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3" Lift and New Grill

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by andoskyy, Dec 19, 2011.

  1. Dec 19, 2011 at 8:29 AM
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    andoskyy

    andoskyy [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Finished my lift kit sooner than I imagined. Got bored, found some scrap expanded metal, and here is the result...

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  2. Dec 19, 2011 at 10:41 AM
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    Looks really good man!! Im about to do this to my grille this week acutally. What kind of expanded metal did you use? whats the spacing on the gaps?

    Love our trucks by the way!
     
  3. Dec 19, 2011 at 10:50 AM
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    wow! grille looks great! nice job on the lift also. could you get up a few more angles of the truck so i can see what it looks like with stock wheels and smallish tires (for the lift)? also i like the wheels, i think that style of wheel is the best factory one toyota makes, when i get a lift and tires im considering not even getting aftermarket wheels and just painting the stock ones black and keeping em.
     
  4. Dec 19, 2011 at 10:55 AM
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    Just make sure your dont get tires that are too wide. The will rub on the frame at full lock.

    X2 on more pictures!
     
  5. Dec 19, 2011 at 12:05 PM
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    Thanks guys! Will snap more, and better, pictures soon. The lift is 3" spacers in the front and 2" add-a-leafs in the rear.

    JR97, what gaps are you referring to? The actual expanded metal spacing? I can measure tonight, but its probably 1/4" or 5/8ths.

    When these 31x10.5x25's are gone, I'm moving to 33x10.5's. Probably have 10k worth of miles left on the tread...but might have to help that process along with a few burnouts. haha.
     
  6. Dec 19, 2011 at 12:56 PM
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    Yeah I was talking about the expanded metal spacing. 1/4" looks about right. How did you fasten it to the grille?
     
  7. Dec 19, 2011 at 3:35 PM
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    grill looks bad ass. wish u would have done a step by step on it tbh so i could possibly do it myself.
     
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    Grill, lift and wheels look great.

    Makes me have a bigger boner for a 95-97 front end :(
     
  9. Dec 19, 2011 at 8:47 PM
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    Look at build!
    Grill & Lift looks sweet! Time to get some lights behind it now.
     
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    That is fucking BADASS!!!
     
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    :laugh: hahahaha
     
  12. Dec 20, 2011 at 5:21 AM
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    haha, thanks again guys!

    Yes, I should have done a step by step, sorry...but here's the best I can describe it, but let me know if you have any questions:

    Upper grill:

    1. I cut out all inner plastic with a dremel.
    2. There were some spaces on the side of the grill that could have been filled with fiberglass and bondo'd...but I chose not to. might do it down the road, but you barely notice it with all black. (pics to come)
    3. Traced the outline of the grill onto cardboard and cut it out.
    4. Traced the cardboard pattern onto expanded metal and left 1" extra all around.
    5. The only tricky step: In order to not see the edge of the expanded metal, I had to heat up a few links and melt them into the remaining grill supports. (pics to come)
    6. Cut half way through the expanded metal with cut off wheel and bent a few pieces over to meet up with the grill...then used epoxy to stick them together.
    7. Everything was painted with bed liner spray before and after installation.

    For the Lower valance:

    1. Cut roughly 4x6" piece of expanded metal, pulled back the bottom of the grill and shoved the expanded metal up there. I then simply welded it to the frame. Can't see the welds because its black and behind the license plate.
    2. Painted

    Unfortunately, in the winter, I go to work when its dark and get home when its dark...so I promise a few more pictures this weekend.

    Will likely mount a few small driving lights behind the grill soon. I was thinking that, or molding a few into the bumpers somewhere. I like the looks of big PIAA lights, but want something I can keep on at all times. 1st gen lights aren't too powerful
     
  13. Dec 20, 2011 at 5:24 AM
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    Nice job, the blacked out look in the front looks awesome
     
  14. Dec 22, 2011 at 6:38 AM
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    here are a few more pics

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  15. Dec 22, 2011 at 7:05 AM
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    I just used (2) 3/4" nuts with longer bolts to drop my carrier
     
  18. Dec 22, 2011 at 9:58 AM
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    Sounds good. I have some scrap aluminum stock that i'll likely drill through and make some spacer blocks out of.

    Did you have a noise or a vibration before the drop?
     
  19. Dec 22, 2011 at 10:41 AM
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    Yeah i had both. Also because my carrrier bearing was shot.
     
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