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Can't seem to get grill off to change headlights, 96

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by infin, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. Dec 12, 2009 at 5:04 PM
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    infin

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    I'm trying to swap my headlights out on my 96. The owners manual says to get a screwdriver and pop the front grill off. From what I can see the bracket on the bottom is all the way against the front bumper so there is no way to get the grill off. Think my front bumper might be pushed back an inch, is there a way to adjust it? Everything looks fine from under the truck, I don't see anything bent.

    Anone have a side shot of a 96 so I can compare how far my bumper is back? I am on my iPhone so I can't post a picture of mine.
     
  2. Dec 12, 2009 at 5:13 PM
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    TacomaDan

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    ok well the pieces of metal underneath your headlights comes out by just prying it out and then you'll have access to the grille clips. there are a total of 11 clips in all to get the grille off. i believe two or so are accessed from under neath the truck. so if that helps any let me know. my bumper was pushed in a little so i used a 2x4 and pryed it out using the tire a leverage. let me know if you need more help! the only camera i have is a iphone so let me know if you need specific pics. i have a 96 btw
     
  3. Dec 12, 2009 at 8:01 PM
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    any pics? And yes, you can adjust your bumper..theres 2 bolts on the sides to adjust.
     
  4. Dec 13, 2009 at 7:41 AM
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    STLharry

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    What about the parking lights? My grille is attached to the parking lights on the corners. Did you check there?
     
  5. Dec 13, 2009 at 8:11 AM
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    here is a picture i took of how my bumper sits. Yes the corner lights have been removed also to get the grill off.

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  6. Dec 13, 2009 at 1:40 PM
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    infin

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    well got the lights changed and the bumper readjusted. Just had to losen the 4 bolts and tilt it forward again(it was back about an inch). Thanks all for the replies.
     
  7. Jan 19, 2012 at 7:50 PM
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    I just acquired a 96 Tacoma with a weak headlight. Instead of pulling the grill as mentioned above, (and breaking 16 yr old plastic to bits) I used a long thin Phillips screwdriver to remove the TOP two lamp retaining screws. (push in right through the grill above the lamp) I then pulled out the light by bending down the very thin metal that secures it. Takes about 5 minutes total and no Saudi princes sold any more oil to make flimsy plastic pieces!
     
  8. Jan 19, 2012 at 7:54 PM
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