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Old 04-30-2012, 01:29 PM   #1
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95-96 grill sawp to 2001-2004?

I have seen tons of 2001-2004 grills for sale and my 1996 grill is shot anyway so I thought I would see if the swap was possible and how easy it might be. I know headlights might need to be swapped as well but I am looking for a face lift since I haven't seen too many 96 grills for as cheap as the 2001-2004 grills are. Thanks for any help you can give!
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:33 PM   #2
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i think you'd have to replace the hood, grill, lights, and bumper with 01-04 stuff
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I have seen tons of 2001-2004 grills for sale and my 1996 grill is shot anyway so I thought I would see if the swap was possible and how easy it might be. I know headlights might need to be swapped as well but I am looking for a face lift since I haven't seen too many 96 grills for as cheap as the 2001-2004 grills are. Thanks for any help you can give!
STLHarry is your man for this question.

He swapped a 95-97 grille onto his 01-04... so his thread/walkthrough will be very helpful to you.

What I've gathered, from nagging him like a wife, is that you will need:

Grille
Headlight assemblies
Headlight/bumper filler
Corner lights
Fenders
Hood
Bumper
Valence (with turn signals)
Core Support (I think)

The swap from 01-04 to 95-97 or 98-00 (or vice versa) is much more involved than a swap from 95-97 to 98-00 (or vice versa)

I'll try to dig up STLHarry's walkthrough and post it here

Edit: STLHarry's walkthrough: http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st...o-01-04-a.html
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:56 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help. What about swapping a 98-00 into my 96?
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Old 04-30-2012, 04:11 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help. What about swapping a 98-00 into my 96?
Much simpler.

I'm eventually going to try and swap a 95-97 onto my 98-00 and from what I gathered from research is:

Headlight assemblies
Headlight/bumper filler
Grille
Core support (possibly)
Bumper (maybe not)
Valence (maybe not, depending if you don't need a bumper)
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Oh hello everybody!

OP, have you seen rockauto's catalougue? They have 4WD grilles for ~$30. Here is the link to the description (although it doesn't list the cost there4...you have to get that from the listing).

I say this because swapping an 01-04 front end onto the older trucks is more labour-intensive than the other way around. The holes for the headlights are different.
Here is the 95.5-97:


Here is the 01-04:

Note how the first truck has round holes but the second has oval ones? The 95.5-97 headlights will fit in the oval holes, but the 01-04 headlights will not fit in the round ones without cutting.

You will also need a whole new hood, which will set you back quite a bit even without adding in the cost of colour-matching it (I was lucky because I found another white truck to buy...but I was fully prepared to paint it if I needed to).

After that, you still need the corner trim pieces that go under the grille, headlights, and hood latch. You don't actually need corner lights, fenders, or a new bumper (I don't entirely know about the bumper, though, because I installed the ARB with the grille swap too).

Any other questions, feel free to PM me. Always glad to help!
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Thanks for the help! I think I will stick with the 96 grill and put my money else where.
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:25 PM   #8
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95-97 Front ends FTW!!!!

Dont swap!
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:29 PM   #9
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don't do it! you have the best front end with the best color already!
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Thanks for the help! I think I will stick with the 96 grill and put my money else where.
Good decision. I like the 96 grills.
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Good decision. I like the 96 grills.
Is there a difference between 95.5, 96 and 97 grilles?

(assuming they're all for 4WD)
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Is there a difference between 95.5, 96 and 97 grilles?

(assuming they're all for 4WD)
nope
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Is there a difference between 95.5, 96 and 97 grilles?

(assuming they're all for 4WD)
No, i don't think so. by 96 I meant the 95.5 to 97 style.
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