1. Welcome to Tacoma World!

    You are currently viewing as a guest! To get full-access, you need to register for a FREE account.

    As a registered member, you’ll be able to:
    • Participate in all Tacoma discussion topics
    • Communicate privately with other Tacoma owners from around the world
    • Post your own photos in our Members Gallery
    • Access all special features of the site

Billet Grille Install Questions

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Blackoutnights, May 25, 2008.

  1. May 25, 2008 at 1:39 PM
    #1
    Blackoutnights

    Blackoutnights [OP] New Member

    Joined:
    May 25, 2008
    Member:
    #6861
    Messages:
    1
    Gilbert, AZ
    Vehicle:
    2008 TRD Sport
    18" XD Monsters with Cooper LTZ tires, 5% tint all around, 2 10" Rockford Fosgate subs, Infiniti Componets in all doors, 5 piece billet grille powder coated black chrome.
    I just got my 5 piece grille powder coated black and I am readu for install. I have already taken the grille shell out (easy) and I want to install it as a cut out so you dont see the stock bars behind it. Any suggestions??? I guess I could just start cutting but I would like some advise first. I wish they didn't mount the brackets for the shell on the inside part or else this would be really easy. Also, any suggestions for the side pieces and the hood grille? Do the stock parts come out or do you just bolt over. I want this to look as clean as it can be. Thanks.
     
  2. May 26, 2008 at 9:24 PM
    #2
    CNW

    CNW Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2007
    Member:
    #3362
    Messages:
    110
    Gender:
    Male
    Colorado Rockies
    Vehicle:
    4x4, Radiant Red, Chrome Wheels, Tonneau
    Did it not come with instructions. If not, look on the makers website.

    Mine was by GrillCraft and they had installation instructions that were complete.

    Craig
     
  3. May 26, 2008 at 10:41 PM
    #3
    toycoma671

    toycoma671 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2007
    Member:
    #2501
    Messages:
    80
    Jacksonville, FL
    Vehicle:
    2007 Prerunner,Sbed, Indigo Ink,TRD
    Blacked out headlights & tail lights,Eye lids, and stainless steel billet grill, Debadged, 10" RockfordSubs, 6x9 Polk speakers, 6 1/2 speakers, JVC CD Player, Vent Visors, Nerf Bars, 20% Tint front, 15% bk Pop-lock, Tonneau Bed cover, Rockford punch amps, OEM Tacoma Bed mat, Toycoma Sport Brakes
    Just take your time, and be sure to post your pics!! it will be nerve wrecking if your a novice but it will pay off after you've installed the finished product. Good Luck!!
    ;)
     
  4. May 26, 2008 at 11:05 PM
    #4
    RelentlessFab

    RelentlessFab Tacoma offroad armor fabricating beast Vendor

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2008
    Member:
    #4772
    Messages:
    14,185
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Eric
    Eastern side of the Sierras: Sparks, NV
    Vehicle:
    07 SR5 4x4> 03 SR5 4x4 total> 14 Crewmax TRD
    Had tons on the old Taco's.... new Tundra is pretty stock
    i did a 3pc a week ago, it required the grille center to be cut out (i used a die grinder with a cut-off wheel) for the main install, then the two little side pieces were just pilot drilled and installed with a self tapping screw. couldnt say for the bumper and scoop inserts though.
     
  5. May 26, 2008 at 11:29 PM
    #5
    bauermike

    bauermike Western Alliance

    Joined:
    May 24, 2008
    Member:
    #6835
    Messages:
    134
    Tucson, AZ
    Vehicle:
    08' Prerunner, Radiant Red
    Billet Grill
    Have you guys seen the smittybuilt Grills? I just installed one two days ago, it took about 15 min total for the bumper, upper and two corner pieces.
     
  6. May 26, 2008 at 11:31 PM
    #6
    eordonez

    eordonez Living vicariously through mjp2

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2008
    Member:
    #5340
    Messages:
    8,341
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Ed
    Chihuahua, Mexico
    Vehicle:
    TRD Sport Dcab 4x2 Black Sand Pearl
    OEM All Weather Mats, wheel locks, Toyota Silver Tube steps.....
    Post some pics man! :D
     
  7. May 26, 2008 at 11:39 PM
    #7
    roxspin72

    roxspin72 Enjoying my addiction

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2008
    Member:
    #4659
    Messages:
    1,830
    Gender:
    Male
    NC
    Vehicle:
    Speedway Blue, TRD, 4X4,
    Oh Yeah!!!

    Yeah I would really like to see what it looks like. Want a Grille but dont want to deal with a fustrating install. Wish there was a bolt on Satoshi style grille on the market...:cool:
     
  8. May 26, 2008 at 11:52 PM
    #8
    bauermike

    bauermike Western Alliance

    Joined:
    May 24, 2008
    Member:
    #6835
    Messages:
    134
    Tucson, AZ
    Vehicle:
    08' Prerunner, Radiant Red
    Billet Grill
    Here ya go, I just snapped these. This grill is a bolt over. So my original grill is underneath the new one. But you cant see it. I got the whole set for 182.00 dollars after tax. The grill is dirty, so there was some glare, we had some rain the last couple days

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  9. May 26, 2008 at 11:55 PM
    #9
    bauermike

    bauermike Western Alliance

    Joined:
    May 24, 2008
    Member:
    #6835
    Messages:
    134
    Tucson, AZ
    Vehicle:
    08' Prerunner, Radiant Red
    Billet Grill
    I still want to shave down the edges of the small corner pieces, they didnt fit as snug as the rest of the grill.
     
  10. May 27, 2008 at 2:34 AM
    #10
    bauermike

    bauermike Western Alliance

    Joined:
    May 24, 2008
    Member:
    #6835
    Messages:
    134
    Tucson, AZ
    Vehicle:
    08' Prerunner, Radiant Red
    Billet Grill
    I will get another picture up after a wash tomorrow
     
  11. May 28, 2008 at 12:26 PM
    #11
    bauermike

    bauermike Western Alliance

    Joined:
    May 24, 2008
    Member:
    #6835
    Messages:
    134
    Tucson, AZ
    Vehicle:
    08' Prerunner, Radiant Red
    Billet Grill
    Here is a better pic after a good wash and during the day.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. May 28, 2008 at 4:53 PM
    #12
    roxspin72

    roxspin72 Enjoying my addiction

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2008
    Member:
    #4659
    Messages:
    1,830
    Gender:
    Male
    NC
    Vehicle:
    Speedway Blue, TRD, 4X4,
    Oh Yeah!!!
    That Looks pretty good. How much and from where?
     
  13. May 28, 2008 at 5:15 PM
    #13
    bauermike

    bauermike Western Alliance

    Joined:
    May 24, 2008
    Member:
    #6835
    Messages:
    134
    Tucson, AZ
    Vehicle:
    08' Prerunner, Radiant Red
    Billet Grill

    It is a Smittybuilt grill, came in two boxes. You can get them from 4wheel parts, online or from a store. The upper kit (3 Piece) was about $130 and the bumper piece was about $50. It has a good price, but the two corner pieces didnt fit that well, I am going to grind the edges a bit, maybe about 1/8th inch to make them fit a little better. The finish they put on is nice because they powdercoat the back of the assembly black so your orginal grill doesnt show through except for the emblem. It fits really snug without any vibration from driving, so I am assuming the original grill wont be too harmed if I were to take the billet off in the future.
     
  14. May 28, 2008 at 5:19 PM
    #14
    roxspin72

    roxspin72 Enjoying my addiction

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2008
    Member:
    #4659
    Messages:
    1,830
    Gender:
    Male
    NC
    Vehicle:
    Speedway Blue, TRD, 4X4,
    Oh Yeah!!!
    Sounds good.

    Thanks...
     
  15. Sep 6, 2009 at 12:55 PM
    #15
    jgreen205

    jgreen205 Member

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2009
    Member:
    #21206
    Messages:
    16
    Gender:
    Male
    Houston
    Vehicle:
    06 PreRunner
    Double Pinstripes Black Westin Side Steps Color Keyed Door Molding Weather Tech Floor Mats 35% Tint Toyota Fog Lights Chrome Grille
    Looks great. I like the way it brightens the front of the truck. Im gonna order one. I have the black flares also. Is there an opening for the emblem to show through or did you remove emblem and reattach it to the new grille insert?
     
To Top