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2011 Grillcraft Help

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tacomtn, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. Nov 21, 2011 at 11:47 PM
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    Yes, I've searched and haven't found what I'm looking for. The instructions for the Grillcraft do not show exactly where on the grill to cut the 2011 grill. Anyone have pics showing the exact places to cut the grill? Cut out the entire black section or what? I'd hate to cut up a brand new grill and mess it up.

    Help apprecitated.
     
  2. Nov 21, 2011 at 11:49 PM
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    Thanks. I saw those threads but they don't show exactly where to cut. On the 2011 grill, the honeycomb designs are so close to the edges. There's barely enough for the Grillcraft to mount onto. So, it looks like I'm supposed to get all the grill off so that only the lip is left? That's where the Grillcraft rests on?

    Can someone who's actually done this on a 2011 chime in? Shucks. I wish I'd have bought a 2010 grill instead of this one. Thats A LOT of cutting!!
     
  4. Nov 22, 2011 at 12:51 AM
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    This is what I did on my 98: make sure the cut out the center portion while leaving the most amount of plastic side wall available. To mount the grillcraft, you're going to drill holes in the side wall where the tabs are for the screws that come with it.
     
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    OP, Installed a mesh gc on my '11. Just think in terms of removing all of the honeycomb area up to the flat portions that makeup the lip. Lay the gc in the designated area and you'll see how it attaches to that lip via the grills clips using screws you'll have to drill for. Most use a reciprocating saw but I opted for a hacksaw blade for better control--didn't wanna scratch it! Incidentally, this is for the top, the bottom is more labor-intensive as it requires removing the bumper:eek: looks great though. Can post pics fairly soon if needed
     
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    OK, that helps. Wow, all those honeycomb tabs!! Oh well.

    Pics would be great, close ups especially of where the GC meets the lip area. Thanks.
     
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    Yeah, I thought of buying one of those aftermarket grills. I'm just not confident the fit and quality would be up to par with a new truck. Then there's trying to find a good shop to paint it. Many shops either don't want to paint such a small piece, or charge so much that I might as well buy the factory painted grills.
     
  10. Nov 22, 2011 at 1:23 PM
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    Have you bought the Grillcraft already ?

    If not just get one of Craig's colour matched grilles and sell or keep your stock grille intact .
     
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