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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?

    30.2%
  2. Received?

    40.7%
  3. Have to bend upper clip to fit?

    14.0%
  4. Missing Upper Cover?

    6.4%
  5. Missing Lower Cover?

    2.9%
  6. Incorrect Hardware?

    16.3%
  7. Scratches / Damage?

    11.0%
  8. Other (oh gawd)?

    18.0%
  9. Magically Perfect!

    23.3%
  10. Stuck in Shipping Label Created Purgatory?

    4.7%
  11. OGs Still Waiting since Before the Ban?

    7.6%
  12. Return Attempted?

    1.7%
  13. Return Actually Happened?

    4.1%
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  1. Jan 16, 2021 at 12:50 PM
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    tonered

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    Hahahaha!
     
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  2. Jan 16, 2021 at 1:09 PM
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  3. Jan 16, 2021 at 1:17 PM
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    That’s helpful, thanks. Yeah, I did take a look after you posted and think it’s quite possible that’s the issue, though I’ll have to take it off again to, like you, sand it down properly. I might just try to glue/tape it in first.

    I’m trying to force myself to use the handle because I got so used to not having one that I don’t go for it naturally.
     
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  4. Jan 16, 2021 at 1:23 PM
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    Malvolio

    Malvolio free zip ties for Stun

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    Gotta save it, dude. We’ll slap it on the bottle of Thunderbird at the bonfire and pass it around.
     
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  5. Jan 16, 2021 at 1:54 PM
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    tonered

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    I like that idea.
     
  6. Jan 16, 2021 at 2:35 PM
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    \With the way it's gone with KTJO4x4, I think the proper drink to put the sticker on is the biggest bottle of Magdog 2020.........And if you remember what that awful shit is, you had a good childhood.......er I mean adult hood...
     
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  7. Jan 16, 2021 at 3:43 PM
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    dilbert

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  8. Jan 16, 2021 at 3:47 PM
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    ljerr2

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    Got mine installed today.
    Usual install issues as reported by others here - had to tweak the top mount on the truck. Another thing I noticed that I haven't seen mentioned yet was that when I snugged my bottom bolt down, it pulled the A pillar away from the tweeter grill and created a significant gap. I had to use a spacer on the back of the pillar cover lower bolt boss to make it look right when I tightened everything. Some minimal gapping at the weatherstrip, but I guess I can live with that.
    Took a heat gun and razor blade to the covers to make them appear respectable.
    All in all the finished look is pretty good. Function seems ok and sturdy enough. I don't plan on hanging from it. I typically use mine when getting into the truck when it's icy/slick outside.
    I hate that I had to bend my top A-pillar mount. Less bothersome (but still aggravating) is that I had to modify the A-Pillar cover with a spacer when I thought I paid a premium for OEM fit.
    Have some mixed feelings about it. Glad to have it, but certainly hoped for better QC.
     
  9. Jan 16, 2021 at 5:24 PM
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    tonered

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    Shit! It will be coming your way. :hattip:

    If there is a gap to the speaker griller, then the tabs are not in the slots.



    BTW, I heard from someone that got bolts with the wrong thread pitch. Friggin' crazy! :rolleyes:
     
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  10. Jan 16, 2021 at 5:29 PM
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    It was in the slot, I could see it with a light. When I tightened it down it was bending the tab!
     
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  11. Jan 16, 2021 at 5:30 PM
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    tonered

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    Oh! That is a new one. Good job getting a spacer on back there.
     
  12. Jan 16, 2021 at 5:32 PM
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    Thats that ultra high tech perfection custom one-off OEM fit.
     
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  13. Jan 16, 2021 at 6:14 PM
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    tonered

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    Telling you! Seriously less QC going on than my old Russian PoS sidecar. And that thing was an unmitigated disaster.
     
  14. Jan 16, 2021 at 6:33 PM
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    You had a Ural?
     
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  15. Jan 16, 2021 at 6:36 PM
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  16. Jan 16, 2021 at 6:49 PM
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    Yessir! It was four glorious years, when it was running. I miss it at time, but the Taco is doing well replacing it.
     
  17. Jan 16, 2021 at 7:45 PM
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  18. Jan 16, 2021 at 8:33 PM
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    The quality of these units appear to be subpar. It would be great if a reputable manufacturer like @MESO would start producing these grab handles. I would buy one in a heartbeat.
     
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  19. Jan 17, 2021 at 3:44 AM
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    I had the exact same issue as ljerr2 I pulled it back apart 2 times to make sure it was in the slots, added a spacer
    now tight to speaker grill, but makes the grill tough to get back in. overall glad to have it, not happy with
    prepay treatment and shipping added when my order says free shipping to lower 48
     
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  20. Jan 17, 2021 at 7:28 AM
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