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1999 grill options

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by CollegeTacoma, May 26, 2012.

  1. May 26, 2012 at 7:39 AM
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    CollegeTacoma

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    I like the grill look of the 01 + first gens but know they don't fit without replacing the front end.
    What are my options here? I don't really like the old first gen look as much, I know I could grill craft or sotashi but I haven't seen an older first gen with them yet.
    Anyone have any advice? Thanks
     
  2. May 26, 2012 at 8:03 AM
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    The 97 grills somewhat look like the newer ones without the vertical bars. Will they fit?
     
  3. May 26, 2012 at 9:02 AM
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    The 95-97 grille swap is much easier than 01-04 swap

    Here's a great thread (with lots of info in it) http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/1st-gen-tacomas/192427-98-96-97-front-end-swap.html

    In short if you were to swap to a 95-97 (which is what I'm going to do), you'll need:

    Grille/grille surround
    Headlight assemblies
    Headlight fillers

    And maybe a new bumper/valence. I am under the impression that it probably is not necessary.

    The person you want to contact is STLHarry...

    Good luck.

    PS - where in CO are you? If you do the swap maybe we can meet up and help each other
     
  4. May 26, 2012 at 12:48 PM
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    I'm on the westslope. What about you? Also any grill options that could just fit ? Maybe aftermarket
     
  5. May 26, 2012 at 1:48 PM
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    I'm in Boulder/front range

    The 95-97 grille will indeed just fit. But you obviously need new headlight assemblies and those little headlight/bumper fillers.

    I don't know of any aftermarket grilles (other than those trying to recreate OEM) that would fit. I'd assume that's such a small market niche that no one manufactures anything like it.

    Go to rockauto - the grilles are $32 or something like that. The fillers are about $3 each, and you can buy super cheap headlight assemblies.
     
  6. May 26, 2012 at 2:10 PM
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  7. May 26, 2012 at 3:03 PM
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    Two versions of the grill I did:

    [​IMG]

    Then I decided to mount the grill material flush, and painted the surround black:

    [​IMG]
     
  8. May 27, 2012 at 6:52 AM
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  9. May 27, 2012 at 11:09 AM
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  10. May 27, 2012 at 11:10 AM
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    have you seen the write up for what we are trying to do yet? like is there an exact one for the grill swap?
     
  11. May 27, 2012 at 11:17 AM
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    I make them too order if your interested
    Pm me exactly what your looking for and I'll give you and estimate
     
  12. May 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM
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    There isn't a detailed write up for a 98-00 to a 95-97.

    If you click on that TW link I provided above, you'll see some of my posts have links to other forums which have some walkthroughs/answers/etc

    The closest thing to a write up is STLHarry's swap. He put a 95-97 grille/front-end on a 01-04. Like I said though, that is more intensive than putting a 95-97 grille on a 98-00

    If you search for STLHarry, he has a link to his write up in his signature.

    While you're at it, he has a lot of answers (which are mostly posted in that thread I linked above)
     
  13. May 27, 2012 at 1:04 PM
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    Mine was pretty cheap because I didnt buy a new grill to work with. So all I paid for was the mesh, fiberglass, and bondo. I'd say $50-60. Havent seen a detailed write-up but I have been thinkin about doing one. I took pictures for the majority of the process
     
  14. May 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM
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    Thanks guys, You should do the write up AK, and thanks for all the info Madjik. When are you doing yours?
     
  15. May 27, 2012 at 6:00 PM
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    Did you find a total price to do this by the way? out of curiousity
     
  16. May 27, 2012 at 6:41 PM
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    Satoshi write-up is now in the works. should be done later tonight
     
  17. May 27, 2012 at 6:49 PM
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    Or you can see if there are any junk yards to see if you can get cheaper parts?

    And maybe scour the for sale marketplace here on TW
     
  18. May 29, 2012 at 3:49 AM
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    Thanks man that looks good. Did; you do yours?
     
  19. May 29, 2012 at 4:05 PM
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    Nice man turned out well
     
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