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HOW TO: 12-15 TACOMA FRONT END SWAP *WITH PICTURES*

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by socalexpeditions, Oct 6, 2019.

  1. Oct 6, 2019 at 9:42 PM
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    socalexpeditions

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    Hey guys! I just did the swap for this, so I figured I would post a complete, up to date list of all the parts you need, and working links!

    I have videos up on my Youtube channel doing the swap: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2-zEw3n14WcGnvdBV8vdWg?view_as=subscriber - My Instagram is @socalexpeditions if you need any help. Shout out to @anthony250f for helping me!

    The parts list is for a Tacoma who does NOT have a stock bumper! This list is incomplete for those who want to run a stock bumper. I have an aftermarket bumper, so I did not need a crash bar as well as the brackets for them! However, this list is complete if you plan on running a plate bumper!

    Total Cost: $622.02 + $10 on Krylon Fusion Satin Black Spray Paint

    Parts List:

    -12-15 Tacoma Hood. I purchased mine off Craigslist for $160. There are some on eBay. You will have to choose whether you want one with a scoop or not. I chose with a scoop!

    -12-15 Tacoma Grill. I purchased mine off Craigslist for $20. There are too many options out there, so you pick which one you want!

    -12-15 Tacoma Headlights. I purchased mine off Craigslist for $50, then retrofitted them (video on Youtube of that). If you want new ones, I recommend DEPO. However, OEM is best!

    -Hood Scoop: Genuine Toyota 4Runner Tacoma Hood Scoop Bulge 76181-35902 OEM - https://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-Toyota-4Runner-Tacoma-Hood-Scoop-Bulge-76181-35902-OEM/323379448849?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

    -Hood Scoop Guide: Genuine Toyota Scoop Guide 76182-35080 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-Toyota-Scoop-Guide-76182-35080/372535600063?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

    -Outer Bumper Bracket: Bumper Bracket For 2012-2015 Toyota Tacoma Bumper Bracket Outer Set of 2 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/Bumper-Bracket-For-2012-2015-Toyota-Tacoma-Bumper-Bracket-Outer-Set-of-2/371682886437?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

    -Upper Retainer (YOU NEED 2X OF THESE): Genuine Toyota Upper Retainer Retainer 52531-04010 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-Toyota-Upper-Retainer-Retainer-52531-04010/254335274050?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

    -Brace Assembly: Genuine Toyota 53209-04020 | BRACE SUB-ASSY, HOOD - https://www.ebay.com/itm/Genuine-Toyota-53209-04020-BRACE-SUB-ASSY-HOOD-Part-5-On-Picture/223638812087?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

    -Headlight Filler: LH RH Headlight Filler Set For 2012-2015 Toyota Tacoma TO1088118 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/New-LH-RH-Headlight-Filler-Set-For-2012-2015-Toyota-Tacoma-TO1088118-TO1089118/183217265339?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

    -Front Bumper Mounting: TOYOTA 2012-2015 TACOMA FRONT BUMPER MOUNTING BRACKET CENTER RETAINER 3PC - https://www.ebay.com/itm/FOR-TOYOTA-2012-2015-TACOMA-FRONT-BUMPER-MOUNTING-BRACKET-CENTER-RETAINER-3PCS/121205318036?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

    -Expensive Clips for Headlight Filler (YOU NEED 2X OF THESE): Toyota OEM Upper Quarter Trim Clip 90467-10188 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/Toyota-OEM-Upper-Quarter-Trim-Clip-90467-10188-Factory-Sold-Individually-Various/123063068983?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

    -Headlight Assembly Clips (YOU NEED 2X OF THESE): Toyota OEM Headlamp Assembly Mount Bracket 53271-0B010 - https://www.ebay.com/itm/Toyota-OEM-Headlamp-Assembly-Mount-Bracket-53271-0B010-Factory-Various-Models/123164777138?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649

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  2. Oct 6, 2019 at 9:47 PM
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    Looks good!
     
  3. Oct 6, 2019 at 10:20 PM
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    Thanks man! Definitely was easier than I expected!
     
  4. Oct 7, 2019 at 5:23 PM
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    SCSPerformance

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    Looks good! I did the same thing to my '05. The difficult part is finding a good way to mount the small pieces below the headlight. I lost about 4 of them so far from off-roading. I keep forgetting to take them off on the trails so they usually get knocked out.

    Are you doing a custom front bumper?
     
  5. Oct 8, 2019 at 9:32 AM
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    I am picking up my bumper from powder coat right now actually. It's an old pelfreybilt bumper.
     
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  6. Oct 8, 2019 at 9:33 AM
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    I like the 2012-2015 headlights better, but the old hood scoop was cooler IMO. It would be cool to do the swap with the new headlights and keep the old style hood.
     
  7. Oct 8, 2019 at 9:51 AM
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    When I did my front bumper, I used some aluminum safety wire (bailing wire/lock wire) to secure my small plastic peices. The bottom piece secures to the stock bumper but there are some plastic tabs that you can drill a small pilot hole through to route the wire to. Then just find a place to secure the other end of the wire to and wrap tight. 5+ years and no movement as of yet. *knock on wood*

    -J
     
  8. Oct 8, 2019 at 10:52 AM
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    I agree but that’s not going to fit properly at all unfortunately
     
  9. Oct 8, 2019 at 11:26 AM
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    Be sure to post some photos once the bumper is back on!
     
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  10. Oct 8, 2019 at 11:27 AM
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    Smart. I’m going to do this!!
     
  11. Oct 8, 2019 at 11:08 PM
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    Updated finished photo!

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  12. Oct 9, 2019 at 1:04 AM
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    Looks great! I've tossed around the idea myself for my '07 and seeing this isn't going to help. lol
    Sub'd for future reference :thumbsup:
     
  13. Oct 9, 2019 at 10:19 AM
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    Definitely worth doing!
     
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  14. Oct 9, 2019 at 10:38 AM
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    Did this a few years back and I still can't believe the 2005-11 and 2012-15 fenders are the same
     
  15. Oct 9, 2019 at 1:39 PM
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    that was definitely a surprise to me when I was looking into this. Time to keep an eye out for a hood
     
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  16. Oct 9, 2019 at 1:41 PM
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    How many extra horsepowers does the pumpkin add?

    Seriously, do you drive the truck with that up there?
    I kinda want to put one on my truck for Halloween.
     
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  17. Oct 9, 2019 at 1:58 PM
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    If a sticker is 5, this is at least 20. I drive with it up there! No airflow problems.
     
  18. Oct 9, 2019 at 2:10 PM
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    12-15 FTW. Contemplated it forever. Finally did it and absolutely fell in love with the truck again
     
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  19. Oct 9, 2019 at 7:48 PM
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    You’re going to hate me - I got a color matched hood on here for $150 shipped and found a guy selling the bumper and grill a state away for another $250. Headlights were bought used for like $150 (OEM). Brackets and plastic piece under headlights were the only things I bought new. So I truly lucked out with finding body color matching mine. If I couldn’t find those, I probably wouldn’t have done the conversion.
     
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  20. Oct 9, 2019 at 7:49 PM
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    I now want to do a snorkel just for the pumpkinhead like you have. That kicks ass!
     
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