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are satoshi grills really that hard

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by meckleystephen, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. Feb 2, 2010 at 5:36 PM
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    meckleystephen

    meckleystephen [OP] My Taco is Bi-Winning!!!!!!!!

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    i was thinking about doing this mod and have done some pretty extensive research i have some expierience with bondo and fiberglass i was just wondering since i have a grillcraft on the way
     
  2. Feb 2, 2010 at 5:40 PM
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    If you are challeneged like me than yes. But if you follow the directions and use the correct tools than it should be fairly easy.
     
  4. Feb 2, 2010 at 5:43 PM
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  5. Feb 2, 2010 at 5:45 PM
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    I'm going to attempt it this weekend, hopefully it's more towards the easy side:goingcrazy:
     
  6. Feb 2, 2010 at 5:47 PM
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    They are not as difficult as you might think. The hardest part for me was getting the guts up to start cutting up my grill. Once you have the middle bars cut out and the small "leftover" tabs sanded down, it's just a matter of reinforcing the holes left behind with fiberglass and filling it smooth with the bondo. Attaching the grillcraft on the backside can be tricky but I just sandwiched some brackets on the backside between the fiberglass and the plastic, then used small bolts to attach the grillcraft to the brackets. Then paint over the bondo and you're done.
     
  7. Feb 2, 2010 at 6:00 PM
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    I have one of these and they are awesome for cutting things flush and sanding in tight areas. I think dremel makes a similar one that is probably less expensive.
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  8. Feb 2, 2010 at 6:03 PM
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    meckleystephen

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    well i just found out that i since i ordered on a group buy im gonna have to wait like three weeks for the grill :( so i might just try and do the satoshi mod and then throw some chicken wire on it and then when i get the grill put it on thanks for all the info tho
     
  9. Feb 2, 2010 at 6:05 PM
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    meckleystephen

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    did u just paint the inside of ur grill with a high gloss spray paint i have a blue truck how would that look???
     
  10. Feb 2, 2010 at 6:06 PM
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    No, I used a flat black. I like the way it matches just fine.
     
  11. Feb 2, 2010 at 7:44 PM
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    Don't do it ... its REALLY hard.... wuss out, be lazy you don't really want to do all that work....





















    :)
     
  12. Feb 3, 2010 at 8:21 AM
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    You can always order a spare from certifit and get started on that. I found one off of ebay for 12 bucks and did my mods to that then ordered color matched paint from ebay for my color code and painted it with that. The color was a perfect match. I am by no means experienced at body work but pretty good at doing things if I read up on it enough. I had the ugly SR5 chrome grill and chrome insert and now the front looks completely different. Good luck!
     
  13. Feb 3, 2010 at 8:25 AM
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    Go for it. I wouldnt say it is hard. Its just time consuming. Just alot of sanding and sanding. Just take your time and you will be fine.
     
  14. Feb 3, 2010 at 8:37 AM
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    I thought fiberglass and bondo don’t stick to plastic. And even if you get it to stick, in time it will crack and pop out. Has this happen to anyone yet? :confused:
     
  15. Feb 3, 2010 at 9:47 AM
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    if it does pop off,you can go to lowes and get some chicken fence wire and replace it.:rofl:
     
  16. Feb 3, 2010 at 10:37 AM
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    Make sure you rough up the plastic where you are laying the fiberglass and extend it past the areas you are covering and you should be fine. I haven't had any problems with mine and I've had it for a little over 2 years.
     
  17. Feb 3, 2010 at 1:51 PM
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    Not hard, just time consuming.
     
  18. Feb 3, 2010 at 2:47 PM
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    KPT sees what you did there.

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    I'm in the same boat as you with the grillcraft, and I clicked on this thread thinking...."hmm, now that I have the time....".

    I also have an extra grille so I'm very tempted.
     
  19. Feb 3, 2010 at 2:52 PM
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    It really isn't too hard. Just take your time and follow the directions.
    It is more of a tedious and time consuming job.
     
  20. Feb 3, 2010 at 7:03 PM
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    meckleystephen

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    yea i might just do the satoshi mod and then throw some chicken wire in it that way when i get it i can just put the grill on its supposed to snow anyway all weekend so the garage is free and warm
     
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