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How do you remove 2012 grille

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ewrob, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. Feb 9, 2012 at 1:05 PM
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    ewrob

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    im tring to put a sr5 chrome grille on my base truck,i got the 2 bolts out at the top and removed the 4 plactic clips 2 on top and 2 on bottom but there is something else holding it fast to the bumper its got to be some kind of clip but i cant see it
     
  2. Feb 9, 2012 at 1:25 PM
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    TRDfarmerTN

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    20% tint, painted handles,painted grill, wet okole seatcovers,sockmonkey decals
    theres 2 big clips at bottom on each side, take a big screwdriver or something that can reach down behind the gril and mash the clip down and pull outward, it took me awhile to figure out too, be easy though they can break easy
     
  3. Feb 9, 2012 at 1:33 PM
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    there is actually about 4 or 5 clips on the bottom between the grill and the bumper itself - i taped up a thin steel strip of metal and put it betwen the grill and front bumper and you can actually here the tabs unlock itself - hard to explain but hope it helps - good luck
     
  4. Feb 9, 2012 at 2:00 PM
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    zeekevin

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    sweet you got the grill in. so there is a total of 2 screws you remove at the top, 4 clips 2 top two bottom and then 2 big clips on the lower part of the grill. look at your new grill and you will get the idea, thats how i figured it out when i removed it.
     
  5. Feb 9, 2012 at 2:24 PM
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    ewrob

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    thanks,i got it out pretty simple once you get it figured out haha
    here is my new grille,going to paint that bumper soon
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    Ever get the bumper painted looks good btw!
     
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    STOCKTRD, thanks for your post- a quick visual is often helpful. However, at some point (probably when the headlights changed) the attachment points for the grilles also changed, and so removal on my '12 is not as simple as depicted in the video. Attention must be paid to the multiple lower tabs mentioned above in post #3.
    I grabbed the very outermost, lowest corner of the assembly w/ one hand (to pull out, not up), put the other hand thru an opening in the lower part (to push out from behind) and so was able to apply firm, controlled outward pressure to the grille- tabs released w/ a gentle pop. Once the first tab was released, hand placement was moved closer to the next tab, and process was repeated down the line- turned out to be easier than I thought.

    Now that I can see whats going on, and inspired by TJ's metal strip, I'm hoping to devise, or think of a tool to make this even easier- perhaps a gasket scraper inserted from behind??
     
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