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Any pictures of grillcraft installed without cutting?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ChaseUA, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. Apr 23, 2010 at 10:12 PM
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    ChaseUA

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    Just wondering what it looks like. Interested in ordering a black grillcraft set but I'm not thrilled with the idea of cutting the OEM grill out. The website states you can install it without cutting so my question is does this look OK or like crap?

    I searched for grillcraft photos but it seems allt he ones I came across did the cut and install method.
     
  2. Apr 23, 2010 at 10:13 PM
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    i saw one somewhere and it looked awful. i would strongly advise not to do that but don't have pics so can't show you..sorry man
     
  3. Apr 23, 2010 at 10:15 PM
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    Thanks. I had a feeling of that, just didn't know how well the mesh would hide the crap behind it. Hopefully someone will chime in with some pictures, but thank you for the input!
     
  4. Apr 23, 2010 at 10:18 PM
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    It doesn't hide things well at all, as you can see from pictures if someone doesn't move their horns/etc. So, I can imagine having the grille still installed looking absolutely horrid.

    I am curious now too to see it.
     
  5. Apr 24, 2010 at 7:07 PM
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    The install pics on the grillcraft site has pics both with it cut out and without.
     
  6. Apr 24, 2010 at 10:56 PM
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    I tried it and it's almost impossible to get access to the Grillcraft mounting holes with the existing grill in the way. You "might" be able to do it, but I think it would look like crap. I wanted to keep old grill for strength reasons, but opted to cut it out. I'm VERY glad I did.
     
  7. Apr 27, 2010 at 6:45 AM
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    I didn't feel comfortable cutting my grill cross-members. I wanted to retain the strength. I was going to install a Grillcraft but I sold that and I went with a black Cloud Rider. Now you can still see the cross-members but I'm going to paint them flat black to see if they hide better. What I like about this set-up is that it installs in about 15 minutes without tools. Sorry for the bad pics with bugs all over the front of my truck but I just came back from picking up my new summer toy (in the box of the truck).
     
  8. Apr 27, 2010 at 5:50 PM
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    Here they are...

    Grill Pics 001.jpg
    Grill Pics 002.jpg
    Grill Pics 003.jpg
     
  9. May 14, 2010 at 6:26 PM
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    I know this is resurrecting an old thread but thanks for posting those photos Wayner, I actually don't mind the look of the cross-members so much on that. My truck is MGM so I think they should be even less noticeable. Where did you get the "black cloud rider" insert at? Sorry for the question, but I'm not familiar with that brand/name.

    Anyone else out there with pictures of a grillcraft installed w/o Satochi?
     
  10. May 14, 2010 at 7:20 PM
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    x2.. I kinda like that.
     
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