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Billet Grill vs hood latch

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

  1. Jan 1, 2009 at 3:44 PM
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    2004Taco

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    Ok, i Just bought a billet grill. I havent put it on yet buuut is there a special way to open the hood latch or something?
    Ive posted a thread a few months ago about this but nobody gave me a real responds.
     
  2. Jan 1, 2009 at 3:46 PM
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    genxer36

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    Good question. I was thinking of adding a billet grill. How do you open the hood?
     
  3. Jan 1, 2009 at 4:23 PM
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    TicTacOma

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    It's all in my head at the moment...
    I've never "fingered" my grill up open the hood. I use one hand to pull up on the front edge of the hood and slide the other hand to release the latch. Simple Pimple!
     
  4. Jan 1, 2009 at 4:25 PM
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    genxer36

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    I thought the billet grills block you from accessing the hood latch, like I can get to it now.
     
  5. Jan 1, 2009 at 4:28 PM
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    Rtrn2taco

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  6. Jan 1, 2009 at 4:30 PM
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  7. Jan 1, 2009 at 4:44 PM
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    tacomaman06

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    getting there....
    going thru the grille to open the hood is the easiest...but with the billet grille.......you arent gonna be able to i dont think, but when you pop the hood...there is just enough room to get your finger in over the grill/under the hood and pull the latch.
     
  8. Jan 1, 2009 at 4:52 PM
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    2004Taco

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    Ummm this sounds like a pain...
     
  9. Jan 1, 2009 at 5:03 PM
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    rhoppas

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    It is very easy. It is just different than what you are used to. I have always done it that way, even before I put on my billet grill.
     
  10. Jan 1, 2009 at 5:07 PM
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    I just noticed this is in the 1st Gen forum. I was speaking of the 2nd Gen trucks. Sorry!
     
  11. Jan 1, 2009 at 5:10 PM
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    hardtaco

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    Guys, the billet grill that I got from Stull came with a lever extension that you attach to your existing release lever, and you actually slip your fingers between the hood and grill, and push down on the lever extension to release. I hope this makes sense.
     
  12. Jan 1, 2009 at 5:15 PM
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    getting there....
    first gen's are just like the 2nd gens.:)
     
  13. Jan 1, 2009 at 6:11 PM
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    Ok so i tried they way you guys told me. stick my fingers inbetween the hood and grill. Its pretty easy. thx for the INFO :)
     
  14. Jan 2, 2009 at 2:44 PM
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    Somebody shoot a picture, PLEASE!

    I have seen this question asked a bunch of times, but no pics.
     
  15. Jan 2, 2009 at 3:04 PM
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    Here you go. The first pic shows the position of your hand to open the hood. The 2nd pic shows the lever I am lifting to open the hood. Hopefully that answers your questions...

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  16. Jan 2, 2009 at 3:17 PM
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    Thanks, especially for such a quick response.
    i would guess it is not 15 degrees there? :)

    The lever is designed to be used through the hood gap on a 2nd gen.
    The first gen trucks have the lever accessed through a grill opening.
    Us first gen people want to see one that has the extension.

    Please?
     
  17. Jan 2, 2009 at 3:26 PM
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    It has been really cold here but today was in the low 50's, and I had some spare time...
     
  18. Jan 2, 2009 at 3:32 PM
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    LMAO!!! For some reason this thread stikes me as funny... And to be honest, I didnt know you could open the hood through the grill. I guess i have always done it the hard way... Blame it on having old trucks growing up... Tight Lines.
     
  19. Jan 2, 2009 at 8:49 PM
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    It's easy on the generation 1's. Lift the hood, stick your finger between the grill & the hood, undo the latch....simple.
     
  20. Jan 3, 2009 at 6:20 AM
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    ive never opened the hood through the grill neither, new one to me
     
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