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Buyer Beware: KTJO 4X4 Driver's Side Grab Handles w/ A Pillars

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by tonered, Dec 13, 2019.

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DAH Delivery Challenge

  1. Ordered?

    28.1%
  2. Received?

    46.6%
  3. Have to bend upper clip to fit?

    13.7%
  4. Missing Upper Cover?

    7.5%
  5. Missing Lower Cover?

    3.4%
  6. Incorrect Hardware?

    19.2%
  7. Scratches / Damage?

    12.3%
  8. Other (oh gawd)?

    18.5%
  9. Magically Perfect!

    23.3%
  10. Stuck in Shipping Label Created Purgatory?

    3.4%
  11. OGs Still Waiting since Before the Ban?

    8.9%
  12. Return Attempted?

    2.1%
  13. Return Actually Happened?

    2.1%
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  1. Jan 12, 2021 at 5:35 PM
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    PapaRee

    PapaRee And now I'll do what's best for me

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    That's funny, I guess since I have already swapped with @tonered, I just need to send it right back! Unless it is prettier than the one I have.
    My, My, that's a perty bottom you have!
     
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  2. Jan 12, 2021 at 6:00 PM
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    tonered

    tonered [OP] tacorider

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    Did you just drop the soap? :rofl:

    I gotta say, your top sure is nice.

    :burp:
     
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  3. Jan 12, 2021 at 6:01 PM
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    tonered

    tonered [OP] tacorider

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    I just got two shipment notifications and not helpful words. Oh well.
     
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  4. Jan 12, 2021 at 6:44 PM
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    dilbert

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    I wonder what else you could fit in the return box?
     
  5. Jan 12, 2021 at 6:51 PM
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    Malvolio

    Malvolio free zip ties for Stun

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    This guy is first string.
     
  6. Jan 12, 2021 at 6:56 PM
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  7. Jan 12, 2021 at 7:24 PM
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    Bertw192

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    I've got a bunch of lead wheel weights. :muscleflexing:
    :benchpress:
    :militarypress:
     
  8. Jan 12, 2021 at 8:00 PM
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    narkicu187

    narkicu187 Instagram @foe_pro

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    That would be really funny if it didn't have a remote possibility of being true.
     
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  9. Jan 12, 2021 at 8:51 PM
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    Tmaloy

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    Just did mine today. Like others I had to adjust the upper mount. I also used an M6 clip nut for the lower bracket. I prepped the covers first. I filed and sanded them down to get a better fit. I found some mold flashing on the grab handle innards and used an X-acto knife to remove them. I used a blow dryer on the covers while on the handle and heated them to get a better fit.

    For the upper bolt mount, I put the A pillar on loosely and threaded the top bolt in. Flushed the A pillar down by hand to see how much I would have to bend the mount. Used a 10mm deep socket to hold it and worked it in till the A pillar bushing hole was centered. Removed it all and installed a self centering clip nut on the lower mount. I did get the correct clip nut in the kit but had already purchased another. Went ahead installed it. Secured it in place. One thing I forgot was to place the foam from the original A pillar on, but I think I have some extra foam weather strip lying around to put in there later. I tugged on pretty hard and it is holding nicely.

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    A couple of extra notes, I prepped handle covers last night and went ahead did the whole install today. Getting the covers to sit flush and checking the handle itself for any mold residue was the longest part of the process. Actual install took about 10 minutes. I was anal about everything going back in to place. I probably took about an extra 5 minutes just putting the tweeter cover back in place. I already had the Kicker tweets installed when I upgraded them. All in all, it's not perfect but it meets my needs.

    IMO, the longer bolt should be used for both mounts, I noticed the shorter bolt didn't have much to bite on when starting it in. The shorter bolt did work but I think one like the upper bolt would work too.
     
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2021
  10. Jan 12, 2021 at 9:47 PM
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    tonered

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    I don't know why the melted remains of my handle smells so bad.
     
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  11. Jan 12, 2021 at 9:49 PM
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    Malvolio

    Malvolio free zip ties for Stun

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    You bonfired without me?!

    Just kidding, of course. I understood what you meant. This is what a dumpster fire thread smells like. Now you know.
     
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  12. Jan 12, 2021 at 11:03 PM
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    So you bent the mount with a deep well while the pillar was installed? Or just to get an idea of angle
     
  13. Jan 13, 2021 at 2:57 AM
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    Tmaloy

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    Yes, I put on the new A pillar, then installed the long bolt, pushed the pillar into position with my left arm, placed the socket over the bolt and slowly bent the mount till it lined up centered with the pillar. Stopping to check with each bend pass.
     
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  14. Jan 13, 2021 at 3:15 AM
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    b3itz

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    This thread gives me a good chuckle. :D
    The handles do look pretty badass though guys. Good stuff. Sorry for all the junk you've gotta go through to get things close to right
     
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  15. Jan 13, 2021 at 4:48 AM
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    I am waiting for the first post crash report.

    “Other than the air bag not deploying properly and my insurance company not wanting to pay for damages because I altered my vehicle, the handle is great”
     
  16. Jan 13, 2021 at 5:48 AM
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    That's already been discussed multiple times. The A-pillar does not obstruct deployment of the air bag. Even the factory A-pillar does not "come off" for the air bag to deploy. The air bag comes out from between the A-pillar and the trim and then down the side to cover the side window area. No obstruction at all. Plenty of videos online showing how it works in a Tacoma.
     
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  17. Jan 13, 2021 at 7:03 AM
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    47358506-3D29-4AD9-850E-A1024A4621DB.jpg Holy shit they do exist. I was starting to think this was a very elaborate scam for my hard earned 2019 $165.

    First impressions are positive, and all the hardware is correct. We’ll see how install goes... You guys, combined with the fiasco of actually getting the thing, may have lowered my expectations far enough to stave off at least initial disappointment (keyword initial, and subject to change upon install).
     
  18. Jan 13, 2021 at 7:04 AM
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    Good luck, hope it goes well.
     
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  19. Jan 13, 2021 at 7:51 AM
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    Truggin What a long, strange trip it's been

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    Well... Looks like mine is on the way...
    shipped.jpg
     
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  20. Jan 13, 2021 at 8:21 AM
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    Be sure to keep the receipt, original box, any documentation provided with the product and any vendor/manufacturer/ distributor info. You will need this data for the lawsuit.
     
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