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Grillcraft Grill Install: cut original grill bars or keep?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by cdn_bacon, Feb 12, 2010.

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cut or leave original taco grill bars when installing grillcraft upper grill

Poll closed Mar 14, 2010.
  1. cut original taco grill bars

    81.7%
  2. leave original taco grill bars and install overtop

    7.5%
  3. WTF is a grillcraft?

    10.8%
  1. Feb 12, 2010 at 12:19 PM
    #1
    cdn_bacon

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    I seen on the Grillcraft upper grill install from the website that its optional to cut the original cross bars out....how many cut em and how many leave em? Anyone got pics of the two?
     
  2. Feb 12, 2010 at 12:20 PM
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    Stupid hurts.

    Stupid hurts. Hoogie boogie!

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    I'd cut it. It'll look much cleaner. :thumbsup:
     
  3. Feb 12, 2010 at 12:25 PM
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    Zombie Runner

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    Cut. It will look cheap and lazy if you leave the bars. Like a soccer mom who had her not so handy husband put a chrome mesh grill over the factory "GMC" emblem...
     
  4. Feb 12, 2010 at 12:26 PM
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    tmat

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    If you don't cut them off you'd be able to see them through the grillcraft mesh at certain angles. I'm guessing you're not recessing the grill so you don't even really need to do a super clean cut...
     
  5. Feb 12, 2010 at 12:30 PM
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    David Tarantino

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    cut it looks much cleaner :)
     
  6. Feb 12, 2010 at 12:31 PM
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    Simon2150

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    cut them out. i've seen some with it still on and it doesn't look that great, like you were too lazy to cut out stock and just bolted something on top.
     
  7. Feb 12, 2010 at 12:43 PM
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    David Tarantino

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    [​IMG]here you go
     
  8. Feb 12, 2010 at 1:24 PM
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    lembowski

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    I don't know why someone would leave it in.....it would look tacky in my opinion
     
  9. Feb 12, 2010 at 1:32 PM
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    Dra6ula

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    cut, cut, cut it OUT!!!
     
  10. Feb 12, 2010 at 1:34 PM
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    DeeKay21

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    Yeah cut the bars out and paint the radiator black!!!;)
     
  11. Feb 12, 2010 at 2:50 PM
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    Cars0n`

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    slang (i believe) is saws-all :thumbsup:
     
  12. Feb 12, 2010 at 2:57 PM
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    Sawzall is a brand name....I believe the correct category name is 'reciprocating saw'.
     
  13. Feb 12, 2010 at 3:15 PM
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    i knew the reciprocating saw category but wasnt sure if sawzall was a brand or just slang. :thumbsup:
     
  14. Feb 12, 2010 at 7:29 PM
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    we have a winner!
     
  15. Feb 12, 2010 at 7:34 PM
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    Cut it out!

    [​IMG]
     
  16. Feb 15, 2010 at 8:00 AM
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    Lurkin

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    I cut mine out, but didn't initially paint the "back" parts black. Went back in and painted them, looks much better. Note that I did not cut the botton grill part out, just top.

    Also, you can cut the grill parts out on the cheap with a small hacksaw handle and blade. The one that does not have the frame around the blade, but rather the blade fits in just the handle. I think I saw it called a close-quarter hacksaw, it was about $6. You can trim the cuts if required with a set of tin snips. I found this method easier to control then with a dremel.
     
  17. Feb 15, 2010 at 8:19 AM
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    cut 'em
     
  18. Feb 15, 2010 at 9:00 AM
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    yup...I got one of those hacksaws. Saved my butt this weekend when I had to cut the centering pin on my rear springs which got bent (long story), but the blade fit between two of the springs just perfect.

    what do you use to paint the radiator with?
     
  19. Feb 15, 2010 at 9:26 AM
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    cut that sh*t out...make it recessed...

    I do have the triangles meshed...but didn't went i took these photos...

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  20. Feb 15, 2010 at 12:21 PM
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