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Front end/grill switch

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by SpeedoJosh, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. Oct 15, 2011 at 12:27 AM
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    Is it possible to switch a 01-04 front end/grill with a 2000 style one? About how much would that cost?
    Looking for a tacoma, and really like the 2000 grill, just seem to find more 01+ with the options I want.

    -Thanks
     
  2. Oct 15, 2011 at 1:32 AM
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    It's an 89 Toyota Pickup. I got some stuff done to it.. FJ axles going under it soon.
    Yeah it's easy but time consuming.

    You'll need a 98-00 Hood, 98-00 Grill, 98-00 Headlights, 98-00 Headlight fillers
    and corner lights from a 98-00 if you want them to fit perfect..the 01's don't fit perfect..just a tad bit off(not really noticeable unless your a nitpicker)
     
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    And that's the only difference in the body from 2000 to 2001 correct? The grill and hood setup. Or is there slight differences in the bed and other parts as well?
     
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    It's an 89 Toyota Pickup. I got some stuff done to it.. FJ axles going under it soon.
    Not really.
    01-04s all come stock with what's called 4wd fenders..they have a flare on the actual fender..and sometimes have the plastic fenders that clip on also.

    on a 98-00 truck..only the actual 4wd's have 4wd fenders..and prerunners. the 2wd 5 lug trucks didn't have them.

    Beside the 01-04 bumper being physically longer(because of said fenders I mentioned)..nothing really changed...long as you keep your 01-04 fenders, then your bumper will be fine.

    01-04 tailights are different though.
     
  6. Dec 12, 2011 at 11:28 AM
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    Sorry to bump this thread (while having a similar one in the forum index)

    But I have a 4x4 '98 that I want to swap the grille to a '96-97.

    I appreciate STLHarry's input in the other thread but reading this one it appears as though I have to get a new hood in order to make the '96-97 grille fit?

    Obviously, new headlight assemblies are in order too but I'm most concerned about the hood as I don't want to spend the money to buy a hood and paint it.
     
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    No worries. That's an appropriate use of the search function IMO.

    You DON'T need a new hood when switching between 95.5-97 and 98-00. You DO need a new hood when switching between either of those and the 01-04.

    I was lucky in that my new truck was also white (slightly different shade, but I really couldn't care less) so no painting was needed.
     
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    This makes me happy to hear.

    Do I need new corner lights if going from a 98 to a 95.5-97?
     
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    I didn't. The differences in the corner lights are not size or shape, but rather whether its mounted with screws or clipped in. My 01 has clips, while my old 96 had screws. I preferred screws, but the clipped-in corner lights still fit with the old grille.

    So I would put them on the list of parts that don't need replacing. If the 01 lights fit next to the 96 grille, then logically the 98-00 ones should too.
     
  10. Dec 13, 2011 at 6:22 AM
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    Thank you so much for all your help and knowledge
     
  11. Dec 13, 2011 at 6:34 AM
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    Ha too easy. I'm definitely one of the only ones on here who's actually done it so just glad to share what I know.
     
  12. Dec 13, 2011 at 9:17 AM
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    I'm sure a few months down the line I'll be begging you for your cell# so I can call you in a panic with my front all taken apart

    :eek:
     
  13. Dec 13, 2011 at 11:04 AM
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    Sorry.. one more ?

    I just read this in another thread... seems conflicting

     
  14. Dec 13, 2011 at 9:01 PM
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    False. The fenders are all identical. The only differences in the corner lights are the mounting mechanisms (screws vs clips), but other than that they are the same.

    You should have no problem.
     
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