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Can I make my truck look like a 2012???

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Husker Tacoma, Mar 11, 2012.

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  1. Mar 11, 2012 at 6:05 PM
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    Husker Tacoma

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    I was curious if anyone has an idea of what exactly was modified on the 2012 exterior. Was it just the headlights, grill, and bumper?

    If so, there should be some aftermarket parts coming out soon to make the conversion I would think. They did the same thing when chevy changed their grill and headlights from 94 to 95. Then I wouldn't feel the need to buy a newer truck for a while longer. (My truck would still look like the newest model)

    I haven't seen a post on this yet. I may have missed it though.
    Any thoughts on this?
     
  2. Mar 11, 2012 at 6:06 PM
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    Greensystemsgo

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    pretty sure the hood as well.

    can i ask why you feel you need the newest model?
     
  3. Mar 11, 2012 at 6:09 PM
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    S7ICKlVlAN

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    Not certain, but the front fenders may be different as well to accomodate the new headlights.
     
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    ^^ also the side mirrors
     
  5. Mar 11, 2012 at 6:10 PM
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    Don't forget some front fenders.....
     
  6. Mar 11, 2012 at 6:28 PM
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    Why do you want your truck to look like a 2012?
     
  7. Mar 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM
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    ColtsTRD

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    Regardless, It'd be cheaper to turn a 05-11 into looking like a '12 rather than buying a whole new truck out right....am I wrong?

    I see where the OP is coming from...some people like the look of the '12s more...I'm not one of em though :eek:
     
  8. Mar 11, 2012 at 6:33 PM
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    Banff2007Tacoma

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    These guys did it. This is a 2007, but I imagine it would be pricey.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Mar 11, 2012 at 6:36 PM
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    from what ive seen and heard, youre going to need:

    front bumper
    hood
    headlights
    grill

    the front fender as "supposedly" the same still

    oh and obviously all the front clips to hold everything together...
     
  10. Mar 11, 2012 at 6:36 PM
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    hood
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    bumper
    side mirrors
     
  11. Mar 11, 2012 at 6:42 PM
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    :argue:
     
  12. Mar 11, 2012 at 6:42 PM
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    think it may be cheaper in the long run just to trade it in on a ’12.

    i like the ’12 front’s! i want the side mirrors. thats one mod i have on my list. and i’ll wire up the turn signals and mod for defrost. :D
     
  13. Mar 11, 2012 at 6:44 PM
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    so your saying 2k in parts is cheaper than 30k???


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  14. Mar 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM
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    yup
     
  15. Mar 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM
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    2012's aren't all that, are they? I don't think you can just bolt on a new grill and headlights. You'll probably be grafting some sheet metal. And in the end, you probably won't get anything more for it, as I doubt it'd be easy to undo like a simple mod. Isn't the rumor that the '12's are just a temp change and that a more fully revised Taco is coming in 2013? Just let that temp you to not bother faking a 2012?
     
  16. Mar 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM
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    It's probably cheaper to convert the back end to a 2012.
     
  17. Mar 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM
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    When are you folks gonna realize that s its not your truck the mods or changes are being made to? If you think its pointless, then GTFO of the thread. If you want to help the OP, then Help.
     
  18. Mar 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM
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    This ^^^^^
     
  19. Mar 11, 2012 at 7:06 PM
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    Fenders look the same to me.

    Looks like the headlight support brace was beefed up. (Black stamped steel pic in the photo, note truck is red.)

    Conversion to the 2012 front end is in my long-term plan. Won't make a move at least until aftermarket parts become available (projector headlights, carbon hood).

    02222012(002).jpg
     
  20. Mar 11, 2012 at 7:17 PM
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    Yup.

    Looks to me like fenders, hood, mirrors, bumper, grille, lights. I wonder about the core support. That would make it harder if they changed that.

    How far are you going to take this? Would need a dash upgrade and steering wheel, stereo, etc to totally pull it off. Plus change the paint to a 2012 color.
     
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