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Old 07-27-2010, 07:27 PM   #1
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RIP Bambi - Thanks!

Well on the way to the airport 3 weeks ago at 4am, Bambi decided to step out in front of the truck. Not what I needed on the way to my honeymoon. It was amazing when i hit the deer it got airborn and landed sideways on its feet about 25 feet in front of the truck then proceeded to stumble away. I was probably travelling about 35 mph as i was braking from 55. Anyways, damage included headlight brackets on both headlights cracked, small crack in front bumper, grille cracked, hood release support dented, a/c line dented, trim popped out.

I took advantage of this situation and upgraded to the color match grille from the 2009/2010 sport model (with the anachrite center) and smoked headlights. I went with the newer grille because the unpainted plastic grille has a tendency to fade. I may eventually Satoshi the new grille as well. I was actually pretty pumped about this because my headlights were faded and I hate chrome, so thanks Bambi! I've only owned my truck for a month too!

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broken headlight tabs:


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Can you believe this is $1600 in damage?


The facelift! (OEM Smoked headlights, color match grille with anachrite center, new bumper cover)




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AFTER!!




The smoked headlights were a much needed improvement. I was already considering buying the aftermarket black headlights, but I'm much happier with these!
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Nice choices on your truck, looks good!

Deer suck out here (I'm in Fuquay-Varina). I have to dodge those damn things at least 3x a month!
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Old 07-27-2010, 07:33 PM   #3
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Well done. Welcome to the color-matched, scoopless club. Looks a helluva lot better than the chrome doesn't it?
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Old 07-27-2010, 07:35 PM   #4
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Well done. Welcome to the color-matched, scoopless club. Looks a helluva lot better than the chrome doesn't it?
Sure does! I'm thinking about having my rear bumper color matched too at some point.
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Old 07-27-2010, 07:49 PM   #5
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Sure does! I'm thinking about having my rear bumper color matched too at some point.
I got price quotes on that and it's something like $500 give or take just for the part.

For that money, might as well go straight to an offroad plate-steel bumper. That's my plan.
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Old 07-27-2010, 08:07 PM   #6
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Nice choices on your truck, looks good!

Deer suck out here (I'm in Fuquay-Varina). I have to dodge those damn things at least 3x a month!
Same here in Raleigh. Fuckers are everywhere.
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Old 07-27-2010, 08:08 PM   #7
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Btw. Love the new look. Big improvement. Did your insurance pay for all of this? If so, I'm goin deer huntin tonight.
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lookin good!!
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Btw. Love the new look. Big improvement. Did your insurance pay for all of this? If so, I'm goin deer huntin tonight.
Come out along Sunset Lake Rd between Holly Springs and Fuquay... at dawn/dusk you'll only have to circle once or twice to hit one.
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Come out along Sunset Lake Rd between Holly Springs and Fuquay... at dawn/dusk you'll only have to circle once or twice to hit one.
Ill be there.
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if you don't mind me asking. how much were those smoked oem headlights? i too hate the chrome headlights.
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Insurance covered the cost of the parts that belonged on the truck, i had to pay the retail difference which ended up being $100.

If anyone is looking for good prices are OEM parts though, Mark Jacobsen Toyota of Durham has a wholesale parts website. The smoked headlights are $210 each vs. $296 each and the color macthed grill is $159 vs $224. I also picked up a TRD quick shifter from them (not found on website) for $275 which is about $50 less than anywhere else that I could find.
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:50 AM   #13
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I got price quotes on that and it's something like $500 give or take just for the part.

For that money, might as well go straight to an offroad plate-steel bumper. That's my plan.
I got a quote of $200 from the shop that did the work on my truck to spray my chrome bumper.
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I got a quote of $200 from the shop that did the work on my truck to spray my chrome bumper.
Highly doubt it would look the same, and not taking the chance.
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I also picked up a TRD quick shifter from them (not found on website) for $275 which is about $50 less than anywhere else that I could find.
you will love the quick shifter. i have one on my 01'. but your truck looks great. i love color matching bumpers and grills
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Thanks everyone!
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We found Bamby too coming back from Big Bend and this is how I took advantage of this situation and upgraded.






Just in case I have to hit another.
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