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Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by catastrofe, Jan 30, 2018.

  1. Jan 30, 2018 at 6:17 PM
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    catastrofe

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  2. Jan 30, 2018 at 6:23 PM
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  3. Jan 30, 2018 at 6:37 PM
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    Tacoma_Matata

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    Hey, tampa bay local! I just got my 2018 white taco a few weeks ago!

    Mod looks good btw
     
  4. Jan 30, 2018 at 6:45 PM
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    Yep, first of many!
     
  5. Jan 30, 2018 at 6:46 PM
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    Thanks!
     
  6. Jan 30, 2018 at 6:46 PM
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    Did you use the install method they depict, with the clear backer? Was it really that much easier?
     
  7. Jan 30, 2018 at 6:50 PM
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    Yes, the letters come pre-mounted on a tape strip, already lined up with the proper spacing. You clean the depressions with rubbing alcohol, peel the backer off the strip, line it up with the depressions, and press on. I'm pretty anal about spacing and it was fairly easy to get the letters dead-center.
     
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  8. Jan 30, 2018 at 6:51 PM
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    I got the same ones from that seller and they are very nice. Solid plastic letters, great looks, no complaints. Installed all at once with no problem but I think I'd have been more comfortable cutting them and sticking on one at a time.
     
  9. Jan 30, 2018 at 6:53 PM
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    I honestly didn't even think of that. :facepalm:
     
  10. Jan 30, 2018 at 7:01 PM
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    I thought about it beforehand but the instructions say to line them all up at once so that's what I did. Not really sure what the huge benefit of doing it that way is but fortunately I got them centered well enough. Would hate to have to to pull them off it they didn't go on right the first time. Again though, it is a nice product and I'm glad it got it. Can't understand why Toyota doesn't want it to pop out in the first place.
     
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  11. Jan 30, 2018 at 7:05 PM
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    Nice! I did mine too. Here’s s pic of one of my tacoma badge with inlays:
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    There’s also one for the v6 badge:
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    Very simple and easy Vinyl Decal s from Tacoma Vinyl Decals
     
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  12. Jan 30, 2018 at 7:15 PM
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    Looks good
     
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  13. Jan 30, 2018 at 7:15 PM
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    Its a cost saving measure. The panel is stamped when the sheet metal is formed and eliminates the need to manufacture and install an emblem. Given the 10+ year manufacturing run this can be a savings of millions of dollars. Placing individual emblems in the stamped letters at the factory would defeat the purpose of the stamped letters.
     
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  14. Jan 30, 2018 at 7:31 PM
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    I hear you but it seems to me that there would be some advertising value to it as well. People a little way behind you see your truck and wonder, "wow that's nice, what kind is it? I don't know, it doesn't say or I can't read it." I know, a little extreme but not impossible to fathom.
     
  15. Jan 30, 2018 at 7:42 PM
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    Agreed, but Toyota is physically making them as fast as they can to keep up with the demand so I don't think advertising is a big priority for these trucks. They sell themselves! Ford is doing the same thing: The 2018 F-150, Super Duty, and 2019 Ranger all have stamped tailgates.
     
  16. Jan 30, 2018 at 9:25 PM
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    And now you're hooked..... Can't stop now
     
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  17. Jan 31, 2018 at 3:19 AM
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    Nice. I may Plasti-Dip the chrome.
     
  18. Jan 31, 2018 at 3:26 AM
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    100 lb fishing line remove that V6 on the gate looks ugly mines gone looks a lot better.
     
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