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

Chinese replacment grills

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by agalloch07, Oct 9, 2021.

  1. Oct 9, 2021 at 1:08 PM
    #1
    agalloch07

    agalloch07 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2016
    Member:
    #199847
    Messages:
    210
    Gender:
    Male
    The entire grill on my 2002 Tacoma needs replaced not just the center section. Do the Chinese replacements sold on ebay fit good enough? This truck is a beater so it dont need to be 100% perfect. But i have bought chinese parts in the past and they fit so poorly in some way i wish i hadn't went Chinese. This is the one i am looking at it's half the price of the toyota one. https://www.ebay.com/itm/174003936124?ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT
     
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2021
    This site contains affiliate links for which the site may be compensated.
    #1
  2. Oct 9, 2021 at 3:10 PM
    #2
    agalloch07

    agalloch07 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2016
    Member:
    #199847
    Messages:
    210
    Gender:
    Male
    Anyone? OEM Toyota one is about $100 more than a Chinese. But this truck is a beater with 300k on it so I'm trying to keep it cheap.
     
  3. Oct 9, 2021 at 3:23 PM
    #3
    Black DOG Lila

    Black DOG Lila Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2019
    Member:
    #296344
    Messages:
    9,116
    Virginia
    Vehicle:
    2003 Tacoma SR5 2.7 5 speed 4WD
    Stock. EZ pass.Dump pass.Inspection sticker.Convict printed lic.plates.FG cap.
    First off it's eBay:facepalm:
    Grill has 0 reviews, 0 ratings.
    Roll the dice to be the first :spending:
    The cheap counterfeit knock off are extremely flimsy and lightweight.
    If it arrives unbroken :fingerscrossed:
     
    This site contains affiliate links for which the site may be compensated.
    #3
  4. Oct 9, 2021 at 3:30 PM
    #4
    agalloch07

    agalloch07 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2016
    Member:
    #199847
    Messages:
    210
    Gender:
    Male

    The factory grill was flimsy and light weight so idk if it could get any worse. It ended up getting broken while i was replacing the radiator. Those stupid clips that attach it are the cheapest shit i have ever seen in my life. I would just leave the grill off but i want it to look somewhat respectable.
     
    This site contains affiliate links for which the site may be compensated.
    #4
  5. Oct 9, 2021 at 3:43 PM
    #5
    Black DOG Lila

    Black DOG Lila Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2019
    Member:
    #296344
    Messages:
    9,116
    Virginia
    Vehicle:
    2003 Tacoma SR5 2.7 5 speed 4WD
    Stock. EZ pass.Dump pass.Inspection sticker.Convict printed lic.plates.FG cap.
    The factory grill is Extra Heavy Duty compared to EXTREMELY FLYMSY eBay counterfeit.
     
    This site contains affiliate links for which the site may be compensated.
    #5
    Kwikvette and Nessal like this.
  6. Oct 9, 2021 at 4:30 PM
    #6
    kgw

    kgw Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2012
    Member:
    #82260
    Messages:
    343
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    kgw
    SoCal
    Vehicle:
    99 PreRunner
    140 amp alternator, Big 3 upgrade, Ultimate Headlight Mod, Trans Cooler
    I use black zip-ties to hold my grille on...They last a good while! I broke a few while putting the grille back in after a trans cooler install.
     
  7. Oct 9, 2021 at 4:37 PM
    #7
    agalloch07

    agalloch07 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2016
    Member:
    #199847
    Messages:
    210
    Gender:
    Male

    I was trying to line all of the factory clips up while reinstalling. But the clips were sliding and the other end while i was fighting with the opposite end. So by the time i got down to the other clips were not where they should have been. I tried pulling it back and busted it and just ended up grabbing it and ripping the whole damn thing off. I am disappointed in the quality of how that thing is held on. I have installed a lot of radiators and this was by far the worst one i have ever done. I think i will just order the china one and attach it with zip ties. It will look better than not running a grill at all.
     
  8. Oct 9, 2021 at 4:40 PM
    #8
    agalloch07

    agalloch07 [OP] Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2016
    Member:
    #199847
    Messages:
    210
    Gender:
    Male
  9. Oct 10, 2021 at 12:57 PM
    #9
    Kevin Jones

    Kevin Jones Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2018
    Member:
    #264881
    Messages:
    2,221
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Kevin
    Va
    Vehicle:
    1996 Tacoma - 2018 Tacoma
    I purchased a cheap eBay grill for my '96 Tacoma 4x4. The first had a broken mounting tab straight out of the box. Sent it back for another, tried to install it and mounting screw retainers would not line up correctly and grill was loose. That was enough aggravation so sent it back and ordered an OEM and it arrived perfect and fit perfect. Do yourself a favor and go with the OEM.

    IMG_1173.jpg IMG_1175_LI.jpg
     
    This site contains affiliate links for which the site may be compensated.
    #9
  10. Oct 10, 2021 at 1:21 PM
    #10
    Kwikvette

    Kwikvette Chief Executive Officer at Kwik Fab

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2019
    Member:
    #284735
    Messages:
    71,792
    Gender:
    Male
    Fresno County
    Stock
    You take chances buying cheap stuff on ebay.

    With that said, I bought one on Ebay for mine some years back without issue.

    Clipped in just fine, all holes matching.

    I even bought a cheap knock-off for my 4Runner and it even came with new clips to attach to the radiator support.

    The old grill with new, knock-off side markers -

    20190220_151231.jpg

    The grill some thousands of miles already on the truck -

    20200204_080332.jpg

    I'd post better pics but I never bothered with any "frontal" shots.

    Here's the 4Runner factory grill and the knock-off -

    20210303_153118.jpg

    Factory emblem went right on -

    20210303_155550.jpg

    And again, the only close-up of the front some thousands of miles later. Still holding up fine and aligned like the factory grill was -

    20210827_122541.jpg
     
    This site contains affiliate links for which the site may be compensated.
    #10
    Das it mang likes this.
  11. Oct 10, 2021 at 7:16 PM
    #11
    treyus30

    treyus30 cntl-y

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2015
    Member:
    #158054
    Messages:
    7,274
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Trey
    Mesa / AJ, AZ
    Vehicle:
    '99 5VZ-TT 14PSI+
    Two spooly snails, Haltech 2500, 35s, 125kmi, raptor lined
    My replacement from RockAuto was like 40 bucks and was perfect
     

Products Discussed in

To Top