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Old 07-08-2013, 12:51 PM   #41
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Nice look! I have the same grill and have been pondering the lighting solution... I'm going to copy your example. Tucked away from rocks and sticky fingers!
  • Please update on effectiveness/brightness... % reduction from the mesh?
  • What mounting hardware did you add?
I am also planning a CIB 2" receiver for the fro t that will pop through the bottom grill. (I know a plate bumper with a real box is the norm but I literally have inches to spare in the garage as is) I like how this solution would keep the lenses away from the winch-tray!
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Old 07-20-2013, 04:00 PM   #42
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I did this to my 12 and put Optilux 4" HIDs on the BAMF mount. But the grille seems to cut the light in half also they seem to be more of a flood light. I had to drive wo grille for awhile while the paint cured on the color match so Its a noticeable difference.
Thinking about going back to halogens and 100w bulbs in driving or spot lights
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Old 07-20-2013, 10:12 PM   #43
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Sorry folks...just got back in town Wednesday from vacation and haven't had time to wire up the lights. Hopefully tomorrow.
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Please update on effectiveness/brightness... % reduction from the mesh?
I wondered the same thing. The short answer is "a fair amount, but not so much as to make adding the lights worthless."

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/lig...ight-loss.html
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Looks great! Just curious if you had problems trying to take the bottom part of the stock grill out. I can get the top portion to come out no problem but there are a bunch of tabs holding the bottom in but they don't seem to release the grill. what am I missing?? thanks.
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:06 PM   #46
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You've got me sold on the grillcraft. I really like the way the upper and lower looks and you did a great job. So far the cheapest I can find is at Truck Alterations for $283 and it includes upper, lower and triangles.
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Here is mine on my '13
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Sweet! How much and how hard was it to install?
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Not hard at all just take you time. Patience is the key. I ordered a new grill so if it got messed up I would have a replacement, but honestly it wasn't a bad install. I have a stock grill that I should put up for sale.
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Looks great! Just curious if you had problems trying to take the bottom part of the stock grill out. I can get the top portion to come out no problem but there are a bunch of tabs holding the bottom in but they don't seem to release the grill. what am I missing?? thanks.
6 tabs and 2 push clips connecting the bottom.

Look for the Status grille installation on You Tube, the guy shows how to release the tabs.
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Just a long overdo update on this mod. There does not seem to be a significant reduction in brightness due to the mesh. Of course I am running 100 watt bulbs and the lights are aimed in a way that they light up the road surface about 20-30 feet in front of the truck.

I got bored with the grillcraft and decided to pull off the grill assembly and replace it with the stocker I still had. I removed the lower mesh, added the custom Toyota T and moved the lights closer in two spaces. Also gave the lower plastic another solid coat of Krylon satin black paint. Not sure how much the stock grill will reduce the brightness, but I may roll with this setup until I can get my hands on a real Satoshi, if ever.

Also removed my TRD stickers. I plan on ordering some tires this week and should have the FJ Trail Teams mounted with Toyo Open Country ATII's by next weekend. Here's how it sits today....






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