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Billet grill install help.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by 2004Taco, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. Jan 6, 2009 at 6:44 PM
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    2004Taco

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    Does anyone have any Step by step pictures if how they installed there billet grill. Im kinda in a bind here.
    Thx
     
  2. Jan 6, 2009 at 7:08 PM
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    rhoppas

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    Sorry...don't have any pictures. What do you need to know?
     
  3. Jan 6, 2009 at 7:11 PM
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    well the instruction that i got for the Man. werent really clear. i just dont want to cut to much of the grill.
     
  4. Jan 6, 2009 at 7:16 PM
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    I understand your concern. It was scary making that first cut. For my CarriageWorks grill I only cut out the center cross bars. The instructions also talked about cutting a section out of the sides, using a supplied template, but I didn't do that. I saw no reason for it. After cutting out the cross bars the grill fit perfectly. Why cut more than absolutely needed? I just hacksawed the bars out, then used a dremel to smooth it out real good. Just take your time. Good luck...
     
  5. Jan 6, 2009 at 7:18 PM
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    Hey...I just noticed you have a first gen truck. Mine is 2nd gen. Not sure if they are the same procedure.
     
  6. Jan 6, 2009 at 7:19 PM
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    thx but the instructions told me to leave 5/8 from the chrom to the black platsic on the bottom and the side and leave 1/4 on the top.... seems like alot and i already did lol
     
  7. Jan 6, 2009 at 7:27 PM
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    OK. Just take your time and trial fit it as you go. Be sure to post some pics when you get it completed!
     
  8. Jan 6, 2009 at 7:32 PM
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    well do. thx
     
  9. Jan 6, 2009 at 7:51 PM
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    oh man. dude i know what you talkin about. the instructions that come with those are horrible. luckily i was at work when i installed mine so i had the tools i needed. mainly being a recip saw that i just snagged off the engine, and plenty of work space in the apparatus bay!

    anywho. its kind of hard explaining it to you without being there. just cut a little bit off at a time. thats about all i can say. damn i really want to help you out but i dont think there is any other way unless i could show you ya know?

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    that is what it will look like when done. only mine is black. i will post another pic tomorrow of the billet grill right up against the stock part of the grill. sorry man.
     
  10. Jan 6, 2009 at 8:03 PM
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    hahaha im doing it right now and i taking a little at a time.... when i bought it. i thoguth it was a blot on grill.. boy was i wrg! hahahah
     
  11. Jan 6, 2009 at 8:09 PM
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    well after youre done cutting the stock apart you do have to bolt it on. same with the lower grill if you got that as well. anyways the one you have will look better when finished anyways because itll be recessed. the ones that just go right over the stock dont look as clean because you can still see the stock one right behind it.
     
  12. Jan 6, 2009 at 8:57 PM
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    ya. im not a fan of the billet grills over the stocks too.. but idk, i just thought you could of unbolt the stock of and blot the new one on.... hahah but i know when you start getting custom. Nothing is easy. trust me ........


    Lots of hours in this....

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  13. Jan 8, 2009 at 12:57 AM
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    ok so i finish my grill, looks good. lol now im thinking about painting the outter shell and grill black... what do you guys think?
     
  14. Jan 8, 2009 at 8:24 AM
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    i think you should post a pic of it completed. when i installed mine at first i liked the look of it. then one day i looked at my truck and thought to myself since when did i like the look of all this chrome. so i took the the rattle can and went to town and spray painted the billet grilles black and left the stock surrounding "shell" if thats what youre referring too chrome.

    depending on the color of your truck you may just want to spray paint the grille itself black, not the surrounding part.

    post a pic and youll get alot more input.
     
  15. Jan 8, 2009 at 11:02 PM
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    ill post some pics up.... but ya... i saw someones truck with the billet grill and shell all black .. looks good.
    i have a silver 04 DC w/ black wheels. im lifting my truck this weekend and when i do.. ill post some pics.
     
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