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Headlight Replacement

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by jpk928, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. Sep 7, 2008 at 5:21 AM
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    jpk928

    jpk928 [OP] Member

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    I have a 97 Tacoma with sealed beam headlights. Do I have to remove the grill to replace them? It looks that way to me. Just want to make sure before I go ahead. Thanks.
     
  2. Sep 8, 2008 at 9:04 AM
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    ubermx5

    ubermx5 Well-Known Member

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    are you sure?

    I know the 98 has bulds only...
     
  3. Sep 8, 2008 at 11:35 AM
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    96Tacoma4x4

    96Tacoma4x4 Well-Known Member

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    I think some early 97 models had the sealed beam. Yes you have to take the grille out, you have to take both side marker lights out first then pop the grille out. Be careful the plastic grille tabs holding it in place popping them in and out, they break very easy and being 11 years old now, there brittle.
     
  4. Sep 8, 2008 at 3:07 PM
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    jpk928

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    I have a feeling you're right about the tabs breaking off....oh well I'll hope for the best but expect the worse. Thanks for the help.
     
  5. Sep 8, 2008 at 8:15 PM
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    350TacoZilla

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    while in there I would suggest converting over to bulbs...I have done this to both my 96and 97... I got my new headlights from advance auto...APC products made them...take H4 bulbs and you can change them once they are installed... never taking grille out again
     
  6. Sep 9, 2008 at 12:37 PM
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    xsvtoyz

    xsvtoyz Well-Known Member

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    you can do it the hard way or the cheesy way. Pull the top 2 screws and pull the trim ring toward you and change the bulb and then bend the trim retainer ring back and be done in like 3 minutes. WARNING may scratch the plastic trim above the light.
    EASY AND CHEESY but it works! :p
     
  7. Sep 9, 2008 at 12:46 PM
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    91Toyotabogger

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    I changed the sealed beam light on my truck i took the side markers out, took the four screws out of the trim ring, popped a few of the tabs out then had enough play to just pull the grill a little then take the old lights out and put new ones in. I put the silver star lights in there just as bright as bulbs.
     
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