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

Dorman Side Marker for 1st Gen....anyone have experience?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by MyDads03Tacoma, Jul 22, 2021.

  1. Jul 22, 2021 at 8:44 AM
    #1
    MyDads03Tacoma

    MyDads03Tacoma [OP] Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2021
    Member:
    #364268
    Messages:
    28
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brian
    Vehicle:
    2003 Silver Tacoma XtraCab 4x4
    none
    So I have an original side marker leaking. Best price I can find for OEM is $65. Aftermarket brands out there are DEPO, TYC, Eagle Eyes, Dorman. I haven't found a ton on this site or online but what I did find was DEPO = crap, TYC better but not as good as OEM, Eagle Eyes not so great. Dorman I haven't seen much mention other than Amazon where they do get good reviews and I can replace both for $50 vs. $130 for OEM. Anyone have any experience with the Dorman replacements? Thanks. (yes I searched here, I can't spend anymore time hunting)
    https://www.dormanproducts.com/p-72059-1631064.aspx?origin=keyword
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JW1XJJ2?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JW1XXL6?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
     
  2. Jul 22, 2021 at 9:00 AM
    #2
    JoeyWales

    JoeyWales Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2020
    Member:
    #318807
    Messages:
    466
    Gender:
    Male
    SC
    Vehicle:
    2004
    I’ve used both Dorman and TYC. Both are fine
     
  3. Jul 22, 2021 at 9:42 AM
    #3
    MyDads03Tacoma

    MyDads03Tacoma [OP] Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2021
    Member:
    #364268
    Messages:
    28
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brian
    Vehicle:
    2003 Silver Tacoma XtraCab 4x4
    none
    ^ any noticeable difference in quality?
     
  4. Jul 22, 2021 at 9:48 AM
    #4
    Bob12321

    Bob12321 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 14, 2020
    Member:
    #328029
    Messages:
    62
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Robert
    The ones on ebay fit perfectly
     
  5. Jul 22, 2021 at 9:49 AM
    #5
    Bob12321

    Bob12321 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 14, 2020
    Member:
    #328029
    Messages:
    62
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Robert
    And i notice no difference, i have 3 Tacoma's they all have ebay lighting
     
  6. Jul 22, 2021 at 9:53 AM
    #6
    MyDads03Tacoma

    MyDads03Tacoma [OP] Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2021
    Member:
    #364268
    Messages:
    28
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brian
    Vehicle:
    2003 Silver Tacoma XtraCab 4x4
    none
    ^ "ebay" lighting. Do you know which brand has performed the best...they list various brands. Thanks!
     
  7. Jul 22, 2021 at 10:54 AM
    #7
    Bob12321

    Bob12321 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 14, 2020
    Member:
    #328029
    Messages:
    62
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Robert
    The red truck is 96, theyve been on for at least 6 years, wht truck 1year . Ive had no problems. Coloring off from stock is really the only difference

    20210505_085122.jpg
    20210505_091134.jpg
    20210112_122147.jpg
    20210206_193317.jpg
     
    MyDads03Tacoma [OP] likes this.
  8. Jul 22, 2021 at 3:06 PM
    #8
    homegrown_xt

    homegrown_xt Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2018
    Member:
    #251572
    Messages:
    417
    Gender:
    Male
    Sonoma County
    Vehicle:
    1996 Tacoma Xcab 4x4 V6 MTM
    Rancho Quick lift. Wheelers Off Road Progressive AAL with Rancho RS9000's, braided brake lines & clutch line. BFG 32x11.50 15 All Terrain Tires Deck Plate Mod., and Marlin Crawler Short Throw Shifter.
    I bought a set of TYC and the orange lens cracked within a year. My truck is kept in the garage so it wasn't getting blasted by the sun. Im thinking the fit was not the best and the added pressure on the lens finally cracked them.
     
  9. Jul 23, 2021 at 9:23 AM
    #9
    johan_maydield

    johan_maydield Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2020
    Member:
    #333394
    Messages:
    90
    Gender:
    Male
    Canby, OR
    Vehicle:
    2000 Tacoma Xcab Lunar Mist 4x4 2.7L TRD
    If you’re worried about how they fit the Dorman fit just fine. Quality wise it’s not the heaviest duty but it gets the job done and I wouldn’t expect them to break unless I ran into something
     
  10. Jul 24, 2021 at 12:35 AM
    #10
    TWJLee

    TWJLee Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2018
    Member:
    #275158
    Messages:
    323
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Jay
    Midwest
    Vehicle:
    2003 Tacoma AC 3.4 4x4 auto TRD 2004 Tacoma DC TRD 103k. 2002 4Runner Limited 235k 2020 Tundra DC LmTD 2020 F150 5.0
    2003 Bilsteins 5100’s 17”s off gen3. New frame, sweet deal truck. 2004 new frame low mile deal 2002 T4R exceptionalism Tundra GFC 33’s Borla Pro XS F150 33’s Magnaflow 2” RC level
    TYC have been ok for 3 yrs now
     
  11. Jul 27, 2021 at 12:17 PM
    #11
    MyDads03Tacoma

    MyDads03Tacoma [OP] Active Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2021
    Member:
    #364268
    Messages:
    28
    Gender:
    Male
    First Name:
    Brian
    Vehicle:
    2003 Silver Tacoma XtraCab 4x4
    none
    Picked up some Dormans. I'd say about 75-80% quality of OEM. The chrome plating isn't as nice or durable. Some little dimples in places. One little spot has already come off after mounting. The seems are not as clean as OEM (glue etc.) Also, the fit wasn't as good as OEM. Where they meet the grill its not an even gap like before. Its now thicker at the top and slightly more narrow at the bottom. Will follow up with pics. Overall, they look better because all the materials are new...the chrome is more shiny, orange lens is a much deeper orange, and black trim inside is darker vs. the 18 year old originals. Also Dorman $50 for both vs. $130-140 for OEM. Good for the price. If I hadn't just put 2 grand into this thing I would have gotten OEM. I think if the leak in a couple years I'll get OEM. This is coming from someone that's pretty picky. So if your not, these will do just fine.
     
    chrslefty likes this.

Products Discussed in

To Top