5
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of course... post some pics!
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Old 04-26-2013, 03:29 PM   #6
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I hit one of those damn things in my Yaris. It broke the lower grill and cracked the bumper cover below the lower grill. I also had to replace a handful of those little push-pin retainers.

It was a lot less damage than I expected. I was running 60mph at the time.
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:39 PM   #7
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C'mon man, you can't breeze in, make a post like that, then not present pictures! Boo!!
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:46 PM   #8
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I hit a giant jack rabbit, this would have saved me...
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:53 AM   #9
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Yaris Cattle Guard for the GhostTurd

I'd posted this in the tech section but thought it could benefit someone here. I nearly hit a coyote one morning with the Ghost Turd so this was the solution. It took about 45 hours start-to-finish and is very solid.
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:58 AM   #10
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OK, pics.... How do you upload pictures when the 'Insert Image' icon wants you to point to a URL? (help...)
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:08 AM   #11
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OK, pics.... How do you upload pictures when the 'Insert Image' icon wants you to point to a URL? (help...)
You can either upload to a file hosting site like Photobucket or there should be an another option to add the pic as an attachment to the thread in the "advanced" menu.

I use photobucket...
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:11 AM   #12
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NM, I see you figured out how to post pics. That is intense...
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:57 PM   #13
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Now put some big round foglights in the cattle guard and make it look like a rally car.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:13 PM   #14
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More pictures of the GhostTurd cattle guard

All of the bends are done with a chopsaw, welder & angle grinder. Tedious.

The trickiest part is building your grommet mounts. You have to buy slightly longer metric bolts with which to replace the bumper mounting bolts because your grommets (what you see sticking out of the plastic bumper cover) have a 1/4" base that require more bolt shank. I just used a generic holesaw & drill to get the 2nd bumper hole made (the driver side). The passenger hole is already there for your tow hookup.

If someone is really serious about building one, I can put the car back on the rack and take some pictures of the underside for the lower supports. Without solid under-support, this would only be for decoration.
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:02 PM   #15
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I gotta say, that's different!
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:25 PM   #16
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Wow. That thing is intense.
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Ahhh now I see. Your backseat pulls out, but you don't. :)
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Old 04-28-2013, 08:09 PM   #17
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I think I will be the first yaris in destruction derby with this setup... challenge accepted
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:05 PM   #18
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I am very impressed with the fabrication technique for achieving the bend. Some serious work went into that.
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